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2017 Botanic Garden Events

April 29th: Arbor Day Tree Tours

Join us on the grounds of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park on Saturday, April 29th. We will be recognizing Arbor Day with walking tree tours of the Garden led by Kurt Schmidt and Steve Tavener.

Eventbrite - Arbor Day Tree Tours at the Park

Scheduled walking tours will depart from the visitor’s center at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and more tours may be added throughout the day as needed.

This event is entirely free and open to the public. Donations to support the work and growth of The Botanic Garden are always welcome. An EventBrite RSVP ticket is not required to attend this event.

May 3rd: Create Your Own Bonsai

Join us on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:00pm-9:00pm to create your own bonsai! Linda Schubert and Gene Deci will host this workshop for bonsai beginners and will take us through the process of pruning, wiring and potting a nursery boxwood.

Eventbrite - Create Your Own Bonsai

The $45 fee for this make-and-take class covers all materials needed.

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

About Linda:
Linda Schubert has been doing bonsai for less than ten years but she has quite a ‘resume’ already! She is President of the Sakura Bonsai Society for the third year. Last year, Linda was one of eight people selected nationally for the Joshua Roth New Talent competition. She has won an Award of Excellence at the Michigan All State Bonsai Show which is held each year at Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Linda is a serious student of the art of bonsai and has created beautiful trees.

About Gene:
Gene Deci saw his first bonsai tree almost 50 years ago and was smitten from the start! His wife got him the best book on bonsai available at the time as a gift for their first Christmas together. Gene started his current collection about 20 years ago, shortly before joining the Sakura Bonsai Society. His trees have won the Award of Excellence at the Michigan All State Bonsai Show and the People’s Choice voting for best tree in the show. Gene really does bonsai for the joy of it: “The time I spend working on my trees is its own reward.”

May 12th: Artist of the Month - Margaret Weeks & Ann George

Join us at The Botanic Garden for an Open House Reception to meet and celebrate our May Artists of the Month, Margaret Weeks and Ann George. 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: Margaret Weeks & Ann George

About Margaret:
Margaret Weeks is a teaching artist living in Leelanau County. Since the early 80’s, Margaret has shared her passion for the arts with students of all ages in a wide variety of venues. Most recently she teaches children’s art classes for the Glen Arbor Art Association and will join the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp faculty for her eighth season this June.

Margaret studied art education at Northern Illinois University and obtained her master’s degree in art education at Winthrop University in South Carolina. A graduate school painting trip to France inspired her to pursue watercolor painting. Margaret’s art portrays the natural world, painting landscapes with color, texture, and light. The reflective quality of watercolors, along with Margaret’s spontaneous approach, capture her visions of nature.

Family, food, and nature are integral parts of Margaret’s life on her family farm, La Casa Verde in Cedar, Michigan. She has three grown children, a supportive husband, two German shepherds, and two cats. During the growing season, flowers become Margaret’s artistry, and she arranges bouquets to sell at the local farmers’ markets.

About Ann:
Ann George’s love of art has blossomed into practice since her retirement from teaching in the Communications Department at Northwestern Michigan College. A childhood on the shores of Lake Ontario and in the Adirondack woods imprinted a love of water and natural surroundings that is expressed in her images. Work as a systems analyst and her graduate degree in adult language skills and learning strategies encouraged her to explore art’s way of explaining the world. Watercolor seemed like the obvious medium to begin with, although she has recently ventured into pastel and acrylic.

Ann comes from a long line of gardeners and keeps that tradition alive growing old roses, native plants and fresh vegetables – which also become subjects for painting. She and her wonderfully supportive writer husband live outside Lake Ann with their cat, but spend much of their time in or near rivers, fishing, listening to singing birds and waters, and trying to capture those sensations in their chosen mediums.

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.

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/

May 24th: 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.

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