Summer is a time for spontaneous day trips. Last week Monday we decided to take a drive to Cranbrook Gardens in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, for a tour of the property and gardens. Cranbrook House and gardens was established in the 1900’s for the daughter of the founder of The Detroit News, Ellen Scripps. By the end of the 1920’s, the house was recognized nationally for its beauty. The Cranbrook foundation uses the home and gardens today for tours, parties, receptions and other programs.
We walked the gardens surrounding the home which are maintained by their non-profit volunteer association. The house is surrounded by 40 acres of property and gardens, which includes an herbal garden and several fountains, pools and statuary.
This year more than 10,000 begonias were used to plant the sunken garden near the front of the home. The self-guided tour took us just over one hour, with the chance to talk with many of the volunteers tending to the beds. The flowers are lovely.