Public Gardens

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Belle Isle Conservatory
Wed-Sun, including holidays, 10am-5pm, Detroit. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. 313-821-5428,

Cranbrook Greenhouse
Mondays, 9:30-11:30am, Bloomfield Hills. Specializing in orchids, blooming houseplants, & more. 248-645-3147.

Dow Gardens
Daily, 9am to 1 hour before sunset, Midland. $5. Whiting Forest Tours on Wednesdays, 11-11:45am: guided walk, native & non-native plants. 800-362-4874,

Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Niles, MI (60 mi. southwest of Kalamazoo). Hours: Nov-Apr: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. May-Oct: Tue-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6. 105 acres include gardens, nature preserve, conservatory, prairie & arboretum. Admission: ranges from $7 to free. 269-695-6491.

Ford House Gardens
Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 12-4pm, Grosse Pointe Shores. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Stroll the gardens & grounds. $3. 313-884-4222,

Frederik Meijer Gardens
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, Grand Rapids. 125-acre botanic garden, Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, 30-acre sculpture park. 888-957-1580,

Hidden Lake Gardens
Open daily 8am-sunset, Tipton (8 mi. west of Tecumseh). 755 acres of woodlands & gardens including hosta, dwarf conifer collections, annuals, perennial displays, hiking trails, lake, conservatory & arboretum. $3. 517-431-2060.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Grounds: daily, 8am-sunset; Conservatory: 10am-4:30pm (Wed 10am-8pm), Ann Arbor. Conservatory ($5, age 5-18: $2): over 1,200 tropical, warm-temperate, arid plants from around world. Grounds (FREE): 350 acres of trails, formal gardens, wetlands. 734-647-7600.

Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens
Gardens open daily, dawn to dusk (FREE), Rochester. At Oakland Univ. 4th largest historic mansion in U.S. Hall tours available. 248-364-6200.

Preserve Old Growth Forest
3rd Sat of ea mo, 9am-noon, Detroit. By Friends of Belle Isle at Belle Isle. Remove invasive plants. RSVP: 248-647-7841,

Tollgate Education Center
Mon-Sat, 9am-dusk, closed Sundays, Novi. Enjoy the gardens (28115 Meadowbrook). FREE. 248-347-3860.

Tomlinson Arboretum
17855 18 Mile Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038.