The New Jenquine Pavilion & Overlook Garden and King Shade Garden Dedication - Jul 11, 2011
by Green Bay Botanical Garden Staff
King Shade Garden Dedication
Green Bay Botanical Garden was opened to the public in 1996. Since that time, a number of individual gardens have been developed. The Jenquine Overlook came to Green Bay Botanical Garden in the form of a bequest from the estate of Elsie E. Jenquine. Elsie’s gift came with the request that the donation be used for a gazebo-like structure to provide a place of rest. Elsie was an avid gardener, and her gift will go a long way to enhance the beauty of Green Bay Botanical Garden.
The King Shade Garden is a gift given by Herb & Gladys King. Themselves active gardeners, they have a deep and abiding love for shade plantings, especially hostas, and have given this as a legacy gift to the community.
Planning and Goals of the Gardens
King Shade Garden
The site was ideal for a shade garden in that there was a natural setting with a number of large shade trees, varying topography and spaces that have provided for a contemplative environment, as expressed by the Kings. One need was to create an accessible route throughout the garden and a transition from the Children’s Garden to the serenity sought in this space. The Garden needed to create a hidden escape, to provide a variety of seating opportunities with benches and boulders and diverse plantings. The final wish for this space was to not only evoke memories of days gone by, but also to commemorate and celebrate the storied horticultural past of the Garden as the former Larsen Orchard. The plants in this garden are shade-loving and include over 3500 perennials, 170 trees and shrubs, as well as 740 hostas representing 215 varieties - many of which were hybridized by the Kings themselves. In the spring there are over 7500 blooming bulbs provide magnificent color throughout.
The structure which serves as the buffer between the King Shade and Children’s Garden was designed to replicate a ruin of a springhouse. Springhouses were common sights in rural areas before electric refrigeration. These small structures, built over the source of a spring or a diverted creek, were used to keep milk, eggs, fruit and other perishables cool. The water maintained a constant cool temperature inside the springhouse throughout the year.
This site provided a perfect complement to the King Shade Garden and the soon to be developed Baer Perennial Garden, as well as a visual connection to the formal gardens across the ravine. It serves as a perfect connection between the two major ridges in the Garden and unifies the entire space. The structures draw visitors from the formal gardens over to this delightfully unexpected space. Accessibility was a key factor and the path through the King Shade Garden is fully accessible. The theme of the plantings in this Garden is Wisconsin native perennials, and the woodland setting is appropriate for the two structures you seen here. Over 1700 perennials, 2750 spring blooming bulbs and 30 trees and shrubs were installed. These plants, when established, require minimal water, fertilizer and maintenance.
The pavilion is actually the third use of these hand-hewn barn beams and was constructed with a timber peg or mortise tenon style of construction. The barn originated in Oconto County in the mid-1800s. Designer and contractor Jim Delwiche used all vintage hand tools and drills to reconstruct the pavilion.
Next to the pavilion is the overlook wall, which is modeled after the council ring design made famous by architect Jens Jensen. Jensen’s council ring design is inspired by a Native American tradition that treats all people as equals. A group seated here is gathered in a continuous circle where all members are important to the community.
Nearly two years ago the Garden broke ground on this acre of land that was dedicated as the Jenquine Pavilion & Overlook and King Shade Gardens. Throughout most of last year visitors were able to stroll through as the plantings were being completed. We’re pleased to announce the official dedication of the King Shade Garden and the Jenquine Pavilion & Overlook Garden. They will live on as a treasure in the Garden and the community.