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Annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk features private homes and benefits 2 local …

Those interested in finding inspiration for their next gardening project have a chance to see six private gardens and benefit two nonprofit organizations Saturday during the 24th-annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk.

The Women’s National Farm Garden Association’s Ann Arbor branch annually holds the garden walk, which features waterfalls, ponds, arrays of flowers, trees and plants, hillside plantings and more across Ann Arbor. The 2014 walk will showcase six gardens all within walking distance of one another, as well as the public grounds of Arbor Hospice.

The six private gardens featured are located on Devonshire Road, Londonderry Road and Bedford Road in the Arbor Hills neighborhood. A Garden Walk Marketplace, offering plants, garden art and handcrafted merchandise from local and regional artists, will be located at each garden.
While giving attendees and chance to find inspiration for their own gardens, the funds raised through the Garden Walk will also benefit the Leslie Science and Nature Center (LSNC) and Edible Avalon.

Funds donated to LSNC will go toward the rejuvenation and expansion of the center’s landscaping and grounds, which serve as educational and demonstration opportunities for visitors. Edible Avalon is a nonprofit program of Avalon Housing that develops community gardens and nutrition and health-related programs for residents, as well as youth programs focused on local food and sustainable gardening.

Garden Walk tickets are $15 per person and will be sold at each of the gardens the day of the event. Tickets can be bought in advance at Dixboro General Store, Downtown Home Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nicola’s Books, and online at Ann Arbor ‘s Farm Garden website.

The Garden Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information on the Garden Walk, the featured gardens or LSNC and Edible Avalon, visit www.annarborfarmandgarden.org.

Kelly McLaughlin is an intern reporter for The Ann Arbor News. She can be reached at

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