Everyone knows Springtime means all sorts of things are in bloom. But did you know that the state of Michigan is home to a truly impressive number of botanical gardens?
In this post, we want to show you some of the best spots to get your flower fix this season.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum| Ann Arbor, MI
These two separate gardens at the University of Michigan are a plant lover’s paradise. The Matthaei Botanical Gardens alone have some unique areas to explore, which grow everything from wildflowers and herbs to medicinal plants and perennials. The Arboretum, or “The Arb,” as it’s more casually known, has plenty of walking trails that are ideal for leisurely strolls. The best part? Both the gardens and the arboretum are entirely free to visit!
Hidden Lake Gardens| Tipton, MI
Hidden Lake Gardens, operated by the University of Michigan, is just as magical as it sounds. Also a combination botanical garden and arboretum, the more than 750-acre expanse features collections that include Dwarf and Rare Conifers, Bonsai Trees, and Benedict Hosta. Pro tip: admission is free on the first Monday of every month excluding Labor Day!
W.J. Beal Botanical Garden| East Lansing, MI
Located on the campus of Michigan State and established in 1873, the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden considers itself an “outdoor laboratory.” It is the only continuously-operated botanical garden of its kind in the entire country. Ample information is provided alongside the four main collections of plants, making for an easy self-guided tour. However, guided tours are available upon request.
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve| Berrien County, MI
The Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, in southwestern Michigan’s orchard and wine country, provides visitors with virtually endless opportunities to admire trees, flowers, and plants. You will find a little something for everyone here. To name a few, there’s a Japanese Garden, Herb & Sensory Garden, and a Fern Conservatory. The garden is also home to a gift shop, cafe, and library.
Dow Gardens| Midland, MI
Explore more than 1,700 varieties of flowers, perennials, shrubs, and trees spread over 110 acres at this garden, which was established in 1899. There’s also a glass-walled conservatory that draws thousands of butterflies in the springtime. Add some more history into the mix with a guided tour of The Pines House, the former home of founder Herbert H. Dow. In addition, the Gardens host unique rotating exhibits and classes like floral arranging and culinary containers.