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Lowell garden walk features impressive gardens

Seven locations will be featured as part of Lowell Garden Club’s 18th annual garden walk.

There are six homes and one business on the walk, including several who return to the walk for the first time in about a decade, said Terry Smutniak, a past president of the club and the walk committee chairman.

The walk will be June 28 and 29.

Featured gardens include a 1895 Queen Anne Victorian home whose garden keeps with the time period of the home.

Other gardens include an angel and rose garden as well as an ornamental culinary garden. Other gardens include a small pond and an abundance of hummingbirds, as well as a four-tiered garden that includes perennial favorites and native flowers.

One of the gardens is the Gardens at Niemeyer’s Landscape Supply, which was formerly known as Gardens of the Prairie. That is also the location of the walk’s luncheon, so walk patrons can stop and eat amid the beautiful gardens there, she said. 

“It’s a great addition to the walk, and it will be great to eat under their pavilion, have great food and enjoy their gorgeous gardens,” she said. 

She said gardens are selected by driving around and stopping at houses who appear to have interesting landscaping. Other times, garden walk houses are suggested by club members.

“We like gardens that have a pleasing flow, some architectural structure, color and are pleasing to the eye,” she said. 

This year, many gardens are including antiques as part of their decorations, she said. 

“They incorporate a really nice watering can, or sprinklers, or things like that,” she said.

Money raised goes to support the club’s philanthropy, which includes beautifying town gardens as well as providing magazines for the library and scholarships for seniors interested in horticulture.

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