The MSU Horticulture Gardens
One of the top University Horticulture Gardens in the country, our 14 acres of diverse gardens are a superb retreat and resource for gardeners, plant lovers and children of all ages! You can easily get a bit of exercise while walking the displays. You may get garden design ideas, or learn new annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees - or perhaps even a fruit or vegetable new to you. On the other hand, you may just want to relax in a beautiful and refreshing garden setting.
The MSU Horticulture Gardens include:
The Michigan 4H Children’s Garden
With over 60 theme displays, an absolute must see in our gardens. There are mazes, pots of gold, an alphabet garden, Peter Rabbit, and so much more. Located adjacent to the Garden Parking lot, this is a convenient stop for parents with small children!
The Amien Carter Annual Gardens
A colorful display where we trial hundreds of the newest annuals for color and texture. Learn the rare and the unusual, the bright and the cheery. This is truly a learning laboratory since all of the new plants are labeled. The Carter Annual Gardens house the MSU Annual Trials - a research effort led by Dr Art Cameron and Katie McCarver to evaluate new plant introductions.
The Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden
The collections and displays are always evolving in the Judith DeLapa Perennial Gardens. In 2010, we installed a large bed the Director dubbed "Nearly Native", since most of the plants are true Michigan natives, or cultivars derived from true native species. In 2011, with the help and design of local designer, Dan Crow, we installed a large bed which should start showing off this year. The rest of the beds display the constantly changing textures, colors and moods of landscape perennials. Follow this link to see some photos of recent striking displays
The Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum
Explore the 7-acre Landscape Arboretum and see Japanese Gardens, English Gardens, Fruits Displays, a small native plant prairie, and more! It is a peaceful delight to wander these wonderful gardens.
The VIP Garden (Vegetables and Insect Pollinators)
In our VIP garden, we grow a range of popular vegetables and even some small fruits. A small garden with creative ideas including bamboo trellises and popular herbs. In cooperation with Faculty of Entomology, we also have a bee hotel (specifically designed to attract native bee pollinators), and hoeny bee hives.
The Frank’s Nursery and Crafts Rose Garden
Take a fragrant walk through the roses. They are generally at their peak in June and July. We sometimes post rose update reports on our web site.