(12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 2 miles east of Grand River),
Andersen Enrichment Center and Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Garden
- This 331 acre Grand Rapids city park offers an arboretum and
old growth forest of native woody plants bordering Sand Creek at the site of a
former Indian village.
Ezra Rust Dr., Saginaw
, MI (517)759-1362.
- This formal garden with hundreds of
roses and perennials includes Marshall M. Fredericks' sculpture "Flying Geese"
and a fountain.
, MI 49104 (616)140-3344 or Main Number:
Arjay Miller Arboretum
- The campus of this university has been designated an official
: Ford Motor Company, World Headquarters
Building, The American Road, P.O. Box 1899, Dearborn
, MI 48121 (313)322-3920.
- This arboretum displays Michigan native trees.
: Hines Park,
Middle Rouge Parkway, Northville
, MI (734)261-1990.
- The first public arboretum
in the state is part of the
Wayne County Parks
: Branstrom Park, Darling Street, Fremont
- A city owned arboretum of native woody plants. Also, while in
Fremont (the baby food capital!, see Arboretum Park at the corner of Arboretum
, 6535 N 42nd Street, Augusta
, MI 49012 (269)731-2200.
Castle Gardens at Castle Farms
the home of Dr. W. E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company, now a hotel and
conference center belonging to Michigan State University Division of Housing and
Food Services, the 637 acre grounds were extensively landscaped by Dr. Upjohn
with trees and flowers, especially irises and peonies.
: 5052 M-66 North,
, MI 49720 (231)237-0884.
The gardens at Castle Farms are stunning works of natural beauty, matching any of their counterparts
found throughout Europe. Whenever possible, native plants have been used which are less labor intensive and
more suited to the environment. The gardens of Castle Farms blend old-world models with a 21st century
approach of sustainable gardening. The gardens feature seasonal flowers, fountains, a hedge maze, a dragon sculpture
from recycled metal and the famous Garden Railroad. Gardens include the Main Fountain Garden, the East Garden, the King's
Grand Courtyard Garden, the Queen's Circle Garden, the Queen's Tower Garden, the Queen's English Rose Garden, the Butterfly
Garden, the Hedge Maze, the King's West Courtyard Garden, the West Trellis Garden, the Knight's Courtyard Garden,
the Reflection Pond, the Serenity Garden, the Enchanted Forest, and the Herb Garden.
: 213 West Main
Street at Capitol Avenue (Behind the
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 14164, Lansing
, MI 48901 (517)483-4332 or 483-4277.
Cranbrook House and Gardens
- This lovely garden
features 800 perennials, ground cover and bulbs, 75 varieties of roses, a peony
garden, an iris collection and 250 woodland plants.
380 Lone Pines Road, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills
, MI 48303. (248)645-3149.
- Site of an art museum, a science museum and schools, Cranbrook also offers 42
landscaped acres featuring a Herb Garden, a Rock Garden, a Sunken Garden, a
Greenhouse, an Oriental garden, a wildflower garden, a meadow, a bog, and many
: 224 Curwood Castle Drive, Owosso
, MI 48867-2807 (517)723-8844 x 554.
: 2809 Orchard Drive, Midland, MI,
Detroit Zoological Institute
- Over 3000 dahlia plants (250 varieties) in a rainbow
of colors are displayed on eight stone terraces in this remarkable
garden begun by an artist, Charles Breed, for whom a Mother's Day
present began a lifelong love of dahlias. The garden, now owned by the
Dahlia Hill Society of Midland includes sculptures by Charles Breed,
resting areas and planters, all with handsome stonework and gravel
paths. At the top is a studio and museum. Peak season is
August through October, when plants up to 6 feet tall bloom with flowers
up to 11 inches in diameter - a spectacular sight.
: 8450 West
Ten Mile Road, P.O. Box 39, Royal Oak
, MI 48068-0039 (248)398-0903.
Display Gardens on Suncrest
- This 125 acre zoo provides a natural habitat for more
than 1,300 animals and 700 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowering
plants. Major exhibits include the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Great
Apes of Harambee, Penguinarium, Matilda Wilson Free Flight Aviary,
Holden Museum of Living Reptiles and Amphibians, polar bears, giraffes,
Siberian tigers, African lions, sea lions, Asian elephants, Grevy´s
zebras, Bactrian camels, snow monkeys and scimitar-horned oryxes. A
fully enclosed 3,800 square foot Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden is home to
hundreds of colorful butterflies and many hummingbirds.
: 1455 Suncrest Drive,
, MI 48446
Nestled in the hills on the grounds of the Lapeer County Medical Care
Facility, this peaceful 1 acre sanctuary offers a bounty of 16 unique
garden beds. 625 feet of handicapped-accessible
brick pathways meander through the garden, with places to stop and rest on benches
and enjoy the statuary, waterfalls, fountains, bird baths, a Japanese
Gazebo, plus the many birds, butterflies, frogs, toads and rabbits that
inhabit the area. Gardens include the Annual Garden, Birdhouse Garden, Butterfly Garden,
Children's Garden, Herb Garden,
Heuchera Garden, Hosta Garden, Hydrangea Garden, Japanese Garden, Ornamental Grasses Garden, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Water Garden and
Woody Ornamentals Garden.
: Corner of Eastman Avenue
and West St. Andrews, Midland
, MI 48640 (800)362-4874.
Edsel and Eleanor Ford
- The 110 acre garden
displaying more than 1,700 varieties of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials,
and flowers were the creation of Herbert Dow (founder of Dow Chemical) and his
descendents. Dow's guiding principle was to never reveal the gardens’ whole
beauty at first glance. In addition to hardy plants including collections of
rhododendrons and crabapple trees, the Gardens offer a conservatory that houses
: 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
, MI (313)884-4222.
Ella Sharp Park
87 acre Grosse Pointe Estate features naturalistic grounds designed by Jens
Jensen and formal rose and perennial gardens.
Parks web site)
3225 4th Street, Jackson
, MI 49203 Museum: (517)787-2320
County Parks: (517)788-4320.
Fair Lane, the Henry Ford Estate
- This multi-facility public park features a rose
garden, annual flower beds, and an arboretum.
University of Michigan, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn
, MI 48128-2406
Fenner Arboretum and
- The former home of automaker Henry Ford and his wife Clara, now
on the campus of the University of Michigan, includes grounds transformed from
farmland into a natural landscape by Jens Jensen. Five acres of gardens and
grounds have been recently renewed and restored.
: 2020 E. Mount Hope Rd., Lansing
Fernwood Botanic Garden
- This city
park includes a replica of a pioneer log cabin, a system of self-guided nature
trails through woods and fields and around ponds, and a nature center and
13988 Range Line Road, Niles
, MI 49120 (616)695-6491.
- Located on the St. Joseph
River, this 105 acre site includes a 55 acre Nature Preserve, a 5 acre
reconstructed prairie, 8 acres of gardens, a 40 acre naturalistic Arboretum, and
3 miles of hiking trails. Gardens include a Knot Gardeb, an Herb Garden, a Rock
Garden, a Fragrance Garden, a Maze, a Japanese Garden, a Children's Garden, an
English Cottage Garden, and a Greenhouse.
: 35200 W 8 Mile Road,
, MI 48167 (248)596-9659.
Fisher Mansion and Bhaktivendanta
Gardens at the Finnish Center include the Presentation Garden, Gardens at the Sign, the Rain Garden (with native plants),
the Stone Path Gardens, the Pernnial/Circle Gardens, the Gathering Garden (wildflowers), the Wedding Garden, the Garden at Honko Rock, the Garden at the Arbor,
the Garden at the Building, the Hosta Garden (with strawberries and lilies), and the Swale Garden and Retention Wetland.
: 383 Lenox Avenue, Detroit
, MI 48215 (313)331-6740.
Five Senses Garden
spectacular riverfront mansion was purchased by Alfred Brush Ford, the
great-grandson of Henry Ford, and Elisabeth Reuther Dickmeyer, daughter of
United Auto Worker's President, Walter Reuther, in 1975 to convert it into a
temple for fellow worshippers of the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Four acres of formal gardens are adorned with
pools, fountains and roving peacocks.
: John F. Kennedy
Center (a public school), 1411 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo
For-Mar Nature Preserve
- This award-winning
garden of the senses was one of the first such gardens.
: 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton
, MI 48509 (810)789-8567 or
Four Star Gardens
- This Arboretum and Nature Preserve includes 380
acres with 7 miles of trails.
: 1015 Indian Trail Road,
MI 48117 (734)654-7480
This one-acre display garden with annuals, perennials and flowering
shrubs is open to the public during summer hours except when booked for
events. Water features, containers, hanging baskets and a covered bridge
add to its
: 2600 Moores River Drive (east of Waverly Road),
- Formal rose garden and park. Several formal gardens
ornament this park, including an All-American Selections Garden (1000 rose
bushes of 160 varieties), a woodland garden (with trees, rhododendrons, azaleas
and wildflowers) and an annual garden (with 10,000 plants, an arbor and a
The wedding rules!
: 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids
, MI 49525 (888)957-1580
Garden by the Lake
- The wonderful 118 acres of gardens, ornamented with sculpture,
include the Leslie E. Tassell English Perennial and Bulb Garden, the Jennifer C.
Groot New American Garden, the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden, the Peter
Wege Nature Trail and Frey Boardwalk, The Earl and Donnalee Holton Arid Garden,
the Earl and Donalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor, the Grace Jarecki Seasonal
Display Greenhouse, and the 15,000 square foot Lena Meijer Conservatory (with an
exhibit of 2,000 orchids).
: 1 Cottage Grove Drive,
, MI 48450 (810)434-3500
Located on the shores of Lake Huron, the 3 acres of lush gardens feature tranquil shade gardens, winding woodland paths
traversing over an acre of Rhododendron, Hosta and Hydrangea displays, rambunctious sunny borders, thousands of spring
and early summer bulbs, changing annual color, container displays, and hydrangea borders in shade and sun. Open by appointment only.
, MI 49757 (906) 847-3331.
Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum
- The 200 acres of the world's largest
summer resort includes 50 acres of gardens showcasing annuals (105,000 per
year), perennials, bulbs (30,000 per year), wildflowers (5 acres), topiary,
container gardens, roses, lilacs, woodland plantings and greenhouse displays.
And don't forget the 260 famous front porch boxes displaying 2,000 geraniums.
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
, MI 48124-4088 (313) 271-1620.
Hager Park and
- An amazing
collection of Americana, including buildings (e.g., Luther Burbank's garden
office from California), are displayed on this 12 acre site. Gardens include the
"Garden of the Leavened Heart," an herb garden at the Martha Mary Chapel.
: Bauer Road and 28th Avenue, Georgetown Township,
(616)738-4000 (Ottawa County Administrative Office).
The Iris Warehouse
- This 104 acre public park
features an arboretum and an Age of Discovery community playground. The
hardwoods are graced by spectacular wildflowers in the spring.
: 1903 Culver Hill Drive,
, MI 48895 (517)655-9222.
This working nursery farm displays over 1000 varieties of iris. Please call before visiting.
Avenue and Emmett Street, Battle Creek
, MI (616)966-3431.
- A 53 acre public park
with a flower garden.
: US Route 23,
This watery wildlife sanctuary, a home for waterfowl and other aquatic animals, includes a wildflower meadow.
: 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids
, MI 49504 (616)336-4301.
Kalamazoo Nature Center
- This county zoo
is home to over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South
America, Australia and the United States.
: 7000 North
Westnedge Avenue, P.O. Box 127, Kalamazoo
, MI 49094-0127 (269)381-1574.
1,000 acre nature preserve displaying live birds of prey and other animals,
includes a Tropical Sun-Rain Room, the Martha G. Parfet Butterfly House and
Invertebratarium, an 11 acre arboretum featuring trees and shrubs native to
Michigan, and a Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden.
: 7060 N. 42nd Street, Augusta,
MI 49012 (269)731-4597.
- This 716 acre
forest, managed by Michigan State University and replanted over the last 60
years, displays 150 tree species.
County Parks website.
Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek
, MI 49017 (269)969-0270.
Lillian Anderson Arboretum
- This 72-acre public park
exhibits gardens and more than 3,000 species of trees.
College, two miles west of the intersection of M-43 and Highway 131,
Loda Lake Wildflower
- This one hundred acre arboretum covers marsh, meadow, planted
red and white pines, and second-growth deciduous forest. Established in 1998,
its trails include the Meadow Run Trail, the Magnificent Pines Trail, the
Powerline Trail, the Gathje Hill Trail, the Marsh Woods Trail, the Bobayundel
Trail, Bernie's Landing Trail, Chestnut Pointe Trail, the Not-So-Magnificent
Pines Trail, and the Fern Oak Trail.
: Felch Avenue (off 5 Mile Road), White Cloud
Mann House Museum Gardens
- Created by the
Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan and the U.S. Forest Service, this sanctuary
displays more than 150 species of native Michigan wildflowers, shrubs and trees
in lake, marsh and wooded habitats. A 1.5 mile trail and boardwalk offers
numbered posts corresponding with a trail guide.
Hanover Street, Concord
, MI 49237 (517)524-8943
- A lovely Victorian home with
restored flower and herb gardens.
: (scroll down), Mackinac Island
, MI 49781 (231)436-4100.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- This public park, with a statue of Father Marquette, has a 10 acre lilac display
garden and hosts a Lilac Festival each year.
University of Michigan, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
, MI 48105 (734)647-7600.
McLaren Garden of Healing and Renewal
- This elegant 350 acre botanical garden features a Conservatory (1,200 exotic
plants in an Arid House, Tropical House and Warm Termperate House), a Gateway
Garden of New World Plants, the Marie Azary Rock Garden, the Alexandra Hicks
Herb Knot Garden (cooking, medicinal, fragrance, and everlasting herbs), the
Perennial and Rose Garden (a formal English style garden with 120 varieties), a
Shade Garden, the Helen V. Smith Woodland Wildflower Garden (100 varieties),
plus nature trails (the Dix Pond Trail, the Ethnobotanical Trail, the Fleming
Creek Trail, the Musclewood Trail, and the Parker Brook Trail), mature
woodlands, a Constructed Wetland, several ponds, and a tall grass prairie.
Health Care Village, Clarkston
- This lovely oasis includes plantings, benches, water features, sculptures.
paths and a labyrinth
for strolling and curative reflection.,
: Stuart Avenue
Inn, 229 Stuart Avenue, Kalamazoo
, MI 49007 (269)342-0230 or (800)461-0621.
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens
- This restored Victorian bed and breakfast has a lovely 1 acre restored Victorian
: Mansion Drive and Golf View Land, Oakland
, MI 48309 (248)364-6200.
Michigan State University Gardens
- This 110 room mansion, part
English Neo-Tudor, Elizabethan, and Jacobean architecture, now a conference
center for Oakland University (part of Michigan State University), includes a
: Division of Campus Park &
Planning, 412 Olds Hall, East Lansing
, MI 48824-1047 (517)355-9582.
Map of garden locations.
Beal Botanical Garden
: West Circle
Clarence E. Lewis Landscape
- The 5 acre Beal Botanical Garden, the oldest continuously
operating university botanical garden in the U.S., displays more than 5,000
varieties of plants in four collections: the Systematic Collection, the Economic
Plants Collection, the Ecological Collection, and the Ornamental Plants
Collection, plus an exhibit of Endangered and Threatened Species in Michigan.
: Location: Bogue Street and Service Road, South Campus, Mailing:
Department of Horticulture Plant and Soil Sciences Building, East Lansing, MI
Hidden Lake Gardens
- The Lewis Arboretum includes, now or in the future, a
Living Sculpture Garden, the Dedication Patio, a Hosta Garden, the Mawby Fruit
Collection, the Vegetable Garden, the Herb Garden, the Topiary Gardens, the MDLA
Central Court, the Water Garden, the Yvonne V. Wilson Native Plant Garden, the
Sculpture Garden, the Jane Smith Conifer Garden, the Specialty Gardens, the
Kathleen and Milton Muelder Japanese Garden, the Overlook, the Arbor Garden, the
Backyard Escape, the Sensory Garden, and the Lily Pond.
State University, 6214 W. Monroe Road (Michigan Route 50), Tipton
, MI 49287
- Situated on 755 acres surrounding Hidden Lake, the gardens
feature thousands of labeled trees, shrubs and flowers including include azaleas
and rhododendrons, birches, crab apples, lilacs, magnolias, maples, and
ornamental shrubs, the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers, and a Plant
Conservatory showcasing tropical plants, arid plants, and a wide variety of
: Location: South Campus, corner of Wilson Road and
Bogue Street, East Lansing
, MI 48824-1325 (517)355-5191
- The 7 acre
Horticultural Demonstration Garden includes six different gardens for
inspiration to home gardeners and students: a perennial garden, an All America
Rose Selections rose garden, an annual trial garden, a foyer garden, an idea
garden, and the 4-H Children's Garden.
: Fifth & Clay,
, MI 49442
- A pocket garden fashioned after a portion of
Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, France is landscaped with plants
specific to the Monet Garden in France, plus a pond with fish,water
plants, bridge and an informational talk board.
: University of
Michigan, 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor
, MI 48104 (734)647-7600.
well-cared-for 123 acre arboretum, created in 1907, displays a diverse
collection of trees and shrubs and includes a peony garden (700 plants with 260
"old" varieties), the Appalachian Collection, the Shrub Collection, and the Dow
: 7315 Drake Road,
, MI 48322 (248)661-1515.
The magnificently renovated 1930s greenhouses offer 11,000 square feet
of tropical botanicals and statuary in European style greenhouses.
Unique features include European curved trusses, matching indoor koi
ponds, a dramatic stone gabian archway and the largest indoor living
wall in Michigan.
: 1126 N. Michigan Avenue, Saginaw
, MI 48602 (989)754-2491.
Arboretum of Hillsdale College
- This art
museum, housed in a Georgian Revival House designs by Charles Adams Platt,
features formal gardens also designed by Platt.
: Barber Drive, Hillsdale
, MI 49242
Friends of the Arboretum webpage
- Begun in 1892 and planted and nurtured by
students and professors, this 40 acre arboretum on the north end of campus with
1,100 plant species features pools, a cascading waterfall through a rock garden,
two new gardens, a water garden, and special collections of lilacs, magnolias
and crabapples. The Barber House and Children's Garden are nearby.
Marquette Branch Prison
, P.O. Box 779, 1960 U.S. Highway 41,
Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Garden:
- A sunken garden is located at the prison, an imposing and
picturesque Victorian structure.
22314 Northline Road,
, MI 48180 (888)383-4108
Tokushima Saginaw Friendship Garden and Japanese Tea House
Weighing over 3 tons (one of many interesting facts on the website), the conservatory is a
sculptural interpretation of the historic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which is in turn an interpretation
of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The surrounding garden includes over 1000 boxwood, 25 roses, 100 trees and shrubs,
hundreds of plants and 4000 bulbs, 4 parterre (knot) gardens surrounding the bluestone terrace, a front arbor and
welcoming Entrance Garden, and 120 container gardens.
: 527 Ezra Rust
, MI 48601 (989)759-1648.
Veldheer Tulip Garden
- This lovely Japanese Garden with an
authentic Tea House was constructed as part of Saginaw's sister city
relationship with Tokushima, Japan.
: 12755 Quincy Street, Holland
, MI 49424
Wayne County Extension Satellite Office
- This colorful commercial nursery farm features 4 million tulips
each spring (plus 500,000 daffodils and 10,000 Hyacinths) 7 acres of landscape
summer gardens, 1.3 million daylilies, plus a Wooden shoe factory and a
: 5454 Venoy Road,
, MI 48184
- Site of Master Gardener classes.
: 21803 West River Road,
, MI 48138 (734)676-2444.
the oldest family owned and operated farm in the state, is a plant nursery specializing in azaleas and rhododendrons.
A beautiful four acre botanical garden displays the many varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons including hybrids created at Westcroft by former owner Ernest Stanton.
An additional 13 acres of woods are decorated for Halloween Hayrides.
Conservatory Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit
, MI 48213 (313)822-2548.
- This fabulous
greenhouse includes five areas of display: the Palm House, the Tropical Room,
the Cacti House, the Greenery, and the Show House (showcasing seasonal flowering
plants). The orchid collection was begun by a 1953 gift of 600 orchids which
spurred renovations to the glass-domed building. Outside, ten acres of formal
plantings include perennial gardens, an Old-World Rose Garden, and a Water Lily
: Lincoln Street past 7th Street, Holland
, MI 49423 (616)355-1030.
230 year old Dutch windmill highlights 36 acres of manicured gardens (including
100,000 tulips), dikes, canals and picnic areas.