Our mission is to instill an appreciation of plants, gardens, landscapes and the natural environment by displaying collections of plants that are of botanical and arboricultural value to students, professionals, and the public.

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Snow Shoeing on Hiking Trails.

Cross Country Skiing Trail.

Tropical, Arid, and Temperate Plants in the Conservatory.



Hidden Lake Gardens began as a simple testament to the education and enjoyment of the public.  The Gardens are a natural paradise, a place to escape from everyday life and connect with the natural world.  The bonsai courtyard, open late April through October, displays miniature trees as works of art.  Dwarf and rare conifers in the Harper Collection show off their varied forms, colors, sizes, and textures.  Hosta Hillside exhibits hundreds of hostas and other shade loving plants, while providing beautiful views of Hidden Lake.  Exotic plants boldly thrive in the arid, tropical, and temperate conservatory settings.  Annuals and perennials offer bright blooms in the sun and soothing foliage in shade.  Trees and shrubs across acres and acres of rolling terrain demonstrate their natural and ornamental attributes.  From the comfort of a car or on meandering footpaths, visitors are in for a visual treat ranging from the modest to the magnificent. Every season offers new highlights, views, and adventures. Come and experience this beautiful botanical garden and arboretum in the scenic Irish Hills of southeast Michigan.

Contact Information

6214 W. Monroe Road (Hwy M-50) Tipton, Michigan 49287

Phone: 517-431-2060



Jan 25

Morning Yoga IV

January 25, 2018 9:00AM - 10:00AM

An indoor active, vinyasa class focusing on breath, alignment, and personal awareness. Modified to suit beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Offered every Thursday morning in January.

Jan 30

Conifers of Great Lakes Region

January 30, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Robert Ayotte, naturalist, will discuss identification, biology, and ecology of conifers of the Great Lakes. A conifer tour at HLG follows the presentation. Program is included with admission to HLG ($3 per person, free for HLG members).

Feb 8

Illumination and Propagation

February 8, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Join Jon Genereaux, Plant Propagator, for a discussion on using specific wavelengths of the visible light spectrum to increase success of plant propagation, and for a tour of the propagation facility at HLG to see LED technology at work.

Feb 21

Michigan Wolves

February 21, 2018 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Judith Holcomb, of Lenawee Conservation District, will give a PowerPoint presentation on the wolves of Michigan. Registration is required. $8 per person / $5 Friends of HLG. Call 517-431-2060 to register.

Mar 3

Conifer Propagation Seminar

March 3, 2018 8:45AM - 4:00PM

Hands-on seminar of propagating conifers via cuttings and grafting. Participants will complete six grafts and 16 cuttings of various conifers from the HLG plant collections. Pre-registration is required - space is limited.

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