Saturday, June 30, 2018

‘A Day in the Garden’ offered July 14th in Hastings & Delton
     It’s time to sit back and relax – at the four houses on the 21st annual “A Day in the Garden,” sponsored by the Thornapple Garden Club.  
    Owners welcome you to come relax in their gardens in Hastings and along M-43 towards Delton on Saturday, July 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as well as enjoy shopping for garden-related items at the Garden Thyme Market at the Courthouse yard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Garden tour tickets with maps are available for $8 in Hastings at Alfresco, 215 S. Jefferson St., Barry County Chamber of Commerce, 221 W. State St. and The General Store, 118 S. Jefferson St. Tickets will also be on sale at the courthouse and the gardens on the day of the tour for $10.
   Proceeds from the tour and market are earmarked for city beautification and a scholarship.
    The Jacinto garden on High Street sits on rolling land down to the Thornapple River, and over the years they have landscaped to make mowing a little easier.  It features some special trees and colorful beds. There are 20 varieties of flowering trees, so the lot in the spring is gorgeous, Judy explained.
     Tish and John Cohoon started with a gift of six hostas and have transformed the property to a hosta haven with more than 100 varieties.  The wooded land on Number Twenty-One Lake is full of beds and paths named after their grandchildren, as well as a butterfly garden.
    Next door is Tish’s sister, Ceci, and her husband Randy Hayes. There is a parking area on the right just after you turn off M-43.  There will be a shuttle for people to get to the gardens, but it’s an easy walk for those who are able.
    Ceci and Randy Hayes have added flower beds to see from the kitchen and dining room for enjoyment, and built up other beds to host weddings and receptions for their son and daughter.  Ceci uses log-scaping throughout her garden design, using logs and branches to edge garden beds, control erosion and as focal points. 
    Where M-43 curves at Wall Lake, you find the other house – home to Julie and John VanderVoort. Julie is the main gardener and enjoys hydrangeas, gifts of plants from neighbors, family and friends and nursing clearance plants from stores back to health.  She loves to experiment with color and texture combinations. “I love watching what the Lord does with living things and seeing plants grow.”
    The Garden Thyme Market features metal art, bird feeders, perennials, concrete statuary, honey, hand-painted windows and clothing, handmade body wash, soaps and lotions, soup mixes, feed sack towels and clothing, baked goods, potpourri and wood wall décor.

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