Kathy Martin sits on her porch with her two scotties, Darvy and Madigan, amid colors and flowers that reflect her favorite artist, Charles Murphy,  of Traverse City.

Kathy Martin sits on her porch with her two scotties, Darvy and Madigan, amid colors and flowers that reflect her favorite artist, Charles Murphy, of Traverse City.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Take a stroll between art and nature in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 26, 2019

 This fountain nestled in a front yard garden, with rocks Kathy Martin found in the neighborhood and on vacations, is her favorite spot.

This fountain nestled in a front yard garden, with rocks Kathy Martin found in the neighborhood and on vacations, is her favorite spot.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Kathy Martin started her garden from scratch in 1993.

Kathy Martin started her garden from scratch in 1993.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — Enjoy a stroll through seven private gardens in the 45th annual Troy Garden Club Garden Walk.

Five of the gardens are located in Troy:

• “Arabesque” comprises ornamental, undulating and flowing lines, and a backyard fountain.

• “A Walk in the Woods” features concrete and wooden buddhas, a rock garden and an oriental theme.

• “Painting a Picture” creates a garden of three interlocking circles, and includes a three-tiered Italian fountain and a vegetable garden.

• “Sheltered Places” consists of an arbor, a hole marker from a local golf club, a fountain-turned- planter and a birdhouse motel.

• “The Shape of a Tree” features asymmetrical evergreens, Japanese maples, redbuds and smoketrees, and a front garden with a waterfall.

“Go for the Roses,” a garden in Bloomfield Hills, features a bed of 80 hybrid tea roses and three additional beds with a few dozen bushes.

“Beauty of the Landscape,” also in Bloomfield Hills, includes a 15-foot river, a pond, Japanese pagodas, ornamental grasses and several varieties of Japanese maples.

Beverly Hydo, the garden walk chairwoman, said the garden club members begin to look for gardens to feature on the next year’s walk as soon as the yearly walk is done.

Gardens are nominated by the public, and a member of the Troy Garden Club evaluates them, Hydo said.

Kathy Martin said that her favorite spot in her garden, “The Shape of a Tree,” is the front, which includes a fountain, grasses, perennials, Japanese maples and vines.

“This is our favorite spot because it’s full of secrets and surprises,” she said.

Martin said she lets the experts handle the planting of her larger trees and shrubs. She planted the 20 flower pots placed around her garden herself, focusing on her favorite colors of orange and purple.

“One of my favorite things is composing flower pots,” she said.

Seven private gardens at five venues can be viewed 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. rain or shine July 10.

An arts and crafts boutique, a plant sale, a “fabulous finds” sale and a student art exhibit will be held at the Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in conjunction with the walk. Admission to the historic village is free.

On the day of the walk, people can show their ticket at the following Troy restaurants to receive special discounts: Breakaway Deli, 61 W. Long Lake Road; Camp Ticonderoga, 5725 Rochester Road; Crispelli’s of Troy, 645 E. Big Beaver Road; and The Hills City Grille, 2940 Rochester Road.  Discounts and times vary.

Tickets for the walk cost $10 in advance and will be sold at Auburn Oaks Nursery and Garden Center, 3820 Auburn Road; Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R Road; Uncle Luke’s Feed Store, 6691 Livernois Road; and the Troy Historic Village.

Tickets will also be available at English Gardens, 4901 Coolidge Highway in Royal Oak. Tickets include maps to all venues.

On the day of the walk tickets will only be available at the historic village and will cost $15. For more information, visit TroyGardenClubMI.com or call (248) 540-6158.

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