Garden Center Road Trip in Wisconsin
The mother lode in Wisconsin
To plan my trip, I dredge the Internet and mine suggestions from friends. This year, I unearth a mother lode in southern Wisconsin. I craft a driving loop between Madison and Milwaukee, with the idea of hitting as many places as I can in just two days.
To haul everything, I rent a small SUV. It'd be more fun with a girlfriend, but none is available, so I settle for books on CD and set out from my Des Moines home.
Among the places on my itinerary: K&W Greenery, Janesville; Enchanted Valley Gardens, Evansville; The Flower Factory, Stoughton; Schonheit Gardens, Sun Prairie; Country Gardens Perennials, Oconomowoc, (920) 474-7324; Monches Farm, Colgate; Mayfield Nursery, West Bend; The Flower Source, Germantown; Minor's Garden Center, Milwaukee; Shady Acres Perennial Nursery, New Berlin; Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses, Mukwonago; Wayne's Daughters, Caledonia; Mileaeger's, Racine and Sturtevant; Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington.