• Straight from the Horse’s Mouth…

    Who would expect the 3rd of November to reach 71 degrees in the afternoon? What a great day for a stroll. So glad our people had the bright idea to trailer us over to our favorite neighborhood park! Silverwood is our backyard and we are here often. We love the park. Our midday ride was […]

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  • Woods Restoration Work–Fall 2022 Update

    On October 1st, our woods crew met with our Dane CountyParks advisors, Botanist/Naturalist Lars Higdon and Land Restoration Specialist Shane Otto, and walked the 60 acres to assess the next steps in restoration. The KEY WORD is SUNLIGHT. We need to get more sunlight into many areas slated for Oak Savanna to get seedlings to […]

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  • Youth Pollinator Garden

    Love berries, apples, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and melons?  Support pollinators!  According to the website WisconsinPollinators.com, “Approximately three-quarters of the world’s major food crops require or benefit from animal pollination.”   Students in the Friends of Silverwood Park/Edgerton School District summer school class for middle schoolers learned about, planted and nurtured various fruits and vegetables at […]

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  • New at the Park: Monarch Waystation Designation for Pollinator Gardens

    Monarch butterflies are invaluable in plant pollination throughout North and Central America. And they are in trouble. The milkweeds and nectar sources they feed on have been declining due to land development and the widespread use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides. In the last 10 years, the migratory monarch butterfly population has decreased […]

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  • Silverwood Park woods and buildings were damaged in the Big Windstorm of June 15 ’22

    Two of the most-photographed structures in the Silverwood Park farmstead were victims of the big storm on June 15th. The linear corn crib was completely toppled. The wire corn crib with the big face posters from the “Terra Externa” art exhibit of 2015 also took a hit from the wind and will be removed. The […]

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  • The Story Behind the “Mulberry House”

    If you’ve walked the path bordering the woods at Silverwood Park to the west of the farmstead, you might have noticed the Mulberry House. Maybe you even wondered how it came to be a part of the scenery here! Rae Hoen is an Edgerton-area artist and a friend of Rita Fox, Volunteer Woods Restoration Manager […]

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  • Recovering the Hoophouse Shows Our Growers Some Love

    On Saturday 4/9, volunteers were on hand at dawn to help in replacing the worn plastic on the Hoophouse. Thanks to Javier and Sandy, Mark and Barb Gausman, Rita Fox, Margaret Cotter and her son, Jaimie, for turning out at 6:20 on a Saturday morning! The whole recovering process took 1.5 hours, thanks to no […]

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  • Restoring our Oak Savanna Serves Silverwood Park’s Goals

    If you’ve hiked the trails through Silverwood Park’s wooded areas, you might have noticed the open nature of the understory in the south end. That’s because this area is slated for restoration to oak savanna. Once restoration is complete, this part of the park will will be more like what the first settlers might have […]

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  • Candlelight Hike 2022: All the Beauty Your Eyes Can Hold!

    “Thank goodness for the snow that made our Candlelight Hike safe to do!” said organizer Rita Fox. The event was a successful fundraiser that has brought more than $500 to the Windows Replacement Project. But just as important, we think over two hundred people attended, many of them new to beautiful Silverwood Park. Enjoy these […]

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  • Why We Love and Protect Our Pollinators

      Long ago, this part of Wisconsin was covered in tallgrass prairies and oak savannas. The Native Americans who lived here would have known every plant and how to use it. Over the centuries since European settlers arrived in Wisconsin, most of the land you see has been farmed, because the soil that nurtured those […]

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