Beautifying the village of Elk Rapids, Michigan — one garden at a time.
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.”
— Elizabeth Murray —
Our Elk Rapids Community Gardens
Arrowhead Garden - Iva's North
Located at the Northeast corner of Ames Street and US 31
Mrs. Iva Byerly created this beautiful garden in 1983 and redesigned it in 1999. Arrowhead Garden – Iva’s North is a tribute to her 25 years of dedication to the Garden Club. We are thankful for the continued support of Iva’s family which has supported recent growth in this garden including the additions of a pebbled path and bench.
Blue Star Memorial Garden
Located in front of the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce at 305 US 31
Renovated and enlarged in 2005, this garden features colorful perennials blooming all summer long to greet visitors at the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Renamed in 2012 after being dedicated to our Veterans as a Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker, visitors can also stop and meet the village swan, Tallulah, near this garden.
River Street Entrance Garden
Located at the corner of River Street and US 31
Originally planted by the Garden Club in the 1970s and known as the Port of Elk Rapids Garden, this garden space was revamped and expanded in 1998. The River Street Entrance Garden is a beautiful focal point, welcoming visitors to the Village of Elk Rapids. Filled with sedums, rudsbeckia, daylilies, crocosmia and brightly colored geraniums, it really captures your attention as you enter our village.
Arrowhead Garden - South
Located at the Southeast Corner of Ames Street and US 31
This garden was established in 1991. A view of Elk Lake offers a stunning backdrop accenting the swaying movement of the grasses and shrubs, providing texture and color interest. Henrietta, the seagull, greets visitors of this garden.
Mildred Reed Guild Memorial Garden and Library Foundation Plantings
Located on Noble Street at the Elk Rapids Library
Renovated in 2005, this garden was dedicated as a memorial to celebrate the generosity of Mrs. Mildred Reed toward people in need and college students in the community. This garden is filled with a variety of hostas, roses, astible, hydrangea and geraniums. In the fall, the garden is dressed with colorful mums.
Township Hall Garden
Located at 401 River Street
Planted by volunteers in 1998, this garden continues to change and improve. The garden bench provides an opportunity for quiet reflection, with beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay and the Elk River.
Zupin-Anderson Memorial Garden
Located at 200 Dexter Street
In 1959, this garden was established in memory of Marie Zupin, a past Garden Club President. A new area was added and dedicated in 1985 in memory of another past Club President, Ariel Anderson. This stunning garden not only showcases the vibrant colors of astilbe, iris and geraniums, it’s also an official pollinator garden providing both host and nectar Michigan Native Plants to attract bees and butterflies.
Beulah Morrison Garden
Located at the corner of River and Bridge Streets
This garden and gazebo were established in 1997 and renamed for Beulah Morrison in honor of her many years of service to the Elk Rapids Garden Club. This garden provides a secluded spot to sit next to spring blooming crab trees and tulips that give way to summer hostas, geraniums and brightly colored marigolds.
Pedestrian Bridge Garden
Located at 300 River Street
The Historic Marker at the Pedestrian Bridge provides the history of the Island development as well as a brief description of the 1860-era building, which now houses the Elk Rapids Library. The weeping cherry trees, removed in 2014, have been replaced with pink roses. This special location is now more open, offering views of the lovely white bridge with turquoise river water below for your favorite photo.
Yuchasz Walk Through Garden
Located at 132 River Street
Rejuvenated in 1997, this garden was named after Joseph Yuchasz, Sr. who was an active and generous Rotarian in the Elk Rapids community. The curving sidewalks, fragrant viburnum in spring, climbing roses in summer, and perennials add to the natural beauty of this space.
Club Awards 2018-2019
Michigan Garden Clubs 2018 Awards
Yearbook Award 2018
District V 3rd Place
2018 Landscape Garden Walk Award
1st Place — Medium Sized Club
President’s Award of Excellence
Second largest percentage increase in new members within District V
Diamond Club of Distinction
Elk Rapids Garden Club 2018 Awards
State Life Membership Award
Conservation Honoree Award
Donation to: Elk-Skegemog Association
Golden Trowel Award
20 Year Member Award
Presented by Pat Jackson
High School Essay Awards — May 2018
Topic: “To what extent can gardens support and protect threatened and endangered species?”
Presented by Bonnie Miller, Elk Rapids Schools Liaison
Elk Rapids Village Pride Garden Awards – July 2018
Presented by Paula Schmiechel and Susan Green, Award Co-Chairs
151 River St. in Elk Rapids, MI
Linda and Don Baker
Elk Rapids, MI