Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

marcindy(z5b, Indianapolis, IN)August 30, 2011

This might be a little off topic, but here it goes. We are heading north to Mackinaw and Mackinac Island over Labor Day weekend. Of course, I would love to stop at nurseries or gardens along the way. What are some of the must-see gardeners dream places in MI that you would recommend? Maybe out of the ordinary nurseries that you have visited and left with too many treasures?

We plan on traveling through the central part of Michigan along I69 through Lansing and north and most likely along the Lake Michigan shores on the way home. Thanks for any advice or feedback you can give.

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Arrowhead Alpines, Fowlerville.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 3:59PM
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Here is two public gardens that would be a little out of your way, but if you have the time well worth a visit. And an outstanding nursery, Bordines, has several locations. The one in Grand Blanc would be not too far away from the I69/I75 interchange. You will have to copy and paste these addresses.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 5:21PM
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marcindy(z5b, Indianapolis, IN)

How could I have not thought of Arrowhead Nurseries ... The others are new to me... I'll see how many I can manage to casually slip into the travel plans...:-)

Thanks for the tips!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:14AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

gee tree farm in stockbridge .. just north of jackson MI ...

they have incredible 10 acre conifer arboretum ...

if you have a 3 day weekend.. i really dont see how you are going to cover any of them with any requisite time ...


Here is a link that might be useful: i am not sure their online catalog is current ...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:23AM
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marcindy(z5b, Indianapolis, IN)

I totally agree Ken, three days is not very much. But I view this more as a scouting/reconnaissance weekend for a week-long trip next year. I figured it couldn't hurt to set the expectations with a certain other important person in my life early on...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 2:45PM
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Deborah Silver has some entries in her blog, Dirt Simple, about her time as the garden designer at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. I'm not sure if any of this still exists, but it is probably worth checking out if the current owners have a similar willingness to invest in their gardens.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 11:29PM
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Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 10:23PM
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northerngirl_mi(Z5 MI)

Based on your travel route, you might be driving right past Pine Hill Nursery on US-31 about 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. (20 miles south of Charlevoix - Antrim County). If so, might be a good time to stretch your legs and take a look around. This isn;t a 'must-see' but is probably the best garden center /nursery in NW Michigan...And like most, it makes a better visit in spring or summer rather than toward the 'end of season'.

Let us know what gems, if any, you pick up on your trip.

Z5 NW Michigan near Traverse City

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 6:54AM
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