Educational Gardens

The Botanic Garden offers a natural outdoor classroom, where visitors can learn about northwest Michigan’s vast variety of flora and fauna. Uncover the difference between a maple, beech or ash. Learn the distinctive calls of the 114 species of birds that make the garden their home. Or, for those who appreciate a good story, we also offer guided tours of the grounds, which enlighten visitors to the historical importance of our location. This theme of learning extends indoors within the community classroom, where visitors can take a class on cottage gardening or listen to a presentation by a renowned master gardener. As the development of The Botanic Garden continues, visitors will also be able to visit demonstration gardens for some inspiration for what is possible in their gardens at home as well as share a children’s topiary with younger learners.


"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."

– Gertrude Jekyll

P.O. Box 1247
Traverse City, MI 49684

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The Botanic Garden is situated within Historic Barns Park on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons, located at 1490 Red Drive, in Traverse City, Michigan 49684. Click here to view location map.