Explore Cranbrook Gardens for Free

Stroll through the Sunken Garden, discover a garden folly on The Mountain, and take a moment to unwind by the Reflecting Pool or Japanese Garden. Free* admission to Cranbrook Gardens during the 2019 tour season is provided by presenting sponsor, PNC Bank, and sponsors All Seasons Independent Livingfleurdetroitand Roberts Restaurant GroupEnjoy all 40 acres of Cranbrook Gardens - featuring extensive plantings, fountains, statuary, lakes and streams - as they evolve from spring through fall! 

Cranbrook Gardens Hours
May through October | Open daily (including weekends and holidays)
7:00am - 7:00pm

November through April
Closed for the season

Photograph of visitors walking by Turtle Fountain at Cranbrook House & Gardens, May 2019.

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. 

Sunken Garden
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 2019, a combination of approximately 3,000 SunPatiens and Marigolds were planted in the four center rows!

Photograph of family walking through the Sunken Garden at Cranbrook House & Gardens, July 2019.

Reflecting Pool
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. 

Photograph of the Reflecting Pool at Cranbrook House & Gardens, summer 2019. Photograph by Eric Franchy. Copyright Cranbrook House & Gardens.

Herb Garden
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.

Photograph of flowers in the Herb Garden at Cranbrook House & Gardens, 2018.

Japanese 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.

Photograph of the Japanese (Red) Bridge in the Japanese Garden at Cranbrook House & Gardens. Photograph taken by Eric Franchy, July 2019.

Where to


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!  

Cranbrook app promo photo for Cranbrook House & Gardens

Estate Etiquette
For helpful information on our pet, photograph, 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. 

Contact Information
Please contact us at 248.645.3149 or houseandgardens@cranbrook.edu 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.