GARDEN TOUR WITH HIKE AND STARGAZING TO OFFER RARE GLIMPSE OF RIDGETOP WONDERS

Mississippi Valley Conservancy celebrates Wisconsin Land Trust Days with event to be held at FSPA Villa St. Joseph

The popular Villa grounds tour with ridgetop hike and stargazing will again be offered by Mississippi Valley Conservancy, in partnership with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) and the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society, on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Located at Villa St. Joseph on St. Joseph’s Ridge, this hike is part of the 2018 “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor activities sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare of La Crosse.

This annual event offers a family-friendly experience with the unique opportunity to visit the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Villa property and enjoy the views and night skies of the ridgetop. The event is the only public tour of the property each year.

Participants who tour the beautiful, private hilltop property will learn about the organic horticulture techniques that produce thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables for the Sisters. Sister Lucy, who was featured on CNN, will discuss their gardening techniques and take attendees through their gardens. She will also show their new state of the art greenhouse. After the garden tour, a guide from Mississippi Valley Conservancy will lead a hike of this unique and peaceful land to the overlook during the spectacular sunset hour. Members of the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society will point out highlights of the night sky after sunset.

What to bring (optional):

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and snacks to enjoy while relaxing on the grounds before stargazing begins. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own telescopes and binoculars for enjoyment of the spectacular ridgetop views.

Detailed schedule:

               4:00 – 4:30          Greenhouse

               4:30 – 5:45         Garden Tour

               6:00 – 7:30          Hikes of the property

               7:45 – 9:30          Stargazing

Directions:  From La Crosse take Hwy 33 east to St. Joseph’s Ridge. The Villa is at the end of town.  Please park in the parking lot that is just past the Villa on the left, watch for Mississippi Valley Conservancy signs.  Please do not pull in and park in the actual Villa parking lot.

WHAT: Garden Tour with Hike and Stargazing
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Villa St. Joseph on St. Joseph’s Ridge

RSVP’s are appreciated for this free event. Please send your RSVP by email to kfrise@mississippivalleyconservancy.org or call 784-3606 ext. 6

Villa St. Joseph on St. Joseph's Ridge

5 Things to Know: Restaurant Week

 Restaurant Week La Crosse | April 22-28, 2019 Restaurant Week La Crosse is a week-long food festival, celebrating local restaurants and eateries in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. During Restaurant Week visitors and locals may enjoy three-course meals along...

Pearl Street Brewery Celebrates 20 Years

Pearl Street Brewery Celebrates 20 Years of Brewing Craft Beer in La Crosse, WI.Pearl Street Brewery prepares a very special release of a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in celebration of twenty years of brewing beer in La Crosse, WI. Deux...

James Beard Nominated Chefs Cook a Feast for Mid West Music Fest

On Tuesday, February 26, La Crosse Distilling Co. will host the Fieldnotes Dinner Series to benefit the Mid West Music Fest, a non-profit, multi-venue, multi-genre music festival held in downtown La Crosse, Wis. and Winona, Minn. since 2010. The event will...