The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle

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The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle

On a recent visit to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, my husband and I discovered The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. Home to a collection of exotic and rare plants from around the world, the conservatory is divided into five sections: the Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Fernery, and the Show Room.

The conservatory, along with the formal gardens and the Lily Pond, share 13 acres of land, which is definitely worth exploring! In fact, The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is, in my opinion, one of the most beautifully designed and well-kept of its kind.

The Five Houses:

The Palm House includes tropical trees and palms.

The Show Room has rotating displays of flowering plants.

The Cactus House is home to succulents and cacti.

The Tropical House is where plants that provide food are housed including bananas, oranges, and figs.


And the Fernery is where the ferns and other plants that like cooler humid temperatures live. 

If you love nature, plants, flowers, and greenery, I highly recommend a visit to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. And although the conservatory is free, it’s worthy of donations, which can be left in the donation box before or after your tour. 

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