Michigan City , Indiana
Michigan City is the largest town in Harbor Country, situated at the mouth of Trail Creek. Some of this area suggests a more urban garden; however there remain several lakeside communities which retain the charm of the dunescape. The Country Gardener uses innovative design incorporating the best of this area's native plants to achieve a beautiful low-maintenance garden, whatever your choice or setting.
Beginning at the outskirts of Michigan City is Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park. The Park extends along Lake Michigan west to Gary, and is a treasure containing 25 miles of dune, wetlands, bog, lagoons, woodlands and beach. The Park has ecological historical and scientific significance. Both plant life and wildlife are important here. It is in the flight path of several varieties of migrating birds. Watching these magnificent flocks of birds is thrilling. Visit www.indianadunes.areaparks.com website to learn more.
Michigan City is also home to International Friendship Gardens. This is worth a trip for garden ideas and for a pleasant summer stroll. For more information about this collection of international gardens in the process of restoration visit their website at: www.friendshipgardens.org
As development encroaches upon these Park areas, it is incumbent upon landscapers to partner with homeowners to be stewards of the land and wildlife. The staff of The Country Gardener is mindful of our responsibility in this regard and knowledgeable about the fragile ecosystem.