Four gardens are lakefront with two on Lake Wawasee and two next to each other on Dewart Lake. The other two are in town. All have Syracuse addresses. The Garden Walk will be held rain or shine.
Tickets can be purchased the day of the walk at each garden gate or until Friday at Absolutely Apparel and Gifts, Creative Fish Art Gallery and Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, all in Syracuse; or at Countryscapes and Gardens of Fashion Farm, Ligonier.
The tickets, which include a map, must be presented at each garden for admittance. The ticket price is $10, which admits the holder to all six gardens. The gardens may be visited in any order.
Proceeds are used by the club to fund hanging baskets in uptown Syracuse and flowers in the parks in Syracuse. A scholarship is also given by the club each year.
The 2012 Garden Walk offers an assortment of styles and types of gardens to inspire garden ideas in others. Those with questions may call (574) 528-0850.
Located on the eastern shore of scenic Lake Wawasee at 1045 N. Lung Lane, the gardens of Dr. Lloyd and Jan Hagedorn offer splendid lake views. Follow a natural stone pathway past a relaxing fountain and onto a patio with a fire pit and a Alaskan cedar pergola. A pavilion is located on another patio. Due to the abundance of large oak and spruce trees, the shade garden shows off hostas, hydrangeas, SunPatiens and wave petunias. Next to the guesthouse is a Japanese maple garden.
Andy and Kathy Brown enjoy the view of Dewart Lake from their garden at 4 EMS D22 C Lane. The original garden was planted lakeside for this reason. There are six raised vegetable beds on the south side of the home. On the north is a recently built stairway to the lake bordered by grasses, hydrangeas and other perennials. Because of the recent loss of two large trees, a new and sunny garden features perennials and low maintenance shrubs.
Next door to the Browns, at 14 EMS D22 C Lane, the gardens of Dr. Mark and Sue Klaassen were begun in 1991 with a large mound garden. Plants were collected by family, friends and the two houses that formerly occupied the lot. Zinnias and butterfly bush have been added to attract butterflies while the garden outside the office was planted for hummingbirds and butterflies. A fountain is lakeside with garden art scattered on the property.
Back on Lake Wawasee off Grandview Drive is the home of Pat and Sharie Johnson, 6192 Elwood St. There are two patios that provide areas that are filled with continuously blooming plants. One is lakeside. The yard is filled with perennials and grasses that make it an excellent example of four seasons landscaping.
For the best view of this garden, stroll though the arch from the sidewalk at 505 N. Huntington St. (SR 13) in town owned by Larry and JeanAnn Hunter. The patio is composed of bricks taken from the Syracuse Depot and the streets of New Paris. Interesting details include a replica of the statue on the cover of the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” One garden is a reflection of one JeanAnn’s grandmother had while a cranberry bush and grasses are other favorites.
Four years ago when Jason and Emily Traycoff purchased this historic property at 409 N. Harrison St., there were no gardens that existed in the yard. Using rocks collected in their travels, the homeowners have created a beautiful landscape with trees, bushes and perennials. Annuals, herbs and vegetables have been added to create a relaxing space.