2018-09-08 / News

Grand Garden Show Delights Visitors, Draws Large Crowd


Mackinac Island artist Kate Dupre was one of the many painters capturing scenes during the garden tours. Mackinac Island artist Kate Dupre was one of the many painters capturing scenes during the garden tours. The annual Grand Garden show delighted hundreds of participants from all over the country who were drawn to the Island Sunday, August 26, through Tuesday, August 28, for workshops, presentations, and garden tours.

This year, author Amy Stewart was the closing keynote speaker. She wrote “Girl Waits with Gun,” part of the Kopp Sisters series based on deputy sheriffs, “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants,” and “Flower Confidential.”

Event founder Jack Barnwell, of Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services on Mackinac Island, was the opening keynote speaker. His talk featured what it’s like to garden on Mackinac Island and the people he works with.

Lisa Waud of Detroit also gave a keynote address. She is the founder of Pot & Box, a floral design studio that has operated in Detroit for 11 years, creator of the flower house installation from 2015 that turned blight into a floral haven, and producer of Detroit flower week, an event that marked the first anniversary of the installation.


Admiring the colorful blooms at the Stuck cottage, a group of Grand Garden Show participants learn about landscaping. (Photographs by Sara Wright, Grand Hotel) Admiring the colorful blooms at the Stuck cottage, a group of Grand Garden Show participants learn about landscaping. (Photographs by Sara Wright, Grand Hotel) The workshops covered a variety of gardening topics, including landscape design, container gardening, and gardening on a small budget. Breakout sessions were given by Zeke Cooper of Cooper|Stewart Landscape Architecture in North Carolina, Deborah Trickett of The Captured Garden in Massachusetts, and Kerry Ann Mendez of Perennially Yours in Maine. New England artist Sarah Boynton also gave demonstrations on botanical art and how to use flowers and plants to make jewelry.

A highlight for many during the Garden Show are the special docentled tours of some of the Island’s private gardens. Locations downtown, on the West Bluff, and in the Annex were featured. Several Mackinac Island and Michigan artists were on hand during the tours, capturing the beautiful flowers, sunlight, and merriment of the occasion. Painters included Maeve Croghan, Kate Dupre, Mary Bea McWatters, and Larissa Flynn.


Landscaper Jack Barnwell shares his ideas in the Grand Hotel Theatre. Landscaper Jack Barnwell shares his ideas in the Grand Hotel Theatre. The Grand Garden Show is held each year the Sunday through Tuesday before Labor Day weekend.



Above: Registrants at the Grand Garden Show gather in the Tea Garden. Above: Registrants at the Grand Garden Show gather in the Tea Garden.

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