Every Year, the Garden Club hosts the popular Annual Garden walk. Elaborate secret home gardens, filled with native plants, perennials, and annuals, are open to the public during the Miller Beach Garden Club’s Annual Secret Gardens Tour. The walks are held in July on Saturday and Sunday in the Miller Beach community of Gary, Indiana. The 2021 Dates are July 10th and 11th.
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 opens 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. Among some of the features include gardens that feature a pond, a waterfall, a fire pit and garden art by a local artist. 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. 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 each year showcasing their wares which include plants, custom artwork, painted garden stones, bird houses and accessories, glassware, pottery, and more. There will also be a bicycle guided tour led local bicyclists, departing from the Aquatorium by 10:30 a.m. each day. Make sure you have your helmet and sun block. For further information contact Judy Ayers, 219-938-1188.
The Miller Garden Club holds its general meetings at the historic Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Avenue, Gary, IN 46403 at 10 a.m. Speakers such as Eric Dean Spruth, an Art Therapist, speak on how he uses landscaping as an additional medium of design.
The Miller Garden Club meets the third Saturday of the month from March through October from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The general meetings are open to the public and feature speakers of interest on subjects ranging from gardening to ecology to stewardship of our natural resources. Refreshments are served.
The Miller Garden Club’s mission is to provide gardening education on all levels; to protect native trees, plans and wildlife; and to beautify the Miller Beach Community in Gary, IN. The club is a 501© organization founded in 1998. The club members work tirelessly tending to gardens along the Lake Street Business district, the South Shore train station, the library, the Aquatorium and many, many other locations.
For further information: Millergardenclub.org or facebook.
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