Signs of spring are all around us, and one of the best and brightest are blooming trees and flowers. Gone are the days of bare branches, as apple blossoms and the like are sprouting right before our very eyes.
If you have a green thumb, or would like to develop one this season, head to a greenhouse or garden center in Metro Detroit. Bringing the beauty into your own backyard is easy with the help of such stores equipped with everything you need, from potting soil to tools to plants themselves. Head to one of the following nurseries, garden centers or greenhouses in southeast Michigan to get started:
Detroit Garden Works, 1794 Pontiac Dr., Sylvan Lake, sells everything from garden decorations to fountains to tools. If you enjoy buying local, there are tons of Michigan-made items for sale here, including backyard chairs and benches.
Seasonal blooms will brighten any space, and outdoor home décor items include baskets, candles, glassware and vases. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for new arrivals and special events at Detroit Garden Works.
Barson’s Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Rd., Westland, is a great place to find hanging plants, perennials, herbs and plants for your vegetable garden. If you’re looking to put a pond in your backyard, Barson’s is the place to go, as the store supplies everything from filters to the fish themselves.
Throughout the season, Barson’s will host a series of free seminars, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn about various topics. Previous sessions this spring have included prepping your vegetable garden and how to construct a new pond. Keep up to date with the latest on the official website.
Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R Rd., Troy, has been a staple for approximately 30 years. Roses, houseplants, perennials and annuals are all available at Telly’s, and even your little ones can start exploring with gardening. Share the Kids Patch with them before your visit!
Classes are often held at Telly’s, including the upcoming 7th Annual Containers and Cocktails on Thursday, May 14. The hands-on workshop takes place at Goldner Walsh Garden Center in Pontiac and teaches participants how to plant eye catching containers. This particular class costs $24, plus the cost of materials. Soil and refreshments are included!
Diegel’s Greenhouse, 14499 25 Mile Rd., Shelby Charter Twp., offers everything from vegetable plants to hanging baskets to fertilizer. Whether you’re looking for something to decorate your backyard or the basics to get a flower garden going, you’ll find it all at Diegel’s.
This year marks the greenhouse’s 20th anniversary, and there are different specials offered all throughout the month of May. In the coming weeks, patrons will find fountains, benches and garden stools, hanging baskets and more on sale. Be sure to check the calendar before you go!
Also, Pot Um Up Wednesdays take place throughout May, where you can bring in empty pots, choose and purchase your flowers and the folks at Diegel’s will plant your purchases for you. There is also an upcoming Veggie and Herb Gardening class on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 where interested participants can learn how to grow items like tomatoes and mint.
Willow Greenhouse, 7839 Curtis Rd., Northville, is a family farm that spans 15,000 square feet. No pesticides are used at Willow Greenhouse, so if you purchase a heirloom tomato plant or perennial, you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals.
This Saturday, May 16, Willow Greenhouse will host its first Spring Garden Expo, which includes guest speakers, activities for children, workshops, greenhouse tours and more. The expo is free, and the full schedule can be found online. The expo begins with Butterflies and Hummingbirds in Your Garden with Joyce Schuelke at 10:15 a.m. and concludes with Composting with Paul Volmering at 4 p.m.
If you can’t make the expo this weekend, never fear: there are workshops held most weekends, such as a Fairy Garden Workshop for Kids on Sunday, May 31 and a Kitchen Herb Garden workshop on Saturday, June 6.
Deneweth’s Garden Center, 16125 22 Mile Rd., Macomb, supplies more than 850 different types of annuals, vegetables and perennials. Whether you’re looking for a hanging basket or flats, you’ll find it all at Deneweth’s.
While there is a secondary location in Hartland, the original Deneweth’s opened in Macomb approximately 50 years ago. With four acres of greenhouses, it’s no wonder there’s so much variety!
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While warm weather is enough to make anyone blissfully happy, beautifying your backyard only makes it better! These greenhouses and garden centers of southeast Michigan will help you celebrate the season with vibrant colors, and you may even be able to eat the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor.