Garden Tour: Creative License in Wisconsin
Salvaged posts frame the homeowners’ fused-glass masks. A curlicue gate opens to a courtyard filled with hostas and ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas.
Initially, Doug and Barbara haunted flea markets and salvage yards for unique items to place around their cottage. They used some of the 80 bowling balls they’ve collected like exclamation points, piling up “totems” for accents of black, cobalt blue and other colors. This use is emblematic of the couple’s goal: “We just try to have fun,” Doug says. “That’s the philosophy behind everything we do.”
Then Barbara began creating mosaics. She soon expanded to fusing glassworks, and when Doug retired in 2005, he followed suit. Today, they own eight kilns, and their detached garage has been converted to a studio and guesthouse.