Sunday, May 5, 2013
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is located in Niles, Michigan. It covers 105 acres along the St. Joseph River Valley. Only eight acres are landscaped. The rest are miles and miles of trails. It was voted Best Hiking and Best Family Outing in A Leader Publications 2013 Best of the Best readers poll. On the eight landscaped acres, visitors can see a Japanese garden, hosta garden, lilac garden, lily pond, and an herb garden featuring over 200 types of herbs. Every season offers something new. In the spring, the daffodils and primroses offer a nice splash of color. In the summer, the perennials are in bloom. Autumn is the peak season for ornamental grasses.
The garden is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7.00 per adult and $4.00 per child.