Maureen Feighan

The Detroit News

Home and garden tour season begins

It’s tour time. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to Homestyle throughout the summer for more details about specific tours:

June 4: 12th Annual Home and Garden Tour of Historical Pleasant Ridge (above is a home on Oxford, featured on this year’s tour). Go to or call (248) 541-2901.

June 5: Corktown Home & Garden Tour; tickets available at Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan, Detroit.

June 5: 24th Annual Huntington Woods Home Tour. Go to

June 11-12: Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour. Go to or call (313) 922-1736.

June 15: Franklin Garden Club walk. Go to or call (248) 851-1066.

June 24-25: The 25th annual Grosse Pointe Garden Tour. Call (313) 881-7511 ext. 206 or go to

June 25: Sylvan Lake Home & Garden Tour. Go to or call (248) 615-6296.

June 26: 10th Annual Southfield Garden Walk. Go to or call (248) 569-4286.

June 26: Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation 39th annual Architectural Home Tour. Email

July 13: Troy Garden Club’s 42nd Annual Garden Walk. Go to or call (248) 952-5938.

July 13: The Country Garden Club of Northville’s 23 annual Garden Walk. Go

July 16: Taylor Garden Club Walk. Go to or call (734) 287-6851.

Northville flower sale runs May 27-28

Perennials, herbs, annuals, shrubs, exotic plants and garden accessories will take over the streets of downtown Northville May 27-28 for the city’s 29th annual Flower Sale. Presented by the Dick Scott Automotive Group, this year’s sale features more than 20 growers and greenhouses and will be held right on Main Street. It draws between 2,500 to 4,000 people each year and runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28. For information, contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce at (248) 349-7640 or got to

New twist on writing: a garden journal

I’ve written in a journal since I was a kid — tracking the ups and downs of life and everything in between — but Elaine Redmonds of Beverly Hills keeps a different kind of journal: a garden journal. Sixteen years ago, Redmond, 75, an art teacher, decided to track one year in her garden with pictures and words. It forced her to really pay attention to the changes that were happening. “I really started going out and looking,” says Redmond. She starts in March each year, photographing her garden as it emerges from the spring frost and grows. Then she creates a book and binds it herself. It’s special, says Redmonds, who suggests others should give it a try. By keeping a record, you “really look to what is outside — and how it changes,” she says.

Tiny houses are about ‘getting back to basics’

I have a retirement plan (when, and if, that happens about 20 years from now): a tiny house! I know I’m not the only one. Across the nation, the tiny house movement continues to gather fans, eager to downsize and live with only the basics. Locally, a tiny house was created as part of the Junior League of Detroit’s Designers’ Show House, which wraps up Sunday. Debbie Rossman of Tiny and Smart LLC of Ferndale worked with the help of J.D. Engle Construction in Livonia to convert a 220-square-foot dilapidated storage shed on the property into a small house. They stabilized the house – one wall wasn’t even touching the ground – and added windows and a door. It now has a small living room area, kitchenette, water closet and sleeping loft. Living in a tiny house is about “getting back to the basics,” said Rossman, who will make a presentation about the tiny house movement from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the designers’ show house. Tickets ($25) for the Show House, at 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive in Grosse Pointe Park, are not required to attend the presentation. Call (313) 881-0040.

‘Cash & Cari’ star opens store in downtown Holly

The tiny Oakland County community of Holly is now the (business) home to a famous HGTV face: Cari Cucksey. On Wednesday, Cucksey, a Metro Detroit native and star of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” celebrated the opening of her new RePurpose store at 202 S. Saginaw in downtown Holly with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 3,500-square-foot store offers vintage finds that Cucksey has restored along with classes focusing on restoration. “We fell in love with Holly,” says Cucksey in a news release. “We loved every aspect of it. It is small town America. We’re truly at home here.” The store is open: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to or call (248) 735-0500.

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