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2017 Home & Garden Tour

On Saturday and Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017, from 10 am – 4 pm, Palmer Woods opened seven of neighborhood’s most extraordinary gardens — including the Frank Lloyd Wright Garden and the B & D Garden Design Garden — and five fabulous homes from the Mid-Century era. This was a self-guided walking tour with docents stationed at each home and garden to provide insights on history, architecture, design, gardening and more!

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This Year’s Theme: Featuring Mid-Century Homes

Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood, founded more than a century ago, is well known for its grand mansions, especially of Tudor influence, which were constructed in the early 20th century. At that time it was popular for people with wealth to be conspicuous about display of their assets, particularly with their homes. By mid-century, new styles of architecture in Palmer Woods and across the country began to emerge. People tended to be less ostentatious and this was reflected in the homes they built. The homes tended to have simpler and cleaner lines and not as imposing as structures built in the previous two decades. The interiors of the homes were also more streamline, but still were constructed with the most up-to-date designs and quality materials.

Our Palmer Woods Home & Garden Tour will feature homes of this era, showing an array of styles and designs which were “contemporary” at the time. When you tour the homes, which were built and first occupied by notable people such as Weight Watcher’s Florine Mark, you will undoubtedly be impressed with the design elements which were introduced during that period.

In addition to the homes, you will be able to walk through some of the most spectacular gardens our region has to offer, including the famed Frank Lloyd Wright gardens and the B & D Garden Design Gardens.

Please take your time and enjoy all that our Home and Garden Tour has to offer.

2015 Garden Tour

For photos of the 2015 tour by Terrance A. Keith, click here and for photos of the 2015 tour by Barbara Barefield, click here.

cardine garden

A magical garden sits behind a French Eclectic style residence built in 1928  by acclaimed architect Wallace Frost, an associate of Albert Kahn. The garden was originally designed by Jas. D. Burford for the first owner, Maurice Goldenberg, who was a civil engineer and worked with Kahn’s brother Julius Kahn. Current homeowners Linda and Chris Cardine have unearthed the original garden designs to inspire their updated garden. Photo ©Barbara Barefield.


A modern interpretation of a formal English garden with pools filled with lilies and koi, as well as semi-formal beds with all perennial plants (mostly natives) and walkways of crushed limestone (to eliminate the need for grass), sits behind a 1928 Tudor Revival/English Cottage style home designed by architect Lewis C. Miller in 1928. Designed in 2011 by Detroit landscape architect Jeff Klein, the garden owned by Jodee and Roy Raines offers a beautiful contrast to the other gardens on the tour. Photo ©Barbara Barefield. 

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2014 Walking Garden Tour

On Saturday, July 19th, despite a light, intermittent rain, more than 600 people toured 6 splendid gardens on the first Palmer Woods Garden Tour since the 1930s. Each garden was distinctive and absolutely spectacular! You may also have noticed that our islands and surrounding neighborhood landscaping were spruced up in anticipation of the tour.

130 of the 600 participants (including former resident Mayor Mike Duggan and his wife Lori Maher) purchased tickets to attend a pre-tour strolling dinner soiree on Friday night, graciously hosted by Norm Silk and Dale Morgan at their Frank Lloyd Wright designed home (aka The Turkel House).

The tour raised over $12,000 for future neighborhood beautification projects. Moreover, participants left with very positive impressions of Palmer Woods. The soiree and tour were featured in the Detroit Metro Times, which noted “Long considered one of Detroit’s premier neighborhoods, Palmer Woods strives to preserve both its history and its majesty.”

Thanks go to the Garden Tour Committee (chaired by Dale Morgan), Landscape Committee (chaired by Gwen Graddy-Dansby), home-owners (John & Karen Barnwell, Severine & Tony Jeanpiere, Dan Jones & Brian Rankel, Dale Morgan & Norm Silk, Janice & Larry Warren, Roger & Tonya Yopp), house captains (Lynne Carter Keith, Jim and Nancy Lewandowski, Gwen Graddy-Dansby, Dan Treder, Mimi Helveston, Janice Warren) and numerous other volunteers who acted as docents, sold tickets and otherwise helped with the event. Special thanks go to Barbara Barefield, who coordinated the entire event, including creating all print and electronic materials, organizing logistics for the event and setting up online ticket sales.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, and perhaps even more when they are as gorgeous as those taken by our own Barbara Barefield and Terrance Keith, we will conclude the story here and invite you to enjoy the many photos here.