Stroll through the Sunken Garden, discover a garden folly on The Mountain, and take a moment to unwind by the Reflecting Pool. Enjoy all 40 acres of Cranbrook Gardens - featuring extensive plantings, fountains, statuary, lakes and streams - as they evolve from spring through fall!
The beautiful gardens surrounding Cranbrook House are designed, planted, and cared for by Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers. These dedicated volunteers are also responsible for raising funds to maintain the gardens.
*Free admission is for self-guided visits of Cranbrook Gardens. Cranbrook House tours and special events required paid admission. Please visit our Events Calendar and Tour Schedule for pricing and availability.
The Sunken Garden is a favorite of many visitors. It is a formal garden surrounded by fieldstone walls. 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 wall are planted with a mixture of perennials and annuals, and in the past, over 10,000 begonias have been 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 Southeastern Michigan Branch of the American Herb Society 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.
The Japanese Garden provides a place of peacefulness and natural beauty, and is one of the Japanese gardens in North America. There are many interesting trees and shrubs in this garden. The Japanese Maples are mature and spectacular. There are large areas of big leaf Petasities, purple Liriope and some Tree Peonies. To learn more about the history and revitalization of the Japanese Garden, please visit the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research website.
Now in Bloom
A collection of some of the plants that are currently in bloom in the gardens.