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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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BenLar137 wrote a review Mar 2020
Calgary, Canada13,271 contributions681 helpful votes
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We only had time for a short visit to an attraction in Detroit, and decided on this conservatory. The parking was free and the greenhouse itself looked like it would be at home in the famous Kew Botanical Gardens in London. The lady who greeted us was very friendly. They have a couple of great environments and loads of amazing plants, many in bloom. Also, admission is by donation, which makes it budge friendly for those on a budget. So glad we stopped by!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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John T. wrote a review Dec 2019
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Cool spot to wander when on the island. Lots of different species in a nice layout. Took our kids there for a day off and they enjoyed it just as much as we did. We'll definitely be back!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Dec 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,565 contributions5,383 helpful votes
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, more commonly known as thee Belle Isle Conservatory, is a greenhouse and botanical garden that covers 13 acres in the 982-acre Belle Isle Park, which is located on an island in the Detroit River between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario near the United States/Canada border. Opened in 1904, it is the oldest continually running conservatory in the United States and named for Anna Scripps Whitcomb, who left her collection of 600 orchids to Detroit in 1955. Thanks to her gift and subsequent donations, the Conservatory is now home to one of the largest municipally owned orchid collections in the country. It also features a lily pond on its north side and perennial gardens on its west side. The Conservatory building is divided into five sections--the Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Fernery and the Show House. The centerpiece of the building is the 85-feet-high central dome, which houses palm trees and other tropical plants. The perennial gardens are located outside to the north of the vestibule. The lily pond, constructed in 1936, is located between the Conservatory and the Belle Isle Aquarium. It is home to Japanese koi. Located to the east of the Conservatory building are 20 greenhouse structures, 15 of which are used to care for the orchid, bromeliad, cactus, amaryllis and tropical plant collections. The other five are used to train local high school students for post-graduation jobs in the horticultural field.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Morella wrote a review Aug 2019
Farmington Hills, Michigan964 contributions128 helpful votes
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First time visiting this place although I have lived in the Detroit metropolitan area for many years. What a pleasant surprise! Both the exterior gardens as well as the plants inside the Conservatory are amazingly well maintained. We loved the tropical section: trees are incredible! Coming from a tropical country I must admit the region is well represented. The plant signs contain mostly the phylum and the common name. The Conservatory is free. But boy, they are well deserving of our donations.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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sisterida wrote a review Aug 2019
Onsted, Michigan232 contributions80 helpful votes
This conservatory is a small space with many lovely flowers and plants. My favorite time to visit is winter when a step inside is a break from the cold. I have however visited in spring and summer and enjoyed all of the visits. The conservatory is small enough that kids don't get bored and large enough that adults can have a variety of plants to examine. It is a great place for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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