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McCrory Gardens


McCrory Gardens is a botanical garden & arboretum operated and maintained by South Dakota State University. The gardens are funded primarily by donations from the Friends of McCrory Gardens, admission fees, other special gifts, and endowment returns.

McCrory Gardens has over 25 acres of formal display gardens & 45 acres of arboretum featuring hundreds of different flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses in harmonious settings to display, educate, and further the development of new varieties.

What We Do

Beauty is its own excuse for being. However, the Gardens serve a more practical purpose. Ongoing research continues to provide new information to the scientific community and the public on the introduction, cultivation, and arrangement of native and domesticated plants. The testing and evaluation of new woody plant selections and varieties in the climate of the northern Great Plains, initiated by Dr. N.E. Hansen almost three-quarters of a century ago, remains an integral part of our research mission.

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Summer Hours (May 1 - Sept. 30)

Formal Gardens & McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center:
9am - 8pm Monday - Saturday
12pm - 6pm Sunday

Sunrise - Sunset

Holiday Hours: (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day)
12pm - 6pm


*Reduced Admission Rate: due to a generous donation, we were able to reduce admission rates for guests of McCrory Gardens!
Members: Free
Adults: $4*
Children ages 6-15: $2*
Children ages 5 & under: Free
Students: Free with valid SDSU ID