Hales Corners in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Voight - Boerner Botanical Gardens Director, 1941-1979
Named in honor of former Director, Mr. John Voight, and his wife Hildegarde. John Voight was appointed Gardens Director from the ranks of the CCC/WPA (Civilian Conservation Corps/Works Progress Administration) where he served as a crew leader in the 1930s and 40s. During his 38 years as Gardens Director, John Voight worked to further the visions of his predecessors, Charles Whitnall and Alfred Boerner. In 1950, under John's leadership, the Trial Garden was developed, and eight years later, it became one of the carefully selected sites for the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) trials. In 1967, the Gardens were also approved to conduct All-America Selections (AAS) flower trials.
The AAS Award (related sign to the left of this one)
The AAS Award recognizes a flower or vegetable for significant achievements, proven to be superior to all others on the market. AAS Winners have been introduced each year since 1933.
A Trial Ground is a test site that conducts side-by-side comparison trials and is supervised by a Judge who is responsible for the growing and methodical evaluation of flowers, fruits or vegetables.
The Judge evaluates entries looking for desirable qualities such as novel flower forms, flower colors, flower show above foliage, fragrance, length of flowering season, and disease or pest tolerances or resistance. Vegetables are judged looking for such traits as earliness to harvest, total yield, fruit taste, fruit quality, ease of harvest, plant habit, disease and pest resistance.
Erected by Milwaukee County Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 42° 56.259′ N, 88° 1.8′ W. Marker is in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on Boerner Drive west of South 92nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9400 Boerner Drvive, Hales Corners WI 53130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Botanical Heritage: (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wisconsin's Lime Industry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early 1900s Business District (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile Hales Corners – A Farm Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); The German Evangelical Church / Brach’s Animal Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hales Corners – A Crossroads Community (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hales Corners.
Also see . . . History of the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Excerpt from the history on the Botanical Gardens' website: "Boerner’s Trial Gardens, named for John Voight, Boerner’s former Garden Director, is one of only 31 such displays nationwide, and serves as the “test kitchen” for new plant varieties, and features a section of planting beds used by Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens for their year-round, outcomes driven, K12 student plant science, hands on learning." (Submitted on September 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.