Koeze Stable Garden at Historic Barns Park

Within the property of the former state hospital in Traverse City, MI, is a lovely botanic garden comprised of numerous garden areas. We recently visited the Koeze Stable Garden. We were there two years ago. See my post from that trip. Also, here is a link to their website.

The site of the Koeze Stable Garden is the remaining foundation from a 3-story horse barn built on the state hospital property in 1900. The concrete floor of the foundation was removed and garden beds were planted in the footprint of the horse stalls. There are 145 different perennials, shrubs, and vines that provide continuous blooms from spring through fall. The walls of the foundation provide protection for the plants creating a microclimate which extends the season in both the spring and fall.

Here are some photos of the flowering plants we saw this trip.

This is one of the Chinese Guardian Lions (Fu Dogs) guarding the entrance of the secret garden.

If you are ever in the area, the Koeze Stable Garden is a wonderful place to visit.


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