Fernwood Botanical Garden

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Fernwood Botanical Garden

This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Pond scene at Fernwood in late autumn. Location within the state of Michigan Location Lower Peninsula, Buchanan Township, Michigan USA Nearest city Niles, Michigan Coordinates 41°51′55″N 86°20′48″W / 41.86526°N 86.3466°W / 41.86526; -86.3466Coordinates: 41°51′55″N 86°20′48″W / 41.86526°N 86.3466°W / 41.86526; -86.3466 Area 105 acres (42 ha) Established 1964 Governing body Fernwood, Inc. (non-profit) The Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is an arboretum, botanical garden, and nature preserve located at 13988 Range Line Road in Buchanan Township, Michigan. It covers an area of 105 acres (42 ha). It is open to the public; an admission fee is charged. Contents 1 History 2 Features 3 See also 4 References 5 External links History Fernwood originally began as the home of Kay and Walter Boydston, who purchased its first 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) in 1941, and became a public garden in 1964, through the efforts of Lawrence and Mary Plym. Additional land purchases have increased the site to 105 acres (42 ha), providing space for the arboretum, prairie restoration, and newer gardens. Features The Garden is located on the St. Joseph River and contains landscape gardens (8 acres), woodland nature preserve (50 acres), an arboretum of trees and shrubs from temperate regions around the world (40 acres, started in 1971), and restored tallgrass prairie (5 acres, started in 1976), as well as a conservatory (greenhouse) featuring more than 100 kinds of tropical ferns. The landscape gardens include a Japanese “dry” garden designed by Ben Oki , a hosta garden with dawn redwood and Ginkgo, a tufa rock garden started in the 1950s, a fern garden with more than 50 types of hardy ferns, a boxwood garden, a lilac garden (1940s), a lily pond , and an herb garden featuring over 200 types of herbs. The nature center displays exhibits about the ecosystems and animals of Fernwood and items of seasonal interest, as well as live animals including an active beehive and local reptiles and amphibians. Environmental education programs are offered year round. See also List of botanical gardens in the United States References External links Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Fernwood Botanical Garden

Education Fernwood Educational Programs Fernwood offers educational programs throughout the year for people of all ages. Our programs include nature programs for children and adults, “how to” gardening classes, arts and crafts workshops, day trips to natural and horticultural attractions, symposia on gardening and nature subjects, and extended trips within the United States and abroad.A schedule of upcoming classes, programs and trips are published quarterly in Fernwood’s newsletter. Visit our Calendar for additional and updated information, or simply contact Fernwood after you receive updates from our monthly e-newsletter. Still seeking info? Call 269.695.6491 today.

Fernwood Botanical Garden

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Fernwood Educational Programs Fernwood offers educational programs throughout the year for people of all ages. Our programs include nature programs for children and adults, “how to” gardening classes, arts and crafts workshops, day trips to natural and horticultural attractions, symposia on gardening and nature subjects, and extended trips within the United States and abroad.A schedule of upcoming classes, programs and trips are published quarterly in Fernwood’s newsletter. Visit our Calendar for additional and updated information, or simply contact Fernwood after you receive updates from our monthly e-newsletter. Still seeking info? Call 269.695.6491 today.

Fernwood Botanical Garden

Fernwood offers educational programs throughout the year for people of all ages. Our programs include nature programs for children and adults, “how to” gardening classes, arts and crafts workshops, day trips to natural and horticultural attractions, symposia on gardening and nature subjects, and extended trips within the United States and abroad.A schedule of upcoming classes, programs and trips are published quarterly in Fernwood’s newsletter. Visit our Calendar for additional and updated information, or simply contact Fernwood after you receive updates from our monthly e-newsletter.

Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Fernwood’s nature preserve, with its tall trees, tranquil ponds, abundant springs, and carpets of wildflowers, is a magical place that draws people back again and again. Trails provide access to all parts of the preserve, allowing visitors to see a remarkable variety of plants and wildlife. Some trails climb steeply while others offer gentle grades. All are kept simple so visitors remain close to nature. Surfaces are wood-chipped or bare earth, and there are steps on hilly portions and boardwalks over wet areas. Benches provide places to rest and observe the beautiful surroundings. Species of endangered or threatened Michigan plants and animals are protected in the preserve. The preserve contains 10 geocaches, making Fernwood an ideal geocaching destination.

The Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is an arboretum, botanical garden, and nature preserve located at 13988 Range Line Road in Buchanan Township, Michigan. It covers an area of 105 acres (42 ha). It is open to the public; an admission fee is charged.

Fernwood originally began as the home of Kay and Walter Boydston, who purchased its first 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) in 1941, and became a public garden in 1964, through the efforts of Lawrence and Mary Plym. Additional land purchases have increased the site to 105 acres (42 ha), providing space for the arboretum, prairie restoration, and newer gardens.

Fernwood offers a variety of musical concerts throughout the year. Classical artists perform outdoors on the second Sunday of each month, from May through September. Folk and holiday music are sometimes offered during the holidays, and acoustic music is played at selected outdoor festivals. Special chamber concerts are offered from time to time as well.

Events Fernwood offers a variety of musical concerts throughout the year. Classical artists perform outdoors on the second Sunday of each month, from May through September. Folk and holiday music are sometimes offered during the holidays, and acoustic music is played at selected outdoor festivals. Special chamber concerts are offered from time to time as well. For a complete schedule, browse our Calendar of Events pages.For news and upcoming events, view our Spring Newsletter.

Fernwood offers a variety of musical concerts throughout the year. Classical artists perform outdoors on the second Sunday of each month, from May through September. Folk and holiday music are sometimes offered during the holidays, and acoustic music is played at selected outdoor festivals. Special chamber concerts are offered from time to time as well. For a complete schedule, browse our Calendar of Events pages.For news and upcoming events, view our Spring Newsletter.

Beautiful in all seasons. Explore the many trails in the tranquil setting. Spy numerous wildlife. Spring and summer bring lovely flowers, fall foliage is amazing and Christmas at Fernwood is always a treat. Great gift shop, too!

Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, families visiting Fernwood can borrow backpacks with activities to do while exploring the grounds. The birds backpack includes binoculars, field guides, and checklists.The gardens backpack contains scavenger hunts, books on plants and flowers, an insect field guide, and a bug box. Now available! The preschoolers backpack helps kids explore with their five senses and contains mystery smells, pictures, magnifiers, books, etc.

Reviewed December 28, 2016 TranquilityBeautiful in all seasons. Explore the many trails in the tranquil setting. Spy numerous wildlife. Spring and summer bring lovely flowers, fall foliage is amazing and Christmas at Fernwood is always a treat. Great gift shop, too!Thank April V

The Garden is located on the St. Joseph River and contains landscape gardens (8 acres), woodland nature preserve (50 acres), an arboretum of trees and shrubs from temperate regions around the world (40 acres, started in 1971), and restored tallgrass prairie (5 acres, started in 1976), as well as a conservatory (greenhouse) featuring more than 100 kinds of tropical ferns.

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