Miller Beach Garden Walk

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Date(s) - 07/06/2019 - 07/07/2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Aquatorium at Marquette Park


     Elaborate secret home gardens, filled with native plants, perennials, and annuals, will be open to the public during the Miller Beach Garden Club’s Annual Secret Gardens Tour, on Saturday and Sunday July 6 & 7, 2019, in the Miller Beach community of Gary, Indiana.
     This year’s theme is “Just Let It Grow!”   The tour begins at the refurbished Marquette Park Aquatorium at 6918 Oak Avenue, Gary, IN 46403 on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.  The tour will be open from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m., rain or shine, and the bicycle tour of the gardens will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Aquatorium both days.

            The garden walk features six unique and elaborate hidden gardens at different sites among the dunes.  One three-year old garden’s features include a pond, a waterfall, a fire pit and garden art by a local artist. 
       Another nine-year old garden will feature twenty varieties of lilies.  This garden will feature two gardeners who have worked fifteen years in their garden.  Be prepared to see an abundance of ornamental trees and flowers in this ultimate beach house garden with all the bells and whistles. 
     The next garden is a sweet sanctuary that was started in 2017.  A profusion of pink, blue and chartreuse flowers are featured.  The fifth beach garden has evolved into a more structured garden by adding hardscape, a brick patio, and trees allowing more control of the sand that blows everywhere the wind takes it. 
     The final garden, started in 2002, has been in the process of being updated, redesigned and improved ever since.  It is truly a “Secret Garden” hidden behind a fenced yard that contains perennials,  ponds, a pergola, and plants from friends and family that have just decided to stay… and you will understand why.  

     The cost for the Walk is $12 and tickets can be purchased at Ayers Realty or Lake Street Gallery located on Lake Street near the train station or at the Aquatorium on July 6-7, 2019. Children under 12 are free.

            Guests can also enjoy a box lunch plus other items for sale in the scenic courtyard at the historic Aquatorium Bathing Beach building.  There are many vendors returning this year showcasing their wares which include custom artwork, painted garden stones, bird houses and accessories, glassware, pottery, and more.

            There will also be a bicycle guided tour led by Dave Kemerer from Ogden Dunes, Indiana, departing from the Aquatorium by 10:30 a.m. each day.  Make sure you have your helmet and sun block.