The Perennial Exchange – New Venue, Same Great Event!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention gardeners!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange – a favorite springtime event – returns next Saturday, May 19th in a brand new location.  The exchange will take place on the back patio of the beautiful Auburn Hills Community Center, located on the City campus.

For 25 years, residents and friends from neighboring communities have joined together in Auburn Hills to exchange their perennial plants for new ones that add variety to their gardens for no cost – zero, zip, zilch.

To prepare for the event, simply divide plants into small groupings, put them in plastic containers (containers you don’t need back) and attach a note to identify the plant type (if known) and whether it prefers sun or shade.

Participants can talk shop with the other gardeners and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.   Round up your friends and neighbors, have some fun and grow your garden in the process.

The Community Center sits just behind the tennis courts on the City Campus located at 1827 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills.  For more information, please call 248.364.6946 or email  See you Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and as always … the early bird gets the worm!

Gardeners Brave Chilly Weather At Perennial Exchange Event

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The unseasonably cool weather last Saturday did not deter dedicated gardeners from gathering in River Woods Park for the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange.  Auburn Hills residents and neighbors from 18 surrounding communities took part in the event, hosted by the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC).

The exchange offers an economical way to add variety and color to a garden and it’s a great way to pick up gardening tips and tricks.

The BAC welcomed many familiar faces – and some cute new little ones – to the Exchange this year

Beautification Advisory Commission (left to right) Karen Lewis; City Councilman, Bob Kittle; BAC Secretary, Carla Withers and BAC Vice Chair, Pattie Ormsbee

If you weren’t able to attend this year, we welcome you to stop by next Spring.  Details of City events can always be found on

Sharing ‘Best Practices’ Makes All Of Us Better

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Last Thursday morning, the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) played host to over 60 members of the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM) as they gathered for their Summer Quarterly Business Meeting.  From Midland to Detroit and everywhere in between, representatives from 20 different communities traveled to Auburn Hills for the event.


The outdoor patio of Arrowhead Grille at Fieldstone Golf Course was the perfect backdrop as the communities shared details of their best beautification programs, special events and the effective fundraising methods they’ve developed to support those efforts.


Municipal funding has dwindled in recent years making it difficult for communities to continue programs that support beautification efforts.  Programs like community clean-up events, anti-blight efforts, award programs and flower, tree and shrub purchases will benefit from the targeted fund-raising initiatives discussed in the meeting.


Communities are also facing challenges with tree and shrub installations due to compromised root systems of newly-purchased plants.  To shed some light on this increasingly common problem, attendees were treated to a presentation by Steven Nikkila, Master Gardener / Landscaper and Co-Owner of Garden A to Z.

Nikkila (dubbed ‘The Tree Whisperer’ by a few attendees) offered root system remediation strategies which will help new trees and shrubs live to their full life expectancy and save cities time and money.  Lessons learned will hopefully spread through all local communities.

The Auburn Hills BAC is proud to be a member of the BCSEM – an organization which promotes a beautiful and healthy environment for everyone in Southeastern Michigan.