Donna Washington, of Southfield, prepares her back porch during the 2014 Southfield Garden Walk.

Donna Washington, of Southfield, prepares her back porch during the 2014 Southfield Garden Walk.

File photo by Sean Work


Southfield Garden Walk returns

By: Jacob Herbert | Southfield Sun | Published May 27, 2021

 Shaila Gaddie enjoys a past Southfield Garden Walk.

Shaila Gaddie enjoys a past Southfield Garden Walk.

File photo by Donna Agusti

SOUTHFIELD — After being forced to take a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southfield Parks and Garden Club will host its 14th annual Garden Walk 2-5 p.m. June 20.

Each year, a different neighborhood is selected, and residents of that neighborhood get to show off the landscaping work they’ve done around their homes. The Cranbrook Village subdivision, located between 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads, west of Southfield Road, was tapped to be this year’s featured area.

“We’re very glad that we’re not in the same place we were last year. This is a totally outdoor event, and people can wear masks if they want to, although the advisory has been that we don’t have to. It’s very casual, as far as we have stops along the route so people can spread out and view the yards. We see this as a safe event,” Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said.

Check-in for the walk will be at the former Bussey Center, located at 19080 12 Mile Road. A tour shuttle bus will make continuous loops at each garden stop, including transportation to and from the check-in area.

Tickets cost $10 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Mayor’s Office, or from Garden Club members on the day of the walk. Stops along the walk will be clearly marked so those attending know which houses to stop at.

Southfield Parks and Garden Club President Pat McLamore said the garden walk has many different purposes.

“It’s an opportunity to see how other people dress up their lawn and how they like to do the landscaping and curb appeal,” McLamore said. “It’s great because you get to meet new people, you get some ideas on something people are doing that you might like to do yourself, or maybe you have a question. It’s a great opportunity to get an idea of how you can beautify your yard.”

The garden walk is not limited to Southfield residents. Anyone can attend, and both Siver and McLamore said people come from all over to see Southfield residents’ gardens. McLamore gave a rough estimate and said anywhere from 30 to 100 people could attend each year.

The walk is a result of all the hard work and dedication Southfield residents put in year after year on their gardens. The city encourages curb appeal from its residents and feels it’s necessary to honor those who take the time to beautify their yards.

“Southfield people are proud. They’re proud of their yard, they’re proud of their home and they’re proud of living in Southfield,” McLamore said. “I think it’s because of the generosity of people and they welcome you to their home. They’re proud of what they’ve done, and they’re happy to show it off. People love to go and see it.”

For tickets or more information, call Garden Walk co-chairs Mayor Ken Siver at (248) 796-5100 or ksiver@cityofsouthfield.com, or Noreen Kozlowski at (248) 796-4156 or nkozlowksi@cityofsouthfield.com, or visit www.southfieldparksandgarden.org.