On June 21 (Tuesday) 6 pm: The Grand Valley Rose Society will tour the Blok gardens and then detour over to the Vander Male Gardens for a Tour until dark.
The Blok-Vander Male Tour
At last! A garden tour with lots of roses in bloom! At our May Board meeting, the Board voted to replace the usual June rose society meeting with a garden tour. We are hopeful that there will be lots of beautiful blooms to enjoy.
The tour will include the Blok Garden, at 4770 Sheri Lynn Dr. S.W. in Wyoming, and the Vander Male Garden, at 3060 Richmond N.W., in Walker. At the Blok garden, beginning at about 6 PM, you will view a garden with one of the largest number of large modern exhibition roses in our area. We are working to get our rose signs up-to-date, for ease of identification.
At around 7 PM, the tour will move on to the Vander Male Garden. The Vander Male’s garden represents the other extreme of rose gardening. Though they occasionally exhibit roses at our shows, they have a beautifully landscaped garden that features a large number of beautiful landscape and garden roses. They have often hosted garden tours. Refreshments will be served there. If you want to bring some treats, they will be welcome. Marcy says, “Please bring your lawn chairs, and make yourself comfortable.”
To find the Blok Garden, go to the intersection of 44th St. S.W. and Byron Center Ave. Take Byron Center Ave. south ½ mile, and turn left onto Easy St. The first left off Easy St. is Sheri Lynn Dr. The 2nd house on the right is the Blok House..
Going to the Vander Male’s, go north on Byron Center Ave., to 28th St. Go west on 28th St. to Wilson in Grandville, then follow Wilson north past Johnson Park, and continue on Wilson north to Leonard St. (north of Standale). Turn right on Leonard and go to Kenney Ave. Follow Kenney north to Remembrance Rd. Take a sharp right and go one block to Richmond. Follow Richmond east to 3060 Richmond St.