The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society presents the tenth annual Garden Tour in Grand Ledge. On June 23th, from 1 pm to 5 pm , Grand Ledge gardeners invite you to explore seven of our garden gems to support this Historical Society fundraiser. We have included city gardens, specimen and decorative gardens, and herb, perennial, annual and vegetable gardens.

This event is sponsored in part by McLaren Greater Lansing in Grand Ledge. Advance tickets are available at the Grand Ledge Opera House, True Value Hardware, and MacDowell’s Floral and Fireplace for $6 per adult ticket and $2 for children under 12. Day of Tour tickets are $8 and available at the Grand Ledge Museum.

The tour includes the following gardens:

The GLAHS Museum – 118 W. Lincoln Street
This little herb garden boasts a variety of medicinal and culinary herbs that would have been grown for daily household use in Victorian Era in Grand Ledge. Heirloom flowers such as coreopsis, heliotrope, golden glow and Hollyhocks would have been picked for a Parlor bouquet or a mussy-tussy.

Grand Ledge Community Garden Project – 11973 Sweetwater Dr.
A group of interested gardeners from the Grand Ledge Community have joined forces to create a community garden. The Grand Ledge Community Garden Project’s mission statement is: “Uniting our community in growing a sustainable future from seed to table.” Produce from this garden will be donated to our local food bank and soup kitchens to immediately benefit our community. In addition to vegetables, perennials and herbs will also be grown in this raised bed garden. Volunteers are welcome! Contact them through Facebook at GLCommunity Garden Volunteers.

David & Janee Penfield – 600 E. Scott StreetTwenty plus years ago, during a getaway for their first anniversary, the Penfield’s struck up a friendship with a landscape designer. A year later the long term plan to create a retreat inspired destination garden was born. But recently, this quaint stucco house, perched on a corner lot in one of Grand Ledge’s grand old neighborhoods, has undergone some changes. According to David and Janee, the new addition on the house was the catalyst for progressing with the latest landscaping project. The project has included defining two distinct levels in the garden with a new tier of large Wisconsin stone.

Cheryl (Moyer) and Jim DuMont – 131 Oakwood Street
Located on a double lot, this residential garden incorporates perennials, annuals, vegetable and fruit beds, woodland, shade and sun beds. Multiple lilacs and flowering shrubs are scattered throughout. Highlights include a ‘Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick,’ Mock Orange, and an Oak leaf Hydrangea. Cheryl combines fruit and vegetables into her perennials beds seamlessly. Many interesting varieties will delight our visitors. This garden makes you forget you’re in the city.

GT05GLEASONJohn & Gretchen Gleason – 234 Elizabeth StreetJohn and Gretchen Gleason make their home at 234 Elizabeth Street in Grand Ledge. Their gardens take up almost all of the landscaping with a minimum of lawn. The multiple backyard gardens can be enjoyed from interlinking paths. And, the same paths may also be paced for meditation and prayer. Visitors will find many examples of unique plantings that flower all throughout the growing season in this very peaceful city-home environment.

Roger & Marilyn Hansbarger – 13650 Wacousta Road.Roger and Marilyn have tended this 3 acre country garden since 1970. Included in their wide open space are several water features including a creek and small trout pond with a fountain. A 32 ft walking bridge crosses the creek which has served as a background for many senior pictures through the years. Amid the many lilies, delphiniums, and annuals, three new garden beds have sprung up this year in the place of trees lost this spring.

Jim and Barbara Feldkamp 14880 W. Eaton Hwy.
Jim and Barbara Feldcamp have retained the natural countryside setting for their many individual gardens. Nestled into a yard scape filled with towering White Oaks, Maples and Colorado Spruce, these gardens also play host to an assortment of wild and domestic flowering plants and ornamental grass. The gardens are large and spacious in an area that once was heavily wooded. This country home is an example of both careful and creative landscape management. Not only will visitors enjoy the beautiful gardens, but will see Icelandic and Shetland Sheep, peacocks and pigmy goats all safely contained in a very peaceful and natural environment.