Come see what's blooming in 2020
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
The Visitor Center is normally open from April – October.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Visitor Center and Gift Shop is temporarily closed. We are working on a phased plan for re-opening. Check back soon for updates!
Mondays: temporarily closed
Tuesdays: temporarily closed
Wednesdays: temporarily closed
Thursdays: temporarily closed
Fridays: temporarily closed
Saturdays: temporarily closed
Sundays: temporarily closed
G A R D E N
T O U R S
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we offered Guided Tours of the Garden from April through October. 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!
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our Guided Tours have been temporarily suspended to keep everyone safe. You are always welcome to come visit the Botanic Garden grounds. Please be mindful of social distancing, and wear masks if you are able.
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.
We are working on a plan to resume Guided Tours in the near future.
Please check back for updates.
A R T I S T O F
T H E M O N T H
When the Visitor Center is open, we display work from our Artist(s) of the Month on the upper level. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Visitor Center is temporarily closed. Normally, this space would be open from April-October. Please check back soon for updates.