FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Garden hours?
Are you the Taylor Garden Club?
Where do I park when I visit the Garden?
Is the Garden ADA accessible?
When will you install the glass in the Conservatory?
The short answer? Never! Why? The Conservatory, or “C” as we call it, was not designed to be a functioning conservatory, or glasshouse. It was designed for an indoor garden show, called Bloomfest in 1999 at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
DTE Energy was the major sponsor. Inspired by other national shows that attracted a garden-loving public, DTE Energy commissioned a third-scale replica of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle as the center focus of the event. Design Origins, in Sterling Heights, was chosen to design the structure. Since Bloomfest was an indoor event, there was no need for designing it to hold glass.
Bloomfest did not draw the crowds expected and folded after its second year. The Taylor Conservatory Foundation acquired the Conservatory after partnering with the Rotary Club of Taylor, promising to use it as an open-air sculpture and gateway to the beautiful outdoor gardens. Want to learn more about the history of the “C”? Check it out here.
How can I leave a donation?
Thanks for asking! The Gardens are totally supported by donations and fundraising by the volunteer non-profit board of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation. You can leave a donation in the tall metal Sunflower sculpture inside the Conservatory Rotunda, or DONATE HERE
How long does it take to view the entire Garden?
Where do I report emergencies?
Are there restrictions on where I can go in the Garden?
Where do I dispose of trash?
Do you rent the Gardens for special events?
What should I do if there is a wedding or special event in progress?
May I take photographs or make video recordings?
What does the Garden offer for children?
The Gardens are designed to encourage a sense of wonder and curiosity in everyone, regardless of age, but we do have displays specifically designed for children. Look for the Discover This! signs along the pathways. We have a Little Free Library, stocked with many children’s books for reading at the Conservatory or to take home. Please remember: the policy of the Little Free Library is if you take a book, leave a book. Please ensure children are supervised by an adult at all times. At least one adult should accompany every five children.
What is appropriate to wear at the Garden?
Are there restroom facilities?
Can I ride my bike or other wheeled vehicle in the Garden?
May I bring my pet to the Garden?
What is your tobacco and alcohol policy?
May I bring my own food or drink into the Garden and are there any picnic areas?