The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, MI

Plant Michigan, Plant Native

2019 Landscape Design Award Winners:  
The Lakeshore Resort & The Children's House Montessori.   Congratulations!

This year's small business landscape design award went to The Lakeshore Resort, 1897 US-31 N ., Traverse City.     Congratulations on your beautiful gardens!

The Children's House Montessori School5363 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI, was awarded the large business landscape design award for its beautiful landscaping and gardens.  Congratulations!

2019 - 501(c)3 Grant Recipients to be implemented in 2020

SAVING BIRDS THRU HABITAT – The grant will be used to enhance “Brian’s Garden” by planting an additional 12 native flowers (separate from the other native plant species) to this designed garden by Brian Zimmerman at Kay Charters.

TBA-ISD CAREER-TECH CENTER – This grant will fund two students from the TBA-ISD school of Agricultural/Horticulture to attend (2 days) at the FFA Convention at Michigan State University. This Education/Conference experience makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.

FRIENDS OF INTERLOCHEN PUBLIC LIBRARY – The grant will provide funding for completion of the landscaping around the Interlochen Public Library's sign. The landscaping is both practical and aesthetic, helping control runoff, sheltering the building, and providing year-round beauty.

MONTESSORI CHILDREN'S HOUSE -- The grant money will be used for the development of the "Rain Water Collection Project," which will eliminate the need to haul water in gallon containers to the greenhouse.  The project may, also, entail the use of solar power for the well.

GRAND TRAVERSE CONSERVATION DISTRICT -- This grant will be used towards on-going children's gardening projects.    The GTCD provides many educational programs for children, including the Nature-Based Preschool Programming.  These programs provide “first nature experiences” that last a lifetime and help children nurture curiosity, empathy and wonder.  They also sponsor many day camps for students during the summer, guided nature hikes and nature exploration boxes, plus much more.

TBA-ISD -- Grant given towards the "Farm to School" program.  This program helps teachers teach their curriculum across all subjects using food, cooking, and gardening.  Students get to participate in cooking demonstrations, nutrition lessons, cafeteria taste testings, garden plots and field trips to farms where students can participate in hands-on learning.

ESSAY CONTEST AWARD -- This award will be used as an incentive for local high school students to participate in an essay contest about our environment and the importance of caring for it.  This year's theme:  Challenges in Protecting Natural Habitats.  All the TCAPS high school students, St. Francis Catholic High School and Traverse City Christian High School are participating.  Three winners will be chosen.

2020 Thirty-Eighth GARDEN WALK--July 16 from 12-7 p.m.  (More info forthcoming!)
The 2020 Garden Walk will be held in the Long Lake/Interlochen area.  Stay tuned!

Thanks to all who attended our annual garden walk in 2019.  Below are some of the pictures from the 2018 Garden Walk and a list of our wonderful sponsors, who have tickets available for our garden walk!  Tickets are also available online at
Ticket-Selling Sponsors 
Tickets available in advance for $10 at all * sponsors
Tickets available day of the walk for $12 at ** sponsors 
Barker Creek Nursery & Landscaping, Inc.* 
Four Season Nursery*
 Oryana Community Co-op*
 Traverse City Visitor's Center** 
Botanic Gardens @ Historic Barns Park*   
Garden Goods**
 Pine Hill Nursery at Village Gardens**
  Kewadin Location--only advance sales*
 Urban Diversions* 
 Breeze Hill Greenhouse*
Greystone Gardens*
 Skegemog Gardens*
Zimmerman's Landscaping, Inc* 
 Crystal Gardens*
Iris Farm*