Stroll through the Sunken Garden, discover The Mountain and more tree-covered trails, and take a moment to unwind by the Japanese Garden. Enjoy all 40 acres of Cranbrook Gardens - featuring extensive plantings, fountains, statuary, lakes and streams - as they evolve from spring through fall!
Please help us keep Cranbrook Gardens open and safe for everyone by following the social distancing, Estate Etiquette, and other guidelines below.
We encourage everyone who chooses to visit the grounds during this time to follow social distancing and other preventative guidelines recommended by the CDC and Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.
Some areas may be roped off periodically for the safety of our gardeners while they work. Guests must maintain at least 6’ from our staff and volunteers at all times. You may use our Ask a Gardener form to safely submit gardening questions online.
When visiting the Sunken Garden, please walk clockwise (if entering from the Service Court stairs, follow the sidewalk north, east, south, west, and back north to return to the stairs) to help ensure social distancing from other visitors.
Due to the financial strain caused by the current pandemic, our fountains and water features will not be running this year.
Please note that our restrooms are currently closed.
Cranbrook Gardens Highlights
There are over 20 beautiful gardens surrounding Cranbrook House, all of which are designed, planted, and cared for by Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary members. Keep reading below for an overview of some of these gardens, to see plants currently in bloom, and for links to our map and app.
The Sunken Garden is a favorite of many visitors. Each spring, Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers create a work of botanical art in this garden through distinctive patterns and color combinations. The beds along the fieldstone walls are planted with a mixture of perennials and annuals, and in 2020, a combination of approximately 4,000 begonias, salvia, and SunPatiens were planted in the four center rows!
The Reflecting Pool offers a spectacular vista from Cranbrook House to Cranbrook Art Museum. Garden beds on the north and south sides of the glimmering pool are planted in a formal mirror pattern. All the beds contain Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) and white Fragrant Lillies. A variety of yellow, orange and white annuals add color. In late summer, orange Praetoria Cannas create a stunning display in front of the peonies.
The Herb Garden has been managed by the Herb Society of America - Southern Michigan Unit since 1971. This garden is planted in a formal English design with different annual herbs each tour season. An old fashion Valarium with its wonderful vanilla scent greets visitors. A Mario Korbel statue of Ecolo, Goddess of Earth, protects the garden.
One of the oldest Japanese Gardens in North American, Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden provides a place of peacefulness and natural beauty. There are many interesting trees and shrubs (including mature Japanese Maples that are spectacular), and large areas of big leaf Petasities, purple Liriope, and some Tree Peonies. To learn more about the history and rehabilitation of the Japanese Garden, please visit the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research website.
Download the Cranbrook App
Free garden tours, maps, event listings, and more are available at the touch of a finger with the free Cranbrook app. Normal data usage rates apply - we recommend downloading the app before your visit while on a WiFi connection. Download it today!
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at Cranbrook Gardens (except for service animals). Dogs are allowed on the Cranbrook Educational Community campus grounds beyond our gardens and must always be leashed.
Picnicking, sunbathing, smoking, vaping, and drinking alcohol are not permitted.
Guests may not enter garden beds; disturb the plant or wildlife; climb on trees, fountains, statues, or walls.
For helpful information on our photography and other policies, and to ensure an enjoyable visit, please review our Estate Etiquette webpage before your arrival date.
Cranbrook House & Gardens is a historic facility preserved and maintained as closely as possible to its original design. As such, there are certain natural and artificial surface conditions, such as grass, wood chips, stones, stairs, steep slopes and uneven terrain which can make walking and use of a wheelchair difficult. Assistance for persons using wheelchairs or walkers is recommended. Cranbrook Educational Community is a private, non-profit educational community that welcomes individuals to its public areas and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for those who may require them.
Please contact us at 248.645.3149 or email@example.com with any questions above visiting or accessing Cranbrook House & Gardens.
*Free admission is for self-guided admission to Cranbrook Gardens. Cranbrook House tours and special events required paid admission. Please visit our Events Calendar and Tour Schedule for pricing and availability.