Garden Walk offers inspiration, creativity

From lake living, to suburban countryside, to horticultural adventureland, six unique gardens make up the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club’s 14th Annual Garden Walk on Wednesday, July 17.
The gardens, all east of Sashabaw Road, will give visitors a taste of different things they can do in their own yards, says Chris Shull-Gamble, co-chair of this year’s event.
“People will see plants they might not always see at garden centers,” she said. “It’s a day of surprises, creativity, inspiration and enjoyment.”
“It’s the perfect opportunity for the public to see impeccably kept private gardens. We want people to enjoy the day,” said Joette Kunse, also a co-chair.
Gardens are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Garden Club members will greet garden walkers and answer questions. In some cases, homeowners will be available to discuss plantings and design elements. They enjoy sharing their passion for gardening, and showing off pretty plant combinations and inviting garden art.
Tickets are available at the Gateway on M-15, Clarkston Independence District Library on Clarkston Road, Harrison’s in downtown Clarkston, Bordine’s on Dixie Highway, and Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce office on M-15. Advance tickets are $15 and $18 on the day of the walk, only available on the library grounds.
Garden Walk visitors first stop at the ticket tent on the library grounds to receive a bracelet for identification and the program for the walk, with directions and an introduction to each garden. A list of local restaurants with specials for Garden Walk attendees is included. Local artisans have been invited to sell their crafts on the library grounds, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the walk. Additional information is available at 248-514-1729 or
Proceeds go to gardening and education projects in the community. Club members maintain the planters on Main Street year round along with the gardens at the Clarkston Independence District Library. The club also provides scholarships to graduating seniors, mini-grants to teachers for student green projects, assemblies for students, and special horticultural and environmental activities in the community. It has also funded items for the Clarkston Family Farm on Hubbard Road, community gardens and the MSU Children’s Garden.
In addition, volunteer artists and musicians will be in the gardens.
Club members are on the lookout for gardens to feature in future walks.
“We would like to secure gardens now for next year,” said Gail Reading, “We can take pictures of your gardens while they are in full bloom. We know there are a lot of incredible gardens in our area, and it’s never too early to start recruiting. Look around and nominate your friends, neighbors, or yourself to participate.”
Once nominated, a member of the Garden Walk Committee will visit with the homeowner and go over details for the event. For more information, contact Gail at 248-625-2943.

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