If you have not yet heard, the area around The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is getting a Botanical Garden! The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) is an official part/partner of the Traverse City Botanical Garden Society, and we are excited to share some news about this amazing and one-of-a-kind project. Read below for their first big update of the year. Links to their site and Facebook are also provided. Happy gardening!
Botanic Garden at the Historic Barns Park Update 2014
By now most everyone knows that our Visitor Center is up and running and ready for rental. If you have been following us on Facebook you already know what the upstairs venue looks like. It is bright and airy with amazing vistas out the windows. The upstairs will accommodate 74 people for an event with tables and comfortable chairs. There is a small kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker and small refrigerator and dishwasher. This space has been used for several meetings and is also equipped with a large-screen TV monitor and the hook ups for power point presentations. Keep us in mind if you have need of a venue for rent.
The downstairs will encompass a small gift shop, which is being planned as I write. It is due to open this spring. You will want to check this out as well. Some plantings have taken place around the Visitor Center with the help of several Master Gardeners volunteering their time. Of course there will be more plantings to take place later when our snow disappears.
So, you might ask….what is in store for 2014 at The Garden? Be on the lookout for the water feature to be constructed using one of the old silos. There will be numerous plantings around this area and when finished, will be a beautiful, calming space to enjoy. In addition to the water feature, work will begin on the walled garden with paint removal and repointing of the stone foundation. All of that will have to be done before the cement “floor” is removed making the inside area ready for planting.