2017 Botanic Garden Events

We’re thrilled to have a full line-up of exciting events for 2017!

Many of our events here at The Botanic Garden are free and some include a registration fee. Proceeds from paid events benefit the Garden and also help us keep attracting high caliber presenters! Events that are free include a request for a free-will donation from attendees. For free event registration: If you choose to reserve a Donation ticket through EventBrite, you’re able to make your free-will donation online when you place your order. If you’d like to reserve a Free ticket through EventBrite, please plan to bring your free-will donation to the event. Thank you!

May 18th: Collage for Beginners & Up with Beth Bynum

Join us on Thursday, May 18th from 10:00am-3:00pm to create your own collage with mixed media artist (and our April Artist of the Month), Beth Bynum!

Eventbrite - Collage for Beginners & Up

The $50 fee for this make-and-take class covers all materials needed. This class is limited to 12 participants.

This class is open to the public but advance registration is requested and limited to 18 participants.

You don’t need drawing or painting skills to make a collage – but it is more than cut and glue! Bring an explorer’s attitude and see what can be done with paper scraps, photographic images and found objects. Collage is the perfect medium for beginners and up since “anything goes.” All skill levels are welcome!

Please plan to bring:
Sharp scissors
Ruler
Rubber stamps and permanent inks (optional)
Magazines you can cut up 2-3
Clear wide packing tape
Large Spoon for burnishing
Wet acrylic paints in the colors you would like to use in your work
Plain white tissue paper
Heat gun (if available)
Paper towels
Paper: Hunt for pictures and colors you might like. Magazine images, card stock, scrap booking paper, envelopes, paper napkins with nice designs, tissue paper, any kind of stickers, cancelled stamps, vintage paper from books, maps, images of numbers and letters, other paper ephemera. It is helpful if you gather images you might like to put in a collage, perhaps by theme, color, or uniqueness. This is the fun part!

Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting messy in and feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Beth will provide:
Matte Medium Adhesive
Acrylic paints (small bottles found at Joann’s or Michael’s)
Small containers for water
Assorted paint brushes
All Purpose Matte Board- two 5” x 7” pieces used as base structure
Waxed paper
Plastic Wrap
Masking tape
Tissue Paper (the kind that doesn’t bleed)
Sponge squares
Rubber stamps and ink
Glue for heavy items
Heat gun

About Beth:
As a child growing up on a farm in Kingsley, Michigan, Beth wanted to be an artist with Disney and entered the “You Can Draw” contests as advertised in magazines. She also wanted to be a teacher. After graduating Kingsley Area Schools, she attended Northwestern Michigan College and graduated from CMU with a B.S. in Elementary Education majoring in Social Science and a minor in Biology.

Beth enjoys reading, gardening, working on her house, traveling, and creating art. She is a former Board of Directors member of the Crooked Tree Art Center in Traverse City and was previously head of their Gallery Committee. She teaches classes for many local establishments. When not traveling, gardening, or reading, she can be found working on her art. http://bethbynumartist.blogspot.com/

SOLD OUT: Planning & Cultivating a Kitchen Herb Garden

Join us on Wednesday, May 24th from 7:00pm-9:00pm for an evening learning how to grow your own kitchen herb garden with Dixie Stephen. This is the first class in our five-class Herb Series that will be offered all season long.

Eventbrite - Planning & Cultivating a Kitchen Herb Garden (Herb Series Class 1)

There is no fee for this class but donations are kindly requested to support The Botanic Garden.

This class is open to the public and advance registration is requested.

Dixie Stephen will teach you all you need to know to grow your own kitchen herb garden! Her presentation will include tips on cultivating herbs for maximum harvesting. Her area of expertise is using herbs in cooking and she will share useful (and delicious) information on pairing specific herbs with foods.

Stephen says herb cultivation has graced her life, “What I have learned from these precious plants has been one of my greatest joys.”

We hope you’ll join us as Dixie Stephen shares this joy with us!

About our presenter, Dixie Stephen:

Raised on a farm in the Traverse City area, Dixie Stephen has been a gardener and grower since she was old enough to pull weeds in her family’s large vegetable garden. Her gardening journey has gone from a “garden” planted in pots on the balcony of her first apartment to the extensive herb, flower and vegetable gardens at Busha’s Brae Herb Farm in Suttons Bay, MI. Stephen is the former founder and owner of Busha’s Brae.

Stephen was part of the revitalization of commercial production of cooking herbs. She was president of the Michigan Herb Business Association and active member of the International Herb Association, both instrumental in the revival of the fresh herb markets in this country.

Stephen has been published in trade journals, written an herbal cookbook and presented numerous programs.

June 1st: Creating Fire Resistant Landscaping

Join us on Thursday, June 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for an educational lecture on creating fire resistant landscaping for your home and business.

There is no fee for this class but donations are kindly requested to benefit The Botanic Garden.

This class is open to the public but advance registration is requested.

Eventbrite - Creating Fire Resistant Landscaping with Dr. Robert Schutzki

Dr. Schutzki will present tips to homeowners and business owners on planning and designing a fire resistant landscape.

Each year in Michigan, wildfires damage or destroy homes and businesses. Proper landscape can help make homes and buildings “firewise” through the selection and placement of plants that are fire resistant. Dr. Schutzki will talk about the types of plants that can be used for this style of landscape.

About Dr. Robert Schutzki:
Dr. Schutzki earned his PhD at Michigan State University where he is responsible for teaching in the area of Landscape Horticulture. He has also taught Landscape Design School classes offered by Michigan Garden Clubs for many years. Through him, numerous plants and shrubs have generously been gifted to The Botanic Garden for trial plantings.

June 3rd: Artist of the Month - Rebecca Deneau

Join us at The Botanic Garden for an Open House Reception to meet and celebrate our June Artist of the Month, Rebecca Deneau. Enjoy the art on display plus beverages, hors d’oeuvres and wonderful company! An EventBrite RSVP ticket is not required to attend this event.

Eventbrite - Artist of the Month Reception: Rebecca Deneau

This show is a celebration of all our local favorites. From the cherry blossom that provides us a spectacular spring show, the trillium that grace our walks through the woods, to the road side wildflowers that delight us on Sunday drives. Each local flower that blooms graces our landscape and decorates our tables. The anticipation of waiting for the tulips, lilacs, and peonies to burst into bloom each year can bring so much joy to our lives. This show is a celebration of that joy. – Rebecca Deneau

The work of the Artist of the Month is on display in the upper level of the Visitor Center at the Botanic Garden. Please check in with the Gift Shop on the lower level. Visitor Center hours are Monday – Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.

June 5th-26th: Photography Workshop with Terry Burton

Join us on Monday evenings in June for this 4-week photography workshop with Terry Burton! Classes will be held from 6:00-8:00pm in The Botanic Garden Visitor Center.

Eventbrite - Photography Workshop with Terry Burton

The schedule is as follows:
Class 1: Composition and Posing
Class 2: How a Digital Camera Works
Class 3: Controlling the Light
Class 4: Why We Edit Our Images

The proceeds from the $75 class fee will support the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.
Please visit our Facebook Event page to stay up to date on this event.

About Terry:
Terry Burton has been in professional photography for 50 years. He has photographed over 900 weddings and taken more than 2,000 senior and family portraits. At this point in his career, his focus is on artistic expression through photography.

June 7th-28th: Slow Flow Yoga in the Garden

“Gardening, like yoga, pulls us into that relationship of being connected to all things.”

Join us at the Visitor Center at The Botanic Garden for this 4-week slow flow yoga class with Eliza Searles. Classes will be held Wednesday afternoons, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 4pm – 5pm.

The $28 class fee covers all 4 sessions OR participants may drop in for $7 per class.

Register soon as the class is limited to 15 participants!

Eventbrite - Slow Flow Yoga in the Garden

June 14th: The Healing Power of Herbal Teas

Join us on Wednesday, June 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm for an evening learning about the healing power of herbal teas with Sandy Gaunt. This is the second class in our five-class Herb Series that will be offered all season long.

There is no fee for this class but donations are kindly requested to support The Botanic Garden.

This class is open to the public and advance registration is requested.

Eventbrite - The Healing Power of Herbal Teas (Herb Series Class 2)

July 19th: The Language of Lavender

Join us on Wednesday, July 19th from 7:00pm-9:00pm for an evening learning how to grow and use lavender with Sonja Richards. This is the third class in our five-class Herb Series that is being offered all season long.

There is no fee for this class but donations are kindly requested to support The Botanic Garden.

This class is open to the public and advance registration is requested.

Eventbrite - The Language of Lavender (Herb Series Class 3)

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