Educational Tours & Maps:
Want to learn more about the Ordovician fossils we hunt here in Bluff Country? I do a tour of my fossil barn and gardens here at Whispering Winds – $10 an hour per person. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other groups special rates.
I also sell three different laminated maps of various fossil hunting spots open to the public near Spring Valley, Forestville State Park and by St. Charles near Whitewater State Park that also have ID sheets on the back – $5 per map.
I can also take you out on a hunt to special spots depending on what you are hoping to find in the way of fossils – trilobites, gastropods, cephalopods, etc.
Have fun at the privacy of Whispering Winds! From Birthday parties to Halloween parties, to private camping by a trout stream! Especially suited to the 12 and under set with lots of friendly animals and games!
Want a party? Children 12 and under are $10 apiece for a 3 hour party. Lots of play areas, games are setup, campfire for hotdogs or a rocket stove for just S’mores. Bring the kids and their treats and everything will be ready when you arrive! LOTS of opportunities for great photos! Six or more children and I will bring out Coco the donkey for rides or Murphy the mini-horse for “My Little Pony” decorating.
Private family camping available for $25 a night.
Trout fishing in a stocked trout stream on site.
Whispering Winds is adjacent to an 8 mile round trip bike/walking trail and Spring Creek Park.
Just give a call and ask how I can help you! 507-922-0083 land line so please leave your number slowly and clearly twice and I will get back to you. 😀
Permaculture Gardening with a Bit of Whimsy
I am an ex-Master Gardener with a varied permaculture landscape that includes many native plants in pollinator (Bees, Butterflys and Bugs.) gardens, an English Cottage Garden, raised beds and I’m always experimenting in the garden with something – this year the Native American Three Sisters garden which was so successful that I am going to expand them next year.
There are fairy gardens and surprises sprinkled throughout the landscape.
And a bit of whimsy that both children and adults enjoy.
I also have an established koi and gold fish pond.
With the permaculture tour a donation of $5 per person with a minimum of $30 per tour is requested. The gardens are 90% handicapped accessible – as long as you are used to moving over grass, gravel, moderate inclines and declines. Length of the tour depends on how many questions I get, but usually 1-2 hours. And if you see a flower or plant you want, just ask! I do sell plants and will dig up a slice for you to take home and plant in your own garden.
What is in bloom will of course depend upon the month of the year. My gardens tend to peak in August and September, but there is lots to see in June and July as well! Whether you are a beginning gardener or a seasoned veteran I am sure you will find some new ideas here and just a relaxing walk in the garden.
Just don’t ask me what the names of the plants are! Many varieties are unique to old flower ladies, like me, in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I even have a zone 4 hardy (last 15 years) Wandering Christian (Scurvy Weed), native to Australia, that flourishes for me in Minnesota!
As a Minnesota Master Gardener I am required to volunteer a minimum of 25 hours a year to community service. If you have a garden club that would like to do a tour, please send me an email at bcfossillady at gmail dot com and see if I have openings yet for FREE.
This is a wonderful getaway for any group that is interested in a few hours spent in a garden. Bring a picnic lunch and just enjoy!
Perennial flowers are for sale ranging from 10 cents to $5. 😀
A trout fishing stream borders the property on the east. A fire ring and picnic table is available next to the creek in a lightly wooded park-like area. Primitive camping available by the creek as long as there is no rain forecast – it floods.
I do hold a current substitute teacher’s license in Minnesota, so I am thoroughly background checked. However, after 2 strokes and a bad car accident I have found I can not sustain activity for longer than 2-3 hours at a time – and sometimes I walk with a cane.
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Please email me at bcfossillady at gmail.com
or call me at 507-922-0083.
I am open to suggestions and ideas!
Beverly Sandlin 😀