Stroll a Garden This Holiday!

It looks to be a spectacular 4th of July weekend this year! If you are looking for something to do in between baseball, water sports and bar-b-ques, think about a tour through one of Michigan's spectacular gardens!

For an easy stroll through a beautiful gardenscape, consider The Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe Shores. This 87 acre Grosse Pointe Estate features naturalistic grounds designed by Jens Jensen and formal rose and perennial gardens. 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

The Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is another Metro Detroit treasure to consider. Weighing over 3 tons (one of many interesting facts on the website), the conservatory is a sculptural interpretation of the historic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which is in turn an interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The surrounding garden includes over 1000 boxwood, 25 roses, 100 trees and shrubs, hundreds of plants and 4000 bulbs, 4 parterre (knot) gardens surrounding the bluestone terrace, a front arbor and welcoming Entrance Garden, and 120 container gardens. More information can be found at their website:

If you are on the west side of the state this weekend, you should make a trip to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The wonderful 118 acres of gardens, ornamented with sculpture, include the Leslie E. Tassell English Perennial and Bulb Garden, the Jennifer C. Groot New American Garden, the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden, the Peter Wege Nature Trail and Frey Boardwalk, The Earl and Donnalee Holton Arid Garden, the Earl and Donalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor, the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, and the 15,000 square foot Lena Meijer Conservatory (with an exhibit of 2,000 orchids). Visit their website at:

Enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend!