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Four Wisconsin greenhouses to visit this spring
Four of the best greenhouses in the state of Wisconsin include Second Nature at Reads Creek in Readstown, Winter Greenhouse, The Flower Factory in Stoughon and Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses in Mukwonago. (Photos supplied)
Friends, it's finally in sight. We've endured five months of snow, ice and frigid temps, and coming our way is a well-deserved spring full of sun, rain showers, and, of course, flowers. Treat yourself this spring to a trip to the local greenhouse for some bright colors, fresh smells and pure bliss. Here are a few of our absolute favorites:

1. Second Nature at Reads Creek, Readstown

Located in the ever-gorgeous Driftless area, Second Nature aims to be a gardener's vacation. The picturesque Reads Creek property was purchased with the goal of sharing its beautiful location with the community, and offers a variety of plants, including roses, fruits, evergreens, perennials, shrubs and vines. Visitors will enjoy its meandering pathways leading to an abundance of color, texture and variety.

2. Winter Greenhouse, Winter

Filled with gorgeous and high-quality perennials, annuals and vegetables, evergreens, fruit trees, vines, roses, herbs and wildflowers, Winter Greenhouse is a must-stop on your next trip to northwest Wisconsin. Take in the display garden, featuring both sun and shade areas, rock gardens, herb gardens and even a full-sized pond with fish and frogs.

3. The Flower Factory, Stoughton

The Flower Factory offers more than 4,000 varieties of perennials - one of the largest in the Midwest. If you're in search of Coral Bells, Hostas, Daylilies or Grasses, the incredible selection here will wow you. On the grounds, you'll find a charming 100-year-old red barn and unique rock gardens, complete with a mini train winding its way through.

4. Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses, Mukwonago

What began as a dairy farm in the mid-1800s eventually turned into a greenhouse in 1954, and the fifth-generation family business is celebrating its 64th year. Yerke Frog Alley grows a vast selection of heirloom plants, annual flowers, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy the colorful array of plants on a family-farm setting!

What will you be adding to your garden this year? Share with us on social media using #discoverwisconsin!

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