About Doug Darga and Mission Point Resort
In 2019, Doug Darga became the Grounds Director at Mission Point Resort. An 18-acre waterfront property, Mission Point Resort is located on the shores of Lake Huron, on beautiful Mackinac Island Michigan.
Doug is an IPRA award-winner and garden designer known for designing and creating The Gardens of Matter Park in Marion, Indiana, named a Proven Winners Signature Garden in 2015. Doug represents more than 25 years of landscape, design, and beautification experience, adding over 30 years of study in natural resource and geology. He studied at Ball State University and then began his career with his own business in landscaping and garden structures. He later became Marion’s Parks Director and later, full-time Director of The Gardens of Matter Park.
Doug became a Proven Winners Certified Landscape Professional shortly after designing and creating The Gardens of Matter Park. A lifelong resident of Indiana, Doug recognized the need for sustainability of this space and through a partnership with The Friends of the Gardens, formed the to enhance support for The Gardens, providing opportunities for quality of life and educational events while raising awareness about this unique space for celebrating, learning, and healing within the 110-acres of Matter Park.
Also before joining Mission Point, Doug operated Darga Landscape and Design, creating beautiful, livable gardens for home and business owners in central Indiana. Unique is at the heart of all Doug’s projects and his passion can be felt in all of his finished designs.
Mission Point is located on Mackinac Island’s sunrise side and is a family-owned, award-winning resort providing genuine hospitality, inviting comfort, and delicious food in a setting of unparalleled beauty and historic character. With 241 guest rooms and suites, six on-property restaurants and eateries, the luxurious Lakeside Spa & Salon, on-site activities including bike rentals and an 18-hole putting course, an outdoor swimming pool and much more, Mission Point Resort is a perfect island retreat.
And in 2019, the gardens at Mission Point Resort received the designation as a Proven Winners Signature Garden.
Doug states: “It is such an honor to be recognized along side these other outstanding landscape professionals.”