Benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Funds raised at the Garden Party will support interior improvements to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Conservatory Gardens

900 Inselruhe Ave

Detroit, MI 48207



Smart, Casual

It’s the perfect close to a beautiful summer. Join us for The Garden Party on Belle Isle! We invite you to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurves as Ben Sharkey and The Grunyons set the mood with “a colorful fusion of old school cool, contemporary jazz, soul and pop”. Explore the botanical collection of the Conservatory and gardens and admire the newly replaced steel trusses that support the Palm Dome. Made from an original steel truss that was removed from the dome during construction, the garden's newest sculpture, "The Dancer," was designed by brothers Eric and Israel Nordin of Detroit Design Center.

Since 2007 the Garden Party has hosted a beautiful evening soiree at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory + Gardens, raising funds specifically for various improvements to the grounds and the facility. Don’t miss this picturesque evening of mixing and mingling with supporters of the botanical wonders the Conservatory houses! Organized by leaders of the Grosse Pointe area’s garden club communities, the Garden Party raises funds for various projects that specifically benefit the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Held in a beautiful tent on the grounds of the Conservatory, the evening features cocktails, hors d’oeurves, musical entertainment by Ben Sharkey, an art installation, and networking with supporters of the botanical wonders the Conservatory houses.

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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Belle Isle Conservancy | 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.331.7760 |

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