Dearborn, Michigan

In September of 2002 the 80 acre Greenfield Village closed for 9 months to undergo a complete historic restoration and was scheduled to reopen to coincide with the June 12, 2003 Ford Motor Company centennial celebration. We installed 3.5 acres of hardscape through the winter by moving six shade houses with thermal fluid heaters around the site to remove frost and create suitable working conditions for the placement of pavers. This required precise coordination of the work with the other trades working on the site.

In less than nine months WH Canon Landscape Company prepared planting beds and installed 800 new trees, 5,000 shrubs, 42,000 perennials, 16 acres of seed and sod and moved 6 mature hand dug trees and 250 spade trees. In the final weeks before the reopening date WH Canon Landscape Company concluded the renovation by building nearly 2 miles of historically accurate and new fencing.

  • Landscape architect: Grissim Metz Andriese
  • Main characteristic of the project: Historical restoration, hardscape and landscape installation
  • Challenges of the project: 80 acre project site includes 3.5 acres of hardscape.
  • How we made it work: WH Canon Landscape Company worked closely with the designers and other construction trades to install 3.5 acres of hardscape through the winter