The Society

The BGS is a non-profit organization that, since 2000, has been working to create a regional botanic garden in northwest Michigan. We currently have an option to buy a spectacular 81 acre parcel of land consisting of flatlands, sloping meadows, wetlands, Vanderlip Creek, two small ponds, numerous hardwoods, softwoods and ecosystems along with breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay.

We have selected a leading landscape architecture firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz to create our master plan, have completed a feasibility study laying the groundwork for our capital campaign and have increased our membership to 500 members ahead of our timeline. We have enlarged our board of directors and community advisory board and have begun to raise seed money for our first stages of development.

Our focus is local and global. We recognize the importance our garden will play in guarding our biological heritage and in partnering with the global effort to preserve and protect ecosystems. When completed, our botanic garden will be a showplace of environmental preservation, research and education, and a stunning natural sanctuary that will nurture the arts, enliven our culture and promote Michigan’s natural beauty–providing a tremendous tourism asset for the region’s economic base.

THE BGS mission… an investment in education, natural heritage, economy and culture, all parts of the quality of life we cherish in Northwest Michigan.