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‘A Cup of Tea’ garden walk for Woodruff Seasons of Life on July 20

July 12, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick


The community and visitors are welcomed to a “A Cup of Tea,” a peaceful day at the Seasons of Life Garden, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20. 

“This is the first year for ‘A Cup of Tea,’” observed Mary Ellen Kaminski, Ascension at Home. “ For the last 15 years a garden walk was sponsored by Lakeland Gardeners and Ascension at Home Dr. Kate Hospice in the Minocqua area, including the Seasons of Life Garden.”

Music, refreshments, finger sandwiches, sweets and raffles will be part of the event, hosted by The Lakeland Gardeners and Seasons of Life Hospice Home at the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 

The Lakeland Gardeners will also be selling shade and sun perennials.

All proceeds from “A Cup of Tea” will benefit the Seasons of Life special garden, which honors memories of those who have passed and their families. 

“The hospice garden is a living thing that constantly evolves and requires continuous maintenance and nurturing,” Kaminski said.

For example, this year the sprinkler is not adequately reaching all areas, so it has been arranged for sprinkler heads to be added. In the future, the garden might need a new pump for the pond. Upkeep also includes paying to have the pond turned off in the fall and cleaned and started each spring. Annually, there is needed compost, fertilizer, potting soil and replacement of flora that did not make it through the severe Wisconsin winter. 

“The goal of the Seasons of Life Garden is to provide a sanctuary of tranquility and beauty for the residents and their visitors to enjoy as well as a place for families throughout the community to pay tribute to those who have died,” Kaminski explained. “The garden is a place that often brings peace and happiness with the brightly colored flowers and areas to rest and enjoy beauties of nature. The garden also features memorial bricks engraved with names and messages in memory of loved ones from all over the United States.”

The garden is easily accessible to those at and visiting Seasons of Life. Funds help continue maintenance and expansion of the project. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 16 and under. Tickets are available at JJ’s Acres, Stoney Creek Home and Garden, Ascension at Home office and at the door.

Organizers noted this is one of the first tea events the Northwoods has featured, making it a unique first.

“A special thanks to Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, next to the Seasons of Life Garden, who has volunteered to let us use their church for the tea,” Kaminski noted. “The tearoom tables will be set up in the décor of an English Tea with glass/china tiers of finger sandwiches and sweets. Tea times of 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. will be selected as people arrive at the registration table outside the church. Music will be played in the garden under the gazebo for all to enjoy and a seating section will be outside the garden to allow guests to visit while waiting for tea times.” 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the registration table and raffle items will be set up under tents along with hanging plants, donated for the day by Lakeland Gardener members, to mark the pathway from the church to the garden.

The Lakeland Garden Nursery, next to the garden, will have a plant sale at the same time as the tea featuring both shade and sun perennials.

Bouquets of pastel ribbons will mark the entrance to the church, garden and plant sale.

“The garden club is so excited about this new event that many of the garden club members and friends are selecting a hat to decorate with flowers to wear to the event,” members of The Lakeland Gardeners commented. “What better place to conduct a tea than in the atmosphere of this beautiful garden with the soothing sounds of local musicians!”

“The excitement for this event is contagious among all of the volunteers,” Kaminski said. “‘A Cup of Tea’ will expose the public to the idea of hospice — that is should be part of our journey in life — the positivity of hospice in the end stages of one’s life. It lets the community know that the hospice team is there for them. And on a lighter note, it allows the Lakeland Gardeners to display the fruits of their labors in the beautiful garden they have produced.

“The excitement of our volunteers makes all the hours put into planning this event very satisfying,” Kaminski continued. “The coming together of people in the community to socialize and enjoy a day out with friends and in return support the garden and indirectly hospice will be the most rewarding part of this event. We are very thankful for all of the donations received from businesses and individuals supporting this very worthy cause.”

For more information, or to purchase a brick ($35) for the garden, contact Mary Ellen Kaminski, Ascension at Home at 800-234-3542.

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