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In our youth,
We had the sense,
To ask our elders
For the truths they have to tell,
To listen
To the fading voices
Of our heritage,
through experience,
Have learned
The basis of our lives,
But, no,
In our youth
We rush ahead
To gain our place among the throng.
And then,
Too late,
We feel the loss,
A holocaust of disconnect.

by David Sharpe

(Click here to read more of David Sharpe's garden-themed poems.)

Getting married?

wedding at Finlandia Gardens Have your wedding in the beautiful setting offered by the Finlandia Wedding Gardens. Your wedding photos will be memorable! Contact Landscape Coordinator David Sharpe at 248-477-5709 or email him at dcs37mgsc@earthlink.net for more information.

We are certified as an Urban Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and as a Monarch Butterfly Way Station.

Our Garden Associates include Master Gardeners as well as others with knowledge about Finlandia Gardens. All of our funding comes from the FCA, Garden Associates, visitors and friends.

We would be delighted to have you become a Garden Associate. We offer garden activities at all levels of ability and involvement. In addition, we have a woodshop and vegetable gardens available.

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Keep Michigan Beautiful President's Award

Autumn Relief

As the coolness of autumn surrounds us we notice the beauty of the flora of late summer and fall. Autumn clematis, New England asters, roses, goldenrod and many others fall bloomers add vibrant color to the gardens. Heavy dew, night time sounds of insects, and geese beginning their migration south are familiar markers reminding us of the change of seasons. Locusts and grasshoppers are seen in abundance. The restoration of the pergola and bridge at the Finnish Center have enhanced the Wedding Gardens, a pleasant place to spend time away from busy routines. Abundant seating throughout Finlandia Gardens provides places to relax and enjoy the surroundings even in the cooler seasons. The variety of plant life found Finlandia Gardens extends beyond that found in an average suburban landscape.

The size of our property allows for a variety of grasses, wildflowers, ground covers and trees in many garden settings. Wetlands, a rain garden, vegetable gardens, and a wooded area support many forms of flora and fauna visible at different times of the day or night. Seed collection from our many perennial plants insures that other gardeners can share in the bounty of our gardens flora. The planting of tulip and other bulbs at this time of year creates anticipation of another blooming spring season now seeming so far in the future. Come and experience Finlandia Gardens in autumn and enjoy this beautiful season.

We offer opportunities in volunteering in many areas of interest in our gardens, woodshop and in our cultural and rental center. Also we offer many interesting and delicious products in our gift shop.

Check out finnishcenter.org and see the many opportunities offered by our Finnish community and friends to the residents of Southeastern Michigan.

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