Plants to be used for Oakland County parks, education

Plants are going into Oakland County parks for beauty and education.


George Rappold visits the former Ernst Greenhouse in Waterford to harvest not just plants, but ideas.

“I’m picking brains about the propagation of plants, vegetables and flowers,” said Rappold, 63, of Lake Orion, who volunteers once a week at the greenhouse. The Oakland County Parks and Recreation system bought the greenhouse this summer.

“Soil composition … I’m learning. It just goes on and on,” he said.

Rappold is one of about 10 volunteers working this winter in the greenhouse, which was purchased along with 5 acres adjacent to Waterford Oaks County Park for $1 million.

The greenhouse, which covers almost an acre, has immediate use and parks employees and volunteers are trying to make the most of it.

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