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Garden Party on Belle Isle will help restore conservatory’s lily pond and gardens


There is a great garden party coming to Belle Isle on September 13 that will help restore the Lily Pond and the surrounding gardens of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

It’s hosted by the Belle Isle Conservancy and leaders of the Grosse Pointe area’s garden club communities. It the 10thannual Garden Party on Belle Isle and it runs from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The restoration will improve the quality of the pond’s infrastructure, as well as provide a mud base that will allow the Koi to be housed in the pond year-round.  To date, past supporters have helped the Belle Isle Conservancy raise nearly $30,000 towards the Lily Pond project.

Lily Pond

Lily Pond



The annual event raises funds for various projects benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

About 500 people are expected at the garden party which will be held in a tent on the grounds of the Conservatory and will feature:

  • Access to the Conservatory houses
  • Cocktails and hors d’oeurves
  • Musical entertainment by Ben Sharkey
  • Art installations by Laurie Tennent Botanicals
  • Complementary valet parking

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Laurie Tennent Botanicals also will benefit the Lily Pond Project.GDPTY Belle Isle Invite 2016 final_Page1_02

The Garden Party on Belle Isle is co-chaired by longtime Conservatory volunteers Janice Ellison and Robin Heller. Mrs. William Clay (Martha) Ford will serve as Honorary Chair.

“From humble beginnings the party has become an anticipated annual event for this special attraction on Belle Isle,” says Heller. “It raises much needed funds for the repair of this Belle Isle favorite. This year we are pleased to offer a special art exhibition by Laurie Tennent Botanicals and enjoy the music of Ben Sharkey.”

The Belle Isle Conservancy has partnered with the Garden Club of Michigan, the Grosse Pointe Farm & Garden Club, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, the Junior League Gardeners and Talmer Bank to produce this event.

“We cannot thank the Garden Clubs of Grosse Pointe and eastern Wayne County enough for their support of the Conservatory,” says Ellison. “Thanks to their generous donations, we have made initial repairs to the Lily Pond, installed botanical signage in the facility, renovated the garden staircases and the flagstone paths and restored the bronze fountains in the Conservatory and gardens. We look forward to continued support of Belle Isle’s Jewel, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.”

Advance tickets for the 10th annual Garden Party on Belle Isle range from “Orchid Level” at $50 per person to “Lotus Level” at $500 per person, and are available until September 6 at the Conservancy’s website.

A limited number of “Orchid Level” tickets will be available at the gate for $70. A recreation passport is required for admittance to the island.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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