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New at Katies Garden
Katies Garden rose arbor
Pictured are (from left) Platteville Regional Chamber board members Ann Rupp, Tim Boldt and Lori Bahr; chamber executive director Kathy Kopp; Jim Jermain of AT&T Wisconsin; state Rep. Travis Tranel (RCuba City), John Dutcher of Building Platteville; and chamber board member Matt Streeter. - photo by Photo by Steve Prestegard

Katie’s Garden at the Platteville Regional Chamber grounds now has a new permanent, maintenance-free rose arbor and a hillside of new flowers and plants, thanks to the support of local volunteers and a $2,000 AT&T Innovation Award.

“Katie’s Garden wouldn’t be one of the most beautiful places on earth without the support of so many wonderful community volunteers and master gardeners,” said Kathy Kopp, executive director of the Platteville Regional Chamber. “Thanks to AT&T and our volunteers, Katie’s Garden now has a new gorgeous rose arbor and a plethora of new beautiful plants and flowers.”

Katie’s Garden is the anchor to the Platteville Community Arboretum and Rountree Gardens project that encompasses areas along the Rountree Branch Trail. The garden is full of color all season long and has benches, tables, picnic areas, and walking paths throughout. 

The garden was built as a tribute to Katie Vaassen, a volunteer and Platteville chamber staff member who died in 2004. Katie’s Garden is owned by the chamber and maintained by community volunteers and members of the Grant County Master Gardeners. 

“Katie’s Garden is a true gem that has become a focal point for the Platteville community and a destination for community members and visitors alike,” said State Rep. Travis Tranel (R–Cuba City). “This garden would not be possible without the countless hours put in by so many talented volunteers and support from local businesses like AT&T. It is a beautiful tribute to Katie and the entire Vaassen family.” 

The AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award program provides funding to organizations and programs that improve the community by advancing education, promoting economic development, delivering vital community services or enhancing the community.

“We are proud to support the efforts of the Platteville Chamber and community members to enhance the beauty and tranquility of Katie’s Garden,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “As a company, AT&T is committed to giving back to organizations that make a difference in the community.”