Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Grounds Offer Inspirational Family Experiences
Spring is emerging at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) with migratory birds returning, daffodils and wildflowers blooming and dogwood trees flowering. Visitors are invited to experience Ford House and its lush grounds to explore and spark their creativity. The renowned landscape design provides a multitude of opportunities for young and old alike to discover the wonder of plant and animal life together.
“Edsel and Eleanor Ford worked with famed landscape architect Jens Jensen to create grounds that were not only beautiful, but also a place for introspection and inspiration,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “We encourage visitors to use the grounds to explore and be inspired as the Ford family once did.”
New this year, the historic estate expands its outdoor programming to offer a season of inspiration for all ages. Younger visitors can enjoy 3-D visuals of plant life, wildlife exploration adventures, story time and crafts. Families can explore Ford House’s grounds through a photograph lens or a guided walk, and adults can enjoy photography workshops, landscaping discussions, bird walks and more.
“The Ford House landscape is such an incredible resource for our community,” added Mullins. “Whether it’s families looking for a place to ‘unplug’ together, a science class testing the waters of Lake St. Clair or adults gaining a greater appreciation of nature through workshops and walks, there truly is something for everyone.”
Saturday, April 28 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Purely Visual.
This event offers photographers of all levels a Purely Visual
opportunity to join award-winning photographer Suzanne Rose as she leads the group to discover the visual poetry within the Jens Jensen-designed grounds of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and The Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn. Cost: $100, $90 for Ford House members. The workshop includes transportation between the two estates and a boxed lunch.
Sunday, April 29 (drop in between noon – 5 p.m.) – Everyday Eyes
engages children artfully with the landscape around them to capture the beauty that exists in our everyday lives without having to travel further than the backyard. This event allows families to drop in and visit the “backyard” of Ford House to create their very own nature-inspired work of art. Suzanne Rose also leads this workshop. Cost is free with regular admission.
Saturday, May 12 (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) – Spring Discovery Day.Spend part of the day—or the whole day—with author Jennifer Ward as she reads her award-winning children’s books and leads exploration and crafting activities. Cost is free with admission. Advanced registration recommended for the four different program segments.
Sunday, May 13
– Make this day special with a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch
, a stroll in the gardens and a tour of Ford House. There will be two seatings for brunch at 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m.
Reservations are required.
Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, June 7 -
Join University of Michigan professor of landscape architecture, Robert E. Grese for Jens Jensen and Native Landscapes
. Professor Grese will guide visitors on inspirational walks through the grounds of Ford House on Wednesday, May 30 and The Henry Ford Estate on Thursday, June 7. Enjoy selections from The Native Landscape Reader
, a newly released collection of essays by late nineteenth and early twentieth century landscape architects, horticulturists, botanists and conservationists. Each walk begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost for each walk is $10, $7 for members.
Bring the whole family to Wild Wednesday Walks, a new series of adventures for families to discover Ford House’s inspirational landscapes. Each walk includes games, music and activities for all ages. In addition to the discovery walk, dinner will be available by the Pool House at 5:30 p.m. The walk is held from 6 – 7 p.m. Cost is $7, $5 for members.
Wednesday, April 25 –
Find answers to the question, “What Happens at Night?”
and explore what plants and animals do at night.
Wednesday, May 9 –
Rosann Kovalcik from Wild Birds Unlimited takes families on a “Family Birding Adventure”
to look for some of the 150 bird species that have been spotted at Ford House.
Wednesday, May 23 – “Exploring Habitats”
will take visitors on a tour of the many plants and animals that call Ford House “home.” Families will discover what makes up a habitat and what types of organisms live in Michigan.
Wednesday, June 6 – “Adaptations” Learn the unique adaptations of plants and animals that allow them to survive and thrive in their environment.
Wednesday, June 20 – “The State of Water” Michigan isn’t called the “Water Wonderland” for nothing! Learn all about water and the scientific tests that are performed on water.
Annual Spring Migration Bird Walks lead by Rosann Kovalcik of Wild Birds Unlimited. Morning walks are held at 7:30 a.m. on April 21, May 5, 9, 10, 11, and 12. A special evening walk will be on May 10 at 6 p.m. Cost is $7.