GH-area garden walk is Saturday

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Eight gardens will be open and on display between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Tickets for the walk are available at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., or at any of the homes on the day of the walk.

Tickets for adults are $8 to tour all gardens; children ages 12 and younger tour for free.

Gardens include: 

* 19 and 21 Sherman St. — The space between the two condos was combined and the owners have created an elaborate, terraced garden area, complete with a beautiful lighthouse, waterfall and fish pond. Annual and container gardens highlight the additional lush green space.

* 13793 Lakesedge — Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, you’ll find shade and sun perennial gardens. The homeowner’s garden has evolved during the past eight years with the addition of a small pond and several new perennial beds. A variety of flowers, including an assortment of lilies, are incorporated into the garden landscape. A small vegetable garden is centered among a bed of strawberry and raspberry plants.

* 12577 Lakeshore Ave. — When moving to their Grand Haven Township home in 2011, the owners brought along numerous plants from their former garden areas in Minnesota. They divided and planted these in the beautiful, peaceful setting they have created around their new home. In addition, during the past two years, they have spread 45 yards of mulch, cleared a dune area, and planted various ground covers and perennials. 

* 11849 Chickory Drive — Lavender-lined paths and thyme creeping between stepping stones scent the air of these newly developed gardens. Fountains and water features entice visitors down garden paths, which nicely blend the landscaped area with a natural wooded lot. Vertical hydroponic tower gardens grow lush vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, with little footprint or water usage, creating a tower-to-table experience.

* 11835 Chickory Drive — Follow meandering grass paths, lined with river rock and raised natural stone beds that overflow with a beautiful mix of textured plants, bushes, ornamental trees and vines, layered with an array of perennials, in the backyard of this lovely home. The walkways and retaining walls are made from field stones collected throughout Michigan. The gardens have a little bit of everything, including multiple ground covers, spring wildflowers and deep-shade plants. The backyard retreat has evolved over 20 years and includes a deck and casual flagstone patio.

* 12293 168th Ave. — After moving into their Grand Haven Township home two years ago, the owners have been working to redefine and renew the gardens surrounding the home. They have added a variety of shrubs and perennials to the numerous garden areas. They believe a garden is always a work in progress, and they are striving to have something blooming throughout the summer, with a variety of color, texture and interest in the landscape. Refreshments will be served at this location.

* 13613 Forest Park Drive — This home offers a half-acre mixture of sun, shade, vegetable and fruit gardens nestled adjacent to Hofma Park. A fenced arbor greets you from the street, with roses and a tasteful sampling of perennials. Follow the brick walkway to the backyard, past the vegetable, berry and flower gardens, to the shade gardens overlooked by the Canterberry sunroom. Club members have potted plants and garden accessories for sale at this location.

* 14515 108th Ave. — This home’s farmer and advanced Master Gardener have turned their 4.5 acres in the Robinson Township countryside into luscious perennial flower and vegetable garden beds. Being avid gardeners, they are always planting new trees, shrubs and flower containers to give color throughout the summer months. Potted plants and garden accessories are also for sale at this location by club members.

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