Franklin Garden Walk returns in June after COVID hiatus

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 12, 2021

 The 35th annual Franklin Garden Walk will take place June 9 and will feature a house designed by Albert Kahn, along with four other home gardens.

The 35th annual Franklin Garden Walk will take place June 9 and will feature a house designed by Albert Kahn, along with four other home gardens.

Photo provided by Dianne Wright, Franklin Garden Club

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FRANKLIN — The 36th annual Franklin Garden Walk will be held on Wednesday, June 9, and tickets are on sale now.

Well actually, it’s the 35th garden walk, since the popular event hosted by the Franklin branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association, also known as the Franklin Garden Club, didn’t take place last year amid COVID-19 shutdowns.

“We had to cancel last year’s walk, and we really don’t know how many might attend this year. I suppose those who are still nervous about COVID will just stay home,” said Margaret Bancroft, one of the event organizers from the Franklin Garden Club. “But on the other hand, we may have a big turnout, with so many people anxious to be out doing things again.”

This year was nearly canceled, too, since two of the participating homeowners thought they might need to pull their garden from the tour — one because of the virus and the other because of a falling tree. Dianne Wright, of the Franklin Garden Club, said she and her fellow members were holding their breath to see if things would work out.

The stars aligned, and five new gardens will be featured on this year’s tour. Guests can purchase tickets in advance or head to the Franklin Village Green gazebo the morning of the event and buy them on-site. Participants will be given a map to the homes, each with a different design style and selection of plants to relish.

Wright said she’s particularly looking forward to seeing the garden at a home designed by one of metro Detroit’s most famed architects.

“A home designed by Albert Kahn in 1928 is exciting for that reason alone, but more so because the current owners have been doing renovations to the house and grounds for the past four years,” she said in a prepared statement. “One home is inspirational because the gardens are beautiful, large, and planted and maintained almost entirely by the owners themselves. Another home has a waterfall cascading down a hill with gardens intermingled. One garden is exciting because it has wonderful, creative nooks to discover. And a well-designed contemporary home has plantings that are every bit as well-designed and unique. It’s a walk worth taking.”

The walk will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again 6-9 p.m. When they need a break from the blooms, guests can pop over to the Franklin Village Green and visit the annual Artisan Market, which will be held that day 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 the day of the tour, but they can also be purchased in advance for $12 online at 2021franklingardenwalk.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available to buy at The Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Road. Because the event will take place outdoors, Wright said masks will not be required.

“We’re happy that the (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines have become less stringent as more people have become vaccinated. And our event is totally outdoors with plenty of room to stay 6 feet apart,” Wright said.

Proceeds from sales will go to sponsor horticultural scholarships at local universities.

For more information, visit franklingardenclub.org.

The Franklin Garden Walk will begin at the gazebo at the Franklin Village Green, located at 32325 Franklin Road, between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads in downtown Franklin.

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