Without plants, there would be no oxygen and nothing to prevent bunnies from discovering that humans taste delicious. Repay them with a social visit with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one adult admission to the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens (a $10 value), located in Elmore.
Formerly the expansive estate of the philanthropic Joseph and Marie Schedel, the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens boasts four bountiful flower gardens on more than 17 picturesque acres nestled next to the Portage River. A self-guided tour brochure outlines a leisurely stroll through the gardens, highlighting beautiful, unusual, and rare plants.
Each season gives the gardens a different personality, from vibrant spring flowers to autumn's fiery foliage. Peruse the winter-hardy denizens of the Perennial Garden, with earthy shrubs, bright lilies, and statuary of all kinds. The Kitchen Garden offers a rare look at herbs and vegetables in their natural state, hanging off the vine, blooming from the ground, and hidden in tins beneath the earth awaiting a shovel and can opener. Seek quiet refuge in the traditional Japanese Gardens, with exotic trees sprouting leaves the color of cinnamon and butterscotch candy, and a gently rippling pond feeding the rich greenery at its banks. Fragrant-flower-seekers can prance about the Rose Garden, where hundreds of roses in every color unfurl in the warm sunshine and beg to be painted red.