Let lake breezes caress you while strolling through four lovely summer gardens on the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Walk. It will take place between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, with three Lake Wawasee lakefront gardens and one on Syracuse Lake.
The annual walk is sponsored by the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club with proceeds going to support its philanthropic endeavors. The garden tour is offered to encourage ideas for garden design and enjoyment.
Tickets can be purchased until Friday, June 27, at Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, Creative Fish Art Gallery, Absolutely Apparel and Gifts, and Beth’s Designs, all in Syracuse, and at Clayton’s Garden Center, North Webster.
They can also be bought the day of the walk at any of the gardens. Each ticket has a map and must be presented at each garden.
Those without a ticket on Saturday should start the walk at St. Martin’s de Porres Roman Catholic Church, 6941 E. Waco Drive, just off SR 13 about 1 1/2 mile south of Syracuse town limits. A free shuttle will deliver you to the gardens in that area. Parking is free in the St. Martin’s lot.
Each garden is unique and features the personality of the homeowners. The theme of the Monica and Larry Weigand outdoor living area at Ideal Beach on Lake Wawasee is relaxing and having fun at the lake. A flagstone patio provides ample space will colorful annuals in containers scattered about add color. The Annabelle hydrangeas compliment the view of the water.
Color plays an important role in the Marie and Joseph Hinrich garden design. It is landscaped into a more formal boxwood garden in the front. The bushes divide it into six quadrants emulating a stained glass window. Both perennials and annuals offer a riot of color all around the home and containers add even more pops of brightness.
The Donyel Byrd garden is beautifully planted but its emphasis is on family lake living with various gathering spots. All around the garden, window boxes and elegant containers add life and vigor to the quiet and secluded Johnson Bay location on Lake Wawasee overlooking wetlands and emphasizing the view. Even the pump house brings joy to the surroundings.
A love of art is evident in the Rebecca and Michael Kubacki garden on Syracuse Lake. Unique Frank Lloyd Wright sculptures are dotted around the garden with annual plantings making the exclamation point. Blue hydrangeas sweep around the edges of the garden drawing the eye and bringing continuity. On the lake front, the outdoor living spaces are set up for entertaining and just enjoying the lake life.