Plan Your Visit

While a visit to the 4-H Children's Gardens is a delightful experience, there are few things that might make your trip even better.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday, sun up to sun down

There is a fee to park between 7:30am and 6:00pm (see below).

Saturday & Sunday, sun up to sun down

Free Parking

The garden is open to everyone to enjoy. More information is available at the garden entrance in the Creation Station.


The Horticulture Garden parking meters are a cash/credit system. Parking can be paid at the meter and the machines accept both credit and U.S. coins.

The charge for parking is $0.25 for eight minutes. There is a $1.80 minimum for credit card charges. All major credit cards accepted.

Weekend parking is free, except during Wharton Center events. In the case of a Wharton Center event, park behind the Plant & Soil Science Building for free.Parking fees help support the gardens.


Use this map to find us. We are in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building which is located on the corner of Wilson Road and Bogue Street on the campus of Michigan State University. (We are across from the Vet Clinic and caddy corner from the Wharton Center). We look forward to seeing you!

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Family Events

Programs are offered approximately weekly.

Families, friends, everyone is welcome to attend! Some programs are free, other cost $5 per child. Parking is free for some programs - check our calendar for details

To register on-line, click here.
To register by phone, call Jessica Wright at 517-353-0327.

During your visit

While you are here, be sure to experience plants! Touch, smell, listen and look closely. Here are just a few things to look for and do:

  • Find Lamb's Ear and feel the leaves.
  • Sit on the sheep and have someone take your picture.
  • Be sure to check out the Pizza Garden.
  • Find some chocolate mint and smell it.
  • Go over the Monet Bridge.
  • Wander through the Alice in Wonderland Maze - but don't get lost!
  • Dance on the dance chimes.
  • Have lots of fun!
  • What other fun things can you find to do in the garden? Feel free to sniff, touch and watch the wonders!