Acres of diversity
The spice of life
If variety is the spice of life, then Rich and Wendy Tobiasz's Evergreen Oasis Farm will certainly appeal to the taste buds. The Tobiaszes use every square inch of their 5 acres near Spring Grove, Illinois, packing in more gardens, birds, insects and animals than peppers in a mill.
They describe their property as "wonderfully imperfect." While they admit that it does not have the look of a manicured golf-course, it is a work in progress, complete with an orchard, flower and vegetable gardens and livestock. They built their home in 1988 adding on in 2004. The land was a hayfield with only two white pine trees. Today it has over 300 trees, with more than 50 species represented, some already over 20 feet tall. They call their farm and home the Evergreen Oasis, because to them it feels like they're in an oasis surrounded by subdivisions.
As Wendy says, "We really DO appreciate beautifully tended gardens and I go out of my way driving to work just to look at them. Our style is a bit more casual. That works for us."
Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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