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Art pieces found around the 5-acres of the Weirich's gardens.
Foliage found around the Lake Cliff Gardens.
The tropical garden room is just one of many in the series of gardens on the 5-acres surrounding an 1840s farmhouse.
Barbara Weirich is a trained artist, so everything in the Lake Cliff Gardens is planned out and is in it's place on purpose.
Barbara Weirich does extensive research to find the plants she wants for the living masterpiece, which is her yard.
From the first step inside this home, you can feel the energy - a vibrancy reflecting the couple who live here. Their renovation of this "fixer-upper" in Michiana Shores, Ind., was clearly driven by fearless imagination.
Nancy Pennell, one of the founders of the Porter County Herb Society, and Dave Hamilla, a former chef who teaches classes in cooking wildcrafted foods, discuss the menu, featuring ingredients the group members picked the day before.
Foraged greens are pictured.
Pauline Engels grills salmon for the herb society dinner.
Eight varieties of mushrooms are used in this soup.
Members of the Porter County Herb Society display a salad they made for a recent dinner.
Taking a battered wood work bench with an attached wood vise that homeowner Jack Slubowski found, Andy Brown, owner of Hearthwoods Custom Furniture Designs in Lakeside, restored the piece and it now serves as a buffet accompanied by the nine-foot-long dining table Brown built from reclaimed lumber.
The home belonging to Kathy Wirtz and her husband Jack Slubowski, who worked with Stephanie Grill, co-owner of Harbor Town Interiors in downtown St. Joseph, took a myriad of salvaged materials and objects, creating a reclaimed industrial-style chic that includes vintage wire egg baskets wire…
Kathy Wirtz and Jack Slubowski wanted their riverfront home in the Hideaway at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to be comfortable and perfect for entertaining. The casual decor found in this guest bedroom makes it the perfect place for friends and family to stay when visiting.
Tasting at American Spoon in Saugatuck, which specializes in products made from Michigan fruits, honeys and veggies.
At the Olive Mill, samples of olive oils and vinegars come in barrel kegs, labeled with information about the product and ideas for how to use it in cooking.
Hickory Pit Authentic Southern BBQ
After a day of foraging, the participants gather for a feast. Shown, on left, is Jim Lester, the owner of Wyncroft Winery, with Ryan Stetins, front of the house manager at Charlie Trotters.
After a day of foraging, the participants gather for a feast that includes toasted brioche with a slice of foie gras, pickled onions and fresh greens picked from the woods that day including sprigs of garlic mustard then topped with a blueberry conserve.
After a day of foraging, the participants gather for a feast.
The Tall Dark and Handsome at Nantucket Baking Company in Grand Rapids is a mouth-watering dessert. It offers two layers of chocolate and one of vanilla cheesecake layer covered with dark chocolate mousse. The entire cake is iced in chocolate butter cream and then topped with ganache.
Other peeks at farm life includes the chance of milking cows, horse-driven wagon rides, climbing aboard the Model T and Model A trucks parked in the garages (but be careful and look out for the cats).
Drier's Meat Market has done little to update its image, preferring the charm of the early 1900s.
So elegant, with a slight floral aftertaste: A refreshing lavender martini, which owes a triple debt to Triple Sec, cherry juice, and a drop of Essential Lavender Oil.
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