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Garden Funding

The Display Garden on Suncrest is self-funded. The primary fund-raising event is called “Tea Thyme in the Garden.” This event is held in July each year. Another popular fund raiser for the garden is the sale of “Bricks for the Garden Pathways.” Other contributions and memorial gifts have included benches, statuary, outdoor musical instruments, gazebo, arborvitae maze, trees, various plants and monetary donations.

Tea Thyme in the Garden 2015

Tea Thyme in the Garden 2014

Tea Thyme in the Garden 2013

July 14th, 2013 marked the 10th annual Tea Thyme in the Garden event. The Tea was sold out early in the year and once again was a huge success! Tea Thyme in the Garden is held the second Sunday in July each year when the Display Garden on Suncrest shows its best and when the weather is perfect.


There are two seatings for the 236 Tea patrons, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. In addition to the tea and light fare prepared and served by Master Gardeners, Tea Thyme patrons enjoy strolling through the garden to the strains of beautiful live music. Good conversation, door prizes, raffle items, and a silent auction all contribute to an enjoyable afternoon at Tea Thyme in the Garden.

Recipes for the delightful fare served at Tea Thyme in the Garden are available in the Master Gardeners’ Garden Delights Cookbook, Volume III. The cookbook includes the Tea Thyme recipes and many other delicious recipes contributed by the Master Gardeners of Lapeer County. Cookbooks can be purchased at the Tea or through any Master Gardener in Lapeer County.