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Plants That Provide Year-Round Interest and Perform Best in Shady Conditions

Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden

Named for Michigan native Gwen Frostic, the Woodland Shade Garden portrays examples of the artist’s favorite subjects: indigenous plants and animals. Spring provides a fresh color palette as native trout lilies, daffodils, wildflowers and flowering shrubs burst into bloom. Tall trees provide a canopy of shade in summer months, when hydrangeas, hostas and fringed bleeding hearts offer a feast for the eyes.

Woodland Shade Garden

Highlights

The Little Pond

The Little Pond, formerly known as The Kettle Pond, is a unique feature of the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden. Originally used as a watering hole for cattle, it is now a serene area for relaxing and watching the wildlife, such as squirrels, turtles and ducks.

Shade-Loving Plants

Forget-me-nots, lungworts and Lenten roses are a few of the flowers that flourish in the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden. Take in the beauty of these plants and others, throughout multiple seasons.

Walking Trails

Guests are invited to wander along walking trails and relax on wooden benches in the Woodland Shade Garden, while they enjoy the shade and peaceful seasonal changes.

HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

CONTACT US

area closures

Please note: The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory will be closed for maintenance on Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 12.  Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE