I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (well, if you’ve ever listened to NPR). Our fun non-math activity in Flint was to visit Applewood Estate (run by the Ruth Mott Foundation), where Charles Stewart Mott lived. Mott Community College is on the land that used to be the apple orchard for the estate.

The gardens are maintained by a large staff of interns, gardners, and workers. At this time of the year, when the leaves are changing color and all the plants are preparing for winter to come, it was delightful to still see flowers in bloom.

There was one garden just to take cuttings for flower arrangements inside the house. The roses in this garden were just gorgeous.

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