Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club and the AuSable Artisan Village have teamed up this year and are excited to present their 2012 Grayling En Plein Air Garden and Art Walk on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 10AM to 4 PM. This has become a favorite summer event celebrating Gardens of Northern Michigan. Extraordinary gardens abound, providing inspirations for the novice and garden enthusiast alike. Additionally, local artisans will join forces where demonstrations will be taking place at each of the gardens in addition to downtown.
This year’s gardens feature a diverse mix, from Riverside retreats, to forest hideaways, country farm and small space gardens. Water features, extensive perennial gardens, eclectic garden art, bountiful containers, luscious vegetable gardens, and even a former Christmas tree farm! Annuals, Perennials, evergreen and native plantings abound. Do not be surprised if you catch a glimpse of hummingbirds, butterfly and other native wildlife, making this garden walk a photographer’s paradise.
In addition to the visual inspirations, you will have the opportunity to speak to fellow gardeners and glean tips from deer-proofing your garden, to encouraging plants to grow in the sandy dry soil so common to the area. After a day of strolling the gardens you will be equipped with many ideas in which to emulate some of these great garden secrets in your own yard!
And our local artists are sure to delight your visual sense as well, with their amazing renditions of these glorious gardens. In keeping with the theme, En Plein Air, they will be demonstrating their artistry throughout the day. All artwork will be available for sale after the event. Additionally, we will be holding a drawing for one of the artists painting at the gallery at 4:30PM at the AuSable Artisan Village. Tickets for the drawing will be available at each of the gardens as well as the gallery. Be sure to stop in at the gallery to the full spectrum of artwork created by local artists. You will see original paintings and photography, to pottery, woodworking, glass works, mixed media and much more.
This year’s garden walk will prove to provide something for everyone. Whether you want to go for a leisurely stroll, or garner ideas for your next garden project, or are just curious about some of the gardens that flank the cottages, log cabins, and city homes, you are sure to enjoy.
This event is co-sponsored by Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club and the AuSable Artisan Village. The Garden Club provides educational and inspirational events for its members and the community. Additionally, the Garden Club sponsors several gardens within the Grayling community. Proceeds from the event go to these community gardens and events.
Tickets go on sale in June and will be available for just $6 at the following Grayling businesses. Your ticket will be accompanied by directions to each of the gardens.
Flower’s by Josie, J. Dap, Riverland and Hallmark
Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club
Grayling, MI 49738