Garden Walkabouts

Wild Ones River City Chapter is seeking hosts for “Walkabouts”—informal tours of home gardens and landscapes managed by members. We’d like to visit gardens of ALL sizes, small to large!
  • Walkabouts last about two hours, with guests coming and going like an open house.
  • Hosts select the day and time.
  • Walkabouts will be held rain or shine.
  • Walkabout dates will be announced via our regular email communications.

NOTE: This is not a garden “inspection.” We all deal with weeds! If you choose to offer refreshments (not required or expected) keep it very simple.

If you would like to host a Walkabout, contact Marti MacArthur at [email protected].


Three Walkabouts are scheduled in 2021 • July 28, August 4, and September 18

Above photos by Barbara Zvirzdinis

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 • 5–7:00 PM
Two WORC members that are neighbors:

Barbara Zvirzdinis’ home – 4536 Abrigador Trail NE, Comstock Park, MI, 49321
Barbara Zvirzdinis lives on the Grand River and her garden beds are mostly wetland plants and shrubs. She is fairly new to native gardening and her beds range from 3 years–3 month’s old. Barbara’s gardens are a work in process as she continues to remove non-natives and replace them with native alternatives.  

Rebecca Ling’s home – 4576 Abrigador Trail NE, Comstock Park, MI, 49321
Rebecca Ling, one of the original founders of River City Wild Ones, has learned her flood plain gardening techniques the hard way—through repeated flooding, on-site research, and experimentation over the past 28 years. Experience her beautiful native/non-native, but flood zone hardy gardens. Bring bug spray and/or a hat with a veil and enjoy the beauty. 

Above photos by Rebecca Ling


CANCELLEDWalkabout at member Sandy Nelson’s home.


Calvin Ecosystem Preserve and Native Gardens

1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Created in 2018 to showcase the beauty and diversity of native plants, this botanical garden is a living field guide containing more than 200 species of plants found in Michigan. Over 20 mini gardens feature a variety of planting styles. They draw inspiration from both natural landscapes as well as familiar gardening styles such as cottage, pollinator, and shade gardens. Preserve staff, Jeanette and Dena, will be onsite to answer questions and share tips and tricks for growing native plants. The glasshouse will also be open to purchase native plants.

Long pants and insect repellant recommended.


Above photos by Jeannette Henderson,
Calvin Ecosystem Preserve and Native Gardens


Keith Edwards’ Comstock Park Urban Prairie
601 Clark NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Keith plans on having a show & tell display at his urban prairie with books/material, posters, examples of invertebrates (especially native bees) etc., followed by a stroll through the prairie where he will answer questions and show examples.

His home is on a dead end so parking is limited. Please car pool if you can and park only on the South side of the street. Please do not park on neighbors lawn.

Keith has extra plants that he would like to find good landscapes for, so bring containers if you would like to take some home. He has spiderwort, hoary vervain, wild strawberry etc. and non-native garden plants like stella d’oro daylily, etc.

Long pants, closed-toe shoes and insect repellant recommended.

Photo: Two-Spotted Bumble Bee by Keith Edwards












Photos from the August 2019 Walkabout at the Palmer residence in Belmont.









Photos from the July 2018 Walkabout at the Lange residence in Grand Rapids.

Photos from Walkabout at Clear Bottom Lake.













Photos from the August 2017 Walkabout at the Dandridge residence in Rockford.




Photos from the July 2017 Walkabout at the Oldenburg residence in Belmont.