Discovery Gardens

Our two Discovery Gardens, located on the grounds of the Leslie Science and Nature Center, just off the edge of Black Pond Woods, and near the farm-themed playground at Washtenaw County Farm Park, are great places to explore throughout the growing season. Come see the native plant garden change with the seasons while attracting pollinators and predators for the nearby vegetable gardens.   Check out the mouth watering herb garden to see what flavor could be added to your herb garden or flower bed. Ideas abound at the Discovery Gardens!

The gardens operate from mid-May through mid-October. All Discovery Garden gardeners receive an 18 or 24 square foot raised bed. Gardeners have on-site access to a community tool shed, water and a shade area for relaxing. Volunteers are available to provide assistance and site coordinators help keep gardens watered throughout the week.

At the Leslie Science Center Discovery Garden, gardeners gather every Wednesday from approximately 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

At the County Farm Park Discovery Garden, a set day to gather has not yet been established but this season's gardeners are encouraged to collectively decide upon one.

Easy Access: Specially designed raised garden beds, with accessible pathways, for the wheel chair-bound gardener are offered at both Discovery Garden locations. Additionally, the Discovery Garden located at the County Farm Park is well suited for low-vision or no-vision gardeners. Instructional help and guidance is available for the visually impaired gardener upon request.

Theme Gardens: Designed to inspire and educate people of all ages and gardening abilities, theme gardens surround both of the Discovery Gardens and are tended entirely by volunteers.

For more information contact the Project Grow Director at 996-3169 or via email at

Map of Discovery Garden at Leslie

Map of Discovery Garden at County Farm Park

The fee for a bed at the Discovery Garden is $50 for one or $80 for two.