Visit the Breathtaking Cranbrook House & Gardens

From exquisite gardens, to a reflecting pool, and a stunning Japanese Garden, you’ll be enthralled with all that Cranbrook House and Gardens’ 40 acres of formal, woodland, and naturalistic gardens have to offer. The manicured gardens provide the perfect backdrop to the Cranbrook House, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest manor home in Metro-Detroit.

Admission for self-guided tours of the gardens is free from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily through October. Paid admission is required for tours of Cranbrook House and special events.

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Bring your Garden to Life – Visit your Neighborhood Greenhouse!

Spring has blossomed and the flowers have too!

If you are in need of front yard foliage or a colorful oasis for weekend barbecues, then take your wishlist to any of the greenhouses and nurseries in Oakland County.  From ‘Sugar Baby’ Forsythia at Steinkopf Nursery, to Petunias at Telly’s Greenhouse, your perfect plants are just around the corner.

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Royal Oak in Bloom

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On Sunday May 14th, while some may be enjoying a Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed, many will be getting up early, and heading down to the annual Royal Oak in Bloom flower and garden sale in the Williams Street parking lot near the Royal Oak Public Library and Royal Oak City Hall.

This year marks the 24th year for Royal Oak in Bloom, hosted by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. For many, it’s a Mother’s Day tradition that celebrates the end of winter while welcoming the start of warmer weather, greener gardens, and bluer skies. Continue reading

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Purples, pinks and reds pop from the rich green foliage that surround them. Dripping in vibrant hues, greenhouses and nurseries give life, literally, to any garden or landscape.

Shop local. Choose from thousands of different plants, flowers and trees at any of the 22 nurseries or greenhouses located in Oakland County. Find one near you using our interactive map.

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Add some curb appeal to your home, dress up your landscape or create a lush oasis for your next barbecue. Oakland County nurseries and greenhouses provide options to help you complete any landscape or gardening project.

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Spring into Nature

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY 

Oakland County Parks are impressive on so many fronts. The year-round recreational opportunities are endless and provide tons of family fun. Yet, for the month of April, it’s the natural resources, abundant wildlife and incredible beauty that are at the top of my list. All of these things can be easy to find along the nearly 70 miles of trails that embrace the lakes, meadows, woodlands and glacially sculpted hills of the 13 Oakland County Parks. There are trails for every ability and age and even trails for equestrians. Some trails are hill-huggers, where those that dream of the Appalachian Trail can get leg muscles into shape. There are even paved looped trails that are perfect for a family walk with a baby stroller and grandparents. You’ll definitely want to consider April to be your month to reconnect with nature.

I’ll share a secret here: The quiet walker sees the most. Although wildlife is abundant, most species along the trails, except perhaps for squirrels, are people wary. If you walk quietly, early in the day, stop often and perhaps sit on a log and just listen, a world of wildlife unfolds. What might you see? How about Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkey, Eastern Bluebirds, Canada Geese on nests or defending their territory, Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks soaring, Great Blue Heron and American Egrets fishing, Osprey diving for fish, Red-winged Blackbirds flashing their colors, migrating Vireos and Warblers. You may even catch a fleeting glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker.

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