Broad Street Manor full of life

When Brian McGregor and Linda Aardema moved to Hillsdale, they didn’t expect to start a business.

“We moved here with no intention of opening a bed and breakfast,” Aardema said.

Now, four years later, the couple run Broad Street Manor, a four-bedroom home in downtown Hillsdale and minutes from the Hillsdale College campus.

Aardema previously had a practice in Birmingham, Michigan, where she worked as a psychologist, and McGregor worked as an engineer for Ford. Previously living in Royal Oak, they now spend their days beautifying their historic home and growing hundreds of different species of flowers on their property.

Aardema explained how the mansion became a bed and breakfast.

“Someone from the President’s Club at Hillsdale College called one day asking if we would be okay with allowing guests to stay at our residence because they were all full,” she said. “Less than five minutes after hanging up, I had a reservation for two families to come and stay with us.”

Since then, guests have been routine at the mansion, particularly when events take place at Hillsdale College.

“It was wonderful,” Aardema said.

The mansion grounds were pleasant when the couple arrived, but since then they have spent many hours having a lawn full of blooming flowers, fruit trees and many other plants from early spring to late winter. fall.

“We try to have flowers like daffodils and tulips that bloom early in the spring and then others to color throughout the season,” Aardema said. “We also try to have scented things.”

Many flowers and plants traveled from Royal Oak with Aardema, who kept them frozen over the winter until they could be planted.

Today, the mansion has more than 100 species of daylilies, many of which have been purchased and planted over the past year.

“I keep buying more,” Aardema said with a laugh, “Brian says soon we won’t have any weed because of all the flowers.”

Aardema’s passion for gardening and flowers started at an early age.

“My dad had cherry farms in the Traverse City area. I grew up picking and selling cherries – appreciating how you could plant seeds and then have a wonderful harvest,” she said. “My father encouraged us by example to love the things we grow.”

Building watering systems, finding unique flowers, canning cherry jelly, and eating fresh tomatoes from their newly built raised beds are all part of daily life at McGregor and Aardema.

Aardema said one of her favorite experiences is having guests from all over the country and different climates come to Michigan, stay at the mansion, and have the opportunity to be exposed to so many different types of flowers in an environment of unique beauty. .

“We managed to make our environment a beautiful place,” she said. “Together we have a lot of fun doing things for the garden, enjoying them and sharing them with our friends and guests.”

Broad Street Manor in Hillsdale has a lawn full of blooming flowers, fruit trees and many other plants from early spring to late fall.
Broad Street Manor in Hillsdale has a lawn full of blooming flowers, fruit trees and many other plants from early spring to late fall.
Broad Street Manor in Hillsdale has a lawn full of blooming flowers, fruit trees and many other plants from early spring to late fall.
Broad Street Manor in Hillsdale has a lawn full of blooming flowers, fruit trees and many other plants from early spring to late fall.

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