AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo recently visited the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden in East Lansing, Mich. It is claimed to be the oldest continually maintained university botanical garden in the United States, and is open to the public without charge year round during daylight hours. The garden displays 1,800 plant taxa, in economic, systematic, landscape and ecological groupings. More recently, a collection of Michigan’s endangered plants was added in 1986, and the non-flowering vascular plant collection was started in 2001 with ephedras, conifers, ginkgo, cycads, ferns, horsetails and clubmosses.
Visit the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at 300 W. Circle Dr. in East Lansing, Mich. For more information, visit http://www.cpp.msu.edu/beal/