Welcome to Downtown Home & Garden - a hundred-year-old shop right in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Over the last century, our store has evolved from a livery stable and feed mill into an urban emporium for garden supplies, classic housewares, and gourmet kitchenware. Welcome to the store!
Our store hours are now as follows:
I am Mark, the Amaryllis King. Gaze on my collection of fifty varieties and rejoice. No one - not the catalogs, and especially not the box store chains - has anything nearly as spectacular to offer. All of my amaryllis bulbs will produce at least two stalks with four huge flowers each, while some of the jumbo-sized bulbs will produce four stalks. Mine are the biggest, baddest bulbs in town. We also have a broad selection of containers in which to pot your amaryllis, as well as complete kits including one bulb, a container, potting medium, instructions, and a gift box. They can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states.
Kits are $29, plus $12.95 shipping.
Fragrant and cheerful paperwhite narcissus are another traditional holiday flower. They are easy to grow in pebbles or soil and take 4-6 weeks to bloom after you start them. Many of our customers plant them in successive batches to keep the flowers coming through late winter. We have both regular and jumbo-sized paperwhites in stock. We also offer complete paperwhite kits including 3-5 bulbs, a container, potting medium, instructions, and a gift box.
Kits are $15-$20, plus $12.95 shipping.
This month's events are all free, informal, and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov 9, 10:00-1:00
Baking Madeleine Cookies with Brigitte Romero
Brigitte will demonstrate baking authentic French Madeleine cookies. She’ll reveal the subtle techniques necessary for perfection, and bake the cookies in our venerable 75-year-old Magic Chef oven.
Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00-Noon
Knife Workshop with Matt Banks
Chef Matt Banks will demonstrate basic knife skills, including how to choose, hold, and use a knife safely and effectively. Be the hero at Thanksgiving.
Saturday, Nov 23, 10:00-1:00
Amaryllis Free Potting Day with Tom Kraft
Pick a pot, pick a bulb, and gardening pro Tom Kraft will pot them up and answer your questions.
Click here for our full calendar of events.
Nearly 150 ballots were cast in this year's Pickle Contest, and we're now pleased to announce the winners:
1st Place: Julianne's Best
- by Julianne Bailey
2nd Place: Old World Pickled Beets
- by Mickie Wordhouse
3rd Place: Uncle Eddie's Bread & Butter
- by Ed & Susan Ross
UPDATE: The winning recipe is now available in our online Recipe Box. Thanks to everyone who entered and everyone who tasted. Mark your calendars for next year's contests: the 2014 Jam Contest will be on October 4, and the 2014 Pickle Contest will be on October 11.
We held our 15th Annual Jam Contest and Public Tasting today, with a record-setting 83 different and delicious local jams, jellies, preserves, and compotes. Nearly 200 people tasted and voted for their favorites. We've tallied the results, and are thrilled to announce this year's winners. We'd like to thank everyone who entered the contest, and everyone who showed up to taste and vote.
1st Place: Boozy Bacon Jam
- by Eileen Dickinson
2nd Place: Pear Vanilla Jam
- by Layla Aslani
3rd Place: Wild Black Raspberry
- by Ruth Dixon
UPDATE: The winning recipe for Boozy Bacon Jam is now available in our online Recipe Box. If you try it at home, let us know how it turns out!
Don't forget - our 5th Annual Pickle Contest and Public Tasting will take place here at the store next Saturday from 10:00-1:00. Please submit your entries before 7:00pm this Friday.
Our giant shipment of spring-blooming bulbs has now arrived at the store. The bulbs are priced and displayed, so come on down and enjoy the largest collection of flower bulbs in Michigan! Shop early for the best selection of daffodils, tulips, allium, irises, crocus, and many more - the most unique flowers are always the first to go.
The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived: the fall garlic is here! We have several varieties of both softneck garlic (milder flavor, better keepers) and hardneck garlic (doesn't keep quite as well, but has more complex and interesting flavors). Get it quick, before your favorite variety sells out.
TIP: Always plant certified seed garlic. Grocery store garlic is often treated to inhibit growth, and may not be well-suited to our growing conditions.