AAS Display Garden Feature
W6646 Hwy 70, Spooner WI, 54801
Second Place Winner in the 2013 AAS Landscape Design Contest Category I, this garden is a joint effort between the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, operated by the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the UW Cooperative Extension Service, and dedicated UW Extension Master Gardener Volunteers from a three-county area. An AAS Flower and Vegetable Display Garden since 2003, it is located in a rural area in the northern part of the state about an hour south of Lake Superior. Its purpose is to demonstrate perennial and annual plants that are suitable for growing in zone 3.
For over 15 years the UW Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have partnered with Spooner Ag Research Station in developing and managing a teaching and display garden. Each year they host multiple workshops out in the garden including the annual Twilight Garden Tour in August to inspire gardeners and educate the public about gardening and the plants that grow best in the area.
In 2013 the garden layout was changed to reflect the way a backyard garden may be planted. Eight individual bermed triangular beds were designed to stand alone more in scale with a home planting. The central lawn and 5-foot-wide lawn paths between the eight colorful beds provided plenty of space for people to meet and learn and talk about the plants, while getting close-up views of the plants. Each bed included up to 75 percent AAS Winners, combined with other flowers and vegetables that were grouped based on color, flower shape, leaves, and texture. Their 2013 August Twilight Tour showcased this award-winning AAS garden to a large crowd of area residents and garden enthusiasts.
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