Hidden Lake Gardens Michigan

The lake at Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan, in autumn. Beautiful!
The lake at Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan, in autumn. Beautiful! | Source

Michigan’s Beautiful Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan is a beautiful arboretum that’s open to visitors almost daily all year round.

Only three times a year do the gardens close: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. Every other day, visitors may take self-guided tours, traveling by foot or by car, for a modest $3 entry fee. With two weeks’ notice, they can even enjoy a staff/volunteer-guided tour at no additional cost.

Year-Round Beauty at Hidden Lake Gardens

In winter, Hidden Lake Gardens sparkles with lights. In fall, it’s a riot of rich, autumn color. In summer, rainbows of flowerbeds shimmer in the sun.

And in spring….

Tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs take centerstage in the Spring Bulb Show at Hidden Gardens.
Tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs take centerstage in the Spring Bulb Show at Hidden Gardens. | Source
Flowering crabapple trees bring delicate beauty to the grounds at Hidden Lake Gardens each spring.
Flowering crabapple trees bring delicate beauty to the grounds at Hidden Lake Gardens each spring. | Source

Spring at Hidden Lakes

In spring, Hidden Lake Gardens is at its loveliest.

That’s when vast, colorful displays of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and other spring bulbs within the garden’s conservatory shout a cheery hello to spring.

Outside, naturalized daffodils put on their own show, and flowering pink, red and white crabapple trees in all sizes and shapes—dwarf, upright, weeping and standard—dot the landscape.

To celebrate these spring bloomers, the Hidden Lake Gardens’ Spring Bulb Show occurs each March.

The Visitors' Center at Hidden Lake Gardens
The Visitors' Center at Hidden Lake Gardens | Source

Things to Do at Hidden Lake

There's lots to do at Hidden Lake!

Over six miles of paved roadways suitable for touring the garden by car traverse the 775-acre arboretum, which also has five miles of hiking trails.

One of those trails, Hikers Trail, skims the southwestern shore of Hidden Lake, the gardens’ namesake.

There's also a picnic area and a visitor's center.

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For gardeners, however, the greenhouse complex that includes demonstration gardens and a conservatory, is Hidden Lake Gardens' real draw. For special events and classes, check the gardens' website.

Hidden Lake Gardens offers educational programs throughout the year, including classes for students of all ages, preschool to adult, and a junior master gardening program.

The grounds feature native plants that are also of interest, and the conservatory nurtures numerous exotic plants, including tropical fruit trees and cocoa, coffee, tapioca and vanilla plants.

The Plant Conservatory at Hidden Lake Gardens, where thousands of spring bulbs are forced for the annual Spring Bulb Show.
The Plant Conservatory at Hidden Lake Gardens, where thousands of spring bulbs are forced for the annual Spring Bulb Show. | Source
Event
Month
Annual Plant Sale
May
Children's Garden Day
July
Fall Foliage Festival
October
Evenings in Lights
December
Holiday Festival
December
Spring Bulb Show
March

Annual Events at Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens hosts numerous special events every season of the year.

Spring and summer are particularly active times at the gardens. In May, there's the annual plant sale; in July, a garden day for children.

Fall and winter are also active seasons at Hidden Lake. Highlights include a Fall Foliage Festival in October. In December, two holiday events attract innumerable visitors: Evenings in Lights and the Holiday Festival.

And, of course, the Annual Spring Bulb Flower Show attracts huge crowds to Hidden Lake Gardens in March.

Special Collections at Hidden Lakes

Hidden Lake Gardens has three special collections that are particularly noteworthy: Hosta Hillside, the bonsai exhibit and the Harper Collection of rare and dwarf conifers, which is renowned worldwide.

How to Get There

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6214 Monroe Road, Tipton, MI 49287, USA
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Directions to Hidden Lake Gardens

Located on Monroe Road (a.k.a. Highway 50) in the city of Tipton, Hidden Lake Gardens is approximately 70 miles from the Michigan State University (MSU) campus.

Under the auspices of the Division of Land Management, the botanical garden is owned and operated by the school and supported by monies from MSU as well as private donations.

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The Dirt Farmer 14 months ago from United States Author

Charito1962, Thanks so much for commenting. I hope you get to visit the gardens someday.


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Charito1962 14 months ago from Manila, Philippines

From the photos, it's obvious that this is a great place to appreciate nature's wonders. I do like seascapes and landscapes with beautiful gardens; I'd love to see daffodils and tulips in full bloom.

I'll keep this destination in mind, should I travel again to the U.S.

Thanks for sharing, Jill!


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Patricia! Hope you get a chance to visit a garden or two this summer. Thanks for commenting! Have good one, Jill


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This would definitely be on my must visit list. To me there is almost nothing can compare to a visit to gardens of any kind. This one sounds like a place where I could make a day of it...hiking, soaking in the interesting sites, and enjoying a picnic in such beauty. Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way ps


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Peggy! Thanks for the votes & for sharing the hub. I'm so thankful there are so many beautiful gardens throughout the US. Always something new to see when you travel! Take care, Jill


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for showing us this beautiful park and garden setting in Michigan. I also love visiting gardens when we travel. Like Glimmer Twin Fan stated, they never disappoint. All kinds of up votes and pinning this to my Fabulous Gardens board on Pinterest.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan--Always stopping by a garden on your way somewhere else sounds like a marvelous tradition. I'm going to suggest that to my husband. Nice to hear from you! --Jill


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

This looks interesting Jill. We always stop by a garden when we travel. They almost never disappoint! Great photos.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

You'd definitely get some beautiful photos, Deb! Nice to hear from you--as always, Jill


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

If I'm ever in Michigan and nearby, I will be sure to stop here. It sounds like a place that I would definitely enjoy.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi NNLady! Michigan really does have some beautiful places to visit. You're so lucky to have family there--it's a good excuse to go! Thanks for commenting. --Jill


NMLady 3 years ago

Well, the next time I visit the fam in MI this is on my list of things to do!


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi viewfinders. Hope you get a chance to go! Thanks for dropping by.


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viewfinders 3 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

a good one and like to visit in nearby time

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