Elm Grove recognizes beautiful landscapes
Seven properties honored for their aesthetic value
The Elm Grove Beautification Awards aren't about who spends the most time in the garden, just whose yard looks the nicest.
Paul Woelbing and Glenna Krueger, two of this year's residential winners, take a decidedly different approach when it comes to keeping their yards nicely manicured.
Krueger and her husband, John, have lived at their home on Underwood River Parkway since they built the house in 1978.
"I kept adding gardens and my husband kept saying 'You've got to quit doing that,' " Krueger quipped.
"I take care of my flowers and they need weeding and caring - and we could use some rain."
Krueger said she handles the flowers while her husband handles the lawn and bushes. Her approach to the overall look of her garden is simple: Let nature run its course.
"You can just plant any colors together because nature doesn't make a mistake. I'm not particular about colors - whatever way it turns out, I enjoy it."
She admits her garden has faded a little as the summer has worn on, but insists part of the blame has to be put on the dry summer. She's seen quite a few summers in Elm Grove, and this will be her third Beautification Award.
Fellow winner Woelbing isn't quite so likely to dig in the dirt, but his landscaping is as crucial to him as exterior or interior work on his home. For Woelbing, they're one in the same.
"Architecture really is part of its landscape; they're inseparable, so let's make the landscape part of the house."
Woelbing had lived in Whitefish Bay because he wanted a classic, older home. Eventually, his soon-to-be house on Katherine Drive came up for sale, and he bought it.
The house needed a tremendous amount of work, but the architecture of the home drew Woelbing to it. He brought in contractors to work on the interior, exterior and landscaping, hoping to create a 1930s feel both inside and out.
His passion for art, he said, really came to the forefront.
"I joke that I have an edifice complex," he said. "I like restoring stuff and I like art."
Woelbing has lived in Elm Grove nearly seven years.
Winners will be presented their awards during a September ceremony.
John and Glenna Krueger
13640 Underwood River Parkway
1060 Katherine Drive
Ken and Patricia Siberz
1415 Woodside Lane
Gary and Sandra Zwirlein
1110 Lower Ridgeway
1505 Greenway Terrace
Heinrich and Associates
910 Elm Grove Road
O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
13225 Watertown Plank Road
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