Let's get this right from the start - WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS!
We welcome you to get your hands dirty during our planting and harvest season (early March through late November). Volunteers work at one of two locations: our flower farm on the 200 block of Manistique and Ashland, or our home and office where our hoop house is at 313 Newport.
It's early May and we're building flower beds and planting seedlings at Detroit Abloom. This season we're landscaping four new lots with natives, a host of flowers to be used for cut flowers, and a vegetable garden. We're also getting geared up to work with several other Detroit community-based groups who want us to integrate our Detroit Abloom land-use demonstration model into their green space projects. So there's always interesting things to do and interesting people to meet.
Any volunteer help will be greatly appreciated. We will be delighted to share with you what we have learned about organic horticulture. And we are always open to what we can learn from you. If you would like to volunteer, please Contact Us before your anticipated visit so we know to expect you. Generally, you're welcome to work with us any time from 10-5 Monday to Saturday.
We would love to work with your school, church, work or other community organization. Those with special needs and children are always welcome at our projects, as long as they're accompanied by responsible adults. If your group would like to volunteer at Detroit Abloom on a Saturday or any other time during the week, please Contact Us.
A WORD ABOUT SAFETY
For all suburbanites, please do not hesitate getting to know us because we're located in Detroit. Although we're all expected to practice safety precautions practically anywhere we go in today's world, we're proud that our Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood is one of the safest areas of Detroit. Tom has lived here for 30 years, Nancy for eight and both they and all of their friends and volunteers over the years have never had a problem. Actually, it's quite the opposite. We've made many friends in this community and because people generally appreciate that you've come to help improve the neighborhood, you will usually get a very warm welcome.
We would like to start growing more peonies and roses. If you have a peonies bed that may need dividing and wouldn't mind giving us some, we'd gladly help you divide them and barter dahlia tubers/plants for some and also for cuttings from old-fashioned rose bushes.
As of late august, here is our current WISH LIST:
1) $500 to build a dumbwaiter and sliding door for the root cellar.
2) We need 5 shelving units for root cellar at $150 each.
3) $2,500 for an outdoor walk-in cooler (8' wide x 15' long and 7' tall) that will a tremendous boost for our cut flower operation. It will enable us to harvest flowers when they're ready to harvest, rather then the day we need them to make bouquets and arrangements. We'd like to obtain this cooler by this fall.
4) $1,500 to build small pavilion in backyard so bouquet-making operation can move from living room.
5) Electrician needed to finish bringing electrical from the house to the hoop house and to wire up the hoop house.
6) Plumber needed to bring water from the house to the hoop house and to a sink in the future back-yard pavilion.
Your gift will enable Detroit Abloom to continue providing local flowers at affordable prices and allow us to continue beautifying our community by transforming vacant blighted land into beautiful and product landscapes. Please make checks payable to The Garden Detroit and mail to 313 Newport, Detroit, Michigan 48215.
To make a secure tax deductible online donation, please click below.
INTERNSHIPS AND COURSE CREDIT
We hire interns on a seasonal, as-needed basis. Additionally, we offer college credit through some colleges for certain courses.
We will gladly sign off on any community service hours for time you spend at The Garden Detroit.