One of the great garden shops in the United States is in Detroit. Yes. that much maligned and blight filled city has an big upside. Part of that upside is Detroit Garden Works. I’ve wanted to visit for years, and had the chance when I was in Detroit with APLD last week.
Carefully chosen new, vintage and antique products from all over the world are merchandised in a way that makes each one seem precious and necessary.
Classic in its outlook, Detroit Garden Works is the brainchild of landscape designer Deborah Silver who originally started the shop eighteen years ago because she couldn’t source what she wanted locally. Map in hand, the store’s manager and buyer Rob Yedinak, drives through Europe annually to handpick new and vintage offerings.
There is a wide array of accessories and furniture to really suit any garden style even though the shop has a traditional feel. Terra cotta, steel, stone and concrete predominate and the shop is also local showcase for Branch Studios work. There is a small area for plants, and there are espalier, planted containers, window boxes and boxwood throughout.
With the onslaught of big box stores and garden centers with little imagination beyond piling on the plants and pots, shops like this one stand out. Some will gripe about high prices, but you get what you pay for and if you value great design and beautifully made objects this shop is a must.
I bought something which is rare for me. Handmade steel fiddleheads were totally affordable and a grouping of several in three different sizes of them are going in my new shade garden this fall. They came beautifully packaged the day after I came home. The high level of customer service and attention to detail isn’t lost on me either.