Bloomfield Hills, MI – June 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ( MICHIGAN PR )
Diamonds truly are a precious thing. Diamond rings, baseball diamonds…and of course, the favorite gem at Cranbrook House and Gardens, the diamonds in the Sunken Garden. The beautiful summer weather is back, and Cranbrook House and Gardens is proud to announce the return of the diamond arrangement incorporating over 10,000 annuals in the Sunken Garden. We welcome you to come enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscaping of Cranbrook Gardens, open now and throughout the summer.
Cranbrook Gardens boast an astounding 40 acres of brilliant gardens, fountains and sculptures surrounding the Cranbrook House. On your self-guided tour, meander the peaceful paths to flowers, plants and herbs of all colors and varieties. During your journey you’ll also have the opportunity to climb The Mountain (watch out for Zeus when he weeps!), make your dreams come true at the Well Wisher’s Garden and Fountain, and ponder for a moment at the Reflecting Pool.
The Sunken Garden is always a favorite destination, and for good reason. An assortment of radiant colors and its’ unique design combined with an outline of perennials makes the Sunken Garden incredibly mesmerizing. “Our volunteers continue to astound me with their hard work and garden savvy. Our gardens thrive because of their continued dedication,” says Judy Lindstrom, Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary Chairman.
Within view of the Sunken Garden is the recently renovated greenhouse. The tropical room of the greenhouse features a fountain complimented with a statue of Perseus. Demonstration gardens offering ideas for visitors include cactus and succulent, fern, bromeliad, wildflower and orchid habitats. The greenhouse is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Other highlights of the picturesque Cranbrook Gardens include: Wildflower and Herb gardens, Turtle fountain, Bog Garden and the Oriental Garden. Located in the Herb Garden on the east side of Cranbrook House is the Thistle Shop, which will be open for the season Thursday, Friday and Sunday during Cranbrook House Tours from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There are numerous other sculptures and gardens that although unmentioned, surely won’t go unseen on your visit to Cranbrook Gardens!
Self-guided tours of Cranbrook gardens are available through Labor Day, Monday – Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In September the gardens are open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $15 per family, children under 5 are free.
Guided tours of the Cranbrook House and Gardens will be available for an additional charge starting June 17, 2012. *All tour hours and admissions are subject to change.*
Cranbrook House and Gardens is maintained primarily through the commitment and dedication of Auxiliary volunteers. Your admission fees help us achieve our mission of conservation, restoration and preservation of the founders’ home and gardens. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call or sign up through our website.
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Cranbrook House and Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The centerpiece of the National Historic Landmark Cranbrook Educational Community, the house was designed by noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1908 for founders George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps in the English Arts and Crafts-style and is the oldest surviving manor home in metro Detroit. The Booths commissioned the finest artisans, craftsmen and studios of the period to furnish the house with handcrafted furniture, tapestries, tiles, stained and leaded glass, and other works of fine and decorative art. The 40-acres Cranbrook Gardens are noted for their formal, woodland and naturalistic gardens incorporating fountains, statuary, lakes, streams, and extensive traditional and naturalist plantings.
Eric Franchy, PR Intern
Steve Pagnani, Head of Communications