I usually do some research at the beginning of summer to see what kind of FREE things we can do. I have wanted to visit Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, MI for quite some time now, but with all of our children, it really adds up to get tickets for everyone. So, I happened to see that they are having one Free day a month during the summer. We snatched up the chance to go and took my mom along. On our way, we stopped at the Blueberry Ranch in Mishawaka, IN and picked some blueberries, then headed onward to the gardens. What a lovely place! Despite the super hot and muggy weather, we all survived and had a great time!
First stop in the welcome center (well, after the bathrooms) was the inside train garden.
Packed lunch and decided we better eat before we started walking.
The girls stayed with Grandma Deborah for a few days and made these cupcakes. Alegra did all the flowers with frosting on them. So proud of her creativity!
After lunch we decided to start our tour of the gardens in the herb garden.
Such fun structures and loved seeing and smelling all of the herbs. It was right up my alley!
Then we headed for just some other trails. There were lots of trails throughout the property but we only took the stroller accessible ones.....well, we did take one not so friendly to strollers.
This garden area reminded me of Mr. Rogers make believe land with the trolley. It really was a neat little area!
And this is Josiah and Benaiah. Josiah has on Alegra's glasses and is pretending that he is a masked robber (nobody can see his face due to the glasses covering him up). These places just bring out the most imaginative play and child could ever have. Such a great place!