Monet Garden of Muskegon gets a Makeover with the “20 for 20” Campaign
The Monet Garden leadership team met and discussed the major needs of the Monet Garden now in her eighteenth year. A financial campaign will be started to raise $20,000 by the year 2020, the twentieth anniversary of the Monet Garden. These funds will help the garden continue to sparkle as a gem in downtown Muskegon. The many gardeners that work diligently in the garden continue to make a difference as evidenced by the ongoing display of flowers. However, the structural needs cannot be done by gardeners.
The garden paths have deteriorated to the point of replacement. This will be completed in the fall of 2018. Pink cement pathways now will wind throughout the garden. They will be safe and accessible for all. The ornamental pear trees that were planted eighteen years ago had outgrown their space and created too much shade for flowering plants. The City of Muskegon removed three of the remaining four trees last fall. The pond is in need of a border makeover with large stones and boulders. The footbridge needs a few boards replaced and then repainted.
Over eighteen years, many perennials have faded out and need to be replaced. The climbing roses have seen better days and need to be redone. The planting beds, once under the shade of the pear trees, needs to be refurbished. Many areas of the garden have been overrun with happy plants that love to travel. Spring bulbs have disappeared as well as fall blooming bulbs. All of this means continuous plant restoration. While our gardeners and their spouses have graciously done as much as possible, the garden needs a serious influx of funds to complete these tasks.
The Monet Garden does have an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Muskegon County. The monies earned are used for yearly upkeep and normal plant replacement. This money is how the garden grows year after year. However, as stated above, many structural and expensive parts of the garden need replacement or refurbishing. We need your help to ensure the future of the Monet Garden of Muskegon.
Three Ways to Support the Monet Garden of Muskegon
Tax Deductible Donation
To donate online go to:
and search for Monet Fund in the Specific Funds Box.
Or by mail:
Community Foundation for Muskegon County
425 W. Western Ave. Suite 200
Muskegon, MI 49440
Or by phone: 231-722-4538.
Go Fund Me Donation
MONET GARDEN PAVER PROJECT
Purchase a brick paver and have it engraved. It will help pave the brick section in front of the Garden.
Inscriptions may be in memory of a friend or loved-one, to honor a gardener, or for any reason at all. Click here to open, print and fill out the pdf form. Please make checks payable to Linda Hecksel.