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PO Box 1247
Traverse City, MI 49685-1247
The mission of the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan (BGSNM) is to design, build and manage a year-round botanic garden, for the purpose of botanical and environmental preservation, education and research, and the enjoyment of our region’s citizens and visitors. That mission is becoming a reality now that the society has procured a 25-acre site at the Historic Barns Park on the beautiful grounds of the old Traverse City State Hospital.
The goals of BGSNM are to provide outstanding educational opportunities for people of all ages, to preserve the history and ecosystems of the site, to conduct important plant and ecology research, and to develop beautiful demonstration and display gardens and exciting events for the enjoyment of all who visit the garden. In essence, the gardens will be a place to
discover and learn, relax and rejuvenate, reflect and celebrate.
First steps are to renovate and landscape the old Granary as a visitor center and classroom, restore the stone foundation of the old horse barn for a Michigan wildflower walled garden, and complete the second phase of design for the rest of the 25-acre garden. Two areas of focus will be healing gardens and the use of native plants.
BGSNM is collaborating with two other groups on the site (SEEDS and Little Artshram) in the development of a public picnic grove, and with Traverse City and Garfield Township in the restoration of the historic barns on the site.
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