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!

May 26th: Meet the Artist - Jim Durow of Wild Birds in Wood / Wooden Feather Carving Studio

Join us on Saturday, May 26th, from 11:00am-3:00pm for an afternoon with master carver Jim Durow of Wooden Feather Carving Studio!

You may have spotted Jim’s exquisitely detailed wood-carved birds for sale in our Garden Gift Shop — now you can meet the artist AND see him demonstrate his expert carving skills!

June 3rd: Fairy Fest 2018 with Life and Whim

Join Life and Whim and The Botanic Garden for a FREE afternoon of family fun and celebration at Traverse City’s Fairy Trails on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Explore and discover lots of new, whimsical fairy houses built by local fairy artists and enthusiasts – and build one of your own!

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.

June 15th: Meet the Artist - Mary Kay Burbee of Tinker Studio

Join us on Friday, June 15th, from 5:30pm-7:00pm to meet and celebrate our June Artist of the Month — May Kay Burbee of Tinker Studio!

June 28th: Authors in the Park Story Time

Join us on Thursday, June 28th from 10:00am—12:00pm as celebrated local children’s authors read their books to families throughout the grounds of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This event is co-hosted with the Traverse Area District Library. This year’s authors will be Jeffrey Schatzer, Polly Cheney, and JeffrAy Kessler, and Miriam Pico will provide music after the readings.

May - October: Garden Explorer Backpack Program

From May-October, stop by the Visitor’s Center during our business hours and check out a Garden Explorer Backpack with nature-inspired activities for children (and their families) to enjoy!

Each backpack has several children’s garden or nature books, a bird identification guide and binoculars, a mini microscope, magnifying lenses, a pictorial garden scavenger hunt, directions to build a fairy house with natural materials, equipment for leaf and bark rubbings, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for the day for FREE! Parents and/or caregivers can use the materials to explore the garden and park with children. The Visitor’s Center is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Here’s a sneak peek of the items waiting to be discovered by little Garden Explorers…

Summer and Fall events will be added soon!

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