Featuring a broad range of green thumbs, the fifth annual Garden Walk bloomed with hundreds in attendance in a day with perfect weather.
Rose and John on Ferdinand showcased their cottage garden with native plants found from the front through the back attracting native hummingbirds, goldfinches and monarchs. Their warmhearted patio built by hand endures guests with a genuine feeling of comfort. Further to the north Rick and John invited guests to explore their sanctuary which features a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures of coleus geranium and impatiens. The impressive Coleus canvas throughout is a magical experience.
Circle Ave featured two different approaches to landscaping on either side of the Ike. Lauren and Brad, who's dogwood, sedum, lavender and dahlias were being watched by a family of young birds who had nested in the hanging ferns on the porch. Baza and Vito, the french bulldogs have plenty of room to roam in the thick green grass that is well maintained. While Megan's perennial style fits in with hydrangeas, peonies and vegetables. With a crushed gravel base for her patio, Megan also had chickens which provide much delight to the family which appreciates being connected to earth.
Positioned corner to corner on Lathrop were two homes recently purchased with homeowners who love gardening and developing their stride. Casey and Nick have used containers and ground to create depth and dimension in their yard and embrace the white duch micro clover that is creeping it's way across the backyard. Adriane, blends natural and wild in her new yard and is getting familiar with the plants in the yard that are here.
Michelle, who's home on Dunlop was recognized as Best in Show, has a yard filled with character, pockets of intrigue and is an experience to be a part of. During the tour there were several sightings of hummingbirds in honeysuckle that day. Pollinator paradise and memory garden in honor of Mark, several sculptures and elements were tucked around and within the garden and guests became lost in a peaceful utopia.
With over 30 volunteers, eight gardens and two lemonade stands the garden walk gathered hundreds of visitors and neighbors from Forest Park and beyond. The plans are in the works for 2023 garden walk, and we are collecting names and locations now for next year's showcase.