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.
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!