LAKESIDE — Eight gardens inspired by a variety of architectural home and landscape styles, formal and informal themes, and the elements of the grounds themselves were on display Saturday, June 22, during the 2019 Lakeside Garden Walk.
The Lakeside Association’s once-every-three-years event again supports the Scholarship Fund, which benefits seniors in the River Valley School District. This year’s recipients are Joshua Clark, Kira Kelley, Delayna Morrow, Jessie Rieth and Madison Vollman.
When Kat and Fred Hickman purchased property in Lakeside in 1964 – the year they got married – the grounds were barren, as the home that had once stood there burned down.
But the newlyweds lived in a trailer there on weekends during the summer until their home, designed by a protege of famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was completed two years later.
True to the tenets of modern architecture, the house is elemental – all glass set in a wood frame, and its plantings are an assortment of perennials and annuals.
In contrast, the home owned by Alan DeBaugh and Bryan Overley is a 145-year-old Italianate.
For their home, the two, who owned the Marco Polo store in Three Oaks for 20 years, used plants from the gardens that surrounded their store and peonies and poppies from one of their grandmother’s gardens.
According to Theresa Richter, committee chair for the Lakeside Garden Walk, the tour showcases a myriad of unique garden settings, ranging from lakefront to urban, rustic to minimalist contemporary styles, masterful homeowner to professional designs and installations.
The gardens, all within a short driving distance of each other (a map is included in the Garden Walk brochure), encompass Three Oaks, Harbert and Lakeside, representing the varied and one-of-a-kind gardens found in Harbor Country.
Among the garden concepts represented are English Country Cottage, and Arts and Crafts. Several gardens emphasis ecofriendly characteristics, including the cottage/prairie rain garden belonging to Ira Johnson and Steve Diller, which features asters, coreopsis, daylilies, milkweed, coneflowers and liatris, reflecting the ambience of an English cottage garden.
Allan Kayler and Deborah Hall-Kayler have already incorporated a rain garden and ecograss plantings, and this year are adding a trickling pond and pollinator garden. They did a small burn in the woods behind their firepit to help eliminate invasive species and nurture wildflower growth on the woodland floor.
Their property, comprising more than 10 acres, features well-marked paths and boardwalks through the woods leading into a set of beautiful scenes, including a patch of yellow marsh marigolds.
Once part of the Harold Swift estate’s apple orchards and rabbit house – the land and newly built home belonging to Carole ad Tom Shortlidge – is now called “The Rabbitry,” and is dedicated to maintaining the property’s heritage.
According to the homeowners, the almost-blank landscape designed by Phil Rosborough emerged as a series of smaller landscapes woven together by new lawn, fieldstone walls and garden areas, each created to take advantage of the differing available lights. They include meadows, more than three dozen native grasses and perennials, formal gardens and cutting gardens.
Deborah and John Chapman incorporate a series of garden rooms, modernistic Asian garden components, private garden spaces, bluestone walkway and patio, a cloistered shady spot under mature beech trees, and Borealis stairs descending to more sequestered patios and what the owners describe as a “grand ballroom of the woods.”
Other garden aspects of note include, The Berkshire Garden, which has been more than 20 years in the making, its successions of smaller themed gardens centered around a central lawn overlooking Lake Michigan.
Other points of interest are the koi trickle pond, and a bridge leading to stone-tiered viewing steps that lead down to the play lawn. Other flower plantings include plate-sized dahlias, roses and masses of daisies.