Enjoy the beauty of nature by visiting McCrory Gardens in South Dakota, an arboretum and botanical garden that is operated and maintained by the University of South Dakota. With over 25 acres of display gardens and a more than 45-acre arboretum featuring a wide assortment of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses, this is an interesting place to visit for anyone who wants to spend a day enjoying nature or for those who are interested in learning more about the large assortments of plants and flowers both domesticated and native.

Garden Hours

McCrory Gardens is open 7 days a week on varying days and hours throughout the year. Days and hours of operation are as follows:

Summer hours: May 1 to September 30

Formal Gardens & McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center:

Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Arboretum: Sunrise to Sunset

Special holiday hours: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day

12:00pm - 6:00pm


Come visit McCrory Gardens to experience over 25 acres of display gardens. The gardens contain hundreds of various varieties of plants, shrubs, trees, and grasses that are sure to keep everyone thoroughly interested. Some of the gardens available to visit at McCrory Gardens include:

· Butterfly garden?

· Cottage garden?

· Daylily collection

· Floral display garden?

· Geranium garden?

· Herb garden?

· Heuchera garden?

· Hosta walk?

· Hummingbird garden?

· Iris garden?

· Lilac collection

· Lily collection

· Pharmaceutical garden


McCrory Gardens offers guided and self-guided tours to the general public as well as for schools. Those interested in either one of these tours can contact McCrory Gardens directly at (605) 688-6707 or by using the tour request forms located on their website.


McCrory Gardens is the perfect place to hold any event. Enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of nature while holding a special event. From wedding to corporate events, McCrory Gardens makes the perfect venue.

With several different rooms as well as layouts, McCrory Gardens is capable of accommodating events both large and small. Perspective guests can choose from the Great Hall, either one of the meeting rooms, or a combination of both meeting rooms for their venue. Likewise, McCrory Gardens can create several different layouts to accommodate specific event needs.

In addition to a selection of rooms and layouts, McCrory Gardens also offers a wide selection of audiovisual equipment, such as microphones, DVD players, projectors, and screens as well as other accessories such as full and half podiums.

Those interested in using McCrory Gardens for a venue can contact them directly at (605) 688-6707.


McCrory Gardens is proud to offer catering services through SDSU Catering. Catering services are available for events off-site as well as events on site at McCrory Gardens. SDSU Catering also has a specialized wedding menu that features several packages that offer wedding cake, buffet dinners, plated dinners, and china and linens.

More information about catering services provided by SDSU Catering is available by contacting the catering company directly at (605) 697-257.

Friends of McCrory Gardens

Come show your support for McCrory Gardens by becoming a member. There are several tiers of membership available, from individual to patron as well as photography memberships. More information about memberships at McCrory Gardens is available via their website.


McCrory Gardens, 631 22nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007, Phone: 605-688-6707

(Last Updated on September 18, 2017)

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