Join us on a day trip through Estate Gardens of Southeast Michigan! 
Fee includes transportation to and from each location and lunch. Visit will include both the interior and grounds of each estate.  Early bird registration is $85.00. Tickets are $100.00 after July 18th. Call 989.631.2677 for ticket information!  **Tickets are sold out! Feel free to call for wait list information.**
Thursday, August 18
7:30am - 7:30pm


Join Senior Horticulturist Chuck Martin and Horticulturist, Curator Karin Johnson as they highlight three of Michigan’s historic estate gardens: Cranbrook, Meadow Brook, and Applewood. These gardens and homes are extraordinary in both horticulture and historical presence.  The gardens of South East Michigan will stimulate your horticultural, architectural and historical appreciation, and hopefully give you greater insight into what is in your own back yard. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD TOUR DOCUMENTS (pdf)


Cranbrook is the oldest manor home in southeastern Michigan, Cranbrook House offers a distinctive glimpse into a time when décor, artistry and nature merged. The surrounding gardens, tended by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, are filled with colorful scented blooms and a tapestry of greenery, side by side with exquisite fountains, sculptures, shaded dells and mossy bogs.


Meadow Brook is a National Historic Landmark. Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, a widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America.


Applewood, with previously very limited access, is now available for your viewing. Charles Stewart Mott built Applewood Estate in 1916, engaging his sister’s husband, architect Herbert E. Davis, to design the 21-room family home. The three-story house is a Jacobean Revival with a basement, attached greenhouse, and garage. It has changed very little in the century since it was constructed.

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