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5th Friends of the Library Garden Walk Fundraiser Held

RossmanLechLanganHeldWettlauferFredrickAIMG_5340AIMG_5328AIMG_5327AIMG_5323AIMG_5318AIMG_5301AIMG_5293AIMG_5280AIMG_5273AIMG_5268Ninety people gathered south of Atkinson at the beautiful Nebraska Ranch Properties lodge for the brunch and speaker portion of the Atkinson Friends of the Library’s Fifth Biennial Garden Walk.
Kenny Wettlaufer, guest speaker from Wettlaufer Landscapes, spoke about the beautiful grounds that he helped create at the Nebraska Ranch Properties, and answered questions from those present. A delicious meal followed, consisting of egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, maple sticks, biscuits and gravy, fruit cups, cupcakes, and a choice of grape juice, orange juice, or coffee to drink.
The table centerpieces were given as door prizes. Programs, with information on each house featured in the Garden Walk, as well as directions to each host house, were given to those in attendance. The following homes are those that were featured on this year’s Garden Walk:
Nebraska Ranch Properties – David and Hayley Killam bought the Lee Ranch in 2007. They were able to mold it into a working ranch that suited their needs. Kenny Wettlaufer was instrumental in the landscape design, tree planting, preservation of wind blocks, and general care of the ranch headquarters. Every year the Lee Ranch continues to improve under the helm of Jason and Sophia Held. The ranch has a philosophy that what is best for the cattle operation is also best for preservation of wildlife, which is also best for training bird dogs, horses and hunting. Their goal is to be responsible land stewards and to leave the properties better than when they acquired them – in a manner that is beneficial to the environment and the future of those behind us.
Mike and Kim Frederick built their house in 2006 and wanted more than the cottonwoods that naturally grew around the pond so their landscaping started with Mike tirelessly planting and watering trees throughout the 17 acres. They have willow, linden, birch, cedar, blue spruce, walnut, locust, oak, cottonwoods, and a small apple orchard. In 2009 they had the yard, plants and beautiful waterfall installed. The waterfall constantly recirculates and handles the water from the house’s geothermal heating and air unit. The second story patio overlooks the amazing view of their personal pond and beach, complete with a kayak, paddle boat and zip line.
Wettlaufer Landscapes opened for business in 2013. Owned by Kenny and Laurel Wettlaufer, they offer landscape design, maintenance and installation, and also sell trees, shrubs, perennials and landscape materials. Kenny graduated in 2005 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in horticulture and landscape design. He has over 14 years of landscape experience. Wettlaufer Landscapes is planning to open a retail Garden Center and Greenhouse along Highway 20 in Atkinson in the spring of 2015.
Bruce and Shirley Rossman moved into their home in 1994, and found the family’s favorite place to be the front porch, so when they added on in 2004 they made sure to keep the porch as the home’s focal point. Some of the plants found leading up to and around the porch are: hydrangeas, bleeding hearts, astilbe, chocolate coral bells, hostas, Husker reds, moonbeam coreopsis, balloon flowers, and daylilies. Last summer, they laid a stone patio and Kenny Wettlaufer landscaped around it in the fall with little henry itea, Korean spice viburnum, and boxwood. A unique tree archway, created by Bruce and Kaitlyn for Brooke’s wedding, is a special feature in their yard.
Joe and Phyllis have always had a vegetable garden, except when they lived in Lincoln. When retirement came, they made it their fulltime job. Soon flowers began to appear too, with roses being predominate. Through the use of grow lights, they start their own plants early on. There are a variety of long standing trees in the yard that helped protect the garden, which is very productive despite the earlier hail storms this year. Phyllis keeps very busy preserving the bountiful crops.
When James and Rachel Lech moved into their house in 2005, the yard was in pretty tough shape. There were two existing rose bushes. The Tropicana on the southwest side of the house, as well as Rachel’s Gramma Ruth Fetherston, became the inspiration for their rose garden. All of the roses are planted in honor or memory of those they love and hold dear to their hearts. Tending to each one is spending a little time with the person for which it was planted. Their deck and garden serve as an additional space to their home in the warmer months, and is where they feel connected with each other, their children, and friends and family.
To see more pictures of the stunning gardens featured in this year’s Garden Walk, visit the Atkinson Public Library Facebook page, or stop by the library!

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