Native Habitat Experiences

We open our garden to the public, free of charge, twice a year – the Saturday after Memorial Day and the third Saturday in August – for self-guided garden tours and other programs.  We also offer private, guided tours of our own gardens as well as of native plant habitats at Balduck Park and Belle Isle upon request.

 

We offer a clematis pruning workshop, on demand, the first Saturday in May.

We hold our annual Holiday Open House the first Saturday in December.

 

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Wildflower Walk - Belle Isle

Sunday, May 8, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm

 

Join us for a walking tour of a hidden corner of Detroit's best-loved park as we explore one of Belle Isle's hiking trails in pursuit of native flora - right in the city's center.​

From the rare and unusual to the relatively commonplace (but still lovely), Belle Isle has been under transformation since the exotic European Fallow Deer were restricted from wide access on the island in 2003, allowing the native flora to thrive. In the intervening years, the island has fallen under the aegis of state agencies and non-profits have taken on restoration projects, resulting in nesting bald eagles and the sighting of native beaver.

Go to our "Other Workshops and Events" page for additional information and to register. A third of all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wildflower Association of Michigan to support its programs.

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13th Annual Spring Garden Tour

June 4, 2022, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Designed as a teaching and learning space, Cheryl's garden includes over 200 species of native plants. Become acquainted with some lesser-known American Clematis species and the beauties of our native flora and the fauna they support.

 

The tour - which is free and open to the public – also features locally-made garden art. We will be featuring prints and notecards by Notable Greetings, wired glass vases from Puddingstone and Black Cat Pottery’s garden-inspired art. Join us at 10:30am for the dedication of a new Little Free Children's Gardening Library.

Location: Black Cat Pottery, 3903 Grayton St, Detroit, MI 48224

12th Annual Summer Garden Tour

Aug 20, 2022, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Designed as a teaching and learning space, Cheryl's garden includes over 200 species of native plants. Become acquainted with some lesser-known American Clematis species and the beauties of our native flora and the fauna they support.

The tour - which is free and open to the public – also features locally-made garden art, including a limited selection of Notable Greetings notecards, Puddingstone's wired glass vases and our own garden-inspired art - including items from BCP's "365 Days of Clay" on-line auction event. We will also be giving the first 25 attendees a free native plant and additional plants will available for purchase. Join us at 10:30am for a guided habitat tour through the property.

Location: Black Cat Pottery, 3903 Grayton St, Detroit, MI 48224

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12th Annual Holiday Open House (Tentative)

Dec 3, 2022 at 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join Cheryl English’s Black Cat Pottery for a day of holiday cheer. Visit the studio, meet the artist and fulfill your last-minute gift needs with handmade art for the home and garden! Join us for some holiday cheer and finish your last minute gift-giving needs! Bring a friend and spread the word!

Location: Black Cat Pottery, 3903 Grayton St, Detroit, MI 48224

Private Garden Tour - Contact Cheryl to Schedule

Book a private guided tour for your group!

Learn about the plants that populate a native garden on a small urban lot. Cheryl's garden was featured in the July 2009 issue of Michigan Gardener, a publication for which she has also written about Clematis and native plants.

The private tour lasts one to two hours.

Location: Black Cat Pottery, 3903 Grayton St, Detroit, MI 48224

Clematis Pruning Workshop - Contact Cheryl to Schedule

Long perceived as “difficult” or “temperamental”, Clematis are actually proven performers that can give years of gardening delight. Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn about the care and culture of these garden gems and specific pruning techniques and concerns for various species and hybrids. Bring your favorite (by-pass) pruners and a chair.

 

$15 pre-paid/nonrefundable registration includes one hour of instruction, an hour of supervised hands-on experience, refreshments and a comprehensive hand-out. Pre-enrollment required. Two hours of education for Master Gardeners.

Location: Black Cat Pottery, 3903 Grayton St, Detroit, MI 48224

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