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Plant Homes Made in Detroit

Plant Homes Made in Detroit

Yesterday, I went to the grand opening of Post in Detroit. A former post office built in 1940, Post is full of hand crafted gifts including jewelry, soap, cards, frames, and of course, terrariums. The space is also home to four art studios. I not only wanted to see the new

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Black Bat Flower

Black Bat Flower

A fitting flower for this Halloween weekend is the black bat flower or Tacca chantrieri.  This plant hails from parts of Asia and is a real show stopper when it is in bloom. The “wings” are actually the bracts of the flower, not the actual flower. The flower can be

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Conservatory Tile

Conservatory Tile

I was thrilled to receive the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Pewabic tile for Mother’s Day yesterday! If you do not live near the Detroit area, this company may not be familiar to you. Yet, if you have been to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the

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A Bloom To Die For

A Bloom To Die For

I am always amazed by plants. How can such an unattractive (I hesitate to say ugly) plant have such amazingly beautiful flowers? These gorgeous flowers stopped me dead in my tracks in the desert room at the Belle Isle Conservatory yesterday. Everyone there was oohing and ahhing, as well. Who

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What Is That Smell?

What Is That Smell?

Something special is going on this week at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.  If you smell it, you may not think it is special, but if you see the crowds it has attracted to the conservatory, you will. Someone loaned the conservatory, very happily I

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It’s About The Kids

It’s About The Kids

I started volunteering last year at the Belle Isle Conservatory, working with  Detroit Public schools children. This program is possible due to the generosity of the GM Foundation/Detroit Grand Prix Grand Prixmiere working with the Michigan DNR and the Belle Isle Conservancy. There will be over 800 3rd and 4th

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A Plant Filled Day in Detroit

A Plant Filled Day in Detroit

Today, the day before Houseplant Appreciation Day, I went to a houseplant and plant accessory sale in Detroit. It was hosted by The Peacock Room. Lisa Waud, of Pot and Box was the master mind behind this great event and you may recognize her name from  Flower House. There were

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It Really Is That Color!

It Really Is That Color!

The first time I laid eyes on the jade vine or Strongylodon macrobotrys, it was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t believe it! The color is unreal-almost unbelievable! It is a weird  jade color and I have never seen another flower anywhere near this color. It almost looks like

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