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“an absolute favorite....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hidden Lake Garden

Hidden Lake Garden
6214 Monroe Road, Tipton, MI 49287
(517) 431-2060
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East Lansing, Michigan
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“an absolute favorite....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

you can hike the trails, tour by car or bike, or sit on a hilltop and watch the seasons change (one of our favorite spots is the top of Evergreen Hill in the lowlands)....the grounds are beautifully maintained and the award winning gardens are just stunning. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and many classes and activities (open to the public as well as members..there is a fee). The gardens are child AND pet friendly (dogs must be leashed). Don't miss the conservatory (with a bonsai garden) and the hosta hillside, with a stream and gently sloping waterfall, along the east shore of the lake (who knew there were THIS many hosta varieties?). There are designated picnic areas (with grills and shelters) so plan to spend the day if you can. Most trees and flowers in the gardens are tagged for identification and it's easy to find a helpful staff person if you have questions.
With the exception of major holidays Hidden Lake is open all year (and the winter is magnificent there, although only the major roads are plowed if there is snow)....bring your cross country skis). There is a per person entry fee if you are not a member, but if you plan on returning (and we do quite often) check out the membership options at the visitor center....they're very reasonable.
Hidden Lake is a Michigan State University gem.....one of the loveliest places in the midwest.

Visited October 2012
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St. Louis metro area
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This garden is a gem -- about 45 mins from Ann Arbor. Be sure to include it in your touring when you are in this area.

Visited July 2012
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Jackson, Michigan
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“What a beautiful place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

It's such a nice drive though all the plants, trees and beautiful flowers. I really think it would be a great vist, whether spring, summer or fall. I don't think it is open in the winter but am not sure.

Visited April 2012
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Milan, MI
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“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Beautiful foliage, lovely to spend the day. Recommend polarized glasses to be able to see the fish in the ponds clearly. It is a little pricey, as it is based per person, rather than by carload.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful vistas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Lovely views around the lake, excellent plant collections and good facilities for picnics. Hothouse collections are well put together and maintained. Paths are clearly marked but less able walkers might struggle on the slopes. Free entry on the first Monday of the month.

Visited August 2012
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