Festival of Trees Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2014 Festival of Trees Raffle.

Hockey Bench- Cheryl Johnson
Money Tree- John Colby
Toy Tree- Bob Smith
Tiger Tree- Carol Hupcik
Hockey Blade tree- Bill Iverson
Quilt- Jean Ratliff
Wreath- Cherri Guzzi

and thank you to everyone who participated.

2014 Honorary Chairman Announced

The Festival of Trees Board of Directors is pleased to announce that John Darin, President of English Gardens is the 2014 Honorary Chairman of the Festival of Trees Event.

JohnDarin150John Darin is President and Co-Owner of English Gardens, a family-owned nursery, garden center, florist and landscaping retailer in Metro Detroit. The company was founded in 1954, as a partnership of three brothers-in-law: John Darin, Andrew Donatiello and Henry Vespa.

Those three worked closely for 16 years until Andrew Donatiello retired from English Gardens in 1970. Three years later, Darin’s son, John, became the first of the founders’ children to start working full-time for the company.

John studied pre-law and business at Michigan State University, where he noted that tropical plants were becoming a popular household accessory. Predicting the public’s imminent demand for a full-service nursery and garden center — and the potential for English Gardens to fulfill this role — John joined forces with his father and uncles full-time in 1973.

In addition to being a long time supporter of Festival of Trees, John is involved in numerous industry and professional organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Forgotten Harvest, past Governor of the American Nursery & Landscape Association; and past President of Pine Lake Country Club.

Lisa Barry to Emcee Preview Party

lisaBarry276Detroit area radio personality Lisa Barry is the emcee for the Festival of Trees Preview Party on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Ms. Barry has been a radio news director, anchor and reporter and can currently be heard on AM 760 WJR. She has co-hosted morning shows on WNIC, WYCD, and WXYT when it was a news/talk station. She grew up in Southeast Michigan where she has had the pleasure of informing and entertaining radio listeners and interviewing a variety of people from Presidents to Hollywood celebrities to politicians on all levels.
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