In 1936 Otto Schoepfle Jr. bought the first piece of property that would become Schoepfle Garden for two reasons: his grandparents had owned the house with his father being born here and being on a lake ridge he knew the soil would be perfect for his gardening hobby. Today we share the results of Otto’s hobby with 20 acres of gardens and more than 40 acres of woods and trails that you can enjoy on warm fall weekends. A number of trees from maples to the katsura to black walnuts and cherry have started to add to the color palette here. The white pines are dropping needles to add to the fragrance of the garden as well. Fall blooms like autumn crocus, sedum and hardy begonia along with marigolds, canna and petunias still are providing a lot of visual pleasure. Make a day of it by visiting the garden and stopping by one of the many orchards along St Rt 113 for apple picking and fall vegetables – like Otto they know the land along the lake ridge is perfect for growing.