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
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
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.
• 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.
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.