Development of the Otsego County Alternative Landscaping Demonstration Garden began in 1997 by removing refuse from an old dump site. Over the last 15 years this 3-acre garden has become a home for many native flowers, butterflies, wetland plants, and wildlife.

The garden was developed to educate the public on the importance of native plants for preserving water quality and supporting ecosystems. The garden also features a home compost demonstration site geared toward educating people on how they can compost kitchen scraps and yard trimmings in their own backyard.

In addition, part of the garden is used by our youth gardening program, Seed to Harvest, to raise produce for the less fortunate in our area.

Several gardens make up the Demonstration Garden including:
Your Gardens, Your Forest
Otsego County Alternative Landscaping Demonstration Garden and Conservation Forest (Click For Map)
Contributors to the Gardens
The following organizations and companies have granted generous funds to the Gardens. They are interested in our mission to promote environmental quality. Click on their links below to learn more about their work and the funding programs they offer.
Copyright 2012
Otsego Conservation District
800 Livingston Blvd., Ste. 4A, Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 732-4021 / / Facebook
• Songbird Garden
• Butterfly Garden
• Native Michigan Wildflower Garden
• Ground Cover Garden
• Perennial Garden
• Herb Garden
• Rose Garden
• Hummingbird Garden
• Children's Garden
• Youth Seed to Harvest Garden
• Friendship Garden
A model conservation forest with nature trails adjoins the garden. This 16 acre stand of timber is used by the Conservation District to educate the public on the importance of sound forestry practices.
Otsego County Community Foundation
Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM/Glassen Educational Grant Program
Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society
Great Lakes Energy (The People Fund)
Gardener's Supply Company (Garden Crusader)
Friends of the Garden
Any garden, large or small, takes time and dedication to flourish. The Demonstration Garden is no exception. Whether you wish to dig right in and help volunteer with various projects at the garden, provide insight and ideas at meetings, or offer a monetary gift to show your support, we welcome and appreciate your interest.

Please click here to learn more about Friends of the Garden, or call 989-732-4021 for more information.