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This 30th annual two-day garden tour features five urban gardens in the city of Marshall and one lakeside garden on Lyon Lake. There will be a free two-day garden accessories, plants and vintage market on tour days. Garden tour tickets will be sold on days of tour at the center of town fountain circle for $15. Children's tickets are $2. $10 advance tickets will go on sale in June by calling the Marshall Welcome Center 800.877.5163.
The following is a glimpse of the gardens featured on the July 10 and 11, 2021 Welcome to My Garden Tour:
Patrick and Laurel Piotrowski - 428 N. Kalamazoo Ave.
This Colonial house was so welcoming, Patrick and Laurel Piotrowski fell in love with it several summers back and decided to make it their own. They have worked to bring back the splendor of the gardens with the Americana plantings in the front of the house and a woodland sanctuary behind. They found and uncovered stone paths and many perennials amidst the groundcover throughout the rolling and shady back yard. A fairy garden, a fountain and statuary are carefully placed amid the numerous perennials.
Angie Weatherly -207 S. Liberty St.
This garden takes you back to a simpler time when aprons and linens danced on the clothesline and old world cottage perennials opened to the sun. See how the coneflower, black-eyed Susan, iris, hosta and fragrant shrubs mingle with birdbaths, repurposed washtubs, and the abandoned crescent moon outhouse that became a potting shed. Guests will sense grandmother’s presence in Angie Weatherly’s whimsical garden through her thoughtfully placed heirlooms and plantings
Coco and John Sweezy - 223 N. Eagle St.
Taking full advantage of this tiny, but darling, city lot, Coco and John Sweezy have enhanced the property surrounding their 1845 brick home with plantings reminiscent of Coco's Mexican heritage. They have textured the limited landscape with flowering shrubs, ornamental trees, perennials, annuals, and edibles. They frequently sit on the patio to enjoy the birds and the tranquility in their private oasis.
Roger and Sue Knafel - 311 N. Madison St.
Roger and Sue Knafel consider their gardens, fire pit, pool house and pool decking as extended living space for their family, which compliments their love of the outdoors. Their creativity and versatility in gardening is evident from the traditional plantings on the circle path in the front yard to the tropical specimens surrounding the pool and bocce ball courts behind the house. The variety of rosebushes, perennials, herbs and shrubs offer texture and color to the landscape.
Amy and Vaughn Frentz - 135 W. Mansion St.
Vaughn and Amy Frentz have expanded the garden path surrounding this unique flower and gift shop named for the book by Jean Stratton Porter, The Harvester. Beginning with the angel statue on the south side you will meander the path of roses, shrubs, and vines to the sun-loving garden zinnias below the front porch. Guests will want to wander through the shop for something special to remember this 30th annual Garden Tour.
Kay Dawn Mead Memorial Garden - 205 Lyon Lake Rd.
This lake property is a tribute to Doug’s late wife, Kay, who shared his love of their beautiful and calming garden. The landscape on the inland side of the house intermixes artful pieces and paintings with colorful perennials and trees. Wind your way along the brick and stone paths of this peaceful landscape developed by 30 years of loving care. Lastly, stroll across the road to capture a full Lyon Lake view.
MARSHALL AREA GARDEN CLUB, INC. P.O. BOX 924, MARSHALL, MI 49068