J.L. & Pauline Kraft

J.L. & Pauline Kraft

With an hour to spend
You shall have a view
Of this garden of bloom
Both old and New.
Whole acres of color,
Of fragrance and peace,
To invite your soul
And bring care’s release
All wait for you here
With the birds and the flowers.
Come! Follow the arrows
To beautiful bowers.

J.L. Kraft purchased the land on which Kraftwood is situated in the early 1920’s. It was a large swath of land along the western shore of Lake Machkinosiew, five miles west of Elcho, Wisconsin. Over the years, buildings and gardens and people have come and gone, but never has the beauty of the north woods waned. Let’s take a journey through the past, the present, and the future of Kraftwood and it’s once-famous gardens.

“I have a garden of my own,
Shining with flowers of every hue!
I love it dearly while alone,
But I shall love it more with you.”

— from ‘Child’s Song’ by Thomas Moore