These whimsical gardens are an exuberant union between children's literature, the natural world, and imagination. Explore at your own pace the magic found within its nooks and crannies, anchored by several play areas including the Learning Cottage, Secret Garden, Woodlands, Farm Garden, and more. Free play is encouraged for all ages, with plenty of areas to roam, run, dance and giggle. There is no cost to explore the gardens, and food and drink are allowed.
A private garden where garden design, horticulture, wildlife and education intertwine to create a magical place. In total, 400 acres along a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline shine with 50 acres of composed gardens. The Gardens are a living expression of all that owner, Jay W. Christopher, finds meaningful, inspiring and beautiful. The gardens are only open to the public during limited times through the year. Features state-of-the-art greenhouse, rose garden, and Children's farm.
This is a unique experience for families to explore along the meandaring forest trail and discover the artistic carvings of James Tellen, a local furniture maker turned wood carver in the 1950's. Over 30 historic, religious, and mythic characters peek out among the forest. From cheeky, mischievous gnomes to a solid, life-sized lumberjack, these figures add a touch of surreal playfulness to the natural surroundings.
This hidden gem on the lakeshore features six acres of backyard gardens on Lake Michigan on the estate of John & Ruth West. There is no charge to meander at your own pace as you and your family take a tour of the rose garden, Japanese garden, sunken gardens and formal gardens. With more than 900 feet of herbaceous borders with colorful annuals, the landscaping is breathtaking and a delight to explore.