Located in the Irish Hills area of
lower Michigan, this is a hidden gem indeed. The only bad
thing about it is that it is located away from all major
cities. Therefore, you generally don't just drive by and stop
in. You have to decide to go there and that is very
There are two key garden areas
of interest. The Harper Rare and Dwarf Conifer collection is
one of the best (some say the best) collections in the
country. All manner of evergreen plants, some one of a kind,
are on display in a beautiful rolling setting. They are all
labeled for easy identification.
The Hosta Hillside is the other
major attraction. The Michigan Hosta Society has developed a
magnificent display garden on a wooded hillside. It is
dedicated to Dr Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict who were two
of the early pioneer in this genus. Herb has originated
hundreds of hosta cultivars.
Hosta Hillside has a display of
over 600 mature clumps with well over 400 different named
cultivars of hostas. They are all labeled and well maintained
by the Society. Great for figuring out which ones you
want for your landscape.