Garden walk benefits Reed City library

REED CITY — Sometimes it's nice to stop and smell the roses, lilies, hydrangeas and peonies.

Bette Newell, organizer of the first Reed City Garden Walk and Reed City Area District Library board member, hopes to draw people outside for a fun day while also raising money for the library.

"We're drawing close to having to move out of The Annex building and into the new building on Chestnut Street," Newell said. "We need money for renovations, and I like gardens, so I thought it was a natural fit."

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, throughout the Reed City area. Attendees will visit seven local gardens using their own transportation and provided directions. There, individuals can enjoy each garden, ask questions and potentially become inspired for their own gardens.

"I think people will like the diversity," Newell said. "Some gardens are small, some are large. People have a lot of different visions."

Each home on the tour will feature the chance for attendees to win one of many garden-themed prizes, including a handmade birdhouse, garden art, note cards, a hand-carved wooden bird figurine and more.

Rich Garvon's home in Richmond Township is one of the stops on the tour. His yard will feature sets of gardens around a half-acre pond, sand traps and more, watered with an underground irrigation system.

"What my wife and I have is pretty unique," Garvon said. "It took between 20 or 25 years to do it all and I can't describe how many flowers we have. We just really enjoy it."

He said though he will be enjoying the tour that day, his wife will be available at their home for those who have questions.

Other stops include the Reed City Biodome and Newell's own flower and vegetable gardens.

"My garden is fun for me and it's something my husband and I have done ourselves," she said. "It's therapy and entertainment, and I like the creativity."

Newell hopes many individuals attend and enjoy the summer weather outdoors.

"I think it will be a lot of fun for people who can spend an afternoon with friends or family members and chat along the way," Newell said. "If we get a good turn out, we might do it again."

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event.

For more information, call Newell at (231) 832-2733. Tickets can be purchased from Newell, the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce office, the Reed City Area District Library and at Vic's Supermarket.