2018 Garden Tour
July 14 and 15
Ramon Garden 209 S. Liberty Street
Creativity abounds in this urban landscape in the repurposing of family items into garden art. These include a sign from the ‘50s dairy bar on Marshall’s West Michigan Ave, signed family barn doors, and a cast iron birdbath circa 1940. Numerous flowerbeds surround a fire pit area and vegetable and herb plots supply the staples for Chef Ramon’s culinary creations.
Keiper Garden 521 Sibley Lane
The garden is a tribute to the “The Wizard of Oz” as the winding paths transport you from the black and white portion of the movie to a colorful back yard with nods to all the important characters and locations, such as the Emerald City. Most noteworthy is the living tree with an amazing carved face and apples like the one encountered by Dorothy. This garden will be a special treat for Oz lovers of all ages.
Crouse Garden 632 East Drive
This Irish inspired garden features colorful drifts of over fifty varieties of daylilies and other perennials attracting humming birds and butterflies. The lush borders of trees, flowers and boxwood are designed to complement the pool setting and emphasize the Celtic cross pathway.
Knapp Garden 815 Jones Street
The Knapp garden is certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, is an environmentally sustainable, ecologically appropriate, wildlife-friendly, and a natural-style native plant setting. 200 species of plants, 80% being Michigan/Midwest natives, over 70 bird species and 28 varieties of butterflies and skippers, among numerous other animals make this yard their home.
Thompson Garden 12310 15 Mile Road
Two ponds connected by a tumbling stream and waterfall are the focal point for this lovely country estate. Use the bridges to view the wide variety of unique shrub and tree specimens accented by a mix of perennials and annuals. Deer, fox, turkey, mallards and an assortment of birds inhabit this tranquil landscape nestled in the woods.
Monaweck Garden 15477 Tau Road
This park-like setting begins with a stroll down a pine tree lined drive to the beautifully landscaped beds surrounding the house. Multi-level decks in the back of the home flow into the design with shrubs and perennials creating a haven for birds and wildlife. Note the Finnish steam sauna built to scale on the edge of the forest and used year round for relaxation.
Harnden Topiaries 401 E. Mansion Street – Sidewalk view only
View the lovely topiaries displayed in the front yard of “Holiday Holly” and Scott Harnden’s home. While the garden area is not on tour, guests can examine the amazing creation of living plant art in the form of animals.