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Best Places to See Spring Blooms

Posted on Thursday, March 20 2014 in Outdoors

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Even though temperatures may not feel like it, spring is (finally!) here. Since we’re (hopefully) just a few weeks away from trading our snow shovels for gardening tools, now’s the time to start thinking about what to plant or where to go for a leisurely stroll.

 

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Flowers along the Dequindre Cut

There are plenty of places around town where you can go for inspiration. In the city, you can stroll at your leisure around Campus Martius Park, the Detroit RiverWalk or the Dequindre Cut. If you want some details on the blossoms you’re viewing, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores offers guided tours of its grounds and gardens.

Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester is also a spectacular spot to see budding flowers. It boasts more than 10 gardens, including the Rock and Pegasus Gardens, both of which are popular for wedding ceremonies.

When you’ve figured out what goodies you want for your garden, hit up Flower Day at the Eastern Market, which is Sunday, May 17. It will have acres of annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and more from which to choose.

But while you’re waiting for the above-mentioned locales to be in full bloom, visit the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle. The 100,000-square-foot conservatory is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of orchids owned by a municipality and houses a tropical rain forest where palm trees reach the ceiling.

Local florists, including Blumz, Wesley Berry Flowers, Viviano Flower Shop and Terry’s Enchanted Garden, are also always in bloom. Not only can they help you bring spring indoors, they’ll have arrangements to fit your need for any occasion, including Easter and Mother’s Day, which are just around the corner.

 

Where is your favorite place around town to stop and smell the roses?

 

By: Lori Bremerkamp