Passion shows in Wrzesinski garden

Marylynn Wrzesinski's garden, located at 266 Sixth St. in Manistee, is part of the Lakeside Club's Tour of Homes on July 21. (Courtesy photo)

Marylynn Wrzesinski’s garden, located at 266 Sixth St. in Manistee, is part of the Lakeside Club’s Tour of Homes on July 21. (Courtesy photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Lakeside Club’s bi-annual Tour of Homes is set for July 21. In the days leading up to the event, the News Advocate will publish descriptions of each home and garden on the tour. This is the sixth of six.

MANISTEE — To say that gardening is my passion might be a bit of an understatement. Some of my favorite memories of growing up in Maxwelltcwn are when I was working in the garden of our neighbor, Emma Sears.

She was ancient when I was young, and all the neighborhood kids called her “Grandma Emma.” We were polite little kids who had lives filled with lots of aunties, uncles, and grandmas who were not related to us.

I was always Grandma Emma’s “muscle.” I dug, weeded and planted the whole growing season and loved it. She grew mostly flowers in her big garden and taught me about the work and effort involved with working the soil.

My yard, located at 266 Sixth St., has mostly perennials, lots of perennials. I don’t really have the patience for planting seeds. I wish I did. I have also tried vegetables and sometimes I’ll sneak them in with the flowers, but for the most part, they don ’t really like me.

Hopefully, once I retire, seeds, veggies and I will reach an understanding … but I’m not holding my breath.

My garden is and will always be a work in progress. My plants meander all around my house and overflow into the parking lot and the gardens of friends. I have about five distinct beds with combinations of flowers, shrubs and small trees. I also add rocks, statues and other interesting “clutter” to the landscape.

On the shady west side of my home, I am attempting to turn a narrow dark space into a calming, quiet Zen garden. I want cool and peaceful with Hostas, Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Lenten roses.

Myrtle is the pathway and rocks are scattered here and there. lt’s meant to show the serenity of life but to beware of the potential stumbling blocks along the way. That’s what it supposed to show, but it too, is a work in progress. Too soon to be peaceful, but on its way.

I put in a water feature with some slate I had given to me. I’ve stocked it with little tiny fish that turn into big fish by the end of summer. The neighborhood cats have enjoyed the challenge of fish farming right along with me. I will try it again this summer with a few alterations and see how it goes.

The last space to be conquered will be in the front of the house. We all have that space between the road and the sidewalk — the area that gets burned up in the summer and abused by plows and salt trucks in the winter. I am constantly looking for inspiration for these gardens. Presently it’s mulch, evergreens and some hardy perennials.

Hopefully my garden will have something for everyone. I look forward to the conversation and sharing of information that people visiting my little space can communicate to me. It’s always good to be among kindred spirits.

TAKE THE TOUR

The Lakeside Club’s Tour of Homes is set for 1-5 p.m. on July 21. Tickets are available at Hokanson’s Camera Shop, Goody’s Juice & Java, Manistee Visitors Bureau, T. J.’s Pub, Kellie’s Hallmark, Alex Doucett’s, Northern Spirits Gift Shop, and MacBeth and Co. in Onekama. Tickets will also be available at the door of any home or garden the day of the tour. Tickets can also be purchased at manisteehometour.weebly.com; for information, email manisteehometour@gmail.com.

Ticket holders can enjoy refreshments any time throughout the afternoon free of charge, at the First Congregational UCC Church, located at 412 Fourth St. in Manistee.

Proceeds from the Lakeside Club Tour of Homes will be divided between four nonprofits within Manistee County, one of which is the Manistee County Library.

SPECIAL FEATURE

An added bonus of this year’s tour is the inclusion of three unique, historical buildings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are: the Manistee city Fire Hall at 281 First St., the Old Kirke Museum (formerly the Danish Lutheran Church) at 304 Walnut St., and the S. S. City of Milwaukee at 99 Arthur St. Tickets must be shown at the door.

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