Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Inaugural Garden Tour Features Nine Eau Claire-Area Sites

Barbara Arnold

One of this year’s tour gardens.
Some of this year’s tour gardens.

“Gardens in Bloom” is the first-ever major garden tour in Eau Claire, featuring nine lovingly planted gardens (locations). Presented by the 125-plus volunteer members of the Eau Claire Garden Club, the tour includes: a whimsical, woodland fantasy garden complete with elves, fairies, unicorns, and more; two gardens built specifically to attract bees, birds, and butterflies, specifically monarchs; a sustainable no-till heirloom vegetable garden, alongside an earth home with solar panels; a professionally landscaped country garden with a pond, waterfall, and fountain; and a neighborhood of three distinct garden styles with a restored native prairie community space and roof-top solar power system. “The Garden Marketplace” will be where you can buy seeds, monarch butterfly kits, stained glass, garden art, jewelry and hand-blown glass for gardens. Plus, there will be a huge plant sale with all types of perennials and house plants. “Lunch by the Pond,” will offer for sale hearth-stone pizzas, salads, and desserts made by Bijou Bistro 11am-4pm. Musicians will also be playing garden music at the neighborhood stop. Proceeds raised from the garden tour event help fund community-based garden projects. 

Eau Claire “Gardens in Bloom” Tour • Saturday, July 14 rain or shine • 9am-4pm • Tickets available at Festival Foods in Eau Claire and at each garden site • $15 per person • tour locations • eauclairegardenclub.com

Tour Map

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.