History of Scott Sunken Garden and Its Restoration
Information provided by Marilyn Lee and Marilynn Bezdek
Photography by Marilynn Bezdek
Head Gardeners: Crystal Noecker and Barbara Spottek
Assistants: Sharon Burton, Lorane DeYoung, Barbara Lowes, Mary McCulloch, Reba Torongo, Beulah Voorheis
Scott Circle Gardener: Crystal Noecker
Located close to downtown Lansing, at the corner of Washington and Main Streets is a small, walled public garden known as Scott Sunken Garden. Today this garden is appreciated by visitors to the Women’s Hall of Fame, walkers, and Lansing workers in the area who enjoy a few moments of beauty and solitude enjoying the manicured lawn, water feature, and the many types of perennials, bulbs, and shrubs.
Reduced in grandeur from what it was originally, the Italian style sunken garden remains a visually beautiful reminder of Lansing’s history. It was created by the prominent Lansing businessman and philanthropist, Richard H. Scott, as a showplace for beautiful plants in the early 1900s. It was restored in the 1980s by the Garden Club of Greater Lansing, and since its restoration, the Sunken Garden has been maintained by the Garden Club.
In 2017 the City of Lansing approved the construction of a Board of Water and Light substation on the site of the garden. The garden is being rebuilt at Cooley Gardens.
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