Carol Biondo stands in front of a vertical garden constructed of PVC pipes.

Birdhouses are sprinkled in the course of Biondo’s garden and backyard on Lakeland Road.

Picture by Deb Jacques

 Lavender grows abundantly in Biondo’s yard, attracting bees with its pollen and nectar.

Lavender grows abundantly in Biondo’s lawn, attracting bees with its pollen and nectar.

Photo by Deb Jacques


ST. CLAIR SHORES — On the lookout for approaches to rediscover the attractiveness of your yard? Appear for inspiration in the neighborhood throughout the yearly Garden Tour, hosted by the St. Clair Shores Yardeners.

The St. Clair Shores Yardeners annual Backyard garden Tour is returning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7. The yearly occasion will showcase six gardens in the town, highlighting earth-pleasant gardening procedures and ways to bring in pollinators to area yards.

“It’s good that we can be undertaking it once more,” stated Laurel Fowler, of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners.

The 2020 celebration was transitioned to a digital tour of some gardens on YouTube.

“We had some pics and video clips of a couple of the gardens that were being heading to be on last year’s tour,” she mentioned.

This year’s tour contains a couple gardens that were being scheduled in 2020 and a handful of new gardens.

“Since we live by Lake St. Clair … we do promote earth-welcoming gardening,” Fowler claimed, with yards “that would make folks informed of items they can do in their yard, about matters they can do to keep the lake nutritious.”

The gardens are scattered during the city, from Marter Road up to 14 Mile Road, she reported, and all of the 2021 gardens promote pollinators.

“A whole lot of the gardens are performed (in a way to) attract birds and butterflies into the location,” she stated.

Carol Biondo’s house on Lakeland Street is a haven for all those with wings.

“I have a large amount of living partitions which have roses on them for privateness and to entice the birds and butterflies and bees,” she claimed. “I have a lavender fence, which is for the bees, typically,” as very well as a dwelling honeysuckle wall that draws in hummingbirds.

Biondo has been doing the job on her yard for the previous a few years.

“My purpose was to make it a retreat for myself,” she mentioned. “I just love sitting down out there and observing every little thing.”

Along with the living walls — created from wooden charred employing the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban strategy — Biondo has a vertical garden created from PVC pipe, arbors, and a backyard gate. She makes use of yard nannies, which are terra cotta spikes hooked up to wine bottles that drinking water the beds from underneath the ground as wanted, as properly as an underground PVC pipe watering process.

Birds appreciate earning their residences in various fowl residences throughout the property, way too.

Biondo functions complete-time, but she explained she enjoys paying out time in her property on the weekends to keep it tidy.

“I go in there after perform. I may possibly just putz, pull a several weeds. It’s possible as soon as a 7 days, I go out there, place in a couple hrs preserving it tidy. I take pleasure in that, so it is not operate,” she mentioned. “A lot of it requires treatment of by itself now, so I can love it.”

The self-guided Yard Tour costs $5 for those people age 12 and more mature. Participants can pay out and obtain their map to the gardens at the Selinsky-Eco-friendly Farmhouse Museum, situated driving the St. Clair Shores General public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road.

Fowler stated the gardens are picked from suggestions despatched to the Yardeners, homes they have viewed driving close to town and, from time to time, even by the very pleased home-owner.

The celebration is sponsored by Soulliere’s Garden and Landscape Middle and Wild Birds Endless in Grosse Pointe Woods. There will also be distributors on the museum grounds presenting gardening-linked items, this kind of as honey, lavender or wind chimes, for buy.

For far more data, e-mail [email protected] or locate the Yardeners of St. Clair Shores on Facebook.