Benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Funds raised at the Garden Party will support the plant fund and other improvements to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

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Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020





Registration Closed

The Garden Party on Belle Isle tradition has long benefitted the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This year presented challenges that have significantly impacted resources for the facility.  Your support is more critical now than ever, and we hope that you will consider donating to support the plant fund and other enhancements to the Conservatory and Gardens. 

While we will not gather in the Gardens this year, we welcome you to join us for a virtual tour from the comfort of your home as a token of gratitude for your support. Follow along for an announcement of the 2020 Garden Party fundraising proceeds, and explore along with Head Horticulturist, Jeremy Kemp, as he tours the Conservatory’s interior and outdoor Gardens. See the impact made possible by Garden Party support, BIC funding, and MDNR projects, and preview potential improvements in both areas with continued funding for plant material.


Orchid | $50 - $149

Water Lily | $150 - $249

Koi | $250-$499

Lotus | $500+

Lotus, Koi, and Water Lily level donations made before Sept 10th will be recognized during the virtual program.

Zoom link to be provided via email after ticket purchase.

History of the Garden Party on Belle Isle 

In fall of 2006 Carol Gove, President of the Junior League Gardeners, contacted the Belle Isle Botanical Society about commemorating their 75th year anniversary with a “friend-raiser” for the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. The Botanical Society met with the Detroit Recreation Department on Belle Isle and received approval to hold Reflections on the Pond on Tuesday, September 11, 2007. Carol Gove and Ginna Donnelly were the first co-chairwomen.


The Presidents of Grosse Pointe Garden Clubs were contacted, a committee formed, a mailing database developed, volunteers recruited, caterer and entertainment obtained, and invitations created using an old postcard, the signature image for this event. Over $17,000 was donated toward the renovation of the Lily Pond including a viewing area for the public to behold the amazing koi and water plant collection.


From that first party an ongoing group of volunteers worked to make each party more successful than the last. When the Botanical Society merged into the Belle Isle Conservancy, they were able to utilize their help and assistance and to grow the party. 11 more parties have been hosted since 2007.