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Friendship Botanic Gardens

  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46361
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Explore 105 acres of nature's splendor at Friendship Botanic Gardens. Winding nature trails take visitors through forested valleys and hillsides to lovingly cultivated formal gardens along the banks or Trail Creek. The grounds are home to historic Heritage Gardens commemorating cultures around the world, along with brand new plots like the ArcelorMittal Children's Garden, an interactive arena for nature-based play experiences. Friendship Botanic Gardens is an idyllic setting for picnics, hiking, meditation, as well as momentous cultural events like the annual Lyric Opera of Chicago concert. Planning your special day? The scenic vistas of Friendship Botanic Gardens are an unforgettable backdrop for weddings and other special events. The ecologically rich old-growth forests and wetlands that surround the gardens are the perfect natural classroom for environmental education events like our annual Monarch Butterfly Bonanza. Become a member for access to the grounds year-round. Members also have access to the world class trout and salmon fishing along nearly 2,000 feet of Trail Creek shoreline. Pets on a leash are welcome.

Wake Up The Gardens Volunteer Work Day

  • April 26, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Come help get the Gardens and Grounds ready for opening. All help is welcome! Join us from Noon-4pm and help us get a headstart on cleanup. Spend a lo... View Details

Season Opening

  • May 06, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Help kick off a momentous 2017 season by joining Friendship Botanic Gardens for the official spring opening!  View Details

Mother's Day -- Free Admission for Moms

  • May 14, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

In honor of Mother's Day, mothers and grandmothers are admitted free. View Details

Father's Day -- Dads Admitted Free

  • June 18, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

In honor of Father's Day, dads are admitted free all day.  View Details

Botanic Bug Safari

  • June 25, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46361

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a free afternoon of invertebrate adventures in the diverse natural habitats found throughout our 105 acre garden ... View Details

Native American Heritage Day at Friendship Botanic Gardens

  • July 09, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46361

Celebrate the rich and enduring legacy of Native American Heritage along the very same river banks and forested valleys where the Potawatomi hunted an... View Details

The Lyric Opera at Friendship Botanic Gardens

  • August 13, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Friendship Botanic Gardens is proud to host to a special evening of world-class artistry from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Join us among the scenic vi... View Details

Bacchus and Beer Fest

  • August 19, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Join us for our annual Beer and Wine festival amidst stunning vistas and formal gardens. Sample a dazzling variety of wines and craft beers from local... View Details

Butterfly Bonanza at Friendship Botanic Gardens

  • August 20, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! Horticulturalis... View Details

Polish Heritage Festival

  • September 17, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Join us for a very popular day of festivities! Polish Food, Dancing, & Music... and learn about Polish Heritage. Tickets available day of the even... View Details

Haunted Trails and Ghost Stories

  • October 28, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a spooktacular evening of family fun. Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a night of family-fri... View Details

Thanksgiving Turkey Walk and Native American Heritage Celebration

  • November 23, 2017
  • Location: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Address: 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360

Join Friendship Botanic Gardens as they host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embar... View Details

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