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Photograph by Balthazar Korab, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Now through October 31 // Walk the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall in a guided tour through the estate’s gardens, grounds, and numerous outbuildings. Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester. 248-364-6200, meadowbrookhall.org.

All June // Southeastern Michigan Parade of Homes, hours vary by location. For a complete list of homes, call 248-737-4477, paradehba.com.

June 14 - October 13 // Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America. The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills showcases how Michigan’s industrial and design history became intertwined, creating an epicenter of modern design that touched nearly every aspect of American life. Furniture, architecture, and more will be explored. 248-645-3320, michiganmodern.org.

June 15 // The Milford Garden Club Annual Garden Walk. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 on the day of the event. Purchase tickets at Milford’s Central Park or any of the garden sites. 248-684-2149, themilfordgardenclub.org.

June 20 // Lunch at Cranbrook House, Bloomfield Hills. Includes a tour of the renowned Booth home, designed by Albert Kahn, and access to the 40 acres of gardens. The lunch begins at noon. Tickets: $27 for adults, $25 for seniors. 248-645-3147, housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

June 20-23 // The Ann Arbor Parade of Homes will highlight new and remodeled homes in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Noon-7 p.m. Tickets: $10, free for ages 16 and under. 734-996-0100, bragannarbor.com.

June 21-22 // Grosse Pointe Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, $15 the day of the event. 313-881-7511, ext. 206, gpgardencenter.org/annual-garden-tour/.

July 10 // The 8th Annual Clarkston Garden Walk, featuring six gardens in and around Clarkston, and an Artist Market. Noon-8 p.m., beginning at Independence Township Library. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 day of the event. 248-625-9665, clarkstongardenclub.org.

July 10 // The Country Garden Club of Northville’s Annual Garden Walk includes refreshments, live music, access to five gardens, and a variety of vendors. The walk runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and begins at the Historic Mill Race Village. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at Gardenviews on Main Street and Begonia Bros. on Center Street. 248-348-3263, cgcnv.org.

July 10 // Troy Garden Club presents Gardens Past and Present with six unique home gardens on tour and plein air artists painting among the gardens. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets $10 in advance at Auburn Oaks Garden Center, Telly’s Greenhouse, Uncle Luke’s, and the Troy Historic Village; $15 day of the event at Troy Historic Village only. 248-540-4249, troygardenclubmi.com.

July 17-20 // The Ann Arbor Art Fair brings together hundreds upon hundreds of artists and their art. Also on tap: food vendors, street performers, and more, all among the streets of Ann Arbor. theannarborartfair.com.  

July 20-21 // The Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival is the largest in the state, with more than 1,000 dealers. Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Midland County Fairgrounds. Admission: $6, free for children under 11. 989-687-9001, miantiquefestival.com.

July 21 // Detroit Garden Work’s 6th Annual Garden Cruise benefiting the work of The Greening of Detroit. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., rain or shine. A cocktail reception will be held at Detroit Garden Works following the cruise at 4 p.m. Tickets: $35, or $50 for ticket and reception. Purchase at Detroit Garden Works in person or via phone. 248-335-8089, thegardencruise.org, detroitgardenworks.com.

August 20 // The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County hosts Evenings in the Garden — Shade Gardening, a Practical Approach. MSU Tollgate Education Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $20, can register online. 248-858-0887, oakgov.com/msu.

August 24 // Pewabic Pottery Tour with lunch at Sinbad’s, Detroit, via the Somerset Collection Detroit Shoppe tour bus. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. The Detroit Shoppe tours are by reservation only; email lweir@thesomersetcollection.com. Provide all names in your party, including phone numbers. The bus leaves from the Somerset Collection in front of The Capital Grille. thesomersetcollection.com/events/coming-detroit-shoppe-tours.

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