By Tom Jordan
Periodically, author and photographer Tom Jordan will share with us selections from what he believes are truly Secret Treasures of Door County. You can find some of his work in two of his books, Secret Treasures of Door County and Secret Treasures of Sturgeon Bay. Both books are available with all proceeds benefitting the Door County Community Foundation.
Right off Highway 42, just north after it splits away from 57 as you leave Sturgeon Bay, you’ll find a special part of Door County that few people even know exists, and even fewer people know how to find it. It’s called the Garden Door. It first opened in 2005.
This is a joint effort of the Door County Master Gardeners Association and the Peninsular Research Station.
It’s open year round. And it’s free. There’s parking right next to the entrance. When you enter you feel like you are stepping into a magical place. The entire area is lush with flowers, grasses, cactus, trees, colorful chairs and beautiful benches.
Just a few weeks ago my wife and I brought a picnic lunch and set up in the gazebo. This was near the end of August and the weather was being typically schizophrenic; the clouds to the north were ominous and dark while the sky to the south was just white. We enjoyed our picnic and loved wandering the paths amongst the tall grasses and variety of flowers. We would have brought our little dog with us, but no pets are allowed on the property.
What’s really nice is that no matter what time of year you visit, there is always something new to see. And as you walk around you are filled with new ideas of what is possible in your own garden.
It’s divided into many different areas that include a cactus garden, a butterfly garden, a dwarf conifer garden, a faerie garden, a tunnel garden, a sundial garden, a gazebo garden, a grass and perennial garden, a pond with koi…and so much more.
And there’s a small box on the entrance for donations. If we all are generous this precious treasure will be here for years to come. J
The Garden Door. One of my favorite Secret Treasures in Door County.