October - Yarn bOMbing!! The trees surrounding the dragon are definitely taking on a new look! Click here for photos
September - our Judith DeLapa Perennial Gardens have been showing off this summer thanks to the efforts of our newest staff member - Renata Reibitz and her summer interns. Check here for a few photos
September - the Amien and Florence Carter Annual Trial Garden has been beautiful this summer despite the heat - thanks to the efforts of Katie McCarver and her crew of summer interns. We have officially trialed over 600 new and old selections. Check here for a few photos taken over the course of the summer months.
Summer 2012 - check out our new dragon! Designed by Michigan artists Bim Willow and Lin McIntosh, the dragon was built during the week of June 18, 2012. He should remain on display at least until the end of 2012. Follow this link to see more images!
Spring and Summer 2012 - VIP Garden (Vegetable and Insect Pollinator) Garden images. Full of native plants, pollinator plants, vegetables, bee hotels and unique bamboo trellises (and more rabbits and ground hogs than we would prefer), the VIP has developed nicely this year. It was one of the primary stops for the Bee Palooza event in June. Follow this link to see more images.
April and May 2012 - this year, spring came early and parts of the gardens have been showing off! See bulbs, spring perennials and more in the latest of what's blooming in the garden! Follow this link to see some of what has been happening in the gardens this spring!
July 19, 2011 - a group including our MSU Horticulture Gardens had a wonderful opportunity to visit Clifton Welsch's 20-acre prairie near DeWitt Michigan. We know it's not the campus gardens - but it a wonderful display of native plants. Follow this link to see some photos of this great project.
July, 2011 - Follow this link to see what's catching Katie's eyes in the Annual Trial Gardens. Katie is our Annual Garden Trial Manager responsible for trialing over 600 new and old annuals, perennials and vegetables.
July, 2011 - follow this link to see photos of the Nearly Native Bed planted in 2010 is starting to show off. Featuring plants native to Michigan - plus a couple cultivars and a couple native to plants just south of us, the object of this bed is to show how natives can be used to create stunning displays.
July, 2011 - follow this link to see some of our spectacular perennials in this gardens this year
June 24-26 - follow this link to see the amazing ceramic pieces of Mark Chatterley which were on display for the summer solstice weekend
May, 2011 - the gardens really are waking up! The daffodils are beautiful this year - also look for hellebores, pasque flowers and a wonderful native plant - prairie smoke! The trees will be blooming in no time.
June, 2010 - the amazing glass display by Craig Mitchell Smith attracted thousands to the gardens - and with great reason! Follow this link to see photos of this exhibit.