EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Lou Anne Bates will open up Raven Wood Gardens in Menominee Township, with her husband Craig Bates, to the community for workshops, tours and other activities. 
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

Lou Anne Bates will open up Raven Wood Gardens in Menominee Township, with her husband Craig Bates, to the community for workshops, tours and other activities. 

MENOMINEE — Raven Wood Gardens offers organic plants and healthy-living products in Menominee Township.

“Raven Wood Gardens is basically a series of different growing methods and garden types,” Lou Anne Bates, the owner said. “Gardens” is plural because it is not a single garden, but a series of several gardens, including two green houses, throughout the property. The name “Raven Wood” comes from the wildlife Bates and her husband Craig have enjoyed watching during their time living on the property. 

“When I first came here, we were sleeping one morning and these little ravens were on the fence,” she said. Bates added that the previous owner of the property had called the area ‘Raven Wood’ because of the ravens which in habit trees. “But, it didn’t become ‘Raven Wood’ to me until I saw that raven family in my yard that morning.”

The business itself specializes in organic gardening methods and plant products. They sell a variety of healthy-living products, such as salves and oils, as well as plants and produce. Products from several local vendors, including products from U.P. Chaga Connection and books from local authors, can also be purchased at Raven Wood Gardens.

Raven Wood Gardens is constantly expanding and growing. Bates said each year, they try to add to a different part of the property to continuously expand their gardens. This summer, they will add an outdoor kitchen, which will also be used as a workshop area.

Bates also hosts several workshops each year. Last year, they hosted three workshops: Kombucha brewing, herbal tea making and soap making workshops.

Raven Wood Gardens is open seasonally and by appointment only. Lou Anne and Craig Bates also own a lawn and garden care business — Smart Choice Yard Care and Property Maintenance — which takes up most of their time, so they asks anyone who is interested in Raven Wood Gardens to call ahead and and schedule a time to meet.

Anyone interested in learning more about Raven Wood Gardens or making an appointment to schedule a tour of the gardens may call 715-923-9362. Raven Wood Gardens also has a website at ravenwoodgardensllc.com, which offers more information about the business. 

Raven Wood Gardens is located at N4983 M-35, Menominee.