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Groh Gardens, Dearborn Heights, Free for MGAWC & Tollgate Members

Special Invitation to Visit Private Groh Gardens

Between 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, Dennis and Carole Groh invite MGAWC and Tollgate volunteers to visit their gardens.


Carpooling is always encouraged. Please maximize parking on the west side before parking on the east side. One side of the driveway will be reserved for handicap parking. If you plan to linger in the gardens, you may want to bring a folding lawn chair so you can rest.

Your cooperation in following parking instructions and not arriving ridiculously early is appreciated.

Well Worth the Trip

Rain or shine, MGAWC and Tollgate volunteers will enjoy Dennis and Carole’s beautiful gardens on a one-acre lot with island beds containing several thousand different plant species and cultivars. The gardens include an outstanding collection of dwarf and rare conifers, ornamental trees and shrubs, especially azaleas, rhododendrons and Asian maples.

Photographs of Groh Gardens have been featured in the Detroit Free Press, Adrian Bloom's Gardening with Conifers, and several articles in the Conifer Quarterly, a publication of the American Confer Society. In 2005, Rebecca's Garden (HGTV) filmed a segment on Japanese Maples from Groh Gardens.

Rain or Shine, Dress for the Possible Weather that Evening

In case of severe weather, the garden visit may be canceled and rescheduled.

Plan Ahead

Please plan to use restroom facilities before arriving to tour the gardens.

If you want to have dinner before or after your garden visit, there are several restaurants (Olga’s Kitchen at 26308 Ford Rd., Cedar Garden Mid-Eastern Cuisine at 26348 Ford Rd., Antonio's Cucina Italiana at 26356 Ford Rd., Leo’s Coney Island at 26540 Ford Rd., Panera Bread Company at 26580 Ford Rd., Applebee’s at 26582 Ford Rd.) and a Kroger at 26400 Ford Rd. with public restrooms in a shopping center about 1.5 miles from Groh Gardens. The Heights (as in Dearborn Heights) Shopping Center is on the north side of Ford Road, 0.5 mile west of Beech Daly.