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 by Compuware in 2014.
The Greening grows hundreds of pounds of chemical-free fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers every year. Everything harvested goes back to the community, either to volunteers who help maintain the space, or to community food banks and church pantries. Click here to see the 2017 list of plants we grow.
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“Crazy Cats” with Detroit Artist Tim Burke
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!
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Lafayette Greens is open to helping you have a perfect time in a beautiful space
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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.
The Greening of Detroit Park in honor of Elizabeth Gordon Sachs
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.