Hidden Lake Garden . Road Trip . 1 hour away from everything

By msquires June 9, 2018

There are so many hidden gems around Michigan.  Hidden Lake Gardens is one of them! The great thing about this place is it’s in the middle of everything and a perfect destination for an old-fashioned “drive to the country”.

From the “about” page :

 Hidden Lake Gardens is owned and operated by Michigan State University under the division of Land Management, but supported through admission fees, endowments, gifts and the “Friends of Hidden Lake Gardens” membership program. The Gardens is open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available for $3 per person. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are nearly 10 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty the Gardens provides.

An award-winning hosta collection and a collection of rare conifers are two of the many renowned offerings but if you want something a bit more glitzy this summer the Yucca is blooming for the first time in its life and it may never do so again!

Then there is the bonsai collection.  Donated and built up over decades, this MSU extension feature is a once in a lifetime chance to see up close and personal 1oo’s of years of care and artistry.

Check out the website for directions and a great selection of activities and classes over the summer.