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Hidden Lake Gardens
Enjoying the Gardens With My Grand KidsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ever since I can remember my family has visited Hidden Lake Gardens. It is not a place that you would expect children to enjoy, but we did! We hiked the trails and rolled down the hills. It was all day entertainment for us and a nice relaxing day for my mother. She would pack us a picnic and load us all into the VW bus that she drove. With such a large family she needed it to haul us all around. Then we would make the twenty minute drive to Hidden Lake Gardens.
Sundays here were always memorable. Whether we were racing each other from one end of a trail to another, feeding the swans at the lake or rolling down Juniper Hill. Because I am so fond of the place I started taking my children and grandchildren there. And guess what? They love it too. My grandchildren haven't even been on the trails yet since they are still quite young but the three year old will ask to go to the gardens almost daily. He never seems to tire of the place. His little sister appears to feel the same.
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"Friend" of HLG
Back in the 60's and 70's when I was young, The cost to get into Hidden Lake Gardens went from fifty cents to a $1.00 a carload. It is now $3.00 a person. It would be a bit costly for a large family now unless you bought a yearly pass. Yearly passes are called memberships and if you become a member you are called a "Friend" of Hidden Lake Gardens.
There are a few membership options, ranging from $30 to $1000. Each membership comes with its own benefits. For instance: a Family membership grants access for two adults and their children under 18 for $45. This also allows this family free or discounted admission to a whole list of reciprocal gardens, free newsletters, and discounts on items in the gift shop. You are also invited to preview plant sales and offered discounts on workshops, lectures, and classes.
Stan Hywet Hall and GardensClick thumbnail to view full-size
Visiting Reciprocal Gardens
Having our Family and Friends membership has saved us a lot of money on vacations, as well as day-trips. My husband and I have even visited gardens in other states with our pass. One of the gardens we visited just this June was in Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. It is gorgeous by the way and so worth a stop or two. We will be returning to see the rest of the gardens and maybe even the hall. It certainly is beautiful from the outside, but since it was so hot this June we didn't take the risk of going inside the hall. I didn't even make it through much of the gardens with such high temperatures. Fortunately, the grounds were free with our membership at Hidden Lake so we can return at the cost of the drive.
The reciprocal garden list is only one of the many benefits we have enjoyed. We have attended the preview plant sales frequently and brought home plenty of beautiful flowers and plants for our landscaping. I pick out flowers and my husband picks out where to plant them. We have so many now we have run out of gardens. I guess we have to dig up some more grass. That leaves much less to mow!
The best benefit however is the good fresh air and wonderful exercise. Get the kids away from the computers, tvs, dvds, and cell phones for awhile. Get yourself a little quiet and peace of mind. Come on out and visit the Gardens sometime it will be a good time for the whole family!
Visiting the Irish Hills
So if you find yourself visiting the Irish Hills in Southeastern Michigan you may want to come and check out the gardens. Many people come to see the races at MIS (Michigan International Speedway) and find the area very pleasing. Often they will camp for a week and one of the places they go when they are waiting on the race is Hidden Lake Gardens. You can call ahead and schedule a tour at no extra cost or choose to take a self-guided tour through the property.
* The first Monday of every month is FREE!!! (unless it is a Holiday such as Labor DAY)
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Road (M50)
Tipton, Michigan 49287
517 / 431 - 2060
fax: 517 / 431 - 9148
Entrance to Hidden Lake Gardens is on M50 between Pentecost Hwy and Nortley Hwy west of Tipton, Michigan
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Hidden Lake Gardens
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