Welcome to the Gardens

Welcome to the Gardens

We are open from May through the end of October on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-6pm, and on weekends in April and November from 10-4 CDT. Admission is $8, Wednesdays are $4 admission days. Children under 12 are FREE. Members have access to grounds during our open hours. We are a Not-For-Profit Facility.

Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936. Gardens are tucked throughout the beautiful valley of Trail Creek.

Visit Lake Lucerne, a spring fed lake and home to muskrats, geese and turtles. The woods are home to deer, raccoons, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, coyotes and wild turkeys. The songs of birds are heard in the quiet of this valley surrounded by hills.

The grounds are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns. Self-guiding garden tours and nature trails delight and inform visitors. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.

The Board of Directors of Friendship Botanic Gardens are launching monumental efforts to revitalize and rejuvenate the Gardens. Read our Newsletter to stay up on those efforts.

Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is a community treasure and an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana.

Our 2017 season will certainly be one to remember. We plan on having many educational activities, the return of our annual Beer Fest and the planting of new garden areas to explore.

We can't do this alone! We need individuals invested in the future of our community and in the Gardens to bring our vision to life.

Please join us, and become an integral part of a legacy within our community. Help us continue to bloom and grow! Friendship Botanic Gardens is one of the most beautiful settings in Northwest Indiana for Weddings and Special Events. We also host a variety of programs throughout the year.

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