Norway Garden Club plans bus trip June 19

NORWAY – The Norway Garden Club has announced plans for a bus trip on June 19.

Yorkshire buses will provided roundtrip transportation to the following locations:

– Lakenenland Sculpture Park: A sculpture park created by Tom Lakenen with more than 80 iron sculptures made of scrap metal from various construction sites. It started in 2003 as a place to display his artwork. It was featured on HGTV’s Offbeat America.

– Meister Showplace Greenhouse in Harvey, Mich.: Nursery, garden supplies and gift shop.

– Plant Whispers Garden: Home of Cindy Baker. She looks for plants that you don’t see in most gardens, plants that grow well and can tolerate the dry conditions and don’t require constant care. She loves ornamental grasses and has about 30 different varieties. She has hops, porcelain vine, arctic kiwi (that bears delicious fruit) and climbing roses. She is licensed to sell plants in Michigan and sells at the local Farmer’s Market. She sells houseplants and specialized in miniature African violets. She will have perennials and house plants for sale and also leaf sculptures that can be used as bird baths, bird feeders, yard art and home decor.

– Jimmy John’s Box Lunch at Presque Island Park included, which persons can choose from seven different lunch choices of 8-inch subs, chips, pickle and cookie.

– Park Cemetery Public Gardens: Marquette was one of the first communities to create a cemetery with the design of a park. It now consists of two primarily rose gardens mixed with perennials for a longer bloom season, a memorial garden, a terraced Grotto gardens around the first columbium, a rock garden near the Grotto where a wild orchid decided to grow in the middle. Several container gardens, a garden originally planned as a memorial garden for children, three gardens between the Fit Strip and a cemetery pond, two new gardens inside the cemetery, four gardens along the fence, gardens by Potters field memorial, raise garden by a flag, a garden on an island with daffodils and a maroon lady slipper, the Shillinger garden. Many people use Park Cemetery as a park for walking, picnicking and for photography. Currently there are three master gardener volunteers and three to five known and unknown volunteers that work on the gardens.

– Carp River Gardens consists of approximately five acres of garden beds, mostly perennials, three ponds, two waterfalls, all set within a grove of 150 years old white pines. The gardens are 25 years old. There are more than 25 formal beds, some small, others rather large. They do sell plants, depending on the time of year. The gardens are designed and maintained by Mike Wirtanen and Jim Somers.

Total costs is $45, which includes lunch, bus trip and entrance fees to gardens.

To sign up for the trip call Rosemary Ball at (906) 221-5833 send payment to W5689 Summit Road, Norway, MI 49870. Full payment is required to make your reservations. Please specify pick up spot of Norway fire hall at 5:45 a.m. or Home Depot at 6 a.m. Refunds will be provided up to 30 days prior to trip. Please provide an e-mail address with reservation.