United States of America, Michigan, Kent, Grand Rapids
Milt & Barbara Rohwer Garden (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
The grounds of this quarter acre downtown property were too water-logged for conventional planting so working with garden designer Stephen Rosselet the owners created a pond and bog garden connected by a channel. A screened porch overlooked the garden and an elevated boardwalk laid out in a zig-zag provided access. After it was dug the pond was lined with a 500-pound sheet of rubber and edged with field rocks, while the bog was lined with perforated plastic for drainage. Shrubs, grasses and ferns that thrive in wet soil were planted in large swathes; moss at the edge of the bog was maintained by spraying buttermilk. The water garden provided habitat for birds, butterflies, and a pair of mallards that adopted this property.
Persons associated with the garden include Milt and Barbara Rohwer (former owners); Stephen Rosselet (garden designer).
The folder includes worksheets and a photocopy of an article.
This property is featured in "Make Way for Ducklings" by Elizabeth H. Hunter, published in House Beautiful, May 2000