The Waterford Oaks Greenhouse is located on Scott Lake Road between Watkins Lake Road and Dixie Highway, in Waterford.
The parks system acquired the property in July 2009 from Stephen Ernst Jr., who formerly operated the Ernst Greenhouses. Oakland County Parks and Recreation staff is currently exploring operational alternatives for the greenhouses.
In the greenhouse, Oakland County Parks and Recreation has grown annual flowers for park entrances, golf course clubhouses, and conference center facilities.
Future greenhouse projects could include growing native plants for restoration projects throughout the parks system. Working with the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Natural Resources department and volunteers, seeds will be collected in the parks. The seeds will then be planted at the greenhouse and the resulting plants will be reintroduced into the park.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation has created an opportunity for the parks system to develop partnerships with diverse groups and organizations. Partner organizations include The Stewardship Network, MSU Extension of Oakland County and the South Oakland Water Authority Committee. The parks system is continuously nurturing partnership agreements with other conservation and professional “green” industry organizations as the endeavors at the greenhouse expand.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation also operates a community garden at Springfield Oaks County Park that grows produce for the Food Bank of Oakland County. Under the direction of Oakland County Parks and Recreation staff, Master Gardeners and the 52nd District Court Weekend & Weekday Alternative Misdemeanants Program, volunteers plant and care for a variety of vegetables and seedlings.
Located near the Greenhouse is the Ernst Barn, which may be one of the oldest standing structures in Waterford.