Michigan Gardens

Ann Arbor: Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor, Michigan Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens Visitors to the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan enjoy the more than 5,000 plantsin the collections at the 300-acre Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the 123-acre Nichols Arboretum. The site is known for its historic Peony Collection, Heathdale Collection (species primarily from the Applachian […]

Battle Creek: Leila Arboretum

Battle Creek, Michigan Leila Arboretum Leila Post Montgomery, widow of cereal magnate C.W. Post, donated 72 acres to the City in 1922 for an arboretum. The arboretum and gardens now contain more than 3,000 trees, shrubs, perennial and annual plantings. There’s also a Children’s Garden with a Cupola Science Plaza where visitors discover the scientific […]

Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook House and Gardens

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Cranbrook House and Gardens Although George and Ellen Booth had ink in their veins (the Detroit News, Scripps and Booth publishing) and a life in Detroit, they had their hearts set on a “country estate.” In 1904, they bought a 174-acre farm in Bloomfield Hills and named it Cranbrook, eventually building Cranbrook […]

Detroit: Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Detroit, Michigan Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory The Conservatory and surrounding gardens are located on thirteen acres on Belle Isle in Detroit. Designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1904, the Conservatory itself covers more than one acre, with a central dome 85 feet high dome providing 100,600 cubic feet of display space for large palms […]

East Lansing: Clarence E Lewis Landscape Arboretum

East Lansing, Michigan Clarence E Lewis Landscape Arboretum The six-acre arboretum serves as an instructional site for horticulture students and a source of ideas on the complimentary use of plants and hardscape for visitors. A landscape horticulturist and professor emeritus in the MSU Department of Horticulture, Clarence Lewis said, “Let our imagination run a bit, […]

East Lansing: Michigan State University 4-H Childrens Garden

Michigan State 4H Childrens Garden butterfly_habitat

Recognized as a model for children’s gardens everywhere

East Lansing: W J Beal Botanical Garden

East Lansing, Michigan W J Beal Botanical Garden Established in 1873 by Professor William James Beal at Michigan State University, this garden is considered the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden in the United States. More than 5,000 different kinds of plants can be found on the five acre site. [ info ]

Grand Rapids: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Gardens equal art at the 132-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The Meijer Gardens highlights: Five-story tropical conservatory where you’ll find a waterfall and tropical plants, including fig trees, banana trees, a variety of orchids and Asiatic bamboo. English perennial garden originally planned by legendary […]

Hillsdale: Slayton Arboretum

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Lansing: Cooley Gardens

Lansing, Michigan Cooley Gardens Located just a few blocks south of the Capitol, this one acre pocket park is bounded on the north by I-496 and on the west by General Motors. Eugene F. Cooley, a Lansing industrialist, donated the land to the City in 1938. Edward H. Laird of Birmingham, Michigan, a noted landscape […]

Midland: Dow Gardens

Midland, Michigan Dow Gardens The Dow Gardens, begun in 1899, follow the philosophy of its creator, Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical Company: “never reveal the gardens’ whole beauty at first glance.” More than 1700 varieties of plants grow on 110 acres, including annuals, perennials, bulbs, an arboretum, a collection of a dozen different species […]

Niles: Fernwood Botanical Garden

Niles, Michigan Fernwood Botanical Garden Over 100 acres, including gardens, a conservatory and a nature preserve, located along the St. Joseph River. The Fern Garden spotlights more than 100 varieties of tropical ferns, along with companion plants to complement the ferns. The Herb and Sensory Garden displays over 200 herb varieties in an adapted English […]

Saint Peter: Linnaeus Arboretum

Saint Peter, Minnesota Linnaeus Arboretum The 55-acre Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College was named after Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the Swedish botanist who devised the nomenclature system used today to name organisms. Over 114 species of trees and shrubs with 682 trees in the formal arboretum alone. Displays three major natural ecosystems: northern conifer forests, […]

Tipton: Hidden Lake Gardens

Tipton, Michigan Hidden Lake Gardens A “dream as you go development” is how Hidden Lake and the surrounding 200 acres of land were referred to by local businessman Harry Fee, who bought upon the site when he retired in 1926. Fee donated Hidden Lake Gardens to Michigan State University in 1945. Today, the 755-acre botanical […]