Walking Garden Tour

2104 Tour (click here to learn about future tours)

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.