Thursday, April 18, 2019


Watershed for Gardens at Waters East

More photos of other days hiking in different areas of the watershedthat is part of the territory of the Gardens at Waters East.  Getting out any day of the year is a wonderful experience of being in nature, feeling alive, and enjoying beauty.  Come along with me and experience some of the different areas of the watershed of the gardens here.
Cave Point
Door County

The easy definition of a watershed is:  the area of land where all the water that is under it or drains off of it goes to a shared destination.  In the case of Gardens at Waters East. Lake Michigan is that destination.

 Kewaunee River

 Mushroom - Ahnapee Trail

All gardens exist within a watershed.  And, all gardeners know the vital importance of watershed areas.  If the watershed is healthy, all life there stays a little more healthy.  What is done on the surface in our gardens and surrounding areas can impact what ends up being in that final watershed destination.  Gardeners know the importance of good stewardshipfor the patch of land where they live.  They know too that what they do on their land will effect the health and well being of all who depend on the quality of the area’s watershed.

Trillium - Cave Point

 Cave Point

 Cave Point

Cave Point

Gardens at Waters Eastis located in the state of Wisconsin where there exist more than 12,600 rivers and streams that travel a total of 44,000 miles.  More than 32,000 of those miles are perennial streams.  There are 2,700 trout streams covering 10,370 miles.  There are more than 15,000 lakes, 5.3 million acres of wetlands, 1.2 guadrillion gallons of groundwater.  All this forms two different watersheds which drain either into the Great Lakes (and for Gardens at Waters Eastspecifically Lake Michigan), or the Mississippi River which itself eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico.  Wisconsin is blessed with such an abundance of water as a natural resource.  The best of gardeners realize the responsibilities they have to care for the health and well being of the watershed where they live.

Mushroom - Ahnapee Trail

Fox River

Peninsula Park

Peninsula Park

The photos in this posting are of Cave Point, Lake Michigan, Peninsula Park which are in the watershed near environment of Gardens at Waters East.  There are “flowing waters” near the property - - the two large rivers ( The Kewaunee River and The Ahnapee River) and the two creeks (Three Mile Creek and Mashek Creek) within walking distance of Gardens at Waters East.  These all flow directly into Lake Michigan which itself is one of the five Great Lakes which together contained 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.  Many past and future postings often showed and will continue to show Lake Michigan as a “backdrop” to garden pictures.  This is done to remind all visitors to the gardens not only of the beauty here, but also of the importance that Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes have for all life in this area.

As they say - - “Come on in the water is fine”

Peninsula Park


Sunrise at Gardens at Waters East

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Designplus the special “Golden Principle of Design”used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Want a "Quickie" ? TODAY

Want a “Quickie” Today ?

I was eating lunch, admiring the tulips just a few minutes ago and thought to myself, so nice to have a few blooming flowers inside after such a long a snowy winter. They have been enjoyed now at each meal for over a week.

These were given to me for my birthday last week and they still look great!


  Just to remind me and the world - 
there is still lots of snow around the house!!!

 The Asian Patio


Sunday, March 10, 2019


Each month Gardens at Waters East (GAWE)will post a few never before seenphotos of “garden life” called - - BLOG SHOTS.  Here are the photos for this posting.

moments in the garden - - enjoy

view from the gardens - June

 Daisy - June

 False Sunflower - July

 Mix - Bee Balm & False Sunflower - August

 Moon - from the gardens - August

 Crab Spider - July

 Gottendorf Rose - July

 Hydrangea - July

 German Bearded Iris - June

view - August

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Designplus the special “Golden Principle of Design”used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.

NOTE:   All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East
unless otherwise marked.
NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Private Garden

A Private Garden
Here are a few photos of a private garden that I designed and “constructed” in Illinois. It is one of many gardens I have helped to create both in the US and abroad.  It is a hobby and I love doing it for the many friends who like a nice reflective space at their homes.
Originally when I arrived to help redo the yard, it consisted of a very large above ground swimming pool that covered most of the yard space and lots of straggly bushed and very old large trees.  The pool was removed, also most of the decking.  Then things were cleared out.  With the large old trees – pre-civil war plantings, the “bones” of the garden were looking good. Five dump truck loads of soil were brought in to fill in the partial hole from the pool, re-contour the yard for berms and a walkway.

After many days of that work, finally plants and bushes were positioned to bring the new design to life.  Looks pretty good I will say!

Some of the plants used were from the hybridized collection that I created at the Gardens at Waters East.

Now there is a nice simple secluded reflective area, easily viewed from the home and from walking the trails discovering so many new and interesting plants.  It looks so different from what was originally there – love it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine - REDs

Can’t let Valentine’s Day go by without a few REDs from the garden.  Nothing like this going on out there today with so much snow and cold these last weeks.  However, one hopes for the return of these REDs and so much more – SOON!!!


 Lets start with a RED sunrise in January

 RED Daylily at Locust,
parent of the day lily shown below.

 One of the RED Peony bushes

 RED Poppy

 This is a special RED Peony - grown in Guatemala
from a seed of the Peony shown above.
It bloomed the second year after germinating
and had more than 100 flowers! Must be the volcanic soils.

 While we are looking at Guatemala,
here is a RED from a private garden I visited there.

 This is one of many Day-lilies
hybridized here in the Gardens at Waters East - #X3

 RED Geranium

 Here is a different RED Peony from the gardens here.

 RED Tulips

 This is another of the RED hybridized day-lilies #X1

 This RED is from a second private garden
I visited in Guatemala - brilliant

 RED Tulip

Gootendorf Rose - "shade"of RED.
Not the reddest RED - but I needed a Rose for Valentine's Day!