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Garden Walk

Seven Unique Gardens

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Tickets: $8 or Two for $15 - Children 12 & Under $3

Hosted by: American in Bloom of North Manchester


This years the "Welcome to my Garden" tour includes severn distinctive gardens in North Manchster.

The garden hosts include: Boyd & Anita Brubaker, Van & Terri Haupert, Joe Hayes & Greg Bowman, Elizabeth Learned, Dave & Renee McFadden, Rod & Susan Warren and the Muir Peace Gardens. 


The tour begins at the Eel River Gardens. located adjacent to the Lutheran Church at 113 West Main Street where tickets may be purchased the day of the Garden Tour. The Garden Walk is a program of Manchester Alive: Main Street Chamber Alliance and is sponsored by American in Bloom. 

The biennial North Manchester Garden Tour has become inspiration for gardeners, nature lovers and all who appreciate the serenity of the outdoors.  It has earned a reputation as being both soothing and invigorating.  It is a day filled with beautiful blooms, exotic plants, creative design, garden art, butterflies, birds and fellowship.  The “Welcome to My Garden” tour is intended to cater to those who wish to enjoy a leisurely stroll through unique and charming gardens, or those who wish to garner inspiration for their own garden projects.  The 2021 garden walk is hosted by the Manchester America in Bloom (AIB) committee and will begin at the Eel River Town Gardens located adjacent to the Lutheran Church at 113 W Main Street, in downtown North Manchester.  This year the tour features seven distinctive gardens located throughout the North Manchester area.  The tour begins in the heart of the town at the meticulously restored Learned home on Mill Street. The lovely gardens surrounding the home brighten the corner lot in this quiet neighborhood.  The second garden on the tour is home to Joe Hayes and Greg Bowman where beautiful flowering garden beds hold an abundance of plants that provide color and interest all summer long.  Not far away is the Gladdys Muir Peace Gardens located on the northwest corner of Wayne and College Streets.  This well-manicured garden provides a serene setting for visitors to enjoy. On the other side of the Manchester University campus, Dave & Renee McFadden will share their expansive gardens at Tall Oaks with its mature trees, bountiful shade loving plants and walking trail. The tour continues with travel to the farm homes of Van & Terri Haupert, Rodney & Susan Warren and Boyd & Anita Brubaker.  All three gardens are unique in their own design, choice of plantings and relaxing country views.  Plan to spend a beautiful day visiting beautiful spaces!!  The America In Bloom committee would like to give special thanks to all the garden hosts who worked so hard to share their gardens this year.


Thank You to the Sponsors! 




Elizabeth & Harold Learned Gardens – 702 N. Mill Street

Our home is a modest farm home built in 1900. When purchased in 1998 there was much to tend to.  The flowers were sparse and old spindly bushes surrounded the home. We had limited training in gardening but started with removing all the bushes to make way for garden areas.  In the planting of the smoke bushes in the front of the home the gardens began to take shape.  Choosing a mix of hostas, ferns, perennials and annuals bring depth and an array of color all throughout the season.  It took a lot of hard work to make the house a home and gardens full of flowers to make it complete.  We took advantage of the North Manchester Tree Program to replace all the trees that surround the property.   These accent trees help complete the curb appeal of the home. 

Joe Hayes & Greg Bowman Gardens – 402 Woodland Drive

When we purchased our home in 2015, we liked the basic structure of the gardens but repurposed the existing plants along with adding new plantings to make it our own take on a cottage garden.   Each year, additional plants have been added and others moved to better fit the spaces.  Walking up the driveway, redbuds, hydrangeas and lilacs greet you.  The front walk is flanked by emerald green boxwoods for a more formal feel.  The front garden includes a large bird bath surrounded by hydrangeas, heuchera, daylilies, daisies, allium, Siberian iris, astilbe and annuals for additional color.  Along the drive way, under the shade of large oaks, you are greeted by hosta and hellebores, leading up to an established rhododendron enjoyed seasonally through the family room window.  Underneath we’ve added several varieties of hosta and fern.  The opposite side of the drive is lined with yews and other plantings.  A patio area in the back yard provides a relaxing place to sit and enjoy time with family and friends. Hedged in by Green Giant Arborvitae and boxwoods, the terraced garden surrounding the patio includes daffodils in the spring, daylilies, hosta, astilbe and other perennials. The bed opposite the terraced garden has a water feature and is filled with hydrangeas, hosta, astilbe, cone flowers and daylilies.  Along the west side you’ll find a screen porch where we enjoy looking out on our flower beds filled with day lilies, allium, false indigo, Japanese anemone and honeysuckle vines on the fence.  We’ve extended the front beds out from the house to include Hosta, ferns, wood poppies, hydrangea, boxwood, coneflower, day lilies, allium, delphinium and annuals added for color to be able to enjoy our garden from inside the home.  Our most recent addition to our garden is a white picket fence flanked by boxwood, burning bush and various perennials, including roses.  Watch for the whimsical statues throughout, including the March Hare, the curious rabbit, the Mad Hatter and our favorite ‘Gnomey’ the gnome.  Welcome to our cottage garden!

Muir Peace Gardens at Manchester University – 1100 N. Wayne Street

The Gladdys Muir Peace Garden, completed in 2001 and located on the southwest corner of campus, features hostas and other shade-loving plants. The Peace Wall honors individuals who have made significant contributions to peace and justice. A fountain and path make the site a favorite for prom pictures and occasional small weddings.

Dave & Renee McFadden Gardens – 1408 East Street

Tall Oaks was built in 1970 as the official residence of Manchester’s president. It takes its name from the stately trees of the woods that surround it. Twice renovated, it is now home to Dave and Renee McFadden.  Prior to their July 2014 move in, the University added a sunroom, screened in porch and fire pit, which have become favorite gathering places for students and other guests.

Dave and Renee added their own personal touches, including brightening the bed that greets visitors at the entrance to the driveway, extending and adding flower beds, adding a perimeter between the yard and woods, and bringing dozens of hostas, heucheras and shade-loving perennials from their previous home. The University’s grounds crew did much of the heavy lifting and the gardens are designed to be as low maintenance as possible. The woods around Tall Oaks include a labyrinth, the cross-country course that doubles as a walking trail and a variety of wildlife.

Van & Terri Haupert Gardens – 10690 N. 175 E.

Haupert Farms has been a family farm for 63 years run by brother-in-law’s, Van Haupert and his wife Terri and Rod Warren and his wife Susan.  Add the fact that they live next door to each other and you’ll be able to enjoy their gardens just by going through the archway that adjoins their backyards. Terri will be the first to admit that she’s not an avid gardener.  She likes to keep her landscaping simple and low maintenance.  She accents it with rocks, containers of flowers and décor. A few years ago, after adding her office onto the back of their garage, she was left with a U-shaped area that she didn’t have a clue what to do with.  After seeing the pondless waterfall at Metzger Landscaping, that all changed.  She knew what she wanted for that space. The guys spend 2 years gathering rocks and boulders from the fields prior to the install.  Terri couldn’t be happier with the results!  This will be the 4th summer enjoying their water feature along with the croaking frogs.  Susan gets to enjoy it from her backyard as well.  One of the large boulders is one her dad, Doyle, found years ago and had placed in the yard at their home place.

Rod & Susan Warren Gardens – 10636 N. 175 E.

In 1958, Doyle Haupert purchased his first farm from Mr. & Mrs. Schroll one mile south of North Manchester.  In 1982, an additional 92 acres, including an old farmhouse, was added to the original homestead.  Rodney and Susan (Haupert) Warren moved into the farmhouse after some renovation was completed.  The outside grounds needed a lot of love and attention.  With no formal training in gardening except from her mother and with Susan’s love of flowers and gardening, the property began to take transformation. In the backyard is a walk-in circular garden with a trellis and bench, where an old chicken shed once stood and now is encircled with astilbes, bleeding hearts, and numerous varieties of lilies and hostas. Later, a 70-foot rusty fence and flower garden was built in front of the vegetable garden and filled with hollyhocks, black-eyed Susan, liatris, sage, salvia, purple echinacea, dianthus, phlox, orange poppies, sedum, peony bushes and a few shrubs to provide contrasting texture and color.  Interspersed with these are spring flowering bulbs. This past year, an archway was added between Susan’s and sister-in-law Terri Haupert’s homes.  Stretching out on both sides of the archway are countless varieties of hostas that have been lovingly added over the years. Every season is an adventure of experimenting, moving, adding or dividing plants to create the never ending and never finished creative touches to Susan’s gardens.  It’s always a work in process and one that Susan truly enjoys!

Boyd & Anita Brubaker Gardens – 1408 E. 1000 N.

We live on a farm that was previously owned by Boyd’s grandparents that was built in the late 1800’s.  We came to live here in 1993 when we got married.  We have been slowly transforming our property since then and it has changed so much over the years. A lot of the recent landscaping was done in 2010 when we sided our farmhouse and changed the layout of our porch.  I did all the landscaping myself with a lot of hard work.  The rocks you see around my gardens and throughout them came from around our farms or from my grandma who was very special to me.  A special feature you will find in my garden is a windmill built by a special grandpa, Charlie Brubaker.  I picked up my love of flowers from my mom who enjoyed flowers and gardening and from my dad who loves nature.  My younger brother also has a green thumb.  I guess you could say it runs in the family. I like a variety of constant colors and textures that bloom throughout the seasons.  I also fill in with annuals and potted plants for additional color.  I am thankful my husband likes to help water because it takes a lot of time.  To me, working in my flower beds is when I’m my happiest.  It is a great stress reliever.