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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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Address: 8109 Jefferson Avenue, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone Number: +1 313-852-4065
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A lovely collection of plants and trees.

With several rooms offering differing collections of plants and trees, this is a real treat. There are beautiful blooming plants, succulents and wonderful holiday displays.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With several rooms offering differing collections of plants and trees, this is a real treat. There are beautiful blooming plants, succulents and wonderful holiday displays.

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Troy, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Although the conservatory is small, I was astounded by the quality of the specimens and the great general appearance and repair. Kudos to whomever is in charge of this gem. From succulents to tropical plants to gardens outside, the place is magnificent. I highly recommend a visit. You need a state park pass to get on the island, but admittance... More 

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Edgewood, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Just astounding how they have so much beauty in a small area. Longwood Gardens could learn a lot from what you have here!

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Boulder, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

The succulent dry garden was impressive with cactus touching the conservatory ceiling. Many of the plants we have seen in our world travels and were delighted to view them in one venue. They have done a great job of creating this indoor/outdoor FREE gem. My mom and husband wondered everywhere. The light classical music playing softly in the background gave... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Belle Isle is a work in progress after decades of neglect, and the Conservatory is a good example of that. It's simultaneously sad and beautiful, but definitely worth a visit, along with the nearby Aquarium. The aquarium's renovations are much more noticeable, but the Conservatory has some features that I find breathtakingly beautiful. The statue of the young girl is... More 

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Wayne, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

did a tour of the filmore theater then snuck across the macarthur bridge to this beautiful isle. the conservatory was in full bloom and the best part is it is all free.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I'm a sucker for amazing architecture and gardens so this was the highlight of our visit to Belle Isle. It's not very large but it's free (with the rec pass to get on the island) and it is well maintained. It's wonderful to have this little gem so close to home!

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Petoskey, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

After visiting many botanical gardens, this is truly in my top 5. Extremely well kept plants, lots of variety, and a breath taking old Victorian conservatory. I would recommend this place to anyone, especially a family looking for an exciting and educational day adventure.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is a peaceful thing to do on any day of the week. Beautiful rooms with various plants species based on climate. So much to look at.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I work next door at the aquarium as a volunteer and I always sneak over to the conservatory whenever I get the chance. It is the longest-running conservatory in the United States and the glass structure is a sister building of the aquarium; both buildings were designed by Albert Kahn and opened in 1904. They were formerly connected and the... More 

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