Seedums Garden Club organizes a fundraiser for gardens and garages
CHEBOYGAN — Cheboygan’s Seedums Garden Club is hosting a fundraiser this Sunday, bringing car enthusiasts and gardeners together to drive around town and see some beautiful things.
The event will take place, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m., with eight different gardens around a set route. Those who attend the event will also be able to see vintage and classic cars, tractors and boats throughout the tour.
“People who have their tickets will get the card for all the gardens,” said Noreen Keating of the Seedums Garden Club.
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The tickets will contain directions on how to get to the different houses, as well as descriptions of the houses. There will also be signs at major intersections near the gardens, directing spectators.
Keating said there are still tickets on sale for this event, which can be purchased at any of the eight gardens along the route, including Michael O’Brien and Kristen Baggott on Franklin Street and at the Cheboygan History Center . Tickets are also available at several businesses in Cheboygan including the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, Bittersweet, Mother Nature’s Remedies, Pat’s Posey Patch or from any member of the Seedums Garden Club.
If tickets are purchased before the Sunday event, they are $15 each, or two for $25. On the day of the event, tickets will be $18 per person.
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All proceeds from this event go to the garden club and its ongoing efforts to beautify the downtown area of Cheboygan and several other gardens in the community. This includes the flowerbeds of Festival Square and Washington Park, as well as the multiple gardens of the Cheboygan County Historical Museum on Huron Street.
There will be a variety of flower gardens to look at around the tour, including urban gardens filled with morning glories, lilacs, roses, hostas and all other types of flowers.
At one of the final stops on the tour, the home of O’Brien and Baggot, there will also be a number of antique boats and cars to view.
Keating said Cheboygan County Community Foundation member Robert Butts will bring vintage boats to display along the Cheboygan River. Spectators will not be able to board the boats, but they can be seen from the shore.
“The cars will be brought in for Sunday,” Keating said. “Mainly the husbands of committee members. Committee members are Linda Rogers and Vince Lumetta, and Cindy and Richard Cartmill, and Doris and Jerry Svetcos.
This fundraiser will also be an opportunity for community members interested in joining the club to learn more about the Seedums Garden Club. Any current club member at any of the tour stops will be able to provide information about the club and how to join.
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The group recently welcomed its first male member, Steve Miller, and Seedums is looking for more people to join their efforts, whether they’re good at gardening or not. You also don’t have to be a full-time resident of the city to become a member.
Also starting this week, members of the Seedums Garden Club will be touring the town of Cheboygan in search of ‘blooming’ front yards as part of the ‘Cheboygan in Bloom’ project. This project, from July 15 to 31, will reward residents and businesses that strive to beautify their streets with gardens.
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A “Cheboygan in Bloom” sign will be placed in those yards deemed attractive by garden club members. There are no size requirements or styles needed to be recognized, anyone who shows pride of ownership and helps beautify neighborhoods will receive recognition.
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