The April Millsap Memorial Garden is a place for everyone to visit, heal and enjoy. It was designed to reflect April's personality and her love of butterflies and flowering plants. The arbor invites you onto the stone and flower lined path where you can rest, reflect for a moment and enjoy the garden.
The garden was created for the healing process of April's family, friends, residents of the Village and Township of Armada and the community whose hearts have been touched by one of Armada's Angels. Additional items were worked into the design to provide a respite for those who use the trail to walk, run and bike.
Whatever your reason for visiting us, you will come to know April and our town.
April loved to read and write, especially poetry. A journal placed in the library allows you to read one of her poems, as well as leave a note for all to enjoy. April's mother, Jennifer, visits and enjoys reading notes left in the journal. We hope that you enjoy the books in the Little Library. Sit and read in the garden. If you would like, take a book home with you. Leave a book for children or adults on your next visit for someone else to enjoy.
Thank YOU, River Street Flowerland of Kalamazoo for donating the plants for the Butterfly Gardens!
Custom Sign & Bench
Emmie Die & Engineering, Brown City
Aqua Systems Corporation, Brown City
MIT Powder Coating, Kent City
Ryan Boyd, Lenox
Chris Boyd, Lenox
Rob Anargyros, Lenox
The Albertson Family, Riley
Lowes #1121, Grandville
Sherry Eckhardt, Romeo
Lynn Siudym, Emmet
Julie Risch, Kalamazoo,
Julie Shanks, Armada
Bell & Post
Jean Risch, Dryden
The Steel Shop, Chesterfield
The Bike Depot, Roseville
Dossin’s Landscaping, Armada
Richard & Libby Dwyer, Oakland
Darci Fennel, Macomb
Bike Repair Station
Richard Hardy, Armada
Mr. & Mrs. Hicks, Armada
Kara Keinz, Algonac
Jennifer Millsap, Armada
Tammy Zuniga, Grand Blanc
Julie Risch—Project Coordinator
Julie DePoorter—Donations Coordinator
Jennifer Millsap—Donations Assistant
Jean Persely—Media/Fundraiser Coordinator
Local 228—Sterling Heights
Thank you to so many people who generously gave of their time, talent and treasures to make this garden come to life! If we missed your name, know that it is an oversight, and we are truly grateful to you.
Thank YOU to Marine City Nursery in East China for donating all the shrubs in the garden! Weigela, Forsythia, and Hydrangeas will all bloom beautifully in April's Garden!
Altermatt Farms, Macomb
American Tree H&G, Almont
Blake’s Farms, Almont
Bordine’s Nursery, Rochester
Brohl’s Flower Garden, Almont
Diegel’s Greenhouse, Shelby Twp
Elya’s Village Gardens & Greenhouses, Macomb
Goike’s Gardens, Bruce
Haacks Farm Greenhouse, Columbus
Hessel’s Greenhouse, Shelby Twp
Julie’s Floral Design, Washington
Jusko’s Greenhouse, Richmond
Landscape Source, Macomb
Lynea Roszczewski, Armada
Marine City Nursery, East China
Meldrum Brother’s Nursery, New Baltimore
Joe Randazzo’s Nursery, Macomb
River Street Flowerland, Kalamazoo
Telly’s Greenhouse, Shelby Twp
Uhlianuks Greenhouses, Armada
Van Thommes Greenhouse, Chesterfield
Van’s Valley Farm Market, Washington
Wade Nursery, Macomb
Ray Weigend’s Nursery, Macomb
Supplies & Misc
Armada Area Chamber, Meals, Water
Armada Printwear, Armada, T-shirts
Blue Water Trucking, Romeo, Water
EMP Manufacturing, Chesterfield, Security Bolts
ESP Design Studio, Chesterfield, Garden Logo Design
Family Farm and Home, Richmond, Fertilizer
Foster Blue Water Oil, Richmond, Timbers
Lumberjack St. Clair, Concrete, Lumber, Concrete Sleeves
Macomb County Roads Dept, Soil
Macomb County Master Gardener Association, Grant
Main’s Landscape Supply, Southfield, Concrete, Fabric, Edging
Pot O Gold, Macomb, Porta-john
Vinckier Foods, Armada, Cake, Water
Ray Wiegand’s Nursery, Macomb, Butterflies
There are many titles for this big hearted woman: Advanced Master Gardener, Landscape Designer, fearless leader – but she is also the Queen Bee to her many Worker Bees.
Julie reached out last August to discuss a garden for April. Since then, she has spent hundreds of hours planning, coordinating, organizing, designing and redesigning the garden. When she drove out from her Kalamazoo home to install the garden, not only was it the first time she had met April's mother, Jennifer, but the first time she saw the garden site in person.
Julie’s dedication, determination, perseverance and sense of humor through adversity, ensured the success of this memorial garden. We have no doubt that under her leadership, this garden will continue growing in memory of April.