June 27, 2014 at 1:00 am

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Log Cabin Day at Detroit's Palmer Park (Barbara Barefield)

People for Palmer Park hosts 'Log Cabin Day'

In 1885, Sen. Thomas Palmer and his wife, Lizzie, used to host guests at their summer retreat, a log cabin built in what is now Detroit’s Palmer Park. Visitors would travel north on Woodward in horse-drawn countries to visit the couple in what is now Detroit’s Palmer Park. The log cabin still stands today, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, visitors can get a peek inside as part of People for Palmer Park’s annual Log Cabin Day. There also will be an ice cream social, actors and historians in period attire, live music and more. The event is free. Palmer Park, around the log cabin, is west of Woodward and just north of McNichols. For information, visit peopleforpalmerpark.org.

'Summer Garden' shines in June

Summer may not really hit its stride until July or August, but when it comes to Gail Rosales’ garden, June is the sweet spot. “My garden is most beautiful in June with peonies, irises, poppies, globe alium,” Rosales says. The Marysville resident says when she and her family moved to their home 14 years ago, there was no garden — just struggling pine trees. “We took those out and made the flower beds in their place. I have planted a mix of hostas and perennial plants, which bloom all summer for me, beginning with spring bulbs, irises, peonies, poppies, delphinium and a variety of lilies and black-eyed susan for late summer color,” she says. Rosales’ “Summer Garden” is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. She’ll win a home or garden book and be finalist for the grand prize at the end of the summer, a $100 gift card to English Gardens. To enter your garden photo, go to detroitnews.com/gardenphotos. Or mail it to Homestyle Garden Photo Contest, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit MI 48226. Remember to include contact information.

Neo-traditional Westwood Common in Beverly Hills hosts first home tour

Westwood Common in Beverly Hills is a newer community that enjoys old traditions. Built in 1996 by David Jensen and designed by Bob Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group, it was first new urban, neo-traditional neighborhood in Michigan. It’s designed to encourage neighbors to get to know one another with porches, sidewalks and shared parks. “From the time it was built, the interest in our neighborhood has not abated,” says resident Toni Grinnan. That’s why Westwood Common, winner of the American Architects Association Award in 2001 for Best Place to Live in Detroit, decided to host its first home tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Five homes will open their doors to the public. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on Sunday. Tickets will be sold Sunday at Upper Common on Riverbank Drive at Lahser and 13 Mile. Call (248) 646-5427 or visit westwoodcommon.com.

National interior designers society recognizes Michigan chapter

The American Society of Interior Designers recently recognized the organization’s Michigan chapter with a national award for its work on Turning Point, a Macomb County shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. Local designers from ASID and Interior Designers Coalition for Change were acknowledged for their work during a two-year renovation of Turning Point’s new 12,000-square-foot emergency shelter. It opened its doors last October and provides free shelter and support services for up to 52 residents.

Personalized garden benches add a special touch

Garden accoutrements abound: lanterns, lights, statuaries and more. One nice touch is a garden bench, which is both functional and often commemorative. The Big Hug Remembrance Gifts in Bloomfield Hills has a lovely English style garden bench that can be personalized using a new patented process. Beaches can be personalized to remember someone, commemorate an event or mark a life event. The benches, crafted from shorea wood, are now available at a special rate of $599. Go to bighugllc.com or call (248) 594-1560.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show calls young artists

Attention, budding artists: Tuesday is the deadline for young artists to submit art for the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. A youth art competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-12 is a key part of the show, which runs July 26-27 in West Bloomfield Township. Entries will be displayed and four prizes will be awarded: $100 to the winner of the Best of Youth Art and three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence. To enter, send an application (available on hotworks.org) and a photograph of the work to the Institute for the Arts & Education Inc., P.O. Box 79, Milford, MI 48381-0079. There is a fee of $3 per applicant and a limit of two entries per person. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. July 27 in the youth art tent.

'Summer Garden' by Gail Rosales of Marysville (Gail Rosales)
Westwood Common (Toni Grinnan)
An English style garden bench can be personalized using a new patented ... (Big Hug Remembrance Gifts)