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Community Garden Hidden Gem in Brush Park

Photos by <a href="http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/"> Michelle and Chris Gerard</a><br>
Photos by Michelle and Chris Gerard

As we mentioned, community gardens are great places for late summer outings. The urban garden in Brush Park, a tiny plot of cultivation within eyesight of Comerica Park—not to mention Ransom Gillis house, which is just across the street—is home to a variety of vegetables and flowers, lovingly tended by Brush Park residents. Gardeners pay for plots in this gorgeous spot at the corner of Alfred and John R. Lemon balm, kale, dill, tomatoes, tulips—the wild array of colors, scents and aromas here will take your breath away on a sunny August afternoon. Don't take our word for it—check out the photo gallery ahead. Or visit in person. You can see gardeners working on their plots, and if your timing's just right, perhaps catch a glimpse of Nicole Curtis working next door.


The Brush Park Community garden, a neighborhood project, starts yearly in April, with a season that lasts til the September harvest. All spring and summer, Brush Park neighbors plant and tend organically grown vegetables and fruits. There are flowers, too, and compost bins. In 2011, the garden received a Hubbell Fund grant from Midtown Detroit Inc, and the project has continued to grow (cheesy pun intended) ever since. Gardeners even include a Challenge Detroit fellow, among others.

·Ransom Gillis Ready for its Closeup [Curbed Detroit]
·Secret (And Not-so-Secret) Gardens Flourish in Detroit [Curbed Detroit]
· Hubbell Fund Grants [Midtown Detroit, Inc]
·Fellows Blog [Challenge Detroit]
·Brush Park homes [mLive]

Ransom Gillis House

205 Alfred Street, , MI 48201