Five local gardens featured in this year’s event
Saturday, July 9 will be a busy day at the Fremont United Methodist Church. From 9 am to 3 pm will be the 20th Annual Garden Tour. Tickets for the Garden Tour are $7.00 per person. Then from 3 to 6 pm will be our 3rd Community Celebration at the ARK Park.
You are invited to tour 5 gardens this year. Bill and Beverly Wolford of S. Dickinson, Fremont have lived at their home for about 50 years. Highlights of their garden include large rocks found on their property when they moved there. Many small garden sites around the yard that focus on farm equipment found in the farm junk pile. There is also a wind chime made by a nephew. You are invited to ring the old family farm bell.
Mike and Lori Dennis' home is located in the city on Pine Street. They have lived in their home since 1987. They started from scratch and planted perennials first, then kept adding more varieties over the years. They tend to replace the plants that do not make it through a cold winter.
John and Sally Guikema invite you to their home and see the winner of the 2015 Largest Tree Contest in Newaygo County and the winner of the Michigan Big Tree Hunt from Newaygo County in 2019. Besides the trees, the Guikemas have several flower beds. Many different varieties of flowers with beautiful colors. Interspersed with the flowers and plants are garden ornaments. Some built by John such as the tractor that greets you as you drive in.
Last but not least are the gardens at the Steve and Michelle Burts home on 32nd Street. They have fourteen acres of beautiful nature surrounding their home including a natural pond. One focal point in their garden is a 125-year old lilac. They have many types of hydrangea, ornamental grass, hostas and more.
Before or after you visit the gardens you are invited to the Fremont United Methodist Church. Please take a look at our Memorial Garden. We have added a statue of an angel reading a book with plants around the base.
Also, at the church, you will be served complimentary water and cookies. Then experience the Garden Art and Crafts that are available for purchase. This year we included horseshoe pyramide with gems; Barn quilts, bottle cap art and many more items. There will be baked goods available. Returning for the second year is a paperback book sale. All proceeds go for the mission work of the church.
From 3 to 6 pm, Fremont United Methodist invites you to the Ark Park for a Community Celebration. Bring the kids and experience our Ark playground. There will be food, yard games, and a bouncy house. Or if you prefer a good fire bowl head to the back of the Ark Park to the fire bowl. Fun for everyone.
Contact the church office at 231-924-0030 or Jean Sherman 231-519-2542 for further information.
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