Cranbrook Gardens is noted for its 40 acres of formal, woodland and naturalistic gardens featuring fountains, statuary, lakes, streams, and extensive traditional and contemporary plantings. A must-see is The Sunken Garden, which is planted by volunteers in a stunning new design each year. In 2016, over 2,500 annuals were used in its four annual beds!

The beautiful gardens surrounding Cranbrook House are designed, planted and cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers that are members of Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary.

Free Admission

Cranbrook Gardens is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, May 1 through October 31. Admission to Cranbrook Gardens is FREE for the 2017 tour season, courtesy of presenting sponsor PNC Bank, and sponsors All Seasons Independent Living, Neighborhood SEEN, and Roberts Restaurant Group.

Highlights of What You'll See at Cranbrook Gardens

The Sunken Garden

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 true 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 the rows in the center were planted with over 2,500 annuals in 2016!

The 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. 

The Herb Garden

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.

Japanese Garden

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. Although Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary does not tend this garden regularly, its secluded peacefulness and natural beauty still make it worth a visit. 

Now in Bloom

A collection of some of the plants that are currently in bloom in the gardens. 

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Estate Etiquette

To ensure an enjoyable visit, please review our Estate Etiquette page - for useful information on our pet, photography, and other policies - before your arrival date.