Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Niles

(4.6/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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  • I go to Fernwood at least once every year with my Grandma and I love it! There are several different gardens to choose from, or you could just go to all of them. Among my favorites are the herb garden...  more »
  • A lovely place to spend an afternoon in nature! What you see varies greatly according to the season. The train garden is a special treat when it is operational.  more »
  • Beautiful in all seasons. Explore the many trails in the tranquil setting. Spy numerous wildlife. Spring and summer bring lovely flowers, fall foliage is amazing and Christmas at Fernwood is always a ...  more »
  • Great place for relaxing hike in their wonderful woods and they also have a great cafe
  • Nice gardens good food. Great exercise.
  • I was introduced to Fernwood by my aunt when she was living in nearby Buchanan, MI. The garden is located in a beautiful rural setting along the banks of the St. Joe River. It is a little off the beaten track, but it's not that hard to find if you take Highway 31 and follow the signs. In addition to several formal and cottage gardens, there are beautiful nature trails through various kinds of terrain. The views along the river are quite lovely. During the summer, there is a model railroad garden that is fun for kids of all ages. This is a small scale operation that is staffed mainly by a dedicated group of volunteers. Don't expect things to be on a grand scale like you would find in a large city garden. However, it's a lovely place, and well worth a visit. They have a small cafe that serves delicious food if you are lucky enough to be there when it is open (hours are somewhat limited). As I mentioned in another review for WAUS 90.7 FM, during the summer there are outdoor classical concerts at the garden on Sunday afternoons. Admission is free during these special events.
  • For the price you cannot to better with all the nice shaded trails. It has several springs that flow down to the river. The trail along the river is worth the price admission alone. The Nature Center is a nice place to sit an relax and watch the birds feeding on the feeders. We like the place well enough to purchase an annual pass.
  • This is a hidden gem! You can easily spend a few hours or an afternoon here exploring its many beautiful gardens. For children, there is an elaborate toy "garden train" exhibit that my son enjoys tremendously. The gardens are mostly shaded and woodsy. There are many lovely photo ops. We saw a couple taking portraits of their toddler here. My son also enjoyed the frog ponds. Looking forward to returning, even though it is more than an hour's drive from our home.