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APLD 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Preliminary impressions of Detroit before my arrival there were a bit anxiety-driven. However, the downtown area where we stayed was fun and inspiring. Garden tours in adjacent towns, like Grosse Pointe, were luxurious and often lakeside. The gardens tended to be one of three types: formal, large lawn + borders, or informal meadows combined with contemporary design. For those of us in an area with one predominant stone-type, we were shocked to hear there were 6 different types in that part of Michigan!


bench & pebble mosaic
A white bench catches your eye among the myriad of curved box balls until you arrive at this gorgeous swirled pebble mosaic.
reflecting pool
A beautiful reflecting pool surrounded by drought-tolerant plantings and sculpture.
sunken garden
A colorful sunken garden was a surprise because you don't see it coming!
gabion wall
Gabion walls defined many areas in this garden, creating a beautiful structural element that contrasted well with the loose, textural plants.

I'm a sucker for a large patch of echinaceas. Beautiful!
rudbeckia!
Rudbeckia amongst many of the flowers in the meadow plants are a sharp contrast to the white buildings, traditional & contemporary.
perennial + grasses
Orange flowers and blue grasses...wonderful color combination!
Detroit Garden Works
Detroit Garden Works was a little slice of heaven for those that love garden object d'art and other garden furnishings.
landforms & paving
A private company garden used hill & valley landforms, striped paving, and contemporary curved benches to good effect.
Frank Lloyd Wright house
A Frank Lloyd Wright house +a renovated garden + whimsical owners = FUN!
Ford rose garden
Edsel & Eleanor Ford's rose garden.
lakeside formal garden
X-inspired formally designed garden adjacent to Lake Michigan - fabulous!
limestone paving
This garden had beautifully detailed limestone walls and paving.

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