The Chimneys

River Hills, WI
Meadow, Water feature

Set on fifteen acres, this property features a formal rose garden, perennial and vegetable gardens, water and woodland gardens, and an extensive arboretum. The gardens surround a Colonial Revival-style house, named "The Chimneys" by the original owner, designed by Andrew Hepburn of Perry, Shaw, and Hepburn, the Boston architects responsible for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. The arboretum includes collections of rare native, European, and Asian trees and shrubs (including a collection of more than 60 magnolias) to frame the vistas and water gardens. The owner is testing the limits of Milwaukee's Zone 5 designation by seeing which genera and species of trees can tolerate our climate as the average temperatures increase. The woodlands feature a Gothic-inspired tree house, designed by the owner, a nineteenth-century bronze copy of Donatello's David, and a nineteenth-century bronze copy of the Hermes statue discovered at Herculaneum.

Please note: This property requires extensive walking (estimated at 1 mile) including an approximately 1,000-foot private road to the entrance of the garden.  The garden is situated over rolling hills that slope downward.  Visitors should expect uneven terrain and unpaved paths, and must traverse an upward slope to exit the garden.

Open Days 2023: Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • This garden allows photography
  • Nature friendly f372a65207813459a0d18d2caa5c1eece145dbb205535bacd45d09e443889605Nature-friendly

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