Gardens of Detroit Tour

Gardens of Detroit Tour

Thursday, August 8 | 9:00 A – 4:00 P | $75

Depart/Return: Eastern Market, SE corner of Russell & Wilkins Streets

(Use 2934 Russell for GPS purposes. Bus will be on Wilkins near bike rack and restrooms)

Urban gardens and beautiful public green spaces have long been part of the landscape of major cities. Detroit is no exception.

On Gardens of Detroit, we dig deep into Detroit’s agrarian roots and discover how farming sustained residents in good times and bad, ornamental gardens – still enjoyed today – transformed the look of a gritty city, and contemporary urban gardeners draw upon tradition as they help rebuild the city.

Tour highlights include:

Historic Belle Isle Park, home of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the soon-to-be constructed Oudolf Detroit garden, one of the latest projects for the world-renowned gardener Piet Oudolf, designer of the public gardens at the High Line in New York and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.


Detroit’s first certified arboretum located inside Elmwood Cemetery. Cemeteries were our nation’s first city parks. Both Belle Isle and Elmwood Cemetery were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.


Tours of Earthworks Urban Garden and Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, two non-profit, neighborhood urban gardens dedicated to cultivating healthy foods, sustainable economies, and active cultural environments.


Lunch buffet served at Table Fare where you’ll enjoy seasonal plant and organic vegetarian dishes prepared by monks & students of the Detroit Zen Center. The Zen Center is surrounded by beautiful gardens which we’ll tour.


A living roof and more!


Tour Details:

Tour price inclusions: lunch, transportation via motor coach, admissions/donations to gardens, continental breakfast, bottled water, and snacks.


Please note: There is substantial walking on this tour in unpaved gardens with uneven terrain. Dining area at lunch stop requires climbing stairs. There is no elevator.


Want to stay overnight?

Trumbull & Porter, a recently renovated eclectic and artsy boutique hotel, is offering tour attendees a special room rate of $129 per night on either August 7 and 8 or both! (On site parking is $10 and guest room sales tax is 12%).


Click here to book room at Trumbull & Porter. Link/special room rate expires July 8th.


Some guests are staying overnight on August 8 and meeting for dinner after check in. They also plan to take the 10 AM SEE The D downtown walking tour on August 9. Tix for this tour can be purchased at City Tour Detroit.  Use promo code GROUP to save $3 off all tickets.


Important Fine Print:

Tickets are non-refundable unless tour is cancelled by tour operator. *A 6% booking fee is added to ticket orders placed online. To avoid this booking fee, feel free to call 313-757-1283 and order tickets by phone.


City Tour Detroit does not own facilities/attractions we are visiting. Occasionally situations out of our control may arise and we have to substitute attractions of equal or greater value.


Minimum registrants are required for tour to be a go. If minimum isn’t met, you’ll be notified in a timely manner and your purchase will be refunded in full.


Don't wait to book! Bus only holds so many people.

Gardens of Detroit Tour
D.M. Ferry & Co. took root in Detroit and became the world’s largest producer and distributor of flower and vegetable seeds.