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From the President, Ronald J. Smith

The 2015 program year for Detroit Garden Center is coming to a close and reflecting on all that took place, it was a very successful year. Many of you participated in one or several of the events or volunteered your time and talents.

The Potluck and Flower Pot Raffle in September is always a special event for me because of the all the delicious dishes everyone shares and getting to visit with Garden ...


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2016 Annual Garden Trip

Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas are the destinations for the 2016 Garden Tour Trip! The trip will take place in early May of 2016.


The trip committee is busy arranging a busy and exciting itinerary, including the possibility of flying into Memphis and departing from Little Rock....


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Alternatives For Girls Summer Program

The six week Rise n Shine Summer Gardening Program at AFG went very smoothly.

Volunteers worked with girls ages 7-8 on Tuesdays and 9-10 year old girls on Wednesdays. An average of 25 girls attended the weekly gardening program. Some of the activities with the girls were:...


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What is Causing the Decline in Bee Population?

As many gardeners know, honeybees are an integral part of the life cycle of many plants by providing cross pollination for...


Tool Cleaning and Sharpening Class

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Detroit Garden Center, 1900 E. Jefferson Ave.

You’re ready for gardening but are your tools?

Demonstration for cleaning and sharpening, all materials provided.

Parking is available in the gated parking lot; entrance is on Woodbridge St. just east of Orleans one block south of Jefferson Ave. Someone will open the gate.

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Spring Wildflower Walk on Belle Isle

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a two hour Wildflower Walk on Belle Isle.

The walk will start at the Racquet Ball Courts located on Vista Way. Vista Way is near the athletic fields.

Dress for the weather and boots are highly recommended! The trail is a bit difficult in some areas so be advised if you have mobility issues.

The walk is limited to 30 participants so reservations are required. Qualifies for Master Gardener’s educational hours. You will need a Michigan State Park Pass for entrance to the island.

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Elmwood Cemetery Tree & History Tour

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On a Detroit Garden Center will host a guided tree and history tour of Elmwood Cemetery. This popular event is always a highlight for the Detroit Garden Center’s programming years.

Chancey Miller, Elmwood historian, and Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener, team up to share the history of Michigan’s leading citizens interred in the cemetery and discuss some of the over 80 species of trees. The second oldest of Detroit’s cemeteries, Elmwood retains the settlement‘s original rolling terrain and waterways.

Elmwood Cemetery is located at 1200...

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Native Plantings Site Workday

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Volunteers are needed to move and spread woodchips around the native plants on the Detroit Garden Center-sponsored Dequindre Cut Native Planting Site.

Free parking in the gated parking lot: just drive to the Woodbridge entrance east of Orleans; someone will open the gate for you.

Please wear working shoes/boots and clothes; gloves will be provided...

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Make the Cut! – Native Plants on the Dequindre Cut

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate Detroit Garden Center’s Native Planting Site on the Dequindre Cut a landmark public walking, jogging, biking trail running from the Detroit River to Mack Ave in Eastern Market and enjoy the company of your fellow native plant enthusiasts.

The planting has been in place for over four years and has matured significantly in the time. Through the dedication of DGC volunteers, the planting has been maintained, monitored and enhanced since its inauguration in September 2012.

Come join us to see how far we’ve come! Plant list, refreshments, and tours will be available. Cost: Free

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