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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Palmer Woods garden tour, soiree this weekend

Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood is celebrating its centennial this year, and as part of the celebration, six homes in this beloved Detroit neighborhood will open their gardens for the Palmer Woods Garden Tour & Soiree this weekend. The gardens include everything from lush formal gardens to vegetable gardens and koi ponds. Palmer Woods’ landscaping was originally designed in the 1920s by famed landscape architect Ossian Cole Simonds. “He designed the subdivision with few through-streets and no raised curbs, and maintained a park-like atmosphere by incorporating canopies of abundant trees and island gardens throughout,” says Barbara Barefield, a longtime Palmer Woods resident and one of the garden tour organizers.” Tickets for Saturday’s garden tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour; the check-in tent is at 1791 Wellesley. Tonight, there will be a garden tour soiree from 6-9 p.m. at one Palmer Woods home with a strolling dinner, wine, desserts and music by master jazz pianist Charles Boles. Tickets are $75 and include a ticket to Saturday’s tour. Go to palmerwoods.org.

Daylily exhibition, sale is only accredited show in Michigan

The Southern Michigan Daylily Society is holding its 2015 Daylily Exhibition Show and Sale from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Telly’s Greenhouse in Shelby Township. Hundreds of daylilies will be for sale, starting at 10 a.m., with proceeds going to the society. New this year are the on-scape or off-scape seedless classes. “These are newly hybridized flowers that have not been registered with AHS (American Hemerocallis Society),” says organizer LuAnne Ikeda. “They are one-of-a-kind and often have some very unique feature or color or pattern. It is exciting to see what comes in on show day. Mother Nature and luck must collaborate to provide a beautiful new flower that opens on that morning.” Saturday’s show is the only AHS accredited show in Michigan. Telly’s is located at 4343 24 Mile Road. Call (248) 659-8555.

Design center goes behind the scenes for ‘The Craft’

What exactly does it mean when furniture is described as “handcrafted”? What goes into creating heirloom quality furniture and decor? That’s the topic — “The Craft” — of the next installment of the Michigan Design Center’s Summer Event Design Series on Thursday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be live demonstrations of craftsmanship at showrooms throughout the design center, along with a panel discussion at 11 a.m. in the Mid-America Room. One fun demonstration: John Rayer, master blacksmith of Waterloo Metalworks, will demonstrate the art of blacksmithing right in the design center’s parking lot; he’ll hand forge a work of art that will go to one lucky guest at the end of his demonstration. Meanwhile, the very talented Detroit Wallpaper Company, based in Ferndale, will transform the design center’s lobby. Wednesday’s events are free and open to the public. The design center is at 1700 Stutz Drive. Call (248) 649-4772.

IKEA Home Tour Squad to visit Detroit

Do you have design drama — a room or space that’s out of control? Calling in the IKEA Home Tour Squad! The Swedish retailer this week announced the second leg of its IKEA Home Tour — in which IKEA design experts swoop into design-challenged homes in cities across the country, transforming specific rooms — and Detroit is one of its stops. Video submissions for their Detroit stop will be accepted Jan. 11 through Feb. 7. The Home Tour Squad will meet with homeowners in April. An IKEA spokeswoman says the retailer is looking for a variety of living situations and home challenges. For more details on submissions, go to IKEA-USA.com/HomeTourSubmit.