2013 Welcome To My Garden Tour...
Jennifer & Allie Hunter Garden on Hanover -- 808 Hanover Street
Unique antique architectural pieces form the backdrop for colorful perennials and splashy annuals in this eclectic urban garden retreat. The pond and waterfall unify the juxtaposition of modern and classic touches found throughout this delightful city garden, making this a perfect example of what can be done in a small space.
Michael McNeil & Phil Martin Garden -- 222 Cherry Street
The rustic pergola serves as a focal point of the garden and accentuates the fieldstone pond: home to koi fish, turtles, and frogs. Both flower and vegetable plantings are pleasing to the eye and offer a sustainable environment that displays the owners’ belief of being closer to nature through gardening; a belief further emphasized through their recent addition of beekeeping.
Andy Merrild Garden -- 414 West Mansion Street
In this relatively new garden we see formal plantings of azaleas, hydrangeas, and trees intermixed with statuary, which compliment this ornate Queen Anne home and beautifully restored carriage house. The front gardens invite you to come into the property, where the artfully landscaped pool area sets the tone for an elegant, yet relaxing, urban oasis.
John & Renée Harlow Garden -- 720 N. Kalamazoo Ave.
This is an arborist’s delight! Flowering and fragrant shrubs, exotic trees, and a wide variety of perennials not found in many other gardens are the inspiration for this vast city park-style garden. Enjoy the collections of hosta in harmonious hues that have found their way down the street from a neighbor’s former garden.
Tom Franke Garden -- 410 Eagle Street
Stately oak trees surround this historic home and shelter your walk up the hill to the peaceful vista. Thirty years of gardening showcase the joys of mature plantings in this 30-acre park-like setting, known as “Oakhill.” The surrounding outbuildings, the Pub and the Playhouse, are beautifully landscaped, adding charm and whimsy to this grand home.
Pat & Laura Crouse Garden -- 632 East Drive
This is a hidden garden you need to see! As you step through to the back, this Irish-inspired garden features a Celtic cross of brick pavers outlined with dark green boxwood and a landscape interspersed with brightly colored perennials and wildflowers. Note the numerous birdbaths, bird feeders, fountains, and plantings to encourage the mix of flora and fauna.