Hosta in flower


Kathy's Garden and Wanda Franklin Entry Garden

These gardens are named in memory of two very special Fernwood members, Kathy Sehy and Wanda Franklin. Kathy's Garden is the first garden visitors see when they enter Fernwood's parking lot, and the adjacent Wanda Franklin Garden leads to the entrance to the Visitors Center.

The gardens are composed of a mixture of native and non-native perennials and grasses, arranged and designed by noted plantsman Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin. Roy has been growing plants and designing gardens for close to two decades, and has pioneered the philosophy of the Know Maintenance ® garden style, which emphasizes creating communities of plants that grow well together to minimize long-term maintenance. Roy has designed and installed several high-profile projects including the Sullivan Arch Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago, which won the Mayor's Award in 2010. 

The sculpture in the Entry Garden is Aviary by Fritz Olsen.

Aviary by Fritz Olsen


Entry Garden   

Entry Garden - Spring 2015


Muscari   Muscari Valerie Finnis

Grape Hyacinths (Muscari)

Fritillaria imperialis rubra maxima   Riticulated Fritillaria meleagris