Type of Garden: Overall Landscape and Pet Memorial Garden
Garden Location: Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
Address: 1300 W. Conway Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 (Map)
Descriptive Garden Signs at Site: No
Plants Labeled at Site: No
Contact: Susan Letts, MLA
Phone: (231) 330-3581
E-mail: lettsgo@letts.com
Landscape and Pet Memorial Garden at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
Copyright 2012
Otsego Conservation District
800 Livingston Blvd., Ste. 4A, Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 732-4021 / posburn@otsegocountymi.gov / Facebook
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The site is a fairly new low site which required a swale to mitigate storm & standing water due to hydrological changes in the landscape because of new building construction. As a result, there were numerous ecological obstacles to overcome. The garden is low maintenance with mostly native trees, shrubs & perennials. The few ornamental plants were carefully chosen

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Memorial Garden & grounds consists of a mix of natural & formal landscapes. The front formal landscape design is a Memorial Garden which consists of a gazebo surrounded by ornamental & native shrubs and annuals. The path leading to the gazebo is a paved path with a bronze sculpture of 'Annie' the dog on an elevated seat. The pavers leading to the gazebo are engraved with loved ones names.

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Memorial Garden & grounds were designed by local professional landscape design volunteers, Susan Letts Landscape Design, LLC & Litzenberger Landscape, LLC. The funds for the installation were donated by two local landscape companies and private individuals. JR Construction of Petoskey donated consultation time for the gazebo & dog sculpture installation. Jim Hoffman & Sons Landscaping provides a very generous landscape maintenance program.
Plants present include (but are not limited to): Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Blazing Star (Liatris spp.), Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.), Coneflowers (Rudbeckia spp.), Grasses, Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), Juniper (Juniperus sp.), Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor), Tamarack (Larix laricina), White Spruce (Picea glauca).

Note: Not all plants present on site are native.