The Lake Area Master Gardener’s 6th annual Garden Walk will be Saturday, June 2 rain or shine. Every year, the organization hosts the event that allows you to tour Lake area gardens. Tickets are $10 until May 1. For more information, call Glenda at 573-365-5033.


The Lake Area Master Gardener’s 6th annual Garden Walk will be Saturday, June 2 rain or shine. Every year, the organization hosts the event that allows you to tour Lake area gardens. Tickets are $10 until May 1. For more information, call Glenda at 573-365-5033.  

Garden Descriptions
The English Cottage Style Garden (mostly level, some gentle slopes):  This garden uses Rambler and Otto Linne Gartendirektor roses, Lace Cap Hydrangaes, Lady’s Mantle, Astilbe, Thyme, lavender, purple coneflower, Russian sage, black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and daisies to create a warm cottage atmosphere. The garden was designed and created by the garden owner who is a self-taught gardener. Unique features include lots of garden art and a relaxing waterfall.

Louisiana Garden (mostly level, some gentle slopes): The unique window boxes reflect the Louisiana heritage of the owners. The property includes a potting room, complete with a chandelier, which owner calls her “Woman’s Cave”. The gardens designed and completed by the owners, include a wide variety of plants and a water feature which adds a calming ambiance.

Old World Garden (mostly level, some gentle slopes, some stairs): This garden was started in 2004 by the owner who is a landscape designer.   A stone cottage built during the depression with a spectacular lake view. Lots of garden art including a small carousel from a former company in Eldon and an old buzz saw named “Bob.” The gardens include Junipers, boxwoods, burning bushes, hydrangeas, and Iris.  Unique plants are a fig tree and grape vine grown from a start that came from Italy to the U.S. by boat three generations ago. Owner grows vegetables, herbs, does composting, and raises rescue birds.  Birds may be in outside cages if warm enough. 

Stone Design Garden (front part is level, steep stairs down to the bottom garden): This stone home and its gardens were built while the lake was filling in the early 1930s. The garden contains a small stone replica of the home. Rockwork is embedded in most of the gardening and was built at the same time as the home. Ancient cedars, English Ivy, Holly, and a magnificent Magnolia are set off by rock planters, terraces and walls. The Masonic sun, moon and star built out of rock are unique features of this garden.

Willmore Lodge: (very steep walk, golf cart available): A flower lined path leads to the gazebo that looks out over the first seven miles of the Lake. This is a popular spring/summer wedding venue. Next to the lodge is a rain garden that was installed in 2011 by collaboration of the Lake Area Master Gardeners, Missouri Master Naturalists, and the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. Native plants were used to slow down and filter the water.