Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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United States of America - Michigan - Detroit

Institution Code: ASCWC

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

The Conservatory is divided into five distinct sections. It covers more than one acre and features a dome, eighty-five feet high, two wings to the north and south, and a show house on the east side. The dome provides 100,600 cubic feet of space for large palms and other tropical trees. The
south wing contains tropical plants of economic importance such as bananas, oranges, coffee, sugar cane, orchids, among others. The north wing hosts an extensive collection of ferns, cacti and succulents. The Showhouse was remodeled during 1980 and 1981. It has a continuous display of blooming plants to mark the six major flower seasons of the year. The Conservatory provides an indepth look at the world of horticulture. The Conservatory also has one of the largest municipally-owned orchid collections in the country, made possible by donations from various benefactors including 600 orchids from the collection of Anna Scripps Whitcomb, an avid orchid breeder and grower.

Main Address:
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Belle Isle Botanical Society
8109 East Jefferson
Michigan 48214 United States of America

Telephone: (313) 821-5428
Fax: 313-331-1500
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Alicia Minter, Director, Detroit Recreation Department
    Curator's Name: Leticia Bertaud, Supervisor
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1955
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 5 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.3522170
    Longitude: -82.9939180
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4047 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Courses for School Children: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes