Gardens of Mackinac

The Grand Garden show may have been this past week, but if you missed it don’t fret, there are still plenty of gardens to stop and smell the roses all over Mackinac Island all season long. Here are our top 3 gardens.
Secret Garden, Grand Hotel: One of the most recent additions to the Grand Hotel’s already extensive gardens — including the more than 60,000 tulip bulbs planted annually — the secret garden is an experience that will actually change with every season. The garden is comprised of two separate sections, one filled with perennials and another which showcases spring bulbs that will be changed out every year.
Carriage House: Located on the grounds of Condé Nast Traveler’s named “Best Small Hotel in the World,” Hotel Iroquois, the Carriage House restaurant is not only home to some of the best cuisine on the island, but a stunning garden. Before, after, and during your meal enjoy views of the waterfront and beautiful landscaping. Enjoy some quiet time on one of their secluded benches — just you, the water, and a multi-color backdrop of flora.
Wings of Mackinac: Open Mid-May through the first week of October, Wings of Mackinac is home to some of the most majestically winged butterflies and also a brilliant collection of tropical foliage, flowers, and fountains! Don’t miss the mosaic turtle, an homage to Mackinac Island’s indigenous name, “Mitchimakinak” or “Big Turtle.”