• Trial Gardens Overview
C
ommissioned in 1952 the wheel-shaped design was created by landscape architect Eleanor Roche as a test garden for flowers and bulbs. Nine perimeter and four inner plots emanate from an 18th century granite millstone from the former Windmill Pointe gristmill, donated by George Lauhoff.

Granite millstone donated by George Lauhoff

Granite millstone donated by George Lauhoff

Herb Garden
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2013

Herb Gardens

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The four herb gardens form the inner circle of the wheel shaped design and represent Culinary, Medicinal, Fragrant, and Wedding herbs. These plots also change each year and are tended by members of the Herb Society of America – Grosse Pointe Unit.        
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Trial Gardens Competition: Each year the Garden Center invites local garden clubs to take part in their annual judged competition. Participating clubs must create their designs according to an annual theme selected by the previous year’s first place winner. The clubs plant and maintain their designs in an assigned plot, which is evaluated throughout the summer by three judges selected by the Garden Center. In September, members as well as the public are invited to attend the Annual Awards Tea, where the first, second and third place competition winners are announced.

2018 Theme: “Gardens Around the World.”

2018 Judges: Barry Burton, Paul Graebert and Sandra Richards

  • 2017 Top Three Gardens:
    • First place-Windmill Pointe Garden Club
    • Second place-Grosse Pointe Park Garden Club
    • Third place-Grosse Pointe Farm & Garden Club