BIG BAY - The third annual Big Bay Garden Tour on Saturday will feature five gardens tended by imaginative gardeners who have worked hard to enhance the magnificent surroundings they are set in.
Included is a pontoon boat ride from a garden on one side of Conway Lake near the Huron Mountain Club area to a garden on the other side. If high winds or other weather factors do not permit the boat ride, guided tours are available once you have gone through the Huron Mountain gate, where visitors to the gardens will be allowed through when they present their garden tickets.
Other gardens on the tour feature Lake Superior and Lake Independence as backdrops, but again with the individual gardener projecting their interpretation to complement these natural backgrounds with splashes of color and interesting textures in a variety of plants and ideas.
From left, Big Bay Garden Tour Chairwoman Marcia Gonstead, Master Gardener Chantal Niven, and Gina Johnson look over Johnson's garden, which is included in the tour that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Additional features include a "gently used" garden equipment and plant sale at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Bay and a Soup and Salad Luncheon at the Big Bay Presbyterian Church. The gardens of both churches can be browsed during participation in these events, as well.
Tickets cost $8 and are available at North Shore Treasures Gift Shop, the Outback, Cram's Store and the two churches in Big Bay; and Phil's 550 Store, Forsberg's Flower Shop, Garden Bouquet and Meister's in Marquette.
Proceeds will benefit the Bay Cliff Health Camp.