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Beauty in Bloom

Melik Brown explores the MSU Horticulture Gardens and shares a few photos.

Explore the MSU Horticulture Gardens.

A corner of quiet respite to relax, refresh and rejuvenate can be found tucked away amid a sprawling Big Ten campus of bustling activity.

The Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens provide an oasis of plants, flowers and fun at 1066 Bogue St. in East Lansing. The refuge of diverse botanical beauty is a superb retreat and resource for gardeners, plant lovers and children of all ages — and at 14 acres, guests can easily get a bit of exercise while walking the displays. In addition to the rambling flora, visitors may also find themselves blossoming with new garden design ideas or learning new annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees — or perhaps even discovering an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable. On the other hand, guests may just want to relax in a beautiful and refreshing garden setting. There are plenty of benches and natural spaces in which to lose oneself.

The natural playground is home to the Michigan 4H Children’s Garden, the Amien Carter Annual Garden, the Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden, the Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, the VIP Garden (vegetables and insect pollinators), and the Frank‘s Nursery and Crafts Rose Garden.

The MSU Horticulture Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sundown. All of the formal portions of the gardens are handicapped-accessible. It is free to visit the gardens; however, donations are requested.

Parking for the gardens can be found in Lot 54, which is a pay-by-plate lot that is enforced from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and is free on weekends. Visitors must pay immediately upon parking by walking to one of the pay stations, entering their vehicle license plate number and then their payment. The pay stations accept credit cards, coins or $1 and $5 bills. For more information, visit

Reasons to Visit the MSU Horticulture Gardens

  • You don’t have a green thumb, but you enjoy looking at plants and flowers.
  • It’s is a cool spot for a picnic or a wedding.
  • It’s a great place to get photos of hundreds of different types of plants. Or you can have a great photoshoot with your friends and family.
  • If you need a new place to take your kids on a field trip, the 4H Children’s Garden is a great spot.



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