Return to the Perennials Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

Posted by marcindy z5b Indianapolis% (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 30, 11 at 9:59

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.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

Arrowhead Alpines, Fowlerville.
Arrowheadalpines.com


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

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.


http://www.bordines.com/directions.html

http://hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu/

http://www.dowgardens.org/


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

  • Posted by marcindy z5b Indianapolis IN (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 31, 11 at 9:14

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!


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

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 ...

ken

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


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

  • Posted by marcindy z5b Indianapolis IN (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 31, 11 at 14:45

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...


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

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.

http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/?tag=grand-hotel-gardens
http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/?tag=grand-hotel-topiary-sculptures
http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/?p=18277


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.


 o
RE: Must-see Nusrseries/Gardens in Michigan

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.

http://pinehill-nursery.com

Beth
Z5 NW Michigan near Traverse City


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Perennials Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here