Visit The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
V I S I T O R
C E N T E R
Upon your visit to The Botanic Garden, you will be welcomed by our Visitor Center. This beautiful building was once the Traverse City State Hospital’s Granary, built around 1886. Come inside to see the original stone walls and tunnel that originally connected the farm’s root cellar to the Granary’s lower level.
The Visitor Center’s lower level includes a gift shop, information desk, restrooms and drinking fountains. In our display area, we feature a special artist of the month. Upstairs, on the second floor, is a classroom/meeting room where most of The Botanic Garden classes and workshops are held. This bright and beautiful room is also available for rental year-round for your special event.
Because environmental sustainability is a guiding principle of The Botanic Garden, many components of the renovation were designed for LEED certification. Energy saving lighting, heating & cooling and water conservation systems were incorporated. The Visitor Center’s V-shaped roof collects and stores rainwater for garden irrigation. Recycled materials were utilized wherever possible, including wood paneling from Manistee’s Vogue Theater. Even old cast iron cow water buckets from the adjoining barn now serve as lighting fixtures in the classroom!
H O U R S
The Visitor Center is now open for the 2017 season!
Our hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from Noon to 5:00pm.
G A R D E N
T O U R S
Let us take you on a Botanic Garden tour – it’s free! We love to show off the Garden and share the transformative story of this historic park. Our Garden team looks forward to meeting and visiting with folks from all over America – and all over the world!
Our Botanic Garden Tours include guided exploration of areas like our Visitor Center, Pavilion, Walled Garden, several Garden areas (some that are currently works in progress), the Historic Barns, and more. Tours last approximately 45 minutes-1 hour (it depends on the Docent and the group interaction!) The Tours involve walking and we do have a golf cart available for those who may need some extra support.
Our Guided Tours are scheduled to begin Monday-Saturday at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.
If you’d like to reserve a specific time for your group, please complete the form here on our website or call ahead to our Visitor Center at (231) 935-4077. Our Visitor Center hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5:00pm. Reservations are not required for tours.
There is no cost for tours but donations are kindly requested. We have Membership sign-ups and renewals available on-site, as well as a Donation jar in the Gift Shop.
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A R T I S T O F
T H E M O N T H
JANET WILSON OLIVER & DOROTHY MCGRATH GROSSMAN
The work of the Artist of the Month is on display in the upper level of the Visitor Center at the Botanic Garden from April – October. Please check in with the Gift Shop on the lower level for more details on viewing the artwork. Visitor Center hours are Monday – Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.