Belle Isle conservatory extends Wednesday hours to 8 p.m. this summer

Contact: Ray Fahlsing, 517-284-6097
Agency: Natural Resources

July 8, 2019

flower in front of Anna Scripps Whitcomb ConservatorySummer evenings are a wonderful time to visit Belle Isle Park for a bit of relaxation, recreation and connection to the outdoors.

Starting July 10 and running through Sept. 11, visitors can enjoy an extended visit to the park's Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m. If the longer hours are well received, additional evening hours may be added next summer, too.

“During the summer, many people want to visit the conservatory and gardens in the evening,” said Jeremy Kemp, DNR Parks and Recreation head horticulturalist. “The conservatory was closed for many weeks this spring during major structural repairs to the conservatory’s 85-foot dome. The tropical plants were rejuvenated, too. The extended evening hours will give people a chance to visit after work and take advantage of the cooler temperatures, while enjoying the collection of exotic plants from around the world.”

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, featuring a collection of exotic plants, is one of the most visited and recognizable historic structures in Belle Isle Park and one of the oldest in the United States. The two buildings, designed by Albert Kahn, opened Aug. 18, 1904. On April 6, 1955, the conservatory was dedicated to Anna Scripps Whitcomb , who donated her 600-plant orchid collection to the city of Detroit.

For more information, contact Belle Isle Park headquarters at 313-821-9844. Learn more about Belle Isle attractions, amenities and visitor information at BelleIslePark.org.

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The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, located in Belle Isle Park, is one of the oldest conservatories in the United States. Many park visitors enjoy exploring the grounds and gardens.