Historic Ford Estate Shares Its Floral Bounty with Essential Healthcare Workers

When you have a beautiful tulip garden, but there is a stay-at-home order and your gates are closed, what do you do?

Kelley Maricle, the horticulturalist at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate in Grosse Pointe Shores, also is a skilled florist. Maricle made arrangements from the home’s beloved flowers, and the home’s staff shared them with frontline workers at Ascension, Beaumont Health, and Henry Ford Medical Center – Cottage.

The historic estate was the home of Eleanor and Edsel Ford, and is a National Historic Landmark. Its gardens, designed by famed landscape architect Jens Jensen, draw people from around the state to visit and admire their beauty.

“It’s a small gesture of gratitude, but we hope these brighten their day,” the estate’s officials said on social media.