ANNA SCRIPPS WHITCOMB CONSERVATORY
‘Fairy doors’ exhibit turns Detroit’s Belle Isle into a magical scavenger hunt
DETROIT, MICH. -- Something sweet is hiding on Belle Isle. An entire garden of fairy doors has been planted on the grounds surrounding the iconic Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, creating an interactive self-guided scavenger hunt for kids and adults alike, now through November 29. Hosted by the Belle Isle Conservancy, the free outdoor exhibit features 17 fairy doors, each with its own theme ranging from Fall Harvest to Jurassic Park. Visitors can use an interactive map to see the general vicinity of the fairy doors, but must explore further to discover their exact locations. While the event is free, visitors must have a state park Recreation Passport for entrance onto Belle Isle.mlive.com
Belle Isle conservatory set to reopen after $2.5M restoration
DETROIT - A reopening celebration is scheduled at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroits Belle Isle island park. The Belle Isle Conservancy and Michigan Department of Natural Resources say the event is Thursday and repairs made to the conservatory are part of the islands long-term restoration plans. Original trusses from 1904 have been replaced with galvanized steel. DNR Parks and Recreation funds made up $1.5 million of the $2.5 million project. The other $1 million came from a grant from a Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation grant.