The Great Lakes Gardens celebrate our region’s natural heritage and re-create many of the special habitats found here such as dune, limestone plain, and prairie. We’ve planted the Gardens with Great Lakes endemics (those found here and nowhere else in the world), native orchids, woodland wildflowers, and many others. A series of accessible pathways, boardwalks, and overlooks connects the different garden spaces and invites up-close views of plants you might never encounter in the wild, while interpretation illuminates the role conservation plays in protecting this unique diversity.

The Great Lakes Gardens is a place to visit in all seasons. Check out this gallery of photos of the gardens’ habitats and plants taken throughout the seasons, and be sure to visit soon to see the gardens in person. (Thanks to photographer Michele Yanga and student intern Ryan Kuesel for their photos of the Great Lakes Gardens.)