Meadow Brook Hall’s Meadow Brook in Bloom runs June 25 through June 30, 2017, a week-long series of community events and a special house and garden tour that celebrates all things floral at The Great Estate. Floral arrangements are provided by Emerald City Designs.
Visitors can tour elegant rooms featuring fresh flowers while gaining insight into the fascinating life of the Dodge-Wilson family through fashion, photos and tablescapes, from Frances Dodge’s ice blue wedding dress to her trend-setting debut, complete with black orchids. Included on the tour will be The Hall’s original flower room which was once used by the head groundskeeper to arrange flowers to display throughout the house. And for the first time, visitors can see the French guest room bathroom decorated with lavender, yellow and aqua Rookwood tiles. Guests can also explore The Estate’s sixteen gardens and expansive grounds during this self-guided tour.
Meadow Brook in Bloom includes several garden-related events and programs:
Children’s Garden Scavenger Hunt
June 27 from 1p.m. – 3p.m.
The kids will have the run of the estate as they walk the butterfly network path, try to find Matilda’s favorite rose, and unlock clues on a scavenger hunt through the gardens. Cost to participate in the Children’s Scavenger Hunt is $10 per child (ages 3-12, children 2 and under are free).
The Art of the Bloom Garden Gala fundraiser
June 28 from 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Begins in the formal garden with a signature cocktail, music and premium raffle packages. Following the reception guests will dine in the elegant garden tent and enjoy a special program by world renowned floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, who will present: “Nouveau Fleur, A New Direction in Floral Design.” Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Meadow Brook gardens.
June 29 from 9a.m.-1p.m.
Featuring award-winning horticulturist Melinda Myers who will present “Easy and Affordable Landscape Makeovers.” The program also includes a presentation by Proven Winners experts John Gaydos and Stacy Hirvela. John will provide a sneak peek of the new Proven Winners plants for 2018, and Stacy will teach you how to enjoy abundant beautiful blooms year after year in her talk: “Hydrangeas Demystified.” Guests will also enjoy lunch and the Meadow Brook in Bloom tour. Tickets are $75 per person and include a Proven Winners plant and goody bag.
Reservations are required for all Meadow Brook in Bloom special events. To make a reservation call (248) 364-6252 or purchase tickets online at www.meadowbrookhall.org.
Meadow Brook in Bloom, is open to the public from Sunday, June 25 through Friday, June 30, 2017. Tour hours are Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance at 4 p.m.), with the exception of Friday, June 30, last admittance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $7 for youth ages 3 - 17 (accompanied by an adult); children age 2 and under are free. On Tuesday seniors age 62 and older will receive $3 off admission. All tours are self-guided and reservations are not required.
Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-funded, relying on special events such as Meadow Brook in Bloom for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. For more information about the Meadow Brook in Bloom, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival style architecture in America, and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square-feet. It was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens.
Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine and decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history.