Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield Township today announced construction plans have been approved for an outdoor wedding space, building addition, and upgrades to the glass-enclosed conservatory near 14 Mile and Drake roads.
“It may be the only wedding venue of its kind to offer a lavish garden setting outdoors with an equally elegant rain option indoors,” says Shane Pliska, president of Planterra. “We will provide an authentic botanical atmosphere made to be photographed. Expect an abundance of Instagrammable moments. We are building a world-class botanical experience.”
Construction is expected to begin during the summer of 2019, and the new space will available to host outdoor events by spring 2020.
The addition is expected to include three archways that echo the existing design of three of the greenhouse’s curved trusses originally imported by the Pliska family from Belgium in 2009. The formal garden at the entry will serve as a pre-function area that opens to the larger courtyard garden designed for wedding ceremonies.
Once completed, events at Planterra can begin in the outdoor garden and move into the conservatory after sunset.
Retired architect Jim Luckey of the Smith Group is the project’s design consultant, and Planterra will design the gardens. Detroit’s Three Squared Inc. is the project consultant and has expertise in using recycled shipping containers as a building material. The containers will be added on the east side of the conservatory for hospitality setup and storage. They will match Planterra’s existing metal building, as most of the walls will be covered with ivy trellises.
“We’re very honored to be able to contribute to Shane’s vision for Planterra,” says Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared Inc. “It has the potential to be award-winning.”
Planterra’s conservatory doubles as its headquarters for its interior landscaping business. Horticulturists are already growing the ivies for the arches at an off-site location.
Dates for the 2020 outdoor wedding season at Planterra will be available for booking in 2019.