Come see all the ways our garden has grown...
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!
Interested in renting the Visitor Center as a space for your next personal or professional event? Click here to learn more!
H O U R S
Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
G A R D E N
T O U R S
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 are guided explorations of our property’s unique past, present and future. Visitors are introduced to areas like our Visitor Center, Pavilion, multiple garden spaces (some that are currently works in progress), the Historic Barns, and more.
Our Guided Tours are scheduled to begin Monday-Saturday at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm, and Sundays at 1:30pm and 3:00pm.
Please complete the form here on our website to request a specific date and time for your tour!
Tours last approximately 45-60 minutes (it depends on the Docent and the group interaction!)
The Tours do involve walking and we have golf carts, ramps and automatic doors available for those who may need some extra support.
As you’re looking at dates and times for your tour, please note that our Visitor Center hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5:00pm.
There is no set fee for our tours and donations are requested to help The Botanic Garden grow. There are several options for donations, including Membership sign-ups and renewals (available on-site), as well as a Donation jar in the Gift Shop. Please plan to bring your donation with you to your tour.
Thank you and we’ll see you soon!
PLEASE READ before completing the tour request form!
Due to popular demand, please complete the form below to request a specific date and time for your tour.
Please understand that by completing the form below, you are submitting a tour request.
Once you submit your tour request, you will receive a confirmation email from a Garden team member verifying that your tour has been booked.
If you are requesting a tour with less than 24 hours notice and/or if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please call our Visitor Center at (231) 935-4077.
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A R T I S T O F
T H E M O N T H
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 during April – October are Mondays – Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from noon to 5:00pm.
APRIL & MAY
Sally Peckham and Ron Wetzel
Mary Kay Burbee
Pastels, watercolor and mixed media
RSVP: “Meet the Artist: Mary Kay Burbee” on Friday, June 15th
Maia Hausler and Dani Knopf
Watercolor, pen and ink
RSVP: “Open House Reception: Fish + Flora Art Exhibit” on Thursday, August 2nd
Jason Kasper and Tom Haxby
Oils and nature photography
12 artists from the Plein Air Painters of Northwest Michigan
Oil, pastel, watercolor and acrylic