Raindrops, or should we say downpours, plus hot and humid weather have not thwarted M&M area folks from participating in or attending an array of entertaining events this summer. And there’s much more to come before the traditional Labor Day weekend and the sound of school bells.

Some events may have attracted more people than others, but that doesn’t mean the lesser attended weren’t important or as heavily publicized as others.

The Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association (NLMGA), along with UW-Madison-Marinette County Extension recently co-sponsored its bi-annual Garden Walk. Eight gardens were spotlighted in the July 20 event and were located in Crivitz, Beaver and Porterfield. Host gardeners welcomed visitors to their properties for self-guided tours. The tour ticket included a map of the garden locations to accommodate visitors in planning their tour schedules.

The artistic and serene settings for the walks through the broad displays of flower, vegetable and fruit gardens, supported by water features, gazebo and other offerings gave visitors an opportunity to capture new ideas and simply to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for supporting events at the popular Harmony Arboretum. Master Garden volunteers were at each of the garden tour sites.

Like in any area activity, local businesses pitch in to assist event organizers. People who attend many of the activities often don’t realize these events wouldn’t be possible without the financial and assorted contributory help from our business community.

Those who took the time to enjoy the garden tours are looking forward to next year’s schedule. Those who missed it should make sure to be on the lookout for the 2020 event.

We salute the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association and the UW-Madison Marinette County Extension for promoting a slice of nature’s beauty right here in our home communities.