Discover Lafayette Greens
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Discover Lafayette Greens

This orientation is for Master Gardeners, Volunteers, and Westin Book Cadillac Residents. During this orientation, participants will familiarize themselves with the garden and learn what they can do while volunteering with us.

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Looking for "Firsts" Eggs, Caterpillars, and Butterflies
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Looking for "Firsts" Eggs, Caterpillars, and Butterflies

Citizen Scientists we are looking for you! We are participating in the Monarch program with Journey North to report "Firsts" in our area. This helps scientist track the habitat and migration of the Monarch.

We will meet at the Butterfly Prairie in Rouge Park (On Outerdrive between Joy and Tireman on the West Side of the Road) to learn more about Monarch’s, their eggs and caterpillars and set out to look for and record the first eggs, caterpillars and monarchs we find.


All ages welcome. Hunt with a camera! You can download The Journey North app here

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monarch-sos/id956347677?mt=8

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Bike Detroit Flower Garden Tour
Jun
12
10:00 AM10:00

Bike Detroit Flower Garden Tour

Take a ride with The Greening to check out some urban gardens. This ride will be between 10 and 15 miles long and an easy pace. Stops and rests will be at the gardens on our route.

Start from Lafayette Greens and end at Lafayette Greens

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Bee Blitz - Help us track bees at Lafayette Greens
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Bee Blitz - Help us track bees at Lafayette Greens

On Saturday, June 22 Lafayette Greens is going to join in on the Bee Blitz that is happening around the US. The Honeybee Conservancy and the Greening want you to be there. What’s a Bee Blitz? We will be using our phones to photograph the different types of bees we find at Lafayette Greens. Using an app on your phone, your photographs will help biologists track bee populations around the nation

The event is free and open to anyone over the age of 10.

Special Thanks to The Honeybee Conservancy

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Photographing in the Garden
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Photographing in the Garden

Learn how to photograph flowers and other species in a garden!

Learn how to shoot, enhance, and share photographs with cell phone photography. In the class we will discuss shooting techniques, photo-enhancement tips, and apps to showcase your photography experiences. While learning to use your phone's camera, students will test their skills at Lafayette Greens, shooting different flowers, plants, insects and landscapes.

Bring - your cell phone

You must register - limited spaces. Free!

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Your teacher - Asia Hamilton

Native Detroit Asia Hamilton is an accomplished photographer who has shot everyone from Lil Wayne to the girl next door. She is the owner and creator of Nozomi Live design, the company behind the face and brand of local businesses such as Detroit Snob, LIV Resto lounge and Kidscapes Foundation. Asia also designed and photographed three Employee Excellence plaques for Ford Motor Company. The design would eventually grace the offices of honorable employees across the nation. She recently traveled abroad to Amman Jordan for the Arab American National Museum to teach photography and bring awareness to the issue of waste and consumption for the Watch Your Waste program.

Asia currently freelances and teaches photography classes for adults at her studio.  One of her goals is to give Detroit youth a newfound appreciation and perspective of their community through photography and the fine arts.

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Learning about Monarchs
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Learning about Monarchs

Learn about the lifecycle and migratory nature of the beautiful monarch butterfly

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Nursery Visit
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Nursery Visit

Students from the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit’s SNAP program will be coming out to Walter Meyers Nursery to learn and help us out with some basic nursery maintenance. No additional volunteers needed.

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Bike Night
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Bike Night

Take a ride through the city with our garden manager as we tour some urban gardens. Length approx. 12-15 miles, easy pace. No one left behind.

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Native Bee Walk n Talk with Dr. Becky
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Native Bee Walk n Talk with Dr. Becky

Join us at Lafayette Greens and learn about Native bees. Dr. Rebecca Tonietto from UofM Flint College of Arts and Sciences. She is an assistant professor in the Biology Department and her specialty is Native Bees!

Here’s what Dr. Becky has to say

I love bees! They are so incredibly diverse and beautiful. Did you know we have around 400 species of bees native to Michigan? The honeybee is not one of those, we don’t have a native honeybee in North America. Some of our native bees are metallic green, metallic blue, and range from big and fuzzy to tiny and shiny. They provide an important ecosystem service by pollinating many of our crops and wildflowers, though also deserve conservation attention in their own right. I love talking to people about bees, and investigating how we can best support them. In general, providing habitat for native bees really means making places more beautiful – with more flowers and more species of flowering plants.

Free, but please register below

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Native Birds in your Garden
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Native Birds in your Garden

Join us as we learn how to make your yard more inviting to Michigan’s native birds

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Nursery Visit
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

Nursery Visit

Students from the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit’s SNAP program will be coming out to Walter Meyers Nursery to learn and help us out with some basic nursery maintenance. No additional volunteers needed.

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Bumble Bees!
Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Bumble Bees!

Learn more about the gentle bumble bee and how they live.

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Sunflower Festival
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Sunflower Festival

Join The Greening for a day to celebrate all things Sunflowers at Lafayette Greens! Open House! Fun and Games

We will have a Sunflower Growing Contest (get ready in May/June to plant your sunflowers) Prizes and bragging rights to the folks who grow:

The Tallest Sunflower
The Biggest Seed Head
The Heaviest Seed Head

RULES

  • Judging will be between 1 and 3 pm. Winners will be announced at 3pm

  • All sunflowers in the 3 categories must be brought to the garden (no photos)

  • Tallest Sunflowers will be measured from bottom of the stem to top of the main stem, including seed head

  • Biggest seed head is measured by circumference around the head

  • Heaviest will be weighed and measured in pounds

  • All entries will be returned to the owner.

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PHOTO CONTEST!

 

“Renegade Spirals”

Phyllotaxis - patterns found in leaves, stems and seeds.

RULES

Send in 2 digital photos. 1 of you and your seedhead and 1 close up shot featuring your phyllostaxis pattern in your sunflower.

  • Open to individuals who live in the State of Michigan

  • Must be original work of the submitter

  • No more than 3 entries per person

  • Entries must be submitted by Saturday August 3rd

  • Each individual entry must contain your name, address and email address.

  • Entries sent to: sue@greeningofdetroit.com. Send in .PNG format. Please keep size to 5GB for each digital photo.

Judging will be based on opinions of The Greening of Detroit Judges

3 Prizes

Grand Prize
First Prize
Honorable Mention

All photos submitted can be used by The Greening of Detroit in future promotional material, with credit to the photographer

 
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What's inside a beehive?
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

What's inside a beehive?

Ever wonder what goes on inside that beehive? The Greening invites you to join us at Meyers Nursery where our resident beekeeper will open up the hive and show you what goes on and answer your questions.

Live bees! We will have some veils to lend, however it is recommended that you wear long pants and sleeves. They can sting.

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Mustard Garlic Pull Party
May
17
12:00 PM12:00

Mustard Garlic Pull Party

Volunteers Needed! Come out to Meyers Nursery and help us pull the Garlic Mustard! Garlic Mustard is an invasive weed that grows throughout Michigan. With pulling (and it is kinda fun to pull) we can help eradicate it. It spreads rapidly and unfortunately, displaces native or other desired plants in a relatively short period of time. We can take large groups. No need to sign up, just come out.

We will have gloves, water, bags and everything we need, except you! This will be a fun afternoon. Check out these foodie forage recipes http://foragedfoodie.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-you-should-forage-eat-garlic.html

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Looking for "Firsts" Milkweed
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Looking for "Firsts" Milkweed

Citizen Scientists we are looking for you! We are participating in the Monarch program with Journey North to report "Firsts" in our area. This helps scientist track the habitat and migration of the Monarch.

We will meet at the Butterfly Prairie in Rouge Park (On Outerdrive between Joy and Tireman on the West Side of the Road) to learn more about milkweed and monarchs and set out to look for and record the first milkweed plants we find.


All ages welcome. Hunt with a camera!

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Pot-in-Pot Tree Planting
May
3
to May 4

Pot-in-Pot Tree Planting

The Greening of Detroit will be partnering with volunteers from Urban Science and the MSU Horticultural Program on May 3rd and Gongos on May 4th to plant 750 young trees and 150 shrubs in Walter Meyers Nursery as we establish our own pot-in-pot nursery.

No additional volunteers needed.

Volunteers should meet at Walter Meyers Nursery, Rouge Park

*Events begin at 9am*

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Tree Planting in Chandler Park
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting in Chandler Park

The Greening of Detroit will be partnering with the Chandler Park Conservancy, One Tree Planted, and Noble Oak Spirits to plant 33 B&B trees in Chandler Park on Detroit’s east side. We will have volunteer assistance from 50-60 volunteers from HCS Group of Plymouth, Chandler Park Conservancy, One Tree Planted, and Noble Oak Spirits. No additional volunteers needed.

Volunteers should meet at 12600 Chandler Park Dr, Detroit MI 48213

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Spring Seed Giveaway
Mar
5
5:00 PM17:00

Spring Seed Giveaway

We have several hundreds of seed packets to give away, plus we collected some of our favorite seeds from plants growing at Lafayette Greens. Come by The Greening office and pick up a pack or 2 (limit 10 per person) We have a selection of vegetable, herb and flowering annuals and perennials.

Thank you to D & L Garden Center in Taylor for the generous donation

http://dlgarden.com/

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Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Santa Speedo Run

Get your jingle bells ready! Put on your skimpy suit*, or just some zany Santa costumes--be comfortable, but sexy-fun! Open to men and women of all shapes and sizes.

Briggs Bar is back for their third year!! Year one had 4 runners, year two had 37. We are hoping for 75+ runners this year. Briggs is teaming up with us, The Greening of Detroit and Ruth Ellis Center. No need to be in great shape- it's a mile run through downtown, starting and ending at Briggs Detroit. It’s a one (1) mile run. You got this!!!

Meet up for drinks at 12 noon; the run starts at 2:00

The Greening Staff will be on hand to man the taps

NEW THIS YEAR- The Schvitz (www.schvitzdetroit.com) invites all runners over after the run for a unique steam experience at half-price. Get your special pass the day of after the run. Thanks, Paddy and the good folks at The Schvitz.
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The details:
Who: You and your festive holiday friends who like to laugh.
What: No need to be in great shape- it's a mile run through downtown, starting and ending at Briggs Detroit.
When: Down some liquid encouragement** at 12; run at 2:00
Where: Starts at Briggs, then heads to Woodward to Campus Martius, on to Greektown and then back to Briggs.
Why: Why not? 
How: No entrance fee; no fuss. We are trying to help two charities this year- The Greening of Detroit (www.greeningofdetroit.com) and the Ruth Ellis Center (www.ruthelliscenter.org). There will be donation jars; give what you can to this two great local benevolent societies.

*it is the Santa Speedo Run, so live a little and put on something little. We trust that you can!!
** Drink specials that day, too!!

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Light up the Holidays
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Light up the Holidays

If you are going to the tree lighting ceremony at Campus Martius, make sure you stop by and say hi at Lafayette Greens Garden. The Greening will be on hand with kids face painting, hot cider (and wine!) and donuts, make an herbal smudge stick and music by D Phifer

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Grinstein Jewelry and Design Supports The Greening!
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Grinstein Jewelry and Design Supports The Greening!

A free event to benefit The Greening of Detroit. Join Grinstein Jewelry & Design and The Greening of Detroit for food, drinks, live music and a silent auction featuring local vendors!

Learn more about the work The Greening does, find out what you can do to help and purchase any of Richard Grinstein's oak leaf or acorn designs knowing that 20% of what you pay will go directly to The Greening! 

This event is generously supported by Elie's Mediterranean Grill/ BarKaku Sushi & PokéMargot European Day SpaSupino PizzeriaThe Village Players Theatre

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Heritage Trees - A Presentation
Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

Heritage Trees - A Presentation

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The Greening of Detroit proudly presents Edith George's Heritage Tree – Preserving Our Natural Roots

A lone person can champion the protection of heritage trees and be successful. Hear Edith speak about Heritage Trees and how to find heritage trees and take protective action. 

You will never look at trees the same way again!

Tuesday, September 11th

5:00pm interactive presentation for middle and high school students

6:30 for adults

Fort Street Presbyterian Church

Detroit MI

FREE!

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Work at the Nursery
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Work at the Nursery

 

We are looking for groups to help us with work at the Walter Meyers Nursery in Rouge Park. We are looking to do this every Friday through October. 

Please contact Sue at sue@greeningofdetroit.com for more information. 


Thanks! 

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Live, Love, Local
Aug
19
12:00 PM12:00

Live, Love, Local

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018 12:00p.m.- 3:00p.m.

9th Annual Live Love Local Celebration a benefit for The Greening of Detroit! 

Local Food, Local Beer and Wine, Local Fun!

Nationally known and locally loved... 25 of Metro Detroit's top chefs serving up delicious tastings.  

Come Experience the Edible Best of Detroit!

The Greening of Detroit, in partnership with edibleWow Magazine, is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Live Love Local Celebration. This event embraces living green, loving Detroit and local food. The gathering celebrates the innovative ways Detroit has progressed toward creating a greener, healthier and more sustainable city by bringing together a spectrum of enthusiasts including community partners, industry leaders, farmers, environmentalists, and foodies from around the country.

LOVE FOOD

Enjoy some of Metropolitan Detroit's most delicious eateries including Selden Standard, Bobcat Bonnies, Palonia, Sweet Lorraines, Roast, Dorsey, Calder Dairy, and Mudgies, just to name a few. There will also be an assortment of wines, beers and sodas available.

TICKET INFO

  • VIP Tickets are $100.00 (VIP Hour 11am to Noon).  Come in an hour before the general public and enjoy tastings from Chef Stations, unlimited drinks, crowd free, and gift bag. (June 27th - August 19th) 
  • Early Bird Tickets are $25.00  - (June 27th - July 6th) 
  • Advance Tickets are $35.00  - (July 7th - August 18th)
  • At the door only tickets are $45.00  - (August 19th) 
  • Children ages 1-10 tickets are $10.00  - (June 27th through August 19th)
  • Children under 1 are free

Tickets include tastings from all Chef Stations and two drink tickets, one soft drink ticket for a childrens ticket purchased. (additional beverages may be purchased).  '

Click here to purchase tickets

ALL proceeds benefit The Greening of Detroit

Please contact Monica Tabares at (313) 285-1246 for Corporate Sponsorship and Honorary Committee opportunities. 

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Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting # 4
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting # 4

We are looking for 50 people to help  us plant 350 sapling trees at the Meyers Tree Nursery in Rouge Park. This is a little different than what you may have seen or experienced in the past. These trees are bare-rooted and around 3' tall. All participants will dig, plant, water, mulch and tree guard each plant. 

If you are interested please fill out the form and we will contact  you personally with a confirmation. 

This event is FULL! 

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Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting Event #3
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting Event #3

We are looking for 50 people to help  us plant 350 sapling trees at the Meyers Tree Nursery in Rouge Park. This is a little different than what you may have seen or experienced in the past. These trees are bare-rooted and around 3' tall. All participants will dig, plant, water, mulch and tree guard each plant. 

If you are interested please fill out the form and we will contact  you personally with a confirmation. 

This Date is filled. Thank you !

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting Event #2

Happy Arbor Day! 

We are looking for 50 people to help  us plant 350 sapling trees at the Meyers Tree Nursery in Rouge Park. This is a little different than what you may have seen or experienced in the past. These trees are bare-rooted and around 3' tall. All participants will dig, plant, water, mulch and tree guard each plant. 

If you are interested please fill out the form and we will contact  you personally with a confirmation. 

This event is FULL. Thank  you !

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Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting #1
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Tree Sapling Planting #1

We are looking for 50 people to help  us plant 350 sapling trees at the Meyers Tree Nursery in Rouge Park. This is a little different than what you may have seen or experienced in the past. These trees are bare-rooted and around 3' tall. All participants will dig, plant, water, mulch and tree guard each plant. 

This event is full. Please see our other volunteer opportunities 

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 Returning Citizen Forester Training - Classroom
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Returning Citizen Forester Training - Classroom

Returning Citizen Foresters! We are gearing up for the Spring Planting Season. This season is shaping up like no other! We will be working on planting 1500 tree saplings at Meyers Nursery in Rouge Park. 

Teaching our volunteers to plant saplings will be different than the process we use for ball and burlaped trees. So all returning Citizen Foresters who want to volunteer this season need to attend this session. If you have any questions please email me at sue@greeningofdetroit.com.

Pizza will be provided! 

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Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Detroit Santa Speedo Run

This event is Sponsored By Briggs Bar Detroit. The Greening of Detroit is thankful that 1/2 of the money raised by this event will go to The Greening of Detroit!

Get your jingle bells ready! Put on your skimpy suit*, or just some zany Santa costumes--be comfortable! Open to men and women of all shapes and sizes.

Briggs is back for another daring dash through downtown Detroit! This year teaming up with Greening of Detroit and Ruth Ellis Center. No need to be in great shape- it's a mile run through downtown, starting and ending at Briggs Detroit.

Meet up for drinks at Briggs Bar at 12 noon; the run starts at 2:00

The details:
Who: You and your festive holiday friends who like to laugh.
What: No need to be in great shape- it's a mile run through downtown, starting and ending at Briggs Detroit.
When: Down some liquid encouragement** at 12; run at 2:00
Where: Starts at Briggs, then heads to Woodward to Campus Martius, on to Greektown and then back to Briggs.
Why: Why not? 
How: No entrance fee; no fuss. We are trying to help two charities this year- The Greening of Detroit (www.greeningofdetroit.com) and the Ruth Ellis Center (www.ruthelliscenter.org). There will be donation jars; give what you can to this two great local benevolent societies.

*it is the Santa Speedo Run, so live a little and put on something little. We trust that you can!!
** Drink specials that day, too!!

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Tree Planting
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting

GLRI Balduck Park Planting

This volunteer event is FULL! Thank  you everyone who volunteered. Please check other dates that are available!

The Greening of Detroit will be planting 50 trees at Balduck Park for this GLRI Emerald Ash Borer replacement project.   We will need assistance from 100 volunteers to complete the fifth phase of this reforestation project.

Volunteers should  meet at Balduck Park on Canyon Street between Chandler Park Drive and E. Warren. You can park on Canyon Street. Car pooling/Bikes are encouraged! 

 

All tree plantings begin at 9AM unless otherwise noted. Volunteers should look for a Greening Of Detroit banner and welcome table. The Greening of Detroit will provide tools and plant material for all projects. Volunteers should bring gloves and a reusable water bottle. All plantings are subject to change, therefore is it important to sign up in advance using the form below. If you have questions please email volunteer@greeningofdetroit.com

 

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Tree Planting
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting

GLRI Balduck Park Planting

This tree planting is completely filled. Please check other dates to sign up!

The Greening of Detroit will be planting 81 trees at Balduck Park for this GLRI Emerald Ash Borer replacement project.   We will need assistance from 125 volunteers to complete the fourth phase of this reforestation project.

Volunteers should meet at Balduck Park on Canyon Street between Chandler Park Drive and E. Warren. You can park on Canyon Street. Car Pooling is encouraged ! 

 

All tree plantings begin at 9AM unless otherwise noted. Volunteers should look for a Greening Of Detroit banner and welcome table. The Greening of Detroit will provide tools and plant material for all projects. Volunteers should bring gloves and a reusable water bottle. All plantings are subject to change, therefore is it important to sign up in advance using the form below. If you have questions please email volunteer@greeningofdetroit.com         

 

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Tree Planting
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting

This is event is Full! 

GLRI Balduck Park Planting

The Greening of Detroit will be planting 50 trees at Balduck Park for this GLRI Emerald Ash Borer replacement project.   We will need assistance from 100 volunteers to complete the third phase of this reforestation project.

Volunteers should meet at Balduck Park on Canyon Street between Chandler Park Drive and E Warren in Detroit at 9am. Look for The Greening of Detroit welcome tent. You can park on Canyon Street. 

All tree plantings begin at 9AM unless otherwise noted. Volunteers should look for a Greening Of Detroit banner and welcome table. The Greening of Detroit will provide tools and plant material for all projects. Volunteers should bring gloves and a reusable water bottle. All plantings are subject to change, therefore is it important to sign up in advance using the form below. If you have questions please email volunteer@greeningofdetroit.com

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