After ten years of planning and fundraising, the sprawling Botanical Garden of Northwest Michigan is taking shape on a 25-acre site at the Grand Traverse Commons, the former home of Traverse City’s mental asylum. Located in a 56-acre agricultural area near the asylum’s massive “cathedral barns,” the property encompasses a wide range of ecosystems, and will be home to a variety of display, demonstration and research gardens. The park will feature picnic areas, educational facilities and demonstration plots, administered jointly by the city of Traverse City and neighboring Garfield Township.
Wellington Farm, USA, where’s it’s always 1932, is a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum in Grayling designed to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression. A new museum is scheduled to open this summer. The first major display in the new museum will be a presentation of the plow and its importance to the development of modern agriculture. Also planned for 2011, The Cream Station, where you may purchase an old fashioned ice cream cone and watch as cream is churned into butter, and The Broom Maker’s Shop.
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