PointesAbloom Gardening Basics
The Garden Detroit is proud to partner with the Grosse Pointe Garden Center ( GPGC ) to create PointesAbloom, a new gardening workshop series for adults and children. Because the GPGC regularly receives inquires from individuals and families about home gardening, they have considered finding an appropriate garden site where they could teach people hands-on gardening skills. The Trial Gardens and the Veterans Garden that they manage at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial are not suited for this purpose. And thus, for a year or so, they were unable to find such a site, until they had the idea that they could possibly partner with us, who already operate a working farm, where we grow over 150 varieties of cut flowers, organic vegetables, manage a small fruit tree orchard, and maintain honey-bee hives. Since we first started developing Detroit Abloom two years ago, we have developed a number of very supportive friendships with people from the Pointes, including members from Grosse Pointes different garden clubs.
A brief introduction to the Grosse Pointe Garden Club: Celebrating over 50 years as a nonprofit organization The Grosse Pointe Garden Center operates out of the GP War Memorial and always welcomes new members. The GPGC sponsors the original Grosse Pointe Garden Tour, The Veterans and Trail Gardens and provides lectures, workshops and field trips throughout the year. For more information, please see their contact information below.
We have gotten to know a good many people from the Pointes over the past several years through the educational garden classes we give at Ewald Library in Grosse Pointe Park, through the 22-week Grosse Pointe Park Market on Saturdays, where we sell flower bouquets, lavender value-added products and organic vegetables, and through presentations Tom and Nancy have given to many of the Grosse Pointe garden clubs. So, in this way, we have been warmly received by the Grosse Pointe community and are delighted to work with the GPGC to develop PointesAbloom. Since both the GPGC and The Garden Detroit have the common goals of interesting people in gardening, popularizing native plant landscaping, working with youth, and environmental education, the partnership is a natural fit. And what the members and friends of The Garden Detroit find very encouraging, is the desire of the GPGC and other people from the Pointes to play a role in helping us beautify our Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, their next door neighbor. What a bright future lies before us!
Announcing a new workshop series for adults and children.
- April through October
- 2.5 hours workshops with hands on training for making great home gardens
- individuals and families welcome
- $10 adult and $5 child. Children under 17 attend with a participating adult
- Up to 3 children with each adult
- Grosse Pointe Garden Center annual membership required at registration: $25 family, $20 individual
Choose any or all the topics; new topic featured every 2 weeks.
- Flower Power / Seed starting perennials and annuals using the soil block method, April 28th, 10-12:30pm. Location: Hoophouse at 313 Newport, Detroit.
- Learn about flower seeds, how to start sunflower seeds in pots or directly in a garden, making soil blocks.
- The Incredible Edibles, aka food to table / starting veggies from seed using the soil block method, May 5th, 10-12:30pm. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about growing tomatoes and lettuce with direct sowing and growing in soil blocks.
- Dirt Lasagna: make a garden bed ready to plant, a no till method, aka as layered composting, May 12th, 10-12:30pm. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about the components and types of soil and how to improve soil, how to make lasagna beds with the no-till method, and how to make mounded and wooden raised beds.
- Feed Me Seymour! / Garden maintenance - feeding, watering, mulching, weeding, June 2nd, 10-12:30. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn how to correctly fertilize, water, mulch, weed and use a hoe. We will also demonstrate what mulches to use, how to feed plants organically and how to make manure/compost tea.
- ET (extra-terrestrials) / Above ground container building with rule of 3, June 14th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn how to make your own potting mix, keep your containers moist and select the perfect plants to plant in your containers using the rule of three.
- BEES in the D / Learn about the marvelous world of bees with Beekeeper Brian Peterson, June 26th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about the world of beekeeping with beekeeper Brian Peterson, who will bring bee suits and open the hives for a look into the marvelous lives or honey bees, including a demonstration of hive assembly and frame construction.
- Everything's Coming UP Lavender / This workshop is timed so you can help harvest the lavender. Learn all about lavender, July 10th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- This workshop is timed so you can help harvest lavender from the gardens of Detroit Abloom. Learn about this medicinal herb, it's history, uses, different varieties, how to grow and prune them and what value-added products can be made from lavender.
- Once a Native Always a Native / How to create a Native plant landscape, July 19th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about the importance of native plants, how to identify them, the role they play with pollinators, how to integrate them in your garden and how to identify and avoid invasive plants.
- Pollinating Plants and Insects / Learn about pollen and nectar and the interdependent relationship between flowers and insects, July 26th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about pollen and nectar and the interdependent relationship between flowers and insect. Identify flower parts and the various insect pollinators that visit your garden.
- Insects in the Garden / How to manage beneficial and not so beneficial insects, August 7th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about how to use organic remedies to reduce the number of insect pests, how to attract beneficial insects and butterflies, how to grow insectary plants, make a bug hotel and what to do about rabbits, squirrels and deer.
- Facebook Dirt: Compost with us / The essentials of composting, August 16th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn how to compost easily and why it's important. Demonstrations will include composting leaves and grass clippings, using compost to mulch, and how to make manure and weed teas.
- Making a Mixed Flower Bouquet / How to make a bouquet using flowers, herbs and foliage from the garden and field, August 21st. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn how to collect blooms and greenery from your garden and wild areas and how to combine different colors, shapes and textures.
- Annuals and Perennials/ September 14th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about the different attributes of annuals and perennials, what to grow in sun and shade, what plants do best in our hardiness zone, what to plants do best in our hardiness zone, what to plant in the fall and how to care for them by pruning, dead heading and root division.
- Harvesting and Fresh Food Preservation / Learn how to harvest vegetables, preservation and storage techniques, September 26th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about how to harvest vegetables, how to preserve for use in cooking, how to harvest flowers to dry and press.
- Rhizomes and Tubers and Bulbs, Oh My! / How to plant Fall and Spring planted bulbs, October 20th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- Learn about these amazing underground storage units, how to divide and store bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes, and the basics about how to plant bulbs in the Fall and Spring.
- Garlic Planting Time / Learn hands on how to plant garlic, take some home for your own garden, October 27th. Location: Detroit Abloom, 246 Manistique, Detroit.
- This workshop is timed so that you can help Detroit Abloom plant their garlic crop, a variety called "Northern Jewel" which has been grown in Michigan for over 33 years. Learn about this miraculous food, it's history, storage and how to plant garlic cloves, harvest garlic scapes and "new garlic."