2015 Summer Garden Walk Featured Gardens and Activities
Visit six exceptional private gardens; and at the Monroe County History Center, the annual Flower Show, Sunshine in the Garden; plus the History' Center's special display of garden-themed art from the Stone Belt Art Program, all on one ticket. New this year: watercolor artists painting in the gardens
This garden features a large variety of deer-resistant perennials. They are the focus of this garden and are arranged to enhance the beauty of the limestone house. To the side is a traditional formal herb garden, and in the rear appear many varieties of shade-loving plants under mature trees.
Bordered by woods on two sides, this three-quarters of an acre property features low maintenance plants that tolerate shade and resist deer. The garden boasts a naturalized area filled with native plants, several art works, both sunny and shady rock gardens, and numerous places for outdoor seating areas.
This hilltop house is full of surprises. The hillside leading to the house shows off colorful terraced flower beds. Limestone sculptures created by the owner appear throughout the garden. In the rear, a Japanese-style garden was created with touches of sculpture, mosaics, and a specially-designed garden house.
This corner urban lot features formal plantings around the perimeter of the garden. The gardeners have used the back yard's limited spaces with great economy, finding a place for a shady patio area, fruit and vegetable gardens, and a wonderful play area for children.
A high-walled formal courtyard, planted with a variety of shrubs, greets visitors near the entrance of the house. An artful collection of bonsai trees graces the side of the house. Among colorful plant collections in the backyard is a greenhouse and a shaded patio.
An attractive water feature and a variety of conifers in the front yard welcome visitors. The area around the house delights the eye with varied plants and leads to the relaxing private terraced back garden.
Monroe County History Center
The History Center features a special display of garden-themed art from the Stone Belt Art Program. The Stone Belt Arts Program provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to expand their capacity for self-expression, contribute to the beautification of the community, develop new life skills, and work professionally in the arts. Visit stonebelt.org/art for more information.
Bloomington Watercolor Society
Members of the Watercolor Society will be painting in each of the gardens during the Garden Walk. Visit bloomingtonwatercolor.org for more information.