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Posted on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

Looking for bloomers: Ann Arbor Garden Walk set for June 11

By Janet Miller


Garden No. 5 on the tour is described as a woodland wonder with ponds, waterfalls, streams and paths that create the feel of Monet’s gardens.

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Monet’s Garden is a lot closer than Giverny.

The 21st annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk, sponsored by the Ann Arbor branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association, is scheduled for Saturday. The walk includes six private gardens, from a mature garden that features a huge variety of trees and plants to a rain garden, where rainwater runoff is used.

And one garden is centered around a pond. “I call it Monet’s pond,” said Irene Ball, chair of this year’s garden walk.

The walk includes a variety of gardens and a variety of flora: Dogwoods mingle with hostas, arches covered with a Montana clematis act entryways and wooded lots in suburban settings offer refuge.

A glimpse of the gardens, which are spread out around Ann Arbor:

Garden One: This garden was an antidote to the monotonous sprawling green turf found in new neighborhoods of the 1970s and includes a shade gardens, a rain garden and stone paths, bridge and retaining wall.

Garden Two: A small, manageable garden that includes a number of unusual plants including a Dawn Redwood with yellow needles. An ornate wrought iron fence and a stately cornus kousa (dogwood) frame this garden.

Garden Three: The valley-like setting makes this suburban garden feel like it’s out in the country. A stone wall, water features, a Baldy cypress and mature peonies round out the garden.


One of the six gardens on Saturday's annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk, sponsored by the Ann Arbor branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association.

Courtesy photo

Garden Four: The front lawn was replaced with a double-sided Michigan fieldstone wall and an informal perennial garden. The wooded backyard includes a variety of hostas and a garden shed that blends with the landscape.

Garden Five: Ponds, waterfalls, streams and paths create the feel of Monet’s gardens. A weeping spruce and a red cedar soften the waterfalls and a path leads to a Forest Pansy redbud, pink dogwood, white aspire birch, kousa dogwood and more. English-style flowerbeds are filled with perennials.

Garden Six: This mature, 35-year-old, one-acre garden has five distinct areas along with 10 dogwoods, 25 Japanese maple and large collections of hostas and hydrangeas. There are a number of unusual conifers, many in weeping form. It also has a tri-color beech tree and birdhouses and accents.

The Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time and on the day or the walk at four locations: Downtown Home & Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nicola’s Books and Dixboro General Store. Addresses for the garden stops are on the tickets. For more information, go to



Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 12:28 p.m.

re 'garden 1"....i think you mean 'antidote'...not anecdote'.