Five private, two public gardens on Rochester walk

Five gardens blooming with early summer delight will be featured on the 18th annual Rochester Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Co-sponsored by the Rochester Garden Club and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, this year’s walk will also showcase two public gardens, the Rochester Hills Library gardens and the Rochester Rotary Gateway Park, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Gardeners also will be available to answer any questions. An open-air market featuring Michigan artisans also will be held on the museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 the day of the walk. For information, visit or call (248) 656-4663.

Pleasant Ridge committee hosts native plant sale

Native plants are plants that grow naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. They help improve soil, provide cover for insects and wildlife and help improvement the environment. If you’re interested in planting more native plants, the Pleasant Ridge Environmental Committee is hosting a Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the city’s Department of Public Works building, 92 Amherst. There will be a wide range of plants, shrubs and trees for creating both a decorative landscape and an ecologically sound habitat. Plants will be supplied by native plant expert, Brendan Nolan of Plants for Ecology. For information, call (248) 506-4754.

Glass Academy debuts ‘Glass Gardens’ show

If you adore succulents, but struggle to keep them alive, there’s another option: glass succulents. As part of its newest exhibition, Dearborn’s Glass Academy is featuring a range of glass succulents handcrafted by its artisans. “We started sculpting these succulents because the process is so fun and the variety of plants can be so varied, giving us lots of inspiration on which to draw from,” said Michelle Plucinsky, the Glass Academy’s lead designer in a press release. “Each one is a combination of something both real and imagined, resulting in a finished plant that is truly one of a kind and original.” Prices range from $79 to $119. The “Glass Gardens” exhibition runs through July 24, and new colors and products will be added every week. For information, call (313) 561-4527 or go to

An epic estate sale: Charles T. Fisher mansion

Talk about the ultimate estate sale. The Charles T. Fisher mansion, the biggest home in Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison District, was recently sold and former homeowner Michael Fisher, a fifth cousin of the Fisher brothers, is holding an epic estate sale. The sale kicks off at 10 a.m. today and runs through 4 p.m.; it’s also being held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satuday an 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. At 670 W. Boston Boulevard, the sale will be open on all four levels of the house along with the garage area. A $5 entrance fee will be collected at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Historic Senate Theater of Detroit.

Cranbrook Art Museum launches Alexander Girard exhibition

Alexander Girard was a textile designer who settled in Grosse Pointe in the late 1930s and made a distinct impression on the modernism movement in the 1950s. The director of design for Herman Miller’s textile division for 21 years, he “innovated the field of textiles for modern furniture and office environments,” according to the Cranbrook Art Musuem. Now, Cranbrook is getting to launch what it calls a landmark exhibition about Girard’s work. “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” kicks off June 17 at the art museum and will include hundreds of examples of Girard’s work, including furniture, textiles, graphics, architecture, and sculptures, as well as drawings and collages never shown before. “Girard is the secret sauce in a new kind of modernism that would emerge at mid-century, a distinctly American one that embraced the handcrafted, the whimsical, the decorative, the colorful — nearly everything that an earlier European modernism tried to banish,” says Andrew Blauvelt, Cranbrook’s art museum director, in a press release. Several lectures and activities are planned in conjunction with the exhibition, which runs through Oct. 8. Go to for more details.

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