By Marilyn Seidl-Kramer
MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Area Respite Care Center (MARCC) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Garden Tour on June 26 from 1-4:30 p.m. The funds raised at the MARCC annual tour benefit a scholarship program to assist those that would be unable to access MARCC services because of financial barriers. As a Marshfield Area United Way Partner Agency, MARCC provides quality day care services for participants experiencing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other related dementias, thus allowing caregivers personal time for their own needs and to rejuvenate.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at each garden on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Schalow’s Nursery, and MARCC — 205 E. Third St. in Marshfield — or by calling 715-484-8478.
This year MARCC will feature six gardens in and around Marshfield.
Guy and Janice Brandl, 503 E. Edison St.
Formerly a sand and gravel yard for I. Brandl Inc., this large 3-acre site has been transformed by Janice to include various landscaping elements, including ponds, a water stream, and a water fall. The yard has a prairie garden, large stone features, and a fireplace.
There are also gazebos and sitting areas surrounded by numerous plantings of beautiful perennials and several upside down trees. Other unique features include metal garden sculptures. This site must be seen to appreciate the years of development.
Doug and Renee Anding, 1527 N. Apple Ave.
Perennials and annual flowers along with hostas fill the sun and shade gardens. Red and gold mulch cover the ground for easy maintenance. The Andings added some unique sculptures, solar lights, potted plants, and a fire pit to make a living room outside.
Chuck and Kathy Bubolz, 2413 Bluebird Court
Chuck and Kathy built their home 25 years ago. They have a unique pie-shaped lot. As a team, they have done all the landscaping.
Kathy enjoys container gardening and flower gardening with some help from Chuck. She designs miniature fairy gardens and has them throughout her perennial beds.
Check out Chuck’s vegetable garden. It is his pride and joy.
If you see a white cat named Otis or a black cat named Milo while you meander through the gardens, please alert Kathy. Otis and Milo like to escape.
Bill and Joy Mader, 2414 Bluebird Court
The creation of island flower gardens began as a tribute to Joy’s parents who were both avid vegetable and flower gardeners. Bill has added his own creations of metal garden art, including a bottle tree and “golf club people.” He built his grandchilden a play set, as they like running in all the greenspace the yard provides. Their backyard borders the Galvin Avenue walking path, which is perfumed by Korean lilacs when they are flowering.
Nan and Tom Kolbeck, S2573 Robin Road
Tom and Nan have a quiet, rural setting. Upon moving they started to transform the yard that had very little landscaping. Flower gardening became a hobby for Nan. Tom adds the muscle and enjoys caring for his vegetable garden.
The yard has a border of hostas and ferns. Nan continues to add perennial beds as well as including container gardening to provide color. The garden art has been collected through the years.
They hope you enjoy strolling around their yard. If you encounter their schnauzers, named Kuko and Chewee, say hello. They are noisy at times but very friendly.
John and Shirley Person, 10847 County Road Y
Unique Japanese maples and a rock garden of succulents help create a serene and peaceful woodland garden. Walk through the woods to their vegetable garden and orchard. A unique Koi fish pond and patios of cut stone complement the setting.
Tea will be featured at the Persons’ gardens along with cookies and punch. A sign-up for a door prize and other raffle opportunities will also be available at this site.