Chit Chats

The Green & Gold are proud to present our Chit Chat hosts for the year. We thank them for volunteering to open their gardens for a Chit Chat. Hope to see you there!

Chit Chat and Plant Sale at Gary and Linda Joslin, Green Bay

June 17, 2020 6 - 8 PM


Due to the health crisis, the June Chit Chat and Plant Sale has been canceled.

Chit Chat at Rick and Jill Dowland, Forest Junction

July 14, 2020 2 - 8 PM (time has been extended)


Our gardens began in 1994 after the birth of our daughter, Kylea. They began slowly with only a shovel and Jill secretly expanding the beds around the house when edging (Rick loved his grass). Each year a new perimeter bed was added. With the perimeter filled with beds, the middle just HAD to be converted. By 2000 the only grass left was the paths. 
Originally filled with sun-loving cottage garden perennials and grandma's hostas, the surrounding trees brought in more shade, necessitating changes. Our first purchased hostas were from Spring Hill and Michigan Bulb (I know, I know) with a few others added here and there, but we were still not bitten by the hosta bug. Now fully infected we have close to 800 varieties trying to tame that original cottage garden. Other perennials including heuchera, iris, sedums, Asiatic lilies, daylilies, alliums, and 1,000’s of spring bulbs add color. Our custom wood fence features many unique bird houses

Chit Chat Guidelines and directions to the garden.

  • Please wear a mask!

  • If you are showing symptoms of Covid, have been in contact with an infected person, or are generally not feeling well, we ask that you respect the safety of everyone else and stay safely in your own home. 

  • The hours have been changed to 2 pm to 8 pm. Jill and Rick have a large garden with lots of room to socially distance. The extended hours should reduce the density further.

  • It's warm and we will have bottled water available but there will be no snacks.

The location is N8882 Church St, Brillion/Forest Junction.
Directions: From Green Bay, take highway 32/57 south to Church Street in Forest Junction. Turn left for about ½ mile. 
From the Valley, take Highway 10 east to Forest Junction. 
Turn right for about ½ mile. Park in the Church parking lot and enter the garden from the front yard at the driveway.

Chit Chat at the Green & Gold Display Garden in Green Bay Botanical Garden

August 12, 2020 6 - 8 PM


Since 1999, the Green & Gold has maintained a hosta garden outside the visitor center at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. In 2011 it was designated as an American Hosta Society National Display Garden.  

Stay tuned for more Information!