Green Scene

GARDENING GADGETS | inspired designers

WAY TO GROW! Cranbrook House & Gardens’ Greenhouse inspires gardeners. SEE BELOW to learn more, and check out our favorite gardening tools.


Copper weather station, $58, Mercantile & Co.,

Growoya watering pot, $33, Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake
Sammysoap lemon orange shea gardener’s scrub, $7.50/bar, Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake
Modern Sprout eco planter, $30, City Bird, Detroit

Fisher Blacksmithing gardening tool set, $340, The Detroit Mercantile Co., Detroit

Water Right Inc. featherweight garden house, 50 feet, $59.99, Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake
Burgon and Ball plum gardener kneeler, $29.99, English Gardens, metro Detroit area locations

Korbo bin, from $109, Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake

Square planter, $47, The Home & Garden Shop, Troy
Watering can, $69, West Elm, Birmingham Goatskin gloves, $95, Filson, Detroit

Cranbrook’s Greenhouse & Gardens: Must-Sees for Plant Enthusiasts

LOOKING FOR A way to turn your thumb green? Volunteers are wanted at Cranbrook House & Gardens’ Greenhouse in Bloomfield Hills. Managed, staffed, and maintained by Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers, the Greenhouse, which is open to the public, features everything from tropical plants and perennials to cacti in a recently expanded cacti garden. (Its stunning orchids and verdant foliage are shown below.)

Of note: The Greenhouse, pictured on the opening page of this section, has quite a history. Cranbrook’s original greenhouse was attached to Cranbrook House, the English Tudor-style estate of metro Detroit philanthropists George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. In 1910, a new greenhouse, designed by Marcus Burrows, was built on the current site. In 1920, that greenhouse was destroyed by a fire. Thirty years after the fire, the greenhouse was rebuilt.

House & Gardens volunteers also work with a Native Plant Rescue team that has been helping native plants survive since 1975. In addition to saving and growing native plants, the program is also committed to educating people about the importance of native plants. More volunteers are needed at various dig sites in the area.

Upcoming events: Annual Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., May 15, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 16. Guests can shop for native plants, perennials, tropical plants from the Greenhouse, herbs, tomatoes, miniature plants for fairy gardens and train gardens, and more. Proceeds help support the preservation of Cranbrook House & Gardens, part of the Cranbrook Educational Community’s National Historic Landmark campus. In May, Cranbrook Gardens once again opens for the season. — By Megan Swoyer

More information: 248-645-3147, The House & Gardens are at 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills.