Garden Walk set for June 23

Krystle Wagner • Jun 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Five Fruitport-area gardens are taking center stage this coming weekend.

The Tri-Cities Garden Club’s 24th annual Garden Walk will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

Tickets for the “Country Stroll”-themed event are available at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, and they will also be available at the homes on the day of the walk. Tickets are $12. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger.

Plants and crafts will be sold at the garden located at 4775 E. Farr Road. Club members added spigot to large barrels donated by the Ottawa County Road Commission, which will be raffled off at the garden.

Sue Foose, a member of the Tri-Cities Garden Club, said they placed corks on the ends of antique forks to create markers that people can use to label plants in their gardens. Foose said they also painted drywall buckets that people can use for weeding.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly educational exhibit will be displayed at the garden located at 4570 S. Broton Road.

Ottawa Shores Plein Air Artists will also be at some of the gardens.

For Foose, the best part is “seeing how everyone puts their ideas together,” and she said it provides ideas for designs they can create in their own gardens.

Next year’s Garden Walk will feature homes in Grand Haven. Anyone interested in having their garden featured should contact the group through its website at www.tricitiesgardenclub.org.

Here’s information about this year’s featured gardens:

Garden 1: Arthur and Peggy Iversen, 4775 E. Farr Road

The garden features a variety of conifers, clematis, daylilies and more. There are also pieces of farm equipment that have ties to Arthur and Peggy Iversen’s family that are incorporated into the landscape. Small and large rocks accent the garden, and boulders and a cement walkway help link various areas to the garden.

At this garden, a plant and craft sale will be held. A raffle will also be held for rain barrels.

Garden 2: Keith Skrabis, 4764 E. Farr Road

This garden is described as a “modern farm with a rustic touch.” It features “low-maintenance perennial gardens with many large boulders and natural stone hardscapes.” As people walk through the garden, they can hear the waterfall and see animals such as cows, chickens and ducks.

Garden 3: Ryan Freeman, 4800 E. Farr Road

More than 2,000 yards of soil were brought in and 70 trees were removed to help start the landscape’s foundation because it was built on a swamp. The goal of the garden was to create a “serene setting for all seasons and have it blend with the natural setting.”

Garden 4: Robert Friese, 4960 S. Hilton Park Road

The outside of the home features perennial gardens with evergreen and plantings, paths and sculptural elements. Paths lead to a potting shed that was made from reclaimed barn wood. The garden also features a koi pond and waterfall all in the woods with “Norris Creek wandering the fringes.”

The garden and home were the “former venue of Nature’s Creative Edge.”

Refreshments will be available throughout the day at this garden.

Garden 5: Steve and Sandy Sokolowski, 4570 S. Broton Road

The garden features an assortment of woodland and hosta plants that lead to a “wagon wheel design of tall sedums compliment the miniature wheel in the antique garden.” A waterfall that was recently constructed cascades into the pond. The garden features “hidden treasures around every corner.”

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly educational exhibit will be displayed at this garden.

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