Garden walkway at the museum, with the entrance arch at top left

Take a Walk Through History

Surrounding the Museum, accessed by stairs from the entry Pavilion or along a gradually inclined paved universal-access “switchback” walkway, is a 1,500 sq. ft. riverfront garden featuring six learning stations. Each station provides historical and ecological information about the view from the museum garden.

Since 2001 the area features a tree-shaded diversity of perennial flowering plants, shrubs, and groundcover, most prominently rhododendrons, roses, myrtle, and daisies. Beds of flowering annuals highlight the perennials and make the garden more colorful and fragrant from spring through fall. The patio is a popular stop for tourists, offing a beautiful view of the Kalamazoo River and downtown Saugatuck.