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 office, root cellar and hoop house at 313 Newport.
It's almost the end of October and we have all kinds of interesting farm work pending. We’re already building new dahlia beds (for net Spring) on the last two vacant lots we acquired this summer. And we’ve weeding as much as possible while we plant cool weather crops like bachelor buttons, larkspur and ranuculus. In one week we’ll start planting our garlic crop (a special variety called ‘Northern Jewel’).
But the major activity for the next three weeks or so will be digging up, dividing and storing our collection of some 800 dahlia plants. And while all this farming activity is going on, we want to build the deck for our pavilion, now that our gofundme campaign has successfully ended.
Any volunteer help will be greatly appreciated. We will be delighted to share with you what we are learning and are eager to 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.
Come for A Visit
No matter how busy we may be either at our office or outside in the field, we are always glad to give you a warm welcome. We would love to work with your school, church, work or community organization. Those with special needs and children are always welcome at our projects. Feel free to contact us for a tour or you can also enjoy the gardens on your own. There are sitting areas for you to relax, commune with nature and feel at home in the gardens. 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 31 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. Because we have many friends in this community and most people appreciate that you've come to help improve the neighborhood, you will usually get a very warm welcome.
We would like to grow more peonies. 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.
As of November, here is our current WISH LIST:
1) $300 to build a dumbwaiter and sliding door for the root cellar.
2) We need 5 heavy-duty Costco shelving units for the root cellar at $150 each and three picnic tables 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 early next Spring.
4) $1,500 to build small pavilion in the backyard so the bouquet-making operation can move from the living room.
5) Electrician needed to finish bringing electrical that has already been brought out to 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 productive landscapes. Please make checks payable to The Garden Detroit and mail to 313 Newport, Detroit, Michigan 48215.
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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.