Lafayette Greens


Lafayette Greens is a green space and urban garden in the heart of downtown Detroit, next door to the famous Coney Islands and across the street from the fabulous Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Visitors, city workers, and neighborhood residents enjoy and relax in the space,  watch veggies and flowers grow during the summer and enjoy seasonal programming. The award-winning garden, created by Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture, was donated to The Greening of Detroit by Compuware in 2014.


The Greening grows chemical-free fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers every year.   In 2019 we started focusing on pollinator habitat which is so rare in the city. Through millennia, bees and pollinators have featured prominently in human culture as well as the human food supply. Referenced in religious texts and adopted by Napoleon as his national emblem, bees have been major contributors to the human experience. With that said, we are a certified pollinator garden and focus on growing plants for butterflies, native and honey bees and birds. Our 2019 programming features classes on native bees, birds and pollinator plants. We also offer a series called DIG - Detroiters in the Garden - a community education program in partnership with Fort Street Presbyterian Church’s Open Door program. See more below.

Lafayette Greens is a public garden and is an invaluable asset to the city of Detroit. This green space is a place of respite and solitude; a place where people reconnect with beauty and experience nature; a place of education and discovery. Stop in and see what we are up to.

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Check out the drone video of Lafayette Greens from Iron Skys LLC. The Detroit Cobra’s played the garden in 2018 and it was super fun. Check it out! 


“Crazy Cats” by Detroit Artist Tim Burke

2019 Summer Series



Lafayette Greens is an active community space, showcasing it’s creative installations of not only plants and flowers, but public art, music, and weekly community yoga classes.

In 2019 the garden will focus on flowering plants and pollinator education. Look for classes on raising butterflies in your backyard. The importance of honey bees and wild bees and more!

Looking to get married?
Need a space for a pop up?
Hold a meeting outside?
Want a guided tour?

Lafayette Greens is open to helping you have a perfect time in a beautiful space

Contact for more information

Thank you everyone for a great 2019 season! See you next Spring!

Lafayette Greens Summer Programming - All about Pollinators!

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To sign up for specific classes check out our calendar of events HERE

DIG - Detroiters In the Garden


Lafayette Greens is open to the public from April to September, Monday through Friday, 9 am- 5 pm.  Stop in and do a self-guided tour or come and drop by and have your lunch in a beautiful space. 


Attention: Master Gardeners and Volunteers ! Looking to log volunteer hours? Lafayette Greens is an approved project with MSU. We are looking for MG’s to act as docents so we can have the garden open on the weekends. Flexible hours Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6pm. You can sign up here. Or if you need more information please contact


Generously Supported by

The Greening of Detroit Park in honor of Elizabeth Gordon Sachs 


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The Greening of Detroit dedicated this park to Elizabeth Gordon Sachs in the late 1990s.  Sachs founded the organization in 1989 to reforest the city of Detroit.  This park is located at 1463 E. Jefferson, just east of downtown Detroit.

The pavilion or as local residents call "The Tubes" was designed by architect Andrew Zago. This space is used as a gathering spot for The Greening's  youth Green Corp. employees and residents of Lafayette Park neigborhood during the summer months.