Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Visit the Beautiful Cranbrook Gardens for Free!

The Cranbrook Gardens are officially open for the 2018 season! The 40 acre garden is a historical landmark that features elaborate fountains, statues, lakes, steams, and beautifully planted contemporary and traditional gardens. This includes a Sunken Garden that is artfully planted by a team of volunteers every summer. The colors and layout are different every season. The gardens also feature a reflecting pool lined with lilies that you can smell for a while away and a herb garden with a strong vanilla scent. Cranbrook's Gardens also feature a variety of Japanese Garden plants, including Japanese Maples, Big Leaf Petasities, Purple Liriope and some Tree Peonies. The style, look, and layout of the gardens changes throughout the season. Just as one plant dies off for the season, another one sprouts up. You can see a full list of flowers and when they will be in bloom inside the garden by clicking here. It is free to tour the gardens from 9 to 5 daily throughout the season. They have a handy app that will help you find your way around and tell you interesting facts about the space. You can download the app here.

Cranbrook also offers guided tours of the Cranbrook House located right by the gardens. The house was designed in 1908 by Detroit legendary Albert Kahn for the Cranbrook family who lived their for over 40 years. The historical home features handcrafted furniture, tapestries, tiles, stained and leaded glass, and other works of fine and decorative art. If you would like to purchase tickets to take the guided tour of the house when you visit the gardens, click here. To learn more about Cranbrook including their museum, click here. The guided tours do not start until June! The Cranbrook Gardens are located 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304.  Cranbrook also has a upcoming plant sale, to learn more about that click here.


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