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Beline Obeid

Discover the Ford House this spring

April 17, 2014
From dawn to dusk the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House have events planned for families and couples to enjoy Michigan's spring.

Pop-up dinners, evenings in the garden, bird walks, workshops and brunches are scheduled throughout May.

April 24, May 15 and June 5 diners can eat in a different location on the grounds or in one of the historic buildings on the grounds in places where guests have never been. Each dinner features favorites from the Cotswold Cafe menu.

In recognition of April as Michigan Wine Month, a sommelier from Bowers Harbor Vineyard in Traverse City is available during the April 24 dinner to suggest wines to pair with the food selections. The May 15 dinner takes visitors to a place on the estate they might not even know exists while the June 5 dinner could be staged in the gardens, weather permitting. Costs are based on menu prices.

Three sunset in the gardens walks are set for April 24, May 15 and June 5. Director of landscape Doug Conley talks about the landscape at dusk as it transitions through spring. He points out the spring flowers and flowering trees and shrubs and how the shadows change the views. The cost is $7.

The April 24 walk features scilla, daffodils and bluebells; May 15 features dogwood, viburnum, early hawthorn and serviceberry; hawthorn and crab apples are the featured flowers during the June 5 walk.

Michigan's native nocturnal animals are discussed during the 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, lecture, featuring a representative from the Organization for Bat Conservation at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Children can attend Camp Constellation from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 24, to build a telescope while learning about constellations. The Warren Astronomical Society members will be present. Pizza is provided. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Romantics can attend the 9 to 11 p.m. May 29 Starry Night event where they will sample wine and hors d'oeuvres and gaze at the stars through a telescope with a backdrop of live music. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Three discovery days are planned for children, May 3, 10 and 31. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

From 10 a.m. to noon children can become leaf detectives May 3, learning shapes and making a leaf book.

May 10 children learn why flowers are different colors, as well as the flowers' names. Children can make a handprint craft and pick flowers for a Mother's Day gift.

A Metropark naturalist explains how to identify bugs during the May 31 event. Children build a bug habitat to take home.

Linda Rutenberg and Roger Leeon photographed 35 botanical gardens' flowers, plants and garden spaces in North America and Europe at night. Using moonlight and flashlights as lighting, they created photographs that are exhibited at the Ford House through June 1.

Mother's Day brunch has two seatings, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 11. Costs range from $15 to $36.

Bird walks begin at 7:30 a.m. May 1, 2, 3 and 8 and at 6 p.m. May 7. The cost is $7. Rosann Kovalcik of Wild Birds Unlimited leads the walks.

For more information or reservations, visit ford

house.org or call (313) 884-4222.

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