Fernwood is situated on the St. Joseph River between Niles and Buchanan. Fernwood comprises 105 acres of gardens and natural areas. Visitors may enjoy woodlands, a prairie, cultivated gardens, an arboretum, springs, ponds, and miles of walking and hiking trails. Other features include a nature center, fern conservatory, art gallery, library, caf̩, and garden and gift shops. The garden features an herb garden, rock garden, boxwood garden, fern and hosta collections, railway garden, childrens nature adventure garden, English cottage border, and Japanese Garden.
Adult programs include classes, workshops, lectures, culinary classes, trip and tours, and our spring symposium. Fernwood offers summer concerts and hosts plant sales, a holiday market, gallery openings, and is a festive venue for the whole family over the holidays. Nature-based youth programs reach more than 4,000 students each year both on-site and in the classroom. Weddings, business and private retreats, and dinners may be held at Fernwood and are catered by Chef Tim Carrigan.
Hours vary seasonally. Fernwood is closed on Monday.