The Most Charming Botanical Gardens in Michigan

March 10, 2023 | Story by Bridgette Redman
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No matter where you go in Michigan, from the most urban areas to the remote wildernesses, communities have come together to create botanical gardens that inspire and mesmerize.

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle is a testament to nature thriving even in urban areas. A 982-acre island park in the
Detroit River in downtown Detroit, the island is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Ann Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center and the James Scott Memorial Fountain. The Conservatory is the oldest continually running conservatory in the U.S., built in 1902. It was modeled on London’s Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens. The 85-foot high central dome houses palm trees and tropical plants. Anna Scripps Whitcomb donated her 600-orchid collection to the conservatory, many of which were saved from Britain during World War II.

4 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit

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