Welcome Mat: Fenton Garden Tour features ‘Emerald City’

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

18th Annual Pond & Water Garden Tour on July 16

Koi pond

Who doesn’t love the soothing sound of water? Visit beautiful pond and water gardens in the Northville area when the Michigan Koi & Pond Club presents the 18th Annual Pond & Water Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5 – 15). Purchase wristbands and pick up your tour guide book on the day of the tour at the Village Workshop, 455 E. Cady St., Northville. For information, go to mkpc-se.com.

Fenton garden tour features walker’s maze,‘Emerald City’

The Fenton Open Gate Garden Club will hold their Garden Tour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday featuring seven gardens plus a walker’s maze and an “Emerald City” made of green glass objects. Admission includes maps, garden guides, refreshments, merchant discounts, and a raffle for a garden bench. Advance tickets ($8) are available through members and merchants: Bordine Nursery, Gerych’s, Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, Holly Twp. Library, Sweet Variations, Yard ‘N’ Garden, The Weed Lady. Day of tour tickets are available for $10 at A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum, 310 S. Leroy St. in Fenton. Children 12 and under are free. For information, visit opengategardenclubgardentour.com or contact Phil at 810-750-0888.

Troy Garden Club hosting Poetic

Gardens Wednesday

Plein air artists are just one of the highlights of Poetic Gardens, the Troy Garden Club’s 42nd annual walk from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 5-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through Tuesday at Auburn Oaks Garden Center, Telly’s Greenhouse, the Troy Historic Village and Uncle Luke’s Feed Store during regular business hours. They will also be available at English Gardens in Royal Oak from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On garden walk day, $15 tickets will be sold exclusively at the Troy Historic Village on Wattles just west of Livernois from 9 a.m - 7 p.m., where there will be many activities. For information, go to troygardenclubmi.com or call 248-952-5938.

Outdoor rugs good indoors, too

Giant Swirls

With so much attention on the outdoors, it’s easy to neglect your interiors this time of year. Luckily, there are rugs that can handle either environment. Ed Hagopian, president of Hagopian World of Rugs, says, “The better quality indoor/outdoor rugs get used quite a bit in kitchens. They clean up easily, they’re stain resistant and the materials are designed to be all-weather.” Just hose them down outside and bring them in during the winter. They work especially well in homes with kids and pets and they’re often colorful, like the Fiesta Swirls shown here that retails for $560 (5’ by 8’). For information, go to originalhagopian.com or call 1-800-HAGOPIAN.