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McCrory Gardens, Brookings

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“Connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research and enjoyment of the natural and built landscape”

McCrory Gardens is a botanical garden operated and maintained by the McCrory Gardens professional staff under the authority of South Dakota State University. The gardens are funded primarily by donations from the Friends of McCrory Gardens, admission fees, other special gifts and with returns from endowments.



McCrory Gardens has over 25 acres of formal display gardens featuring hundreds of different flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses in harmonious settings to display, educate, and further the development of new varieties.

The South Dakota Arboretum comprises of 45 acres and is located on the north side of McCrory Gardens. It is home to many species of trees and shrubs that are adapted to South Dakota's harsh climate. In addition we routinely trial new selections of trees and shrubs to test their adaptability to our growing conditions.
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  • 2021 Garden Glow is better than ever before. Great for families of all ages with many great photo opportunities. You’ll love it! 
    2021 Garden Glow is better than ever before. Great for families of all ages with many great photo opportunities. You’ll love it!  more »
  • Outstanding gardens with nice paths and tons of colorful flowers/plants! Takes about an hour to hour and half to walk the whole thing. It was a great place to practice with my macro camera setting! 
    Outstanding gardens with nice paths and tons of colorful flowers/plants! Takes about an hour to hour and half to walk the whole thing. It was a great place to practice with my macro camera setting!  more »
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  • Great place to eat lunch. The Garden Glow is a great show to add to any Christmas season activities.
  • Went for the Garden Glow and it was wonderful. They do have hot chocolate for free will offering.

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