2018 Program Schedule at The Botanic Garden

Our spring classes and events are ready for sign-ups — we hope you can join us soon!

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, you’re able to make a donation online through MyNorth Tickets when you ‘check out’ or can plan to bring your free-will donation to the event. Thank you!

April 22nd: Organic Gardening 101 for Earth Day

Join us and the T.C. Community Garden on Saturday, April 22nd, from 11:30am-12:30pm to celebrate Earth Day by learning more about organic gardening practices! There is something for everyone at Organic Gardening 101 and topics will include planning, seed selection, how to start starters, soil prep, cold crops, pest control, and much more. The class will be taught by long-time T.C. Community Garden member and gardener, Gary Harper.

Classes are FREE for 2018 TCCG Members and Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. Non-member rates are a $15 suggested donation. Any and all donations directly help our gardens grow!

April 29th: Herbal Truffle Making with Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

You’re in for a real treat! Join us on Sunday, April 29th from 1:00pm-3:30pm to enjoy this hands-on workshop with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. Adventure into the origins of chocolate and try your hand at making rustic herbal truffles with Jody Hayden as your guide! You’ll leave with a goodie box filled with your herbal chocolate creations.

The $40 fee for this make-and-take class covers all materials needed and proceeds help support The Botanic Garden. Advanced registration is required and limited to 20 participants.

May 2nd: Creating Spring & Summer Porch Pots with Terry Hooper

Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a fun evening class with floral designer Terry Hooper of Hooper’s Farm Gardens as she guides us through the process of creating gorgeous spring and summer porch pots!

The $35 fee for this make-and-take class covers all materials needed. This class is open to the public. Advance registration is required and limited to 15 participants.

May 3rd: Volunteer Garden Caretaker Training

Are you looking for an engaging and interactive volunteer opportunity? Garden caretakers dig in the dirt! Tasks include weeding, watering and monitoring the health of our plants across multiple Garden spaces and containers.

Our next Garden caretaker training is Thursday, May 3rd, from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the upper level of The Botanic Garden Visitor Center. We are currently in need of volunteer caretakers for the Maple Allee and the FireWise garden areas.

Questions? To email our Volunteer Coordinator, Sally, please click here.

Learn more by visiting our Garden Volunteer page.

May 5th: April & May Artists of the Month Reception

Join us at The Botanic Garden for an Open House Reception to meet and celebrate our April and May Artists of the Month, Sally Peckham and Ron Wetzel, on Saturday, May 5th from 1pm-3pm. Enjoy the beautiful art on display, beverages, snacks and wonderful company!

May 11th: National Public Gardens Day

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with us at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park on Friday, May 11th!

Explore the Garden grounds and take in the thousands of beautiful blooms that will be springing to life. Our docents are available for guided walking tours and special guided walking tours with Kurt Schmidt will be at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Stop in to our Gift Shop after your tour and Mike can help you pick out the perfect gift just in time for Mother’s Day!

It’s always FREE to visit The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park and no reservations are required to join us for this day-long open-house style event. Donations are always appreciated to help our Garden grow!

May 16th: Morels & Spring Mushrooms

May is Morel Mushroom Month in Michigan! Join us on Wednesday, May 16th, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm as Jim Moses and Linda Grigg of Forest Garden Organic Farm discuss a variety of Michigan springtime mushrooms including how to distinguish between morels and false morels.

There is no fee for this class. Donations to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park are always appreciated.

June 4th — 25th: Guided Meditation at the Garden

Meditation at the Garden classes continue with Stephen and Theresa Bangle! The $20 fee covers all four sessions. The Bangles will be donating all proceeds back to The Botanic Garden! Welcome the summer season by joining us on the following Mondays from 5pm-6pm:
June 4th
June 11th
June 18th
June 25th

June 6th: Growing a Cutting Garden with Michelle Shackelford

Join us on Wednesday, June 6th from 7:00pm-9:00pm for an evening of discovering how to grow a cutting garden with Michelle Shackelford. She will discuss growing and tending a wide array of cut flowers, her overall process, and she’ll also demonstrate how to make a beautiful bouquet straight from the garden.

There is no fee for this class. Donations to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park are always appreciated.

Summer and Fall events will be added soon!

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