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Gardens in Southern West Michigan
Enjoy blooms as they peek up through the ground, and get some inspiration for your own garden with a visit to the gardens found at the Kellogg Biological Station. The W.K. Kellogg Manor House and Estate in Hickory Corners boasts a Reflection Pool Garden, Shade Garden, and other manicured gardens overlooking Gull Lake.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings is a nature center, environmental education center, and biological field station located on 742 acres with nine miles of hiking trails ten miles south of Hastings, Michigan. The institute’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of the environment.
At the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta, stroll through the Native Pollinator Garden, brimming with native species welcoming birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Learn about adding a “bee condo” to your garden, and check out new alternative turf landscaped area. Visit the gardens through the spring and summer, when each day brings a different bloom!
The Leila Arboretum & Children’s Garden in Battle Creek is a one-acre garden, sporting an ever-changing environment where children can explore the world of plants. Using all the senses, children will have the opportunity to investigate plants, vegetables, flowers, and much more!
River Country is home to a 30-acre, naturally grown lavender farm. You can visit the farm to pick up lavender essential oils, sprays, lotions, saps, and more. Stop by to check out the farm and pick up all your lavender needs!
Southwest Michigan brings people, plants, and nature together with its gardens, farms, and nature preserves. Here, you’ll find hundreds of acres of scenic spots with tall trees, tranquil ponds, abundant springs, and carpets of wildflowers. Find a trail to see a remarkable variety of plants and wildlife.
Gardens in Central West Michigan
Many people think of Windmill Island Gardens in conjunction with Holland’s Tulip Time in May. This makes sense, as the gardens plant over 120,000 tulips in three large fields and over 40 smaller beds. However, less known is the fact that Windmill Island Gardens actually pull all of the smaller beds and replace the tulips with annuals for the rest of the summer and fall, with 42 annual beds planted with over 80 varieties of annuals that bloom during this time.
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids serves over 700,000 visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news.
Located at the corner of Clay Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Muskegon, the Monet Garden is a small replica of the famous Monet Garden of Giverny, France, filled with bulbs, annuals, perennials, water flowers, shrubs, and trees that create an oasis in the city!
Gardens in Northern West Michigan
Traverse City is famous for its annual cherry blossom explosion. But the city and its neighbors are also a wonderland of smaller gardens. Wander in any direction and you’ll discover these sanctuaries that are being maintained by their loyal gardeners. In fact, for the past 35 years, the local Friendly Garden Club has been leading an annual “garden walk” each July to highlight some of the prettiest private gardens. If you didn’t have it already, you’re sure to get the gardening bug next time you stop by Traverse City.
Gardens on Mackinac Island
Several resorts and lodges on Mackinac Island are known for their exquisite gardens and sloping lawns, and many of them host garden tours. The entire island is a treat for the eyes all season long, but the century-old lilac trees, swooping cedars, and sturdy maples really make it worth taking a tour to see the foliage and well-maintained gardens.
Recently selected as Proven Winners’ newest Signature Garden, Mission Point on beautiful Mackinac Island is an incredible place for garden enthusiasts. Mission Point is home to 18 acres of waterfront property and is known for its unparalleled beauty and an endless array of blooms throughout the season. New for the 2019 season, the resort will be offering guest gardening sessions where guests can work with Mission Point’s resident horticulturist to contribute to the island’s beauty, get tips and tricks on plant care, and bring home seeds to take a bit of Mackinac Island home with them. Guests can also participate in guided garden tours of the property, where Mission Point’s horticulturist will share information about gardening in northern Michigan, the challenges and rewards of working on Mackinac Island, and secrets for success at home.
For more than a century, the legendary Grand Hotel gardens have provided a beautiful enhancement to the guest experience. Century-old lilacs, white cedars, and maple trees provide dramatic structure, while perennials and annuals by the tens of thousands contribute bursts of color throughout Grand Hotel’s season, thanks to the ideal climate of a Mackinac Island summer. Guests can see over 150 varieties of flowers during a single visit, including geraniums, roses, peonies, coleus, garden heliotropes, cosmos, lilies, daisies, and begonias.
The Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island is a great place to spend time outside surrounded by the area’s natural foliage. Whether relaxing on the porch or enjoying drinks with friends in the garden, the iconic Island House Hotel delivers the complete island experience. For a casual atmosphere, visit the Ice House BBQ, a local favorite as this hidden gem is nestled behind the hotel where you can lunch or a cocktail on the garden patio.