Enjoy a Walk Through the Garden

Spring has sprung and Michigan has more flora than you could dream of! Kick off the season by visiting some of these garden destinations to add some color to your world. Keep your eye out for some of West Michigan’s loveliest wildflowers like the Blue-eyed Mary, the Skunk Cabbage, and the always beautiful Violet! 

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to America’s Father of Modern Horticulture’s life and work. They pride themselves on their gorgeous botanic garden featuring a collection of interpretive horticultural gardens, community garden plots, and a wooded nature trail! 

Enjoy a spring getaway with a stay at the Kalamazoo House and spend your day at the nearby arboretum: a private facility comprising 140 acres of marsh, meadow, pine plantation, and second-growth deciduous forest.

Connect with the ever changing but always lovely beauty of nature by walking the trails of Kalamazoo! With plenty of trails, parks, and woods to choose from, it’s time to start wandering.

The gardens at Serendipity B&B in Saugatuck are beautifully designed, filling the grounds with flowering trees, perennials, annuals, and shade gardens. The garden areas are constantly changing throughout the seasons. 

While in the Saugatuck area, make sure to spend some time at the lovely Rose Garden, maintained by the City of Saugatuck, featuring a winding path surrounded by many rose bushes and other perennials.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings is a nature center, environmental education center, and biological field station located on 829 acres with 9 miles of hiking trails. Don’t miss out on this spring’s native plant sale to get your West Michigan garden a little more “back to its roots.” The deadline to purchase plants is May 7th.  

On your next visit to the Greater Lansing area, find everything from an urban oasis to the Michigan State University demonstration and horticulture gardens. Check out the koi ponds, fresh blooms, and seasonal gardens that create the perfect backdrop for breathing in the serenity of nature. Each season brings its own unique beauty!

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland will be opening for the season on Saturday, April 17th. You’re invited to visit  their 30+ acres to get out and enjoy their Dutch attractions and beautiful gardens, all with plenty of social distance. Tulips are anticipated to be blooming from late April to mid-May, as well as many annuals and perennials throughout the summer.  

Tulips have attracted millions of guests from all over the world to Holland. To celebrate the colorful and beloved flowers, Holland hosts the Tulip Time Festival, with events planned throughout the area. This year’s event runs May 1-9, 2021.

The Children’s Garden at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids will be blooming again soon! With fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers, there is plenty to admire on a stroll through the Children’s Garden. If you are interested in tasting some of these naturally grown varieties, you can! Blandford offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for purchase where members will receive a weekly share of the harvest to enjoy at home. For more information or to purchase a share, visit Blandford’s website

One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, one of the largest interactive children’s gardens in the country, arid and Victorian gardens, a carnivorous plant house, and much more green fun for the whole family.

Visit Muskegon and get garden inspiration at the 2021 Muskegon Home, Garden + Boat Show taking place in the brand new VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center April 16th & 17th.

Explore twelve acres of lavender, flowers, a strawberry patch herb garden, and farmhouse-inspired garden shop in the Secret Garden at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery in Traverse City, opening Memorial Day Weekend.