Thanks to the strategic planning of committee members Jan Paul, Dana D’Andraia, Sally Stebbins and Janice Freeman we had a most elegant and fun-filled day.
Our garden hosts included Anne and Paul Glendon, Mary Ellen and Larry Dawson, and Sandy and David Howell; all residing in Peaine township. The St. James host was John Fiegen and our public building stop this year was to our ever-blooming Wellness Garden. A big thank you to all of these hosts for allowing 45 attendees to descend upon their serene spots.
Of course, what day would be complete without lunch and dessert??
Thank you to Eric and Dana Hodgson for the fabulous, delicious sit-down luncheon at the Restaurant at the Lodge. Jan and Janice did a bang-up job with fresh flowers in old-styled water pitchers for table decor to compliment the “everything old is new again” theme of the tour this year. Not to be outdone was our guest speaker and ultimate gardener Heidi Vigil! As before, she made us laugh while teaching us a few tricks playing off our theme of the day.
Jan Paul’s prizes, many donated by Pat Rowley, were a hit amongst the attendees. Thank you Jan and Pat!
Desserts were bountiful and also scrumptious! We arrived at our final stop, B I Studio and Gallery, to find our hostess Lois Stipp with a table full of assorted desserts made by Island bakers from old family recipes. These included treats by Jean Gillespie, Connie Wojan, Bev Cantwell, Connie Boyle, Jean Carpenter, and Sandy Lodico. Thank you ladies for taking our theme to a new height!
We also would like to thank these people who each year have provided transportation for our attendees. The CMU vans cut down on the “road rally” effect of our first two garden tours. CMU has maintained the wildflower garden with their Honors students every year and we appreciate their interest in being part of the Wellness Garden. Thank you Becky Uzarski, Vickey Newman, Crissa Lynn Snyder and coordinator John Gordon. You are an immense presence on Beaver Island and we appreciate your participation in our Wellness Garden activities.
Sheri Richards, Frank D’Andraia, Bruce Parker and Anne Glendon also provided transport. Thank you one and all!
As we all know the Garden Tour proceeds allow us to continue work on beautifying and maintaining our Wellness Garden at BIRHC and Forest View. Thank you attendees who came early to get your tickets. We sold out in three days time!!
Lastly, but not leastly, we can’t do this without Betty Hudgins, who tirelessly helps us with tickets, flyers, donations, and screens the phone calls with all the daily barrage of questions from interested attendees. Thank you, thank you Betty!! Mary Cook and Donna Kubic also have kept our books for us; thank you Ladies.
Remember to watch next May for our Garden Tour plans as well as sale of tickets. Hmmmmm……. wonder which gardens we will visit? See you then!
Gratefully submitted by Leonor Jacobson for the Wellness Gardeners