Hidden Lake Gardens is a facility operated by Michigan State University. It is located in Tipton, Michigan about 80 miles from the main campus in East Lansing. It was donated to MSU by the late Harry Fee.

The facility has around 670 acres of land and includes several large plant collections, walking trails and driving paths into wooded areas. The major attractions include:

Pauline Banyai, a Michigan hosta hybridizer, introduced the classic cultivar Hosta 'Gold Standard'. Following her death, her originator's stock of this plant was donated to Hidden Lake Gardens and now resides in the All America Selections Display Garden.


Hidden Lake Gardens
Hwy M-50
Tipton, Michigan 49287
Ph: 517-431-2060

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 worthwhile.

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.

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