Shelby Garden Walk to feature 6 gardens, artists

By: Joshua Gordon | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 9, 2018

 The Shelby Township Garden Walk will take patrons through five residential gardens, as well as the township’s Heritage Garden.

The Shelby Township Garden Walk will take patrons through five residential gardens, as well as the township’s Heritage Garden.

Photo provided by Ivy Schwartz

 Stoney Creek High School junior Megan Cindric will be painting in one of the gardens as part of the garden walk.

Stoney Creek High School junior Megan Cindric will be painting in one of the gardens as part of the garden walk.

Photo provided by Ivy Schwartz

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If you are looking for tips and ideas for your own garden, or just like to take in the beauty of well-kept landscaping, then get ready for the biennial Shelby Township Garden Walk.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 and will include five residential gardens and the township’s Heritage Garden on the tour. The festivities are put on by the Shelby Township Gardeners Club.

Tickets cost $12 before the event and can be purchased at the Shelby Township Library and Senior Center, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., or at the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

On the day of the event, tickets will cost $14 and can be purchased at the library or at Heritage Garden, which is on the municipal campus.

Shelby Gardeners Club representative Ivy Schwartz said patrons can start at any of the six locations, and they will receive a map when they purchase their tickets. Although it is called a “walk,” you do have to drive between some of the locations.

“You can get great ideas, such as seeing a plant you saw in the store, and now you can learn how to make it thrive and not just survive,” Schwartz said. “There is an art to knowing how much water you need and how much sun it needs. People want to see what kind of sacred space people have created for themselves.”

The event is held every two years, and on off years, the club holds a flower show at the library. Schwartz said that alternating years allows the garden walk to stay fresh and unique.

The club does a screening and juried selection of the homeowners to determine which gardens will be part of the event. Schwartz said they look for varying gardens so that attendees have something different at each location.

The selection process also takes into consideration parking and accessibility, as Schwartz said they anticipate about 500 people going through the event each year.

Karen McCuen will be returning as part of the garden walk this year after showing her garden on Apple Lane in 2008. McCuen said that she has always been into gardening, but she took a master gardening class that helped her grow as a gardener.

McCuen said she has been working on her garden for 18 years and is outside almost every day working on it. The property has a creek by the garden, which McCuen said is something unique.

“There is always something blooming and something new to come up that you have never planted before,” McCuen said. “Part of the reason I like the garden walk is you can show people something they have never planted before, or a combination of plants together, and they can try new things.

“It takes a lot of hours, but it is not work because I enjoy it. Everybody should try gardening.”

Along with the gardens this year, Schwartz said the event will have other forms of entertainment. In one of the gardens, Stoney Creek High School junior Megan Cindric will be painting, while in another garden, Western Michigan University junior and Shelby Township native Bronte Spondike will be playing flute.

Schwartz said that a raffle will be held at another garden, so patrons should bring cash if they want to participate. Finally, the Shelby Gardeners Club will have garden-related crafts for sale at a fourth garden.

All the money raised from the event will go to the upkeep and maintenance at Heritage Garden, as well as to several community service activities that the club does throughout the year. The event will go on rain or shine.

“Gardening is creative, relaxing, healthy and a stress reduction,” Schwartz said. “A garden is a haven you have control over and a space you can design and nurture. We need to have a balance in life and sometimes just relax in a garden.”

For more information about the Shelby Township Garden Walk, visit www.shelbytwp.org/gardeners.