Most residents of Grosse Ile realize that we live on “A little piece of Heaven.” There are local angels who put on their work clothes, outdoor shoes and garden gloves to help make Grosse Ile the beautiful community that it is. These angels are volunteers from the Grosse Ile Garden Club.
There are several areas of beauty that we admire as we drive or walk past. The hanging flower baskets all along Macomb Street, the gardens at Centennial Farm and four Corners are just a few of the garden sites.
Go on your computer and check out the several garden and memorial sites. There is information on activities, club projects, a list of officers and how to join. It would be a great way for a person who is new to Grosse Ile or loves gardening to join and meet like-minded people, get exercise and provide even more beauty to our community.
Recently, I met a friendly volunteer named Marge Manning at the Butterfly Garden located at Centennial Farm. She was working solo that day.
There is quite a story how this garden is one of many butterfly gardens across the nation that attracts and promotes butterfly life. Go have a look; there are many interpretive signs that explain the purpose and the history of butterfly gardens, far more information than I can provide here.
A lovely flower garden is dedicated to the late Rosie Meyer. She and family donated the gazebo at the Commons near Meridian and Macomb Street. There are about 10 free concerts at the gazebo each summer. The grounds are filled with concert lovers sitting in their chairs and enjoying a variety of music over the summer. Plaque Blue Star Monument dedicated to service members is just off the free bridge coming onto Gross Ile.
Virginia Froehlich and Cyndy Nemon are on the state board of Michigan Garden Clubs. The National Garden Club is the largest in the world. The GI Garden Club gives a $1,000 scholarship to the winning Grosse Ile High School student who applies and ideally has interest in horticulture or landscape design.
Fundraisers are fun events and bring in some of the needed funding for the beauty we all enjoy. GI Garden Club makes donations to Goodfellows and Downriver Salvation Army. A fundraiser event that is held is a Christmas charity auction which is popular and well attended.
When you have out of town guests and proudly want to show off Grosse Ile, take a trip around the island, stop and walk around, sit on a provided bench and enjoy. Your company may not want to leave.