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Michigan: Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
The 105-acre Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve near the southwest Michigan town of Niles (90 minutes east of Chicago) features extensive gardens, an arboretum and tall grass prairie in the St. Joseph River valley. Specialty areas include a Japanese dry garden, ravine garden, Herb and Sensory Garden, wetlands, hosta collection, rock garden and lily pond. Trails wind through the gardens, a 5-acre prairie reconstruction and 55-acre nature preserve. Check the website for nature classes, concerts and other programs.