Congratulations to our Best in Show winners Donna Kruse and her granddaughter Hailey Rodden. Donna was on a Forest Park garden walk back in the 1990s, we were so happy to have her on our 2021 walk with the help of her granddaughter.
The Fourth Annual Historical Society of Forest Park Garden Walk on Saturday July 17th had perfect weather and was attended by over 300 people. Eight homes on the north and south side of Forest Park were showcased and included both small and large garden spaces. Besides the outdoor garden space, the history of the homes and the families that lived there was also presented to participants in the program book. From 10:00 am until 4:00 pm visitors strolled through the gardens, were able to ask the homeowners questions and were greeted by volunteers at the front of each home. The visitors to the garden walk were given flower stems at one home, compliments of the Forest Park Eagles Club, refreshments at another home and a virtual “garden experience” through one garden. Besides the gardens, the Historical Society provide each ticket holder one free raffle chance at winning a $500 Southwest gift card and other prizes.
Following the event, on Monday July 19th, volunteers and garden walk participants attended an “after party” at McGaffer’s outdoor patio and announced the “Best in Show” winning home. Even though all the homes were winners, the home that received the most votes was Donna Kruse and her granddaughter Hailey. Working together on the corner lot garden, Donna and Hailey’s garden was a mixture of natives, annuals, perennials, and vegetables that received the most votes for favorite garden.
The Garden Walk, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Historical Society of Forest Park, raised over $6,500 and plans are already starting for the 2022 walk. If you would be interested in participating in the July 2022 walk, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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