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Gardens & Landscapes

Landscapes & Gardens of Washtenaw County Parks

Washtenaw  County Parks and Preserves are renowned for their unique and scenic natural landscapes. 

We encourage visitors to make frequent seasonal "horticultural" forays to study interesting and diverse flora in a wide variety of ecosystems and habitat; and to delight in the ever changing "designed" displays of flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees (both ornamental and native) throughout the park gardens.

The following links feature horticultural treasures to look for as you make your way along the many park trails (nature, walking and exercise) at various park facilities.

  •  Parker Mill  - Native plant demonstration gardens and green roof pavilion
  •  Pierce Lake Golf Course & Park - New and variable rock garden plantings
  •  Sharon Mills - "Old-fashioned" landscaping gardens; heirloom Iris display
  •  County Farm Park - A variety of small & large gardens and landscape areas including a perennial garden and Project Grow gardens

To learn more about the many ecological and horticultural features in all our Washtenaw County Parks and Preserves, plant identification lists, brochures, demonstrations and educational programs are available.

The County Farm Park perennial garden has plant ID signs on site, and there are interpretative signs at Sharon Mills, Parker Mill, and Independence Lake. 

Find out how you and your family might get involved with Natural Areas Stewardship and Garden Touring, contact the Park Horticulturist. at (734) 971-6337.

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