Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. It is divided into five distinct sections: Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House, a sunken Fernery, and the Show House. On the grounds is the Levi Barbour Memorial Fountain designed by Marshall Fredericks, a Japanese Tohro donated to Detroit in 1985 by the city of Toyota, Japan, and the Peacock Sundial erected in 1927.


The Conservatory is divided into various ‘houses’. The Palm House which includes tropical trees and palms, the Cactus House including succulents and cactus, the Fernery which is sunken to provide cooler conditions and more humidity, the Tropical House where many plants that provide food are housed including bananas, oranges, figs and the Show House which has changing displays of flowering plants.


For further information about the Conservatory please contact the facility at 313-821-5428. For tours, please visit the Tours & Field Trips Page. To book a wedding, other private event, or for professional photography, please contact the DNR at 313-821-9844.

Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
900 Inselruhe Ave
Detroit, MI 48207