Harsha House Civic Garden

Location: 103 State St., downtown Charlevoix

Approaching Harsha House from State Street, you are greeted by a front Harsha House Dec 2007 from M. Chavezwalk flanked with flower-filled antique planters. The building is a lovely Victorian, painted cream with light yellow accents.  On the Victorian porch are four antique hanging baskets repeating the theme of the sidewalk planters. In the lawn off to the right is a wonderful circular flowerbed displaying a 14-foot Kousa Dogwood with a bed of Hostas underneath.  Also on the right is a bed of very old Annabelle Hydrangeas that grace the foundation.  A memorial rose bed garden blooms on the left side of the porch steps.  Additions to that garden in 2016 included a Japanese Maple, Green Velvet Boxwood and three Cayuga Viburnum. Stepping through the wood-framed screen door on the porch, you will find the headquarters of the Charlevoix Historical Society, along with the museum and the museum store. 

Along the side walkway to the back entrance are Bella Anna, Twist n' Shout, and Blushing Bride Hydrangeas.   There are also various Hostas, Silver Scrolls Heuchera, and Jack Frost Brunnera.  A Lenten Rose was added in 2015. Toward the new handicapped entrance at the back of the museum, is a bed of Tall Grasses and a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea to the right. Tall Grasses also are planted behind the bench on the left of the entrance. 

The side yard, which parallels the bank parking lot, is the longest bed at Harsha House.  It is the main focal point where visitors park and head toward the house.  In this new bed are: Grand Mum Monarda, bunches of Laura Phlox, Blushing Bride Hydrangea, a combo of Lamium, Purple Dragon and White Nancy, five Hostas surrounding the old Oak tree, Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea, Spirea, Leucanthemum Gold Rush, Endless Summer Hydrangea,Threadleaf Coreopsis in a group, and Hemerocallis Happy Returns.   These beds were redone in June 2013 and will mature beautifully over the years to come. 

This historic garden is maintained by five garden club members.