The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden is a favorite of many visitors. It is a formal garden surrounded by fieldstone walls. 

When first established, this was a vegetable garden used to feed all of the people living and working on the estate. The garden was sunken in order to lengthen the growing season for the vegetables. In later years, the Booths moved the vegetable garden to an area to the south and transformed this into a flower garden.

Each spring, Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary volunteers create a true work of botanical art in this garden through distinctive patterns and color combinations. The beds along the wall are planted with a mixture of perennials and annuals, and the rows in the center are planted with over 10,000 begonias!