Spring Garden Tips

Gardens to Visit

A landscape architect once told me that as gardeners and professionals we are always borrowing and improving on each other's designs. I would agree. I find my best garden designs are a combination of luck, borrowed ideas and experimentation. Increase your luck by visiting private and public gardens in your area. These are great places to see which perennials will thrive in your area, plant combinations that provide great impact, and other design ideas that work with or don't fit your gardening style.

And don't just make one visit. You really need to see the plants throughout the year. You will be amazed at how they change. Make sure the plant you just can't resist in bloom looks just as good when the flowers fade or the snow flies. Yes, snow—stop by in winter to see if you and the birds will enjoy these plants in your garden. And don't be shy about asking other visitors, volunteers, and staff about their favorite plants or combinations. There is a wealth of information growing in and walking through the gardens.

Here are a few of the Midwest gardens that are open to the public. If I have left one out, sorry, but please let me know so we can try to include it in the future.

American Public Gardens Association

Internet Directory of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Illinois

Chicago Botanic Garden
P.O. Box 400
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440

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Ball Seed Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 231-3500
Call for an appointment.

Cantigny
1 South 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

Morton Arboretum
4100 Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074

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George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden
Glen Oak Park
2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 682-1200

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Illinois Central College Arboretum
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 694-8446

Lake of the Woods Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 336
Mahomet, IL 61853
(217) 586-2612

318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 229-9390

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Indiana

Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Oldfields Estate
1200 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 923-1331

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Department of Horticulture
Purdue University
West Lafayette IN 47907
(317) 494-1296

Iowa

Bickelhaupt Arboretum
340 South 14th Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 242-4771

Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 323-6290

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Living History Farms
2600 111th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 278-5286

Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University
1407 University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-2710

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Kentucky

Springhouse Gardens
6041 Harrodsburg Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
(859) 224-1417

University of Kentucky
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department
Lexington, KY 40506

Michigan

Cranbrook House & Gardens
380 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48013
(248) 645-3147 or (877) GO.CRANBrook

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
University of Michigan
1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 647-7600

Nichols Arboretum
University of Michigan
1610 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-7600

Hunter's Creek Perennial Gardens
2555 South Lapeer Road
Lapeer, MI 48446
(313) 667-3891 or (313) 667-0635

Dow Gardens
1018 West Main Street
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-2677

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Department of Horticulture
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1112
(517) 355-0348

Beal Botanical Garden
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1112
(517) 432-9182 (garden use)
(517) 355-9582 (curator)

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Fernwood Botanic Gardens
13988 Range Line Road
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 695-6491

Minnesota

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 443-1400

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Lyndale Park Perennial/Annual Garden
NE Shore of Lake Harriet on Roseway Road between King's Highway and Lake Harriet Parkway
Lyndale, MN 55359
(612) 230-6400

Missouri

Woodland and Floral Garden
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 62511

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100
GardenLine 24-hour Information:
(314) 577-9400 or (800) 642-8842

Nebraska

Harmon Park Arboretum
31st and 5th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 233-3232

Pioneers Park Nature Center
West End of Pioneers Park
3201 S Coddington
Lincoln, NE 68522
(402) 441-8708

UNL Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
City campus at 12th & R Streets, east campus at 35th & Holdrege Streets
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-2679

Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE 68108
(402) 346-4002

Omaha Public Power District Arboretum
4302 Jones Plaza OR 108th & Blondo Streets
Omaha, NE
(402) 552-5471

Campus of a Thousand Oaks Arboretum
600 Hoyt St.,
Peru, NE
(402) 872-2224

Gilman Park Arboretum
106 South 1st Street
Pierce, NE 68767
(402) 329-4873

New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225-1099
(718) 623-7200

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8700

Ohio

Chadwick Arboretum
OH State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 281-4701, ext. 8307

Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-1600

Columbus Zoological Gardens
9990 Riverside Drive
Powell, OH 43065
614) 645-3400

Cox Arboretum and Gardens
6733 Springboro Pike
Dayton, OH 45449
(937) 434-9005

Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Road SE
Newark, OH 43055
(800) 44-DAWES or (740) 323-2355

Holden Arboretum
9500 Sperry Road
Kirkland, OH 44094
(440) 946-4400

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 South Hempstead Road
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 895-6216

Kingwood Center
900 Park Avenue West
West Mansfield, OH 44906
(419) 522-0211

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 North Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303
(330) 836-5533

The Secrest Arboretum
The Ohio State University OARDC
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 263-3700

Toledo Botanical Gardens
5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, OH 43615
(419) 936-2986

Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens
409 Conservatory Road
Kennett Square
Pennsylvania, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

Morris Arboretum
100 Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777

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Washington

Washington Park Arboretum
University of Washinton
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 543-8800

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Washington DC

Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 339-6410

US Botanic Garden
245 First Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 225-8333

US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
(202) 245-2726

Wisconsin

Allen Centennial Gardens
University of Wisconsin Campus
620 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 576-2501

Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, WI 53130
(414) 525-5600

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Foxfire Botanical Gardens
M220 Sugarbush Lane
Marshfield, WI 54449
(715) 387-3050

Green Bay Botanical Garden
2600 Larsen Road
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 490-9457

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Gardens of Kohler
Kohler, WI 53044
(800) 344-2838

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Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)
524 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-9830

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
(608) 246-4551

UW-Stout Campus Grounds
Corner of Main Street and Broadway
Menomonie, WI 54751

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545
(608)752-3885

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Villa Terrace Renaissance Garden
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-3656

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