South Haven Garden Club
Celebrating 80 Years
Garden Walk 2013
On Saturday July 13, 2013, the South Haven Garden Club held their annual Garden Walk from 11 am to 4 pm. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum hosted refreshments and the Boutique.
(Photos by Lori Cole and Pat Gaston)
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
This is the official start of the Garden Walk and a location to purchase tickets for the Walk. We also hold a Boutique here where unique garden items can be purchased. In addition, there is a plant sale offering both annuals and perennials.
Marty Brown Gardens
Over the past six years Marty Brown has cultivated acres and acres of former pasture into a sublime series of gardens. Eight varieties of magnolias, pink dogwood, cherry and apple trees, a Korean Lilac, various hardwoods and conifers dot the landscape. Bluestone paths complement the contemporary home beside a former pond now converted to a serenity rock garden. Flowers envelope the home while a short walk leads to a large fenced vegetable garden, an asparagus patch, and a wildflower garden. An elevated chicken coop and bee hives grace this agrarian paradise although the owner says that this is his first major gardening project.
Doug and Nancy Bryant Gardens
Built in 1884 by CJ Monroe, who plotted out the city of South Haven, the historic Monroe Manor Inn is now home to the Bryants who purchased the property nine years ago and spent a year converting it to a B&B. The driveway is shaded by a huge catalpa tree which becomes a white mass of fragrant orchid-like blooms each June. Under decades of unchecked vines Doug unearthed an outdoor kitchen with a lovely brick fireplace. The highlight of the former apple orchard is the stately trees, including a Beechnut as old as the dwelling as well as a 125 year old rose bush. A huge apple tree trunk was featured on HGTV and the owner creates tables from tree trunks found on the land. Newer plantings include a butterfly garden, peonies, cranesbill, and angel’s trumpet which sports an eight inch trumpet-shaped flower with a heavenly scent.
Dave and Janet Griffin Gardens
Don’t miss this country garden’s salad bowl shaped lettuce garden, Concord grape vines planted over 100 years ago, rhubarb in tire “cold frames,” and a spiral labyrinth of strawberries, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, chard, carrots and more-which are watered by a unique spiral irrigation system created by the owner. A lovely reclaimed brick patio, nestled under cool trees overlooks a huge pond that was used for ice harvesting in winters long ago. The Griffins have planted newer varieties of asparagus, pink lemon-aid blueberry bush beside Afternoon Primrose, Goat’s Beard, Husker’s Red and more amid delectable edibles.
Dawn-Marie and Carlton Guthrie Gardens
The Guthrie's purchased this residence back in 2005 and then had a chance to purchase the adjoining lot a year later. They believe the house is circa 1885 because when they were doing some rehabbing, they found old newspapers used for insulation in the walls dated 1885. Dawn-Marie and Carlton have created a fabulous landscape that encompasses both an outdoor living area and somewhat of a nature preserve. The living space includes a "living room" with firepit, a "dining room", and a "kitchen" under a pergola. The grounds sport magnificent old trees, (look for the huge 4-stories high pine that is split), winding paths, and places to sit and contemplate. Roses and itea flank the front entry. A burgundy weeping fig, hostas, rhododendron, hydrangeas and a variety of pines make this a very special country place set in the city....the best of all worlds.
Steve and Kim Koth Gardens
Hostas from the Netherlands are a favorite on this lovely country estate as we share the same climate says homeowner Steve, a horticulturist. The Koths have enjoyed this lovely country estate for seventeen years and experienced a loss of many trees to a fire on the western edge of the property five years ago. Towards the east, the wild beauty of a ravine contrasts and complements meandering paths through gardens. Rose of Sharon is trained along a wall, a former in ground swimming pool has been transformed into a patio with a firepit, and the owners have designed and constructed wooden decks. Kousa dogwood, astilbes, ligularia, hemlock,Cornelian cherry, and ornamental grasses grace this slice of Eden.
Michael and Susan McCarthy Gardens
Across from Kids Corner Park is another lovely, though quieter park. The McCarthys purchased their property in 2001 and have since created a stunning hideaway on a city lot. Bird houses and nests dot the landscaping, a green swath invites lawn games and leads to an outdoor kitchen screened by trees and shrubs. Two dining tables encourage alfresco dining amid birdsong and gurgling fountains. A huge pine tree centers a shade garden and varieties of hydrangeas, holly, and hostas abound. The patios, drive and walkways are composed of stunning earth-toned pavers which set off potted hydrangea and red knock out roses. Just a few steps away the owners can view priceless sunsets.
Art and Janet Overhuel Gardens
The trees are breathtaking on this 3.5 acre property where the Overhuels have lovingly tended gardens for thirty seven years. A massive cherry tree and a pine that was considered for the state Christmas tree are surrounded by newer plantings which morphed over the years from the original vegetable gardens to wild flowers to long blooming perennials. Dry stack rock walls composed and constructed by the owners complement the gardens. A pond, complete with colorful fish and croaking frogs irrigates limelight hydrangea, dragon queen holly, catnip, rhododendron and more. A tree commemorating Art’s father is now a hibiscus bottle tree in the midst of the perennials.
On Saturday July 13, 2013,the South Haven Garden Club held their annual Garden Walk from 11 am to 4 pm. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum hosted refreshments and the Boutique.
2014 Garden Walk Information
The next Garden Walk will be held in the summer of 2014.
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