Anderson Park Friends, Inc.

News as of 07/06/22

Red Monarda Prairie Plant

Olbrich Home Garden Tour & Anderson Farm County Park
July 8 and July 9, 2022
Location: 914 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575

Anderson Farm County Park will be recognized in conjunction with the annual Olbrich Botanical Gardens (OBG) Home Tour of personal gardens scheduled for Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9. Free self-guided tours of the forest and prairies will be available at the park.

OBG recently announced the 2022 tour will take place in Oregon. The public can buy tickets and tour the home gardens between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The successful event is held annually around Dane County. Hundreds of gardeners have participated in previous tours each year.

Anderson Farm County Park (914 Union Road) will be recognized in the tour’s publicity as an extra point of interest because of the prairie and forest restorations. The park features many points of interest to gardeners.

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P.S. Don’t forget to search for the new Fairy Doors in the forest. You have to be quick to catch a glimpse of the fairies.

Woodland Fairy Door Trail

The fairies have come to Anderson Farm County Park! Come out to the park and enjoy the Woodland Fairy Door Trail filled with 13 fairy doors. Search, spot ‘em, and connect with the fairies to conjure up some magic.

What is a fairy? They are a type of mythical being or legendary creature found in the folklore of multiple European cultures. Fairies are often associated with plants and springtime, depicted as pure figures who possess magical powers. In the tales of fairies, they are often mischievous creatures.

Walk the Arthur Sholts Memorial Forest to capture the magic of the fairies. For a complete description of this new project for the community, click here.

Anderson Farm Center

The fundraising project for the irrigation system was a success. We are now partnering with Rooted to go forward and install the new system. Installation is targeted for mid-May. The start date is weather dependent.

Planning is proceeding for this year's garden.  We will be improving the soil with compost before planting. Planting will start towards the end of April or early May. 

The eighth-graders from St. Maria Goretti Church will be working in the garden (along with forest work) on the morning of May 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Latest News: Anderson Park Friends, Inc. and the farm center were featured in the December 3rd edition of the Isthmus Magazine. Click Here for more information.

A complete report on the fundraising activities related to the Irrigation System project will be provided in January 2022. Thank you to the over 30 people and families that donated so generously to the project and Anderson Park Friends, Inc.

Click here to read the Center's Strategic Concepts document.

2022 Food Pantry Garden

The Food Pantry Garden produced over 3,400 pounds of produce. The vegetables were donated to the Oregon Area Food Pantry, Belleville Food Pantry, Badger Praire Needs Network (Verona), and Little John's Kitchen. We also want to recognize Jung’s Garden CenterK & A Greenhouse, and Fitchburg Farms for their donations to the pantry garden. It is appreciated and very timely. 

Volunteers are needed for once or twice a month shifts. Each shift is only 2 hours in length.

 

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Anderson Farm County Park was established in 2014 and is a passive recreation park in the Dane County Parks system.  The park is approximately 310 acres and is a mix of woodland, prairies, and agricultural fields. Other features include rain and pollinator gardens as well as a bluebird trail.

The park is located at:

Forest Parking: 914 Union Road 
Dog Park Parking: 804 Union Road
(Town of Oregon; south of the village of Oregon)
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575

The park is named after the Lyman F. Anderson Family farmstead that was founded at the site in 1886. Lyman F. Anderson, who passed away in 2005, was a former County Board Supervisor and served in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

There is a network of woodland trails on the north end of the Park, including a 1-mile hiking trail through the Arthur Sholts Memorial Woods. The woods and five acres of prairie (next to the forest) can be accessed from a parking area off Union Road. Visitors can also walk along the turf trails that border the agricultural fields.

A 35-acre dog park is accessible (with a permit) from 804 Union Road. The dog park includes areas for large and small dogs. An electrical charging station and a vault toilet are available. An additional features include a 7,000 native plant drainage basin and a 10 tree community orchard.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization working with the Dane County Parks Division to develop, protect, preserve, and enhance beautiful Anderson Farm County Park. The park is in Phase 1 of the master plan.  Our organization is comprised of over 210 members living in Oregon, Brooklyn, and the surrounding townships-Towns of Oregon, Rutland, and Dunn.

The development of the park has a Master Plan. Click here to read the Master Plan.

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Roe Parker, President
1560 Partridge Hill Drive
Oregon, WI 53575
608-835-3580
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