Due to the COVID-19 and Michigan State University policy, W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is not permitting weddings or conducting tours until further notice.

The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants. It is one of the principal centers of plant interest within the arboretum-like campus of Michigan State University. More than 2000 different taxa can be found within W. J. Beal Botanical Garden.
This garden, established in 1873 by Professor William James Beal, is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the United States. With consideration for Professor Beal's own words, "Students should themselves become discerning observers and investigators rather than mere reservoirs of previously accumulated knowledge" (Beal 1895, p.55). The Garden operates with the following mission:

Reflecting the philosophy of a land-grant institution, the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory engaged in teaching, collection development, research, conservation and public service. These activities focus on a theme of natural plant diversity, economic botany, ecology and plant conservation with emphasis on the Great Lakes region.

Although Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory for students, the general public is warmly invited to make use of the garden to learn about and enjoy plants in a beautiful setting. The garden is open at all times throughout the year without an admission charge.

To preserve the usefulness and beauty of the garden displays, visitors are asked not to pick or disturb plants or plant parts, plant labels, or any other garden elements. University ordinances specifically prohibit picking and mutilating of plants throughout the campus. Bicycles and animals are also prohibited in the garden.

Your support of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is encouraged through tax-deductible contributions. For more information about the Friends group, please contact Dr. Frank Telewski, Director, telewski@msu.edu.