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Gardens on tour

Julie Angell • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Gardeners’ impatiens and patience have been tested with a late spring, but now they’re ready to show off their hard work with six serene gardens scattered across the Spring Lake area.

Accompanying blooming flowers and vibrant gardens will be painters from Ottawa Shores Plein Air, a group of artists ranging from professional to novice. The artists will be painting sweeping views of the lawns and picturesque landscapes of the Grand River background for some of the gardens.

“A lot of the artists I know are gardeners,” said Lynne Boezaart, coordinator of Ottawa Shores Plein Air. “It’s kind of a natural pairing.”

Garden walkers can begin at 10 a.m. to smell the roses in Strawberry Point. The owner of the garden, Hillary Kramer, said you can expect to see pretty peonies, rose bush, bleeding hearts, irises and more flowers in bloom.

The Tri-Cities Garden Club designed the walk to be started at any of the tour’s six gardens.


In addition to admiring plant life, garden walkers will also find a plant and boutique sale, and a raffle, at garden No. 6 at 4 p.m. Raffle items include a quilt made by a club member, a painting by one of the Plein Air artists and garden statuary.

Admission is $8; children age 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven, or at any of the homes on the day of the walk.

See today's Tribune for the complete story and the addresses on the tour.


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