Would you like to draw butterflies, birds, pollinators and hummingbirds to you garden? We will show you how to plant it, and they will come. What are the best plants to attract these delightful creatures? Lists and sources for obtaining the best native plants to attract a wide variety of pollinators will be provided. And if you are interested in the plight of the Monarch Butterfly, you will learn how to raise their eggs and caterpillars indoors until they become exquisite butterflies. A power-point presentation will be shown.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
At Detroit Abloom, we love workshops, Sharing what we’ve learned is always fulfilling and we always walk away learning something we didn’t know. We typically hold a few annual workshops at Ewald Branch Library in Grosse Pointe Park. Look for workshops to be held in 2019 at our hoophouse and at the pavilion at the Flower Farm. We are also available to speak at club meetings or to hold workshops in private residences.
The Garden Detroit and Detroit Abloom invite you to a Spring celebration and fundraiser. Come enjoy an amazing meal & brew, and support your local non-profit and Flower Farm. Brewer Brad from Atwater is preparing a special beer just for us this evening! Also, 10% of your bill will go directly to funding this summer’s projects and education at Detroit Abloom and The Garden Detroit!
Tom and I, and our Board Members would love to chat about our goals and aspirations for the 2019 season. You may already know us or perhaps you would like to see how you can get involved. Our programs range from growing flowers, vegetables and herbs to native plant, wildlife gardens to our involvement with Pointes Abloom and the Grosse Pointe schools. Representatives from our partners at Bees in the D will also be on hand.
Learn about the burgeoning US cut flower farming movement and what it's like to grow local flowers as crops. Tom Milano and Nancy Weigandt will share what they have learned during their three years of local cut flower farming in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. Learn the differences between growing flowers and vegetables and how the two can be combined. A power point presentation with be shown.
The 2018 holiday season is approaching, sign up for our jewelry workshop at the Detroit Waldorf School Winter Faire on December 1, 2018. We will be making living wearable jewelry on either gold or silver cuffs, using succulents, dried flowers and other seasonal material. You can style it to celebrate the holiday season or to go with a special outfit. The choice is yours! We will have lots of different materials to work with. The cuffs are a solid piece of jewelry that can be bent slightly to fit even small, 6” wrists. The cuffs will last all through the holiday season. There will be refreshments and snacks. Come join the fun and camaraderie!
This is the class many people have waited for. Anyone who knows Tom knows that he has a strong passion for spreading knowledge about the immense benefits of a flesh-less diet. In this short amount of time you will learn how animal-eating causes us to cultivate a mistaken identity that causes all our human-made problems. You will also learn how the return to more of a plant-based diet can benefit yourself on every level of human existence.
Tom has written two cookbooks and is presently writing another called Spiritual Vegetarianism: The key to Unveiling Heaven on Earth. Tom’s partner, Nancy Weigandt, who is a suburb cook, will have three types of soup (Red lentil Eggplant, Broccoli and Potato with Dill, and carrot coconut)for attendees to sample. She will also have the ingredients to make these soups that will be given to three participants.
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Our non-profit, The Garden Detroit, is hosting it's first ever Dahlia Festival. The festival will be held at our hoophouse. It's a potluck, so bring your favorite vegetarian dish! We will have garden tours, kids activities, bouquets and other items for sale, food and drinks. Everyone is invited and we can't wait to see new and old friends!
Join Nancy Weigandt and Julia Griffin from Detroit Abloom for the forth annual Bouquet Workshop! We will bring buckets of seasonal cut flowers we grow on our flower farm. Learn about some of these blooms and watch a bouquet making demonstration. Information will be provided on how to make your cut flowers last longer! Then have some fun making your own lush bouquet to take home.
$15 materials fee registration.
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Pretty succulents and statement jewelry...two of our favorite things!
During this make & take workshop, we will share our passion for gardening, plant care, and some crafty skills. Rather than simply adding succulents to your home garden, you will use them to adorn yourself! We will be creating rings and earrings using metal findings and a selection of living succulents, moss, and colorful dried flowers - all from our urban farm, right here in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood.
In addition to the creation of wearable jewelry, we will discuss how to transplant and care for the plants. The pieces will be wearable for 1-2 weeks but then you need to care for them, right? These little beauties will thrive and multiply when properly cared for at home.
Everyone will make and take home a ring and a pair of earrings.
No experience necessary
This class is open to ages 12+
All materials are provided
Refreshments will be served!
More info and sign up here.
Come to the Garden for a hands-on learning workshop about garlic. Garlic, which takes nine months to grow and mature, is planted from mid-October to the first week of November. Some of our garlic that we had harvested in July will be divided into cloves and replanted on this day. Not only will you see first hand how garlic is planted, you will have some of our garlic to take home with you to plant in your own garden.
Please join us at The Hoop House for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun in support of the completion of our root cellar. Admission is free.
We need an estimated $12,000 so we can use the root cellar to store dahlia tubers in November. Here is what's needed:
1) Metal Staircase and Railings - $4,500 (If we don't raise enough money for a metal staircase and railings (which will last forever), we will have them made out of pressure-treated wood, which will cost half as much)
2) Electricity - $1,000 (We need to wire up the hoop house, so we can have lights, outlets and activate both the thermostat and fan that blows air between the two layers of plastic. We also need lights on the stairway and ceiling of the root cellar.)
3) Shelving - $2,500 (The main chamber of the root cellar is 20' x 15'. We'll need about 120' of sturdy metal shelving units to hold all of the 200 or more crates of stored dahlia tubers.)
4) Dumbwaiter - $2,800 (The manual dumbwaiter costs $2,300 and we anticipate the cost of building the wooden shaft to accommodate the dumbwaiter above the root cellar to be around $500.)
5) Circulation System - $1,200 (Besides 40-50% temperature and 80-90% humidity, air circulation is the next most important factor so that the tubers do not get moldy. We already have pipes in place to direct cold air to the base of the root cellar, but we need a fan, additional pipes and three outlet ducts.)
*Snack on vegetarian potluck dishes and sip on libations. Please bring a dish to share (no meat, fish or eggs please. Milk products are acceptable.)
*Music by Eion Meldrum and Dino Car
*Kids Craft Table
*Visit our Merchandise and Education Tables
*Meet Bee Keeper Brian Peterson of Bees in the D
*Shuttle to and from Detroit Abloom
Donations can be safely made online or by check to The Garden Detroit, a Michigan nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax deductible and we will be glad to send you a tax exempt letter.
For five years, from 2011 to 2016, Nancy and Tom operated a program where they grew fresh produce at their "adopted" urban farm - The Garden - for our CSA (community supported agriculture) program, where people received a weekly box of 15-20 lbs. fresh produce. During this time, Nancy learned and experimented through trial and error, the best methods for preserving food. In this workshop, Nancy will pass along this knowledge with you, including lots of Q&A time.
This is not about canning or pickling. We will look a fast and easy ways to store an abundance of tomatoes, peppers, garlic, greens, and culinary herbs that can then be used all winter. This program will discuss different ways to use an abundance of veggies and herbs.
Nancy will share with you her experience and love for making flower bouquets. Using flowers that are harvested from our gardens, you will have the opportunity to make your own bouquet to take home with you. We hope to find several people in Jefferson Chalmers that are interested in making bouquets with us as a part-time job.
As a food group, dark green leafy vegetables are by far the most important and yet hardly anyone consumes sufficient quantities. We want to share with you our love for greens and discuss ways to prepare them, including green smoothies. Wild edible greens will also be discussed along with a field trip around the property to identify them.
The Garden Detroit specializes in growing over 60 varieties of old-fashioned heirloom tomatoes, noted for their excellent taste and nutritional qualities. We will love to share with you what we have learned over the years about growing tomatoes and give you some seedlings to take home.