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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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



  • Apr 21

    Beginner Tai Chi Series

    April 21, 2018 - May 19, 2018 (April 7, 14, 21, and May 5, 12, 19) Hidden Lake Gardens

    This six week Tai Chi series will introduce the movements of 24 Tai Chi forms to improve balance, strength, and focus in a serene, outdoor setting at HLG. Participation in all six classes is encouraged but not required.

  • Apr 28

    Arbor Day Celebration

    April 28, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM Hidden Lake Gardens

    Come to Hidden Lake Gardens and celebrate Arbor Day. Guided wildflower walk, Classroom Critters, tree "cookies," hands-on crafts, and tree seedlings are all part of this family fun event in honor of trees.

  • Apr 29

    Terrarium Workshop with Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

    April 29, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM Hidden Lake Gardens

    Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, the Houseplant Guru and author, will discuss terrariums and will lead participants in a workshop on creating their own tiny plant world under glass. All plants, containers, and supplies will be provided.

  • May 1

    Spring Bird Walk with Juliet Berger

    May 1, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM Hidden Lake Gardens

    Learn the sights and sounds of birds with naturalist and bird guide, Juliet Berger. We will be on the lookout for spring migratory birds as well as nesters. Binoculars and hiking shoes/boots are recommended. $5 per person / $3 Friends of HLG.

  • May 3

    Essential Oils with Paula Burke

    May 3, 2018 - May 31, 2018 ; 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31); Hidden Lake Gardens

    This introductory class will cover what essential oils are, where they come from, and how to use them effectively and safely. Offered every Thursday evening in May.

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