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Solaris Farms is a great place to visit, view our American Hemerocallis Society Display Gardens, purchase freshly dug plants, or spend a relaxing part of your day. Please see the directions to navigate to our farm (it's really very easy). You may also want to use the map below to locate our business (use zoom out links for a greater view of the area). Please also see our Farm Calendar for the best times to visit and our hours for the coming summer.
Solaris is a beautiful old farmstead that is now a nursery. The nursery has no paved walks, has lots of soil, lawns, fields and some rough spots. Plants are grown in the ground, thus to see them, one must walk the fields and gardens. We recommend wearing old shoes, a hat, jeans, and weather appropriate clothing. The use of sun block and insect repellent are optional, but recommended. Water and seating in shaded areas is available for your use. A no-flush toilet is available for your use (outhouse). At times the farm is busy and you may have to wait for your plants to be dug, but with many thousands of cultivars and varieties to look at in many gardens around the farm, most people find the unhurried time welcome. One should plan at least one hour for a visit, as it takes quite some time to shop the sales field, without even looking elsewhere.
Children are welcome, but parents are asked to supervise their kids while at farm. There are animals around the farm and large areas for kids to play, but supervision is needed for the safety of the kids and well-being of the farm. Many visitors picnic at the farm and we welcome you to do so with your family (we've got many picnic tables).
Please park in the field off Taus Road, this serves as the entrance to the farm; the exit is Pine-Sva Road. The disabled or visitors with problems walking from the parking area to the sales area are welcome to park near the silo (a sign indicates the area to park). Once parked in the field please walk up our grass farm lane to the machine shed and then to the sales area.
During summer daylily bloom season we provide visitors with a field catalog, dig order, clipboard and pencil to use for shopping purposes. These materials can be found by our sales area, which is behind the machine shed near our silo. Use these materials to find more information, locate, price and write down the plants you'd like to order. Once you've made your list, drop it off at our cashier's shack. We'll make labels and get your plants dug as quickly as we can. The diggers will select the best available plants in the sales field for you. While your order is being dug we recommend relaxing under our shaded sales area, under the cedars or under the silo pergola. You need not bring containers to take plants home in, we'll supply bags (if you'd like to protect your car's trunk or interior from soil leakage, etc., please bring an old blanket or tarp. Once your plants have been dug, we'll find you to let you know your plants are ready to be paid for and taken home.
Weekends can be very busy at Solaris Farms during peak Hemerocallis/Lilium bloom, so to avoid large crowds we recommend visiting on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday if at all possible. If you are coming to the farm with a large group, we'd appreciate an email ahead of time so we can have ample help on hand to make your visit more enjoyable. We welcome bus groups, but do ask that they schedule their visits ahead of time.
Weather can be quite variable with a business that functions solely outside. With this in mind, it may be helpful to check with us or the weather service for conditions before your visit. We do dig (more slowly) when it is raining and will not dig during lightning storms/thunderstorms. The farm does not have rainproof shelters other than a machine shed at this time, so packing rain gear may be useful as well.
With all that said, the farm is a beautiful place to visit and shop and we'd very much like to see you and help in any way possible. Much of the staff has an extensive background in practical gardening/growing of plants and enjoys problem solving your gardening needs. Hope to see you for the spectacular!
Solaris Farms is approximately 26 miles east of Appleton, 20 miles south of Green Bay, and 15 miles west of Manitowoc.
From Appleton and the Fox Cities we recommend taking U.S. Hwy. 10 east to Reedsville, turn north (left) on to County Hwy. W (Old Hwy. 32) and proceed for 2.5 miles, turn east (right) on to Taus Road and proceed 1/8th mile, turn right at the wooden Solaris Farms entrance to park in our grass/field parking lot. Please note that the Pine-Sva Road address is our residence and exit from the farm.
From De Pere and Green Bay we recommend taking County Hwy. PP south out of De Pere (PP can be accessed by taking Hwy. 57/32 about a mile south of downtown De Pere), continue south on PP to its intersection with County Hwy.K and turn left (east) on to K (PP merges with and exits Hwy 96 approximately 10 miles before K). Proceed approximately 4 miles, turn south (right) on to County Hwy. W for 2 miles. Then turn east (left) on to Taus Road and proceed 1/8th mile, turn right at the wooden Solaris Farms entrance to park in our grass/field parking lot. Please note that the Pine-Sva Road address is our residence and exit to the farm. If you like an all country drive (faster), take County GV east off 172, turn south (right) onto County V, turn south on to County G. Follow G thru the Towns of Shirley, Lark and Wayside, then turn south on to County W. Proceed as instructed above to Solaris Farms. This route takes about 20 to 25 minutes from Hwy. 172!
From Manitowoc and Interstate 43 we recommend taking U.S. Hwy. 10 west to Reedsville, turn north (right) on to County Hwy. W (Old Hwy. 32) and proceed for 2.5 miles, turn east (right) on to Taus Road and proceed 1/8th mile, turn right at the wooden Solaris Farms entrance to park in our grass/field parking lot. Please note that the Pine-Sva Road address is our residence and exit to the farm. We are about 15 miles from U.S. Interstate 43.
From Fond du Lac and the southwest part of the state take U.S. Hwy 151 north/east , turn north (left) on to County Road W (10 miles east of Chilton), proceed on County Hwy. W approximately 15 miles and cross U.S. Hwy. 10 at Reedsville, continue north 2.5 miles, turn east (right) on to Taus Road and proceed 1/8th mile, turn right at the wooden Solaris Farms entrance to park in our grass/field parking lot. Please note that the Pine-Sva Road address is our residence and exit to the farm.
A large sign with our Solaris Farms sun will greet you in the front field. Our large brick American-craftsman 4 square home, granary, barn, and machine shed is the back drop to our front gardens. Please enter the farm on Taus Road, marked by our wooden Solaris Farms entrance sign and park in the grass lot. The 7510 Pinesva Road address serves as the farm exit and residential drive.
Visitors to our area this spring and summer, that may want lodging near our farm are encouraged to stay Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Brillion. Cobblestone Inn and Suites is 6 miles from our farm and is newer inexpensive facility that should meet most visitors needs.
Abler Art Glass...Located just south of Kiel, Abler Glass has a wide variety of unique pieces for the garden and home. Quite a unique business that should not be missed. See their website at: Abler Art Glass
Pondside Gardens...Dennis and Diane Lenz operate this incredible nursery/show garden that specializes in Hosta. If you are shopping for Hosta, bring a truck! They welcome groups, but one should contact them ahead of time. I'm not aware of an internet website or an email, but they can be contacted at:
West of the Lake Gardens...This is a private garden run by the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation out of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Many gardeners stop to visit the large well-kept grounds to eat lunch and tour. For hours visit the Foundation website at: www.westfoundation.us. West of the Lake Gardens is located along Mariners Trail, which also has more than 30 garden plots maintained by volunteers, which may be of interest.
Manitowoc is approximately 15 miles east of the farm and has many places to eat, shop and enjoy Lake Michigan. A large shopping area along Highway 151, just east of Interstate 43, has a large number of shopping, service and eating possibilities.
The southside of Appleton is 25 miles to our west and also has a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments. Green Bay's southside is only 20 miles to our north and has the largest variety of attractions.
Locally, Reedsville has an A&W located on Hwy. 10, just 2.5 miles from the farm. Brillion has a number of other food establishments located mostly along Hwy. 10 (about a 6 mile drive to our west). These include: McDonald's, Rudy's Diner and Subway. Brillion also has a Chinese restaurant located on Main Street (across the street from Econo Foods), which is quite good.
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