Garden walk aims to raise money for students, green groups

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 28, 2016


FRANKLIN — The Franklin branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association will be holding its 31st annual Garden Walk around the village.

Walks will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, touring private gardens in the area. The walk also features an Artisan Market of garden-related items that people will be selling and a lunch available for purchase from the garden club or food from a local eatery.

Roberta Cornwell, publicity chair of the Franklin branch, said the walk entails six gardens people can visit throughout the village. The actual homes people will be visiting won’t be revealed until the day of the walk.

“So many of these people don’t want publicity,” Cornwell said. “They don’t want people coming by when it’s not the Garden Walk.”

Cornwell said people should want to go if they enjoy seeing new gardens and learning about flowers one might not have heard about before. There also will be garden members at each site to answer any questions about what they’re viewing.

“It’s a lovely area out in Franklin,” she said. “It’s certainly a nice way to be outdoors.”

Money raised from the walk will benefit several different horticultural and environmental causes supported by the branch.

Cynthia Amann, president of the Franklin branch, said they usually make $7,000 to $8,000 from their Garden Walk each year, and from that, they give out scholarships to groups such as $3,000 to Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, where they give $1,000 to three students.

Other money, as much as $500 each, goes to places and groups like the Belle Isle Conservancy, Cranbrook Schools and The Greening of Detroit.

“We love doing it,” she said. “That’s why we’re in it and do the Garden Walks so that we can help make things better.”

Tickets for the tour cost $12 on presale and $15 the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit the Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Road, or call (248) 851-0055.