GREENFIELD — "The showcase of Greenfield" is what Joan Stevens, city beautification committee chairwoman, calls the Radler gardens that will have one of its rare openings to the public Saturday, July 15.
The Radler's Rosarium and Botanical Gardens Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15, at 10020 Meadow Drive, Greenfield.
Will Radler, known for creating the world-famous Knock Out rose, has filled the two acres at this home with flowers. He will open his grounds to visitors on Saturday. He and his staff will be there to answer questions.
Always a hit
Sometimes on the beautification committee garden tours, his home is always a highlight, Stevens said.
"People come and spend two hours and say they wish they had more than that," she said. On Saturday they will, she said very pleased.
Anyone who has seen the gardens before hasn't seen the gardens, though, she said.
"He's added more since the last time," Stevens said. For one thing, he has added wildflowers in a massive display on a low hill all across the back of the property, she said. They make for a beautiful balance to the manicured gardens, she said.
"It's a wonderful thing he's doing," welcoming everyone in to the flowered beauty, she said.
All to enjoy
"He wants the public to enjoy it," she said. "He gets nothing out of it except seeing the public enjoy it."
The setting varies from rigidly formal in the 2,000-plus experimental rose “boot camp” to free form almost everywhere else. The sloping garden uses stone to create terraces, raised garden beds, waterfalls and a large outdoor fireplace and seating area. Ponds, waterfalls, sculpture and a meandering stream is home to Radler’s tame goldfish. The garden shed has a three-story lookout tower and an observation deck.
While Radler, former head of the Boerner Botanical Gardens, developed the Knock Out Rose, he now has bred more than two dozen species of Knock Out Roses, Stevens said.
This is a fundraiser for the beautification committee. Proceeds will be used for community events such as Arbor Day, Landscape Awards and city hall plantings.
The cost is $8, or $15 per couple. More information is available at gbcinfo.org
Stevens suggested parking on Root River Parkway off Forest Home Avenue.