Learn more about Meadow Brook’s 16 gardens here.
As part of the creation of Meadow Brook Hall, Matilda and Alfred Wilson hired Englishmen Arthur Davidson design a landscape master plan in 1928.
The gardens and estate were planned for seclusion, beauty and to allow enticing glimpses as guests approached the house. The view from the Rose Garden back toward the historic mansion is a perfect example of this—creating a sense of fairy-tale beauty and remoteness before the breathtaking Tudor-revival façade of the house.
The Great Depression stalled the more magnificent landscape plans–which included Dancing Gardens and an man-made lake with a Pirate Island play area–but the Rock Garden, English Walled Garden, gazebo, bridge, and courtyard were completed by 1929.
It was not until the late 1940’s that the Pegasus fountain garden, rose garden, and the rose tea terrace were constructed on the other side of the manor.
Today, the gardens are lovingly maintained by Meadow Brook’s Garden Club. The Meadow Brook Garden Club has over 150 members ranging from beginners to master gardeners. The club hosts a variety of member events and public programs. Gardening begins in April and continues through October. Interested in joining? Learn more about the Meadow Brook Garden Club here!