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Last week Bill and I took a trip up to TC for the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City’s annual garden tour. This was his first tour, and my fifth. It, of course, had to be one of the hottest days this summer, and it was along one street with jaunts off into the small side streets. Traffic was heavy, and finding a parking spot difficult, but well worth the effort. Here are some of the garden sights: (click on image for larger view)

A beautiful front yard

A beautiful front yard


Decorative walk way through front yard's garden.

Decorative walk way through front yard’s garden.


More front yard.

More front yard.


Backyard lily pool.

Backyard lily pool (included frogs).


Small stream with waterfall to pool.

Small stream with waterfall to pool.


"Look, grandma, fish!"

“Look, grandma, fish!”


Another view of the pool.

Another view of the pool.


An artist in the garden! This is the front side, there were more artists in the backyard.

An artist in the garden! This is the front side, there were more artists in the backyard.


A planting of shade plants.

A planting of shade plants.


A serene backyard border.

A serene backyard border.


A sunny border.

A sunny border.


A shady border leading to...

A shady border leading to…


Another sunny border.

Another sunny border.


Beautiful large planter of coleus.

Beautiful large planter of coleus.

Steel horse sculpture at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park


October 2, a beautiful sunny Sunday in October, several ladies and I completed our plans for a Tri-Refresher for Michigan Garden Clubs and District 4 in conjunction with the Central Region (7 states) Meeting. Tri-Refreshers allow garden club members to refresh their consultant credentials in Landscape Design, Garden Study, or Environmental Studies — or all three if they are master level in each. We started off a the spectacular Frederick Meijer Botanical and Sculpture Gardens on the north Beltline.

After lunch we went to the Bunker Interpretive Center at Calvin College south of the gardens. Their specialty is green building and using native plants to landscape. Great learning center, and the restrooms had composting toilets! (I didn’t take a photo of those!)

Tropical Atrium at Frederick Meijer Gardens

Cactus Atrium at Frederick Meijer Gardens

Native plants landscape the front of the Bunker Intrepretive Center.

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