A garden and a library

REED CITY — Meticulously crafted gardens will soon be on display in an effort to raise funds for the Reed City Area District Library.

The library’s Love Your Library Garden Walk event, in which participants can visit five local gardens in order to apply ideas from the selected yards to their own, will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Betty Newell, who is on the library’s board of directors, said the garden walk fundraising concept is being revisited after it received a good response last year.

“It was just a nice event, people seemed to enjoy it; I’m a gardener, and I thought it would be fun to do again,” Newell said.

Newell decided to start putting maple syrup tapping buckets to the trees in her yard after seeing Rich and Deb Garvon of Hersey did the same thing in their garden last year.

The Garvons’ garden will be available for touring again this year. Rich estimates there are 11 garden plots and more than 1000 plants on his property.

Garden arts such as cement leaves and birdhouses also will be available to buy at one of the gardens. Refreshments and a silent auction also will be held for a garden bench made by Rich.

Newell has a soft spot for the library, since she used to take her kids there when they were younger.

“You get books, you don’t have to spend any money, and it’s just a pleasant atmosphere,” Newell said.

The library was moved to a new building recently, and the grand opening for the library will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new location, 829 S. Chestnut St., on July 7.

Presale tickets for the garden walk are $10, and $15 on the day of the walk.