MANISTIQUE - Manistique is known for the beautiful flower baskets that adorn the light poles along Cedar Street, the flower boxes along US 2, the "M" by the high school, and the planters at the band shell, all maintained by a volunteer group called "Project Petunia."
But there are other wonderful gardens hidden around the city that most of us never see. On Sunday, July 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. eight of these hidden gems will be open to the public on the GFWC Manistique Women's Club's "Picture Perfect Garden Tour."
On the tour are eight gardens as well as the Project Petunia planting areas.
The gardens at the home of Lee and Gloria McManus have been a work in progress for the past five years.
The apiary and gardens of Ed and Jan Wright also include a large selection of clover honey products.
In the five years their gardens have been under construction, Gloria and Lee McManus have accomplished so much. The expression, "green with envy," fits their gardens perfectly and envy, ivy and many, many other wonderful plants and floral settings will meet you there.
Clyde and Barbara Chartier have been grooming their cottage style gardens along the Indian River for years.
Gail Bremer's gardens are a work in progress with a lovely garden in front that is reminiscent of a Victorian garden. Louisa Kolch's garden is like a walk through memory lane as she has a large variety of plants that all originally belonged to someone dear to her.
Ellen Derber has taken a sandy beach and created an Eden that you must see.
Sharon and Victor Vanderville work together to create their "piece of heaven" on the River Road.
And last, but certainly not least, are the gardens of Sandy Doyle a divine entry with some unusual plants and the koi pond in the oriental style.
Each of the eight gardens will be hosted by a member of the Women's Club and will have an added attraction of a local artists painting, singing or playing music. Refreshments will be served at selected gardens.
Ticket booklets are $15 if bought in advance and have a short description of each garden and a map of the area showing locations. Tickets are available at Suzy's Shadow Box or by calling 341-6701. They may be bought on July 22nd at the Cedar Street Caf, at the price of $18. Tickets must be presented at each garden for admission. Proceeds from the garden tour will benefit the Memorial Fountain.