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McCrory Gardens has busy slate set for 2017

McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center
The McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center will be a busy place in 2017.

After having more than 40,000 people visit McCrory Gardens in 2016, its staff has planned various events and workshops to surpass that total this year.

Highlighting this month’s events is Wine and Madness Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The workshop, which costs $20 per person, will show participants how the dye from plants can be transferred to fabric so one can make art. To attend, call (605) 688-6707 by Feb. 14 to register.

McCrory Gardens is also participating in the third-annual Frost Fest. The citywide event, sponsored by the Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a free activity. There will be guided and self-guided walks through the arboretum, massage therapy, multigenerational yoga classes, family activities and herbal therapeutics.

McCrory Gardens is maintained by professional staff under the authority of South Dakota State University, with more than 25 acres of gardens and 45 acres of arboretum. McCrory Gardens, which is funded by donations, endowment returns, facility rentals, memberships and admission fees, had visitors from 48 states and 16 countries in 2016.

McCrory is continuing its “Third Thursday” education series with topics ranging from early-spring pruning to growing raspberries or selecting and planting trees.

In addition, TuliPALOOZA returns. The event debuted April 22, 2016, and featured more than 10,000 tulips. Approximately 12,500 tulips have been planted for this year’s event. Forms are available at to help sponsor the event.

“Vindonia,” a midsummer musical event, takes place June 22, while the annual garden party is scheduled for Aug. 4. The Haunted Trails returns in October, while Music and Mistletoe, Garden Glow and visits from Santa Claus will be in December.

For more information on these events and other activities at McCrory Gardens, visit

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