FLINT, Michigan — The public is invited to join the Flint River Wild Ones tour of Applewood Estate during the Applewood Garden Day event, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 am to 5 pm. The theme for the Applewood Estate’s fourth Garden Day event of 2011 is “Inspiring Hope and Pride in Flint.”
When visiting the Applewood Estate, please park in Applewood’s Lot K on Horrigan Drive off Robert T. Longway Boulevard, located at the first traffic light east of I-475 between The Flint Cultural Center and Mott Community College. Visitors will see the new brick Applewood sign that marks the entrance to the parking lot, while driving east on Longway and turning right on Horrigan at the light. (Construction for the Kearsley Street beautification project is causing closures between Crapo and Walnut Streets).
Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez, President of Flint River Wild Ones and Applewood volunteer, will lead the group to highlight specific features, including the Gilkey Creek daylighting project, bee hives and diversity gardens adjacent to the apple orchard. Members of Flint River Wild Ones and guests will meet at the Lot K gate at 10 am and will depart as a group no later than 10:15 am. There is no admission for the Applewood tour; however food or monetary donations to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are welcome. Flint River Wild Ones members must RSVP their guests as space is limited on the tour.
Surrounded by stately trees, lush lawns, and flower-filled gardens, Applewood is the historic estate of Charles Stewart and Ruth Rawlings Mott. Built in 1916 as a self-sustaining farm for the Mott family, it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The home and grounds encompass approximately 34 acres that include an orchard with 29 varieties of heritage apples and 18 acres that are exquisitely landscaped. Applewood, now part of the Ruth Mott Foundation, offers complimentary programs inviting the community to come and celebrate its rich heritage and beautifully-landscaped grounds and gardens.
Wild Ones is an environmental education and advocacy group that promotes environmentally-sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. For more information about Wild Ones, or the Applewood Tour, please call Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez, Mott Community College Marketing Assistant/Web Content Manager, who also serves as the Wild Ones president, at (810) 762-0455.