Visitors and Alumni


The facilites Michigan State University Department of Horticulture are a great attraction for visitors of all ages.  Whether you are coming to take a walk through the Gardens or coming to an event, you will be astonished by the beauty of the facility.

The Gardens are an educational facility that supports and integrates teaching, research, and service relative to the needs of the Department of Horticulture, along with providing easy access for the public.  Features such as the Michigan 4-H Childrens' Garden, butterflies, educational tours, wedding and event rentals, field trips, the Arboretum, and the Annual Trial Gardens attract visitors from all around the world.

Read more about tours and visitor information

Directions, Parking, and Maps

Location - 1066 Bogue Road, East Lansing MI 48824

Click here for a Downloadable map of the MSU Horticulture Gardens

From 1-496/US 127 take exit #9 onto Trowbridge Road. Follow Trowbridge Road east onto campus. At Harrison Road continue through campus to Wilson Road and turn right. Continue to Bogue Street and turn right. The Gardens Visitor Lot entrance will be on the right side just before the railroad tracks.

From I-69 South take exit 94 onto Bus I-69 (E. Saginaw St.) toward East Lansing (4.4 miles).  Turn left (south) onto Hagadorn Road (1.6 miles). Turn right onto Service Road. Turn right onto Bogue Street.  The Gardens Visitor Lot entrance will be on the left hand side just past the railroad tracks.

 MSU Campus Maps

Event and Visitor Parking

Tokens are required for parking Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm. Each token is good for 90 minutes and can be purchased in the garden parking lot vending machine for $3.00. If a visit longer than 90 minutes is desired, tokens can be purchased in multiples of 2 for $5.00 from the token machine. The parking meters are in effect Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm. Note that a portion of the money from the tokens helps to fund our MSU Horticulture Gardens.

Parking on the weekends is free unless there is a home football game or an event at Wharton Center.For private events such as weddings special parking arrangements are available in four areas around the Horticulture Gardens. 


So, you've graduated from the MSU Horticulture program. You have been working for maybe a couple years, a decade, maybe even a lifetime in the industry and you have always wondered, where are those friends I remember from my school days of old? Wishing you could find out what mischief they are up to, or even what other MSU Horticulture people are doing. That's what we are hoping to accomplish, to reestablish connections to your classmates, colleagues and other riffraff that like plants and MSU.

We have started a listserv which enables everyone to stay in touch through email. If you have not given Bob Herner your email, please update it by sending it to him at If you are already on the listserv, you can email everyone by sending an email to

We hope you will stay in touch, send us stories and pictures and we will see you soon!

Horticulture Alumni Association

Why should there be a Horticulture Alumni Association?

    1. To provide better communication between the department and its alumni.

    2. To provide better communication between alumni.

    3. To provide opportunities for alumni and others to get together in several different kinds of social activities.

    4. To develop a newsletter of interest to alumni.

    5. To provide information about those seeking employment and employers.

    6. To promote horticulture and to help recruit new students.

    7. To raise funds for the department for research, student scholarships, etc.

Contact information for Department of Horticulture faculty and staff retirees. 

We hope that Department of Horticulture alumni will stay connect to the university and reestablish connections to your former classmates and colleagues.  We have started a listserv which enables everyone to stay in touch through email. If you have not given Bob Herner your email, please update it by sending it to him. If you are already on the listserv, you can email everyone by sending an email to

Special Events and Programs

Click here to read about special upcoming events sponsered by the MSU Horticulture Department, along with area information for weather, shopping, hotels, and construction information for the surrounding Lansing area.

Tax-Deductible Gifts to MSU Horticulture

Private support involves gifts and grants given to the University by alumni, friends, institutions-corporations, foundations, and organizations who are committed to helping MSU fulfill its mission. Motivations for giving are often varied, all are important to The Campaign for MSU. Many individuals view their support as a means of accomplishing personal goals, supporting values and beliefs. Some give simply because they view their support as a good investment. Others value the knowledge and experiences they have received and desire to ensure the same for future generations of students. Learn more about donating to MSU Horticulture.

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