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Garden Calendar: See flowers in blossom at Miller Woods


Cheryl Bord can predict when trout lilies, blue cohosh and other spring plants will flower at Miller Woods in Plymouth Township.

She takes her cue from a tiny white flower called the harbinger of spring.

Today, today and through the next week, just the harbinger of spring is blooming, said Bord, who leads tours through the nature protect. We base our tour dates on that plant. It is the very first to bloom and we try to find it to determine upcoming tours. It usually represents that in 2 weeks, if the weather condition works together, the hepatica, spring beauty, trout lily, blue cohosh, ranunculus bulbs, bloodroot and wild leeks will pop up.

Around three weeks from the harbinger of spring, the trillium, squirrel corn, wild ginger, baneberry, Dutchmen’s breeches. jack in the pulpit and cut leaf toothwort will start blooming. May apple comes a bit later towards completion of April.

Because the precursor of spring is in flower now, Friends of Miller woods will offer its tours faster than normal this spring. Guided tours run every half-hour from 2-4 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10 and 17. The entryway to the nature maintain is located on Ridge Road simply east of Powell.

Bord strategies to station plant markers along the 1/3-mile trail they will assist self-guided visitors recognize flowers, including harbinger of spring. The neighborhood tours include a guide who will point them out.

The harbinger of spring is very small and tough to discover on one’s own. There are two good patches of it, however the majority of people would have a tough time discovering it.

She intends to put the markers by April 6. They’ll remain on website as long as flowers remain in bloom, for about a month.

Pet dogs and strollers aren’t allowed in the nature preserve. Tour dates might change if weather conditions postpone blooming times. Examine for changes or call Bord at 734-459-7666.

Here’s a sampling of other garden and nature events:

Livonia Garden Club.

Drew Lathin, general manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes will describe what rain gardens are and how they work, at 7 p.m. April 5, at the Civic Park Senior Center, situated at Five Mile and Farmington Road, Livonia.;


Anna Szczotha, Master Gardener and a member of Southeast Michigam Butterfly Association, will speak about the benefits of rain gardens and how to design one for your yard, 7 p.m. April 20, at Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. $3 for non-members.

English Gardens.

Yearly Garden Party runs Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3 and will consist of discussions on bees, fences and garden edges, container gardening, hydrangeas, landscaping trends, annuals and more. For a complete schedule check out

Get pointers for dividing and transplanting perennials at a free workshop, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Regional English Gardens stores are at 155 N. Maple, Ann Arbor; 734-332-7900; 22650 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, 313-278-4433; 4901 Coolidge Highway, Royal Oak, 248-280-9500; and 6370 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, 248-851-7506.


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