Glorious gardens to raise funds

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published June 6, 2017


ROCHESTER HILLS — Stunning overlooks, surprising art and gorgeous flowers in private and public gardens will be on display June 15 during the Rochester Garden Walk.

The 18th annual Garden Walk benefits the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club. 

Club member Sally Edwards has been preparing her yard for the walk since last summer.

“I grew 450 plants in my basement in the winter,” she said. “Mostly zinnias, snapdragons and salvia — the big three that the deer don’t eat.”

Unique garden art in Edwards’ front yard includes a custom metal archway featuring the musical notes of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” purchased to commemorate a special occasion.

“Our daughter plays oboe, and when she went to summer camp at Interlochen, she had that solo,” Edwards said. “We wanted to remember it.” 

Garden Walk participants will gain access to five private gardens chosen for their beauty, fascinating landscape designs and artwork.

“We have one home with an overlook featuring an infinity pool with a waterfall,” said  Garden Club member Colleen Dykstra. “It has a gorgeous view of Paint Creek, a pergola and a vegetable garden. We also have a tiny in-town yard with a ‘sampler garden’ of plants given from friends.” 

Public gardens at the Rochester Hills Public Library and Rochester Rotary Gateway Park will be staffed with planting experts and will be available for tours along with a sensory garden near Paint Creek. 

Walk participants are also urged to explore the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm grounds and to tour the museum’s Stoney Creek Schoolhouse, the children’s garden and the historic plantings surrounding the 1840 Van Hoosen farmhouse.

An open-air market featuring Michigan artisans will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the walk day in the museum’s calf barn. Rochester Garden Club members will present a program called “From Pots to Plates” at 11 a.m. in the calf barn, and door prizes will be awarded. 

Ticket-holders are also invited to sample refreshments in the museum dairy barn, where Rochester Garden Club members will serve up homemade cookies and lemonade.

The Rochester Garden Club is a branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, which has been serving the greater Rochester area since 1935.

Advance tickets to the Garden Walk are available through June 14 at Bordine’s Nursery, Lytle Pharmacy or via the museum website, Tickets cost $12 in advance and $16 on walk day.

For more information, visit or call (248) 656-4663.