Hawk Island Park

Hawk Island Garden

In 2002 a group of volunteers from Meijer, Meijer Gardens, GM Employee volunteers, Volunteer Action Group and others felt the need to start a commemorative garden for the victims of the 9/11/2001 tragedies. A large garden was planted, but with no support for upkeep, it soon looked neglected. When Kiwanis Clubs in the tri-counties built a playground in a week in May of 2004, we noticed the sad shape of the garden and chose to adopt it, particularly, the South Lansing Kiwanis Club. Along with financial and member support of GCGL, the garden was completely dug up, (a pick-up of 5 gallon buckets, 2 high), weed barrier placed, added top soil, replanted and restocked with donated and purchased plantings, sad looking at first, but the following spring, showed real promise. It was featured in the flier, printed to highlight Hawk Island Park, in 2007. It continues to thrive, despite hungry deer that feast on daylilies, gladiola, as well as sedum, fall aster and phlox. I continue to seek new additions, recently planting 15 clusters (4 varietals) of lavender. I always get compliments as I weed, and deadhead, so it seems to be appreciated. The garden is located along the walk path from the bathhouse pavilion to the beach.

Crystal Noecker,
Garden Caretaker