GLEN ARBOR —
TRAVERSE CITY — An historic walk deserves a similar setting.
For its 30th annual walk, the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City presents the Historic District Garden Tour through the Traverse City Central Neighborhood.
Dorry Price, chair of the first Garden Walk, is still an active member of the Friendly Garden Club.
Seven gardens are on Thursday’s tour from noon to 8 p.m.
As usual, the event will be held rain or shine.
Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 the day of the walk while children age 16 and under are free.
Those attending the walk are encouraged to bring their camera and wear comfortable shoes while touring the gardens. No pets are allowed.
In addition to the gardens, the Perry Hannah House (now Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home) will be open to the public, showcasing three floors of the lumber baron’s home built in 1891 and finished in 1893. Floral arrangements donated by local florists will be on display on all floors.
All of the gardens on the 30th annual Garden Walk are located close together to allow it to be a walking tour.
The gardens have banners posted for easy identification. They may be toured in any order.
In addition to the tour, flower arranging demonstrations will be held at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. at Garden No. 4.
Following is a brief description of the gardens:
- Garden 1 — Kathie Scott.
A secret garden awaits visitors to the first stop on the tour. Follow the sidewalk border of roses and flowering shrubs to the courtyard garden around the tall brick wall along Division Street.
The wall highlights the perennial gardens while the brick terracing provides raised flower beds. Vegetables and flowering annuals surround a flowering crab tree.
A pond with a waterfall and fountain contributes to the garden.
- Garden 2 — Linda Crandall.
This re-landscaped yard has been 10 years in the making. A new garden bed had been reworked or added each year replacing the original yews on all four sides of the house.
Hydrangeas are a favorite of the homeowner. In addition to the plants and shrubs, various artifacts are “planted” for added interest. The shady backyard also features hostas surrounding the mature maple tree.
- Garden 3 — Jane and Bill Kirschke.
This yard is home to an informal garden of many plants including iris, peonies, azaleas, daisies, lilies and hydrangeas in addition to other shrubs and grasses.
Also in the garden are two raised vegetable beds.
Most of the plants are less than 10 years old and only organic fertilizer is used on the flower beds.
- Garden 4 — Theresa and Steve Benedick.
A huge rock in front of this garden was originally placed by the Sternburgs when they purchased the house.
Raised garden beds on three sides of the house are filled with hydrangeas, roses, daisies, anemones, lilies, ferns and hostas. Annuals are also utilized in the front and backyards for color.
In the backyard is a garden door and deck. Container gardens and topiaries are also featured on the back deck.
- Garden 5 — Julie and Bruce Falconer.
When this home was renovated five years ago, the garden was created.
The informal garden was done in the English style with native plants, paths, flagstone patio and pergola with swing.
The six-foot high fence, garage and attached garden shed create both shady and sunny places for perennials to grow.
- Garden 6 — Dee and Joe Blair.
Entitled Sunnybank, this garden has been featured on the tour previously, in addition to gracing the pages of Midwest Living magazine.
An ever-changing garden with an English flair, there are a series of ‘rooms’ behind the entry gate that contain more than 100 species of plants.
Fountains and birdbaths add to the serenity of the garden. Giant handmade steel spider webs and trellises support vines.
There is also an alley garden with roses.
- Garden 7 — Peg and Dan Jonkhoff.
The final numbered garden is at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The professionally-designed landscape plan was created under the direction of Friendly Garden Club member Peg Jonkhoff.
The formal gardens feature perennials and annuals while flowering shrubs, trees, yews, a cedar hedge and impatiens add to the landscape.
The gazebo, formerly the bell tower of Traverse City’s first high school (now Central Grade School) was built in 1877.
Three floors of the historic Perry Hannah House will be open to visitors with floral arrangements created and donated by the Blossom Shop, Cherryland Floral & Gifts, the Flower Station, the Green Room, Lilies of the Alley, Plant Haus, Premier Flowers and Teboe Florist & Greenhouse.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the walk, contact Jean at 995-0282 or Nancy at 645-3900.
Additional homes and gardens on Sixth Street can also be admired from the sidewalks.
Parking is available at the Old Town parking structure on Eighth Street between Cass and Union. A shuttle will be available from the parking structure to Fifth Street, where the walk begins.
Special needs parking can be arranged in advance by calling Kim at 709-2712.