Michigan State University Horticultural Gardens, East Lansing

#4 of 16 in Parks in Ingham County
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens are horticultural gardens, with a landscape arboretum, located on Bogue Street on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Michigan. The gardens are open to the public daily without charge.

The gardens are a popular visitor destination on campus, and have been throughout their history. There have been gardens on campus almost since the founding of the Michigan Agricultural College, which would become Michigan State University. After being moved around because of new buildings being built, the current gardens are located adjacent to the Plant and Soil Science Building, which houses the Department of Horticulture, and its teaching greenhouses.

The main features of the gardens are as follows:

Amien and Florence M. Carter Annual Garden - more than 1,000 varieties of annuals and helpful student workers!

Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, founded in 1982 - a working arboretum for landscape students.

Frank's Nursery Rose Garden - over 700 rose cultivars.

Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden - 55 theme areas plus the Goon Squad.

Perennial Garden - 400 species suited for Michigan.
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  • This is a fun place to take children or a date. Obviously, this is a warmer weather place to go. Easiest to see after students are gone.  more »
  • These Gardens are just beautiful. There are perennials, annuals, a rose garden, and trials of plants that might get to market. There are sunny beds, shade beds, native Michigan plants, and so much...  more »

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