Follow the signs of the “Daisies” is what over 70 individuals did before noon Saturday for the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Walk.
The walk began at 10 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. For those who didn’t purchase tickets ahead of time, tickets are available at any of the homes mentioned below.
A few sprinkles with a small rain shower provided a brief cool down for those visiting the three homes on Lake Wawasee and one home on Syracuse Lake. Rain or shine, the garden walk continued as guests had the opportunity to view beautiful gardens with a wide variety of flowers and decorations.
Many took the opportunity to get their own garden planting ideas or even landscaping ideas. Others came to view the beautiful flowers in bloom.
The garden walk is hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, which is celebrating it’s 54th year. Proceeds are used to promote projects of the club including the plantings n the city parks and hanging baskets uptown Syracuse and scholarships for landscape architect students at Purdue and Ball State as well as a scholarship for graduating Wawasee High School seniors.
If you followed the tour in the order listed on the ticket, your first stop was at the home of Donyel Byrd, 8241 E. Constitution Drive, Syracuse. Hand stacked stone posts topped with urns are filled with annuals that coordinate with the plantings in the large window boxes. The slate walkway leads through an arbor to the channel side of the home, where perennials and annuals, as well as tomato plants create a landscape providing color all summer long.
Head back into Syracuse to the home of Michael and Rebecca Kubacki, 1401 E.Northshore Drive, Syracuse. Flower gardens here feature metal musicians and Frank Lloyd Wright sculptures with colorful annuals at their bases. Many hydrangeas are located throughout the yard. On the lakeside of the home and on the patio, a table is set for a garden luncheon or a picnic is waiting under a tree.
Head south out of Syracuse on SR 13 and park at St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church parking lot for a short walk to catch a shuttle up the street to the home of Joseph and Maria Hinrich, 11532 N.Waco Point Drive, Syracuse. Or tour the gardens at the home of Larry and Monica Weigand, 11160 N. ideal Beach Drive, just a short walk from the parking lot and then catch the shuttle.
At the Hinrich home walk around the upper garden, surrounded by a stone wall. This garden uses boxwood to divide the area into six quadrants, like a stained glass window. Large pots are placed throughout the property filled with annuals and hedges of boxwood and arborvitae framing the perennials. This garden provides color all season long: lilacs, hydrangeas and cone flowers ad black eyed Susans. Make sure to walk out on the pier and take a look at the brightly colored garden in planters at the pier’s end.
The Weigand home is the final home on the tour. The flagstone walkway leads out to the lake and garden where perennials and shrubs surround a flagstone patio. Large pots and plants are filled with annuals to provide summer color. Lakeside, a swing provides a place to site and enjoy the Annabella hydrangeas.
In case you didn’t make the walk, check the video from each of the gardens below: