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Saugatuck Douglas Garden Walk

Mark your calendars! Our garden walk and perennial plant sale is a must attend event.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

10 AM to 4 PM

Tickets: $15

Begins at the Old School House – 130 W Center St, Douglas
Tour spectacular private gardens, with an opportunity to purchase perennial plants from our garden club member gardens for your own garden. All proceeds support scholarships for a graduating senior from Saugatuck and Fennville High Schools.

Tickets for the Garden Walk can be purchased at Isabel’s Market & Eatery * Huntree Nursery * The Glenn Store * Jonker’s Garden * or any SDGC Member. Day of event tickets can be purchased at the Old School House.

Rain or Shine! Hope to see you there.

Walters Gardens Trip

On July 19th a group of members attended a tour of these gardens. Walters Gardens is the largest wholesale plant company in Michigan. We learned about a wide range of ornamental crops, popular annuals and perennials. Here are some photos of this event.


The SDGC had it’s first membership meeting and event since the pandemic began. What a treat to see everyone!May 2021 – Our event was about container gardening. Lauren Cook from CULTIVATE Container Gardens & Design presented many container ideas, suggestions, inspirations and lots of fun combos. Here are some photos.


157 Norway Spruce seedling were delivered to the kindergartners at Douglas, Fennville and Glenn elementary schools in honor of Arbor Day.
The Saugatuck Douglas Garden Club with the assistance of Jan Landry, Huntree Nursery, bag and deliver these seedlings to the schools every Arbor Day which is always the last day in April.
Pictures are; Patti Birkes, Chair, and her helpers Judy Coffield, Char McKenzie, Grace Kramer and Margo Bultman

Community Pride 2020

With Covid-19 restrictions dampening our spirits, we didn’t let that stop us from making Saugatuck and Douglas look fabulous this summer. Saugatuck Community Pride pots were prepped a week ahead of twelve volunteers planting 44 pots around Saugatuck with lovely annuals. It was not as rewarding as the over twenty year tradition of planting with our delightful sixth graders, but, amidst these difficult times, it felt good to add a bit of beauty and good cheer to our city. Douglas Community Pride included two volunteers planting four pots and two window boxes with annuals specially selected by Councilman, Neal Seabert.  And finally, meet our two Community Pride Water kids. Tessa Knap and Jeffrey Shashaguay, both 7th graders. They keep our flowers looking healthy all summer long.

2019 Garden Tour

The evening prior to our garden tour we previewed the Douglas B & B.

Larry Gammons & the late Carl Jennings house

Lydia Fish House – Her secret garden was inspired by the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Stacy Honson and Richard Bont house.

2017 Saugatuck Middle School Fun!

The SDGC has an annual holiday project that is created with the 6th grade classes at Saugatuck Middle School. Each child makes 2 small centerpieces. After they are completed, they take one home for the holiday and the other one goes to our 2 local nursing facilities; Grace of Douglas on Wiley Road and Golden Orchards just outside of Fennville.

Materials used are red cups, pine cones, unbreakable ornaments and ribbon. Walter Klimchek (Walter the Wonderful) leads the children on how to make the bows and how to assemble the arrangement. A wide variety of conifer branches are used, all collected and donated each year by Brendt Sheridan. All other materials used are donated by the Garden club members.

All members and Walter gather at the school by 7:45 am and get busy by trimming all of the conifer branches. The SDGC volunteers and Walter (the wonderful) help the children put the centerpieces together. A lot of fun and laughter takes place, especially trying to teach 12 year old boys how to make a bow!