Explore and Enjoy The Botanic Garden
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 open for the season!
Docent-led tours available at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3pm Monday-Saturday.
Call us at (231) 935-4077 or use this form to schedule.
Click here for the self-guided audio tour.
G A R D E N
T O U R S
We offer 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!
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.
There is also a self-guided audio tour available year-round. Pick up a map in front of the Visitor Center any time to take a self-guided tour at your own pace!
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.