2021 Program Schedule at The Botanic Garden

Our Garden is a place for learning and growing! We're excited to offer options for online learning until we're able to safely gather again. EVENT CALENDAR IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please return regularly for updates to our 2021 event calendar!

Most of the programs, classes, and events at The Botanic Garden are free for members (though some do have a registration fee). Proceeds from events benefit The Garden in many ways. For example, these funds allow us to continue attracting high caliber presenters! Please plan to offer a donation when you attend a free program, class, or event. You can make a donation online through Eventbrite when you register, or you can bring your donation to the event. Thank you!

Events at The Botanic Garden

In an effort to protect visitors, volunteers and others from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park is pleased to offer options for virtual events. As soon as we are able to gather again safely, we will do so. In the meantime, please join us for our online events and come enjoy the splendor of The Garden itself. As part of the Historic Barns Park, the outdoor spaces of The Garden (gardens, trails and labyrinth) are open daily for visitors to enjoy, observing social distancing, of course!

General Event Information:

Members of The Botanic Garden receive $10 off the price of tickets. Not a Botanic Garden member yet? Now is a great time to join! For more information or to join, click here.

In an effort to be as ‘green’ as possible, we use Eventbrite E-Tickets option for ticket delivery. This means your reserved tickets will be available to view from your email confirmation or order history. You do not need to print these prior to the event.

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

April 11th - Save Money & Improve Your Soil for Better Gardening Results with Melinda Myers

A healthy garden starts with the soil beneath your feet. Stop hauling yard waste to the dump and kitchen scraps to the garbage. Instead turn it into a useful soil amendment. It will add nutrients and organic matter that improves drainage in heavy soils and the water-holding ability of sandy soils. This means a more bountiful harvest and beautiful gardens for you!

**This is an online webinar that can be viewed at your leisure for 30 days, beginning April 11th at 2:00 pm. Watch and rewatch as many times as you’d like! You’ll also get a helpful PDF handout to print out refer to for years to come.

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist, Melinda Myers, has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening, the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, Michigan Month-by-Month Gardening, and the Michigan Getting Started Garden Guide. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV & radio program and The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms and writes a nationally syndicated garden column. Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. Myers has a Master’s degree in horticulture and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers was recently inducted into the national Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, features how-to gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklists and more.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a $10 discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option or, if applicable, click the blue promo code link on the ticket page and use promo code ’10Member’ to receive your discount. For in-person events, please plan to show your valid membership card the day of the event. Not a member yet? Join today!

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

April 22nd (SPECIAL EARTH DAY EVENT 1 of 2 @ 5:30 pm) - Refreshing Your Landscape with Dr. Bob Schutzki

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, we’re pleased to offer a double feature — 2 presentations for the price of 1! (Or both FREE for our Garden Members!) Participants may choose to attend one or both of these exciting Earth Day offerings. See the event listing below for information on Jeanine Rubert’s presentation on Earth Friendly Gardening. Use the link below to register for these Earth Day events! 

Along with the promise of warmer weather, spring marks the official beginning of gardening season. It’s the time to remove the impact of winter on our plants and get our gardens and landscape beds ready for the growing season. In this online webinar, Dr. Bob Schutzki (Michigan State University Department of Horticulture) will review everything you’ll need for your springtime garden and landscape prep.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a $10 discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option or, if applicable, click the blue promo code link on the ticket page and use promo code ’10Member’ to receive your discount. For in-person events, please plan to show your valid membership card the day of the event. Not a member yet? Join today!

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

April 22nd (SPECIAL EARTH DAY EVENT 2 of 2 @ 7:00 pm) - Earth Friendly Gardening with Jeanine Rubert of Pine Hill Nursery

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, we’re pleased to offer a double feature — 2 presentations for the price of 1! (Or both FREE for our Garden Members!) Participants may choose to attend one or both of these exciting Earth Day offerings. See the event listing above for information on Dr. Bob Schutzki’s presentation on Refreshing Your Landscape. Use the link below to register for these Earth Day events!

In this live Zoom event, Jeanine Rubert, co-owner of Pine Hill Nursery will talk about the easy things we can all do to create an eco-friendly garden and how to practice sustainable gardening. Jeanine’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, so bring your questions!

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a $10 discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option or, if applicable, click the blue promo code link on the ticket page and use promo code ’10Member’ to receive your discount. For in-person events, please plan to show your valid membership card the day of the event. Not a member yet? Join today!

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

May 16th - Perennials for Challenging Growing Conditions with Melinda Myers

Selecting the right plant for the location is not as easy as it seems. Looking for perennials that will tolerate extremes of moisture, drought, sun and shade? Melinda will recommend plants and combinations best suited for your garden location.

**This is an online webinar that can be viewed at your leisure for 30 days, beginning May 16th at 2:00 pm. Watch and rewatch as many times as you’d like! You’ll also get a helpful PDF handout to print out refer to for years to come.

 

 

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist, Melinda Myers, has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening, the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, Michigan Month-by-Month Gardening, and the Michigan Getting Started Garden Guide. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV & radio program and The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms and writes a nationally syndicated garden column. Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. Myers has a Master’s degree in horticulture and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers was recently inducted into the national Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, features how-to gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklists and more.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a $10 discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option or, if applicable, click the blue promo code link on the ticket page and use promo code ’10Member’ to receive your discount. For in-person events, please plan to show your valid membership card the day of the event. Not a member yet? Join today!

Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

May 26th - How To Plant Your Own Herbal Pot

More information coming soon!

June 23rd - A Tour of The Botanic Garden for Plants Worth Getting

More information coming soon!

June 30th - Insects: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

More information coming soon!

July 14th - All About Roses Tour

More information coming soon!

July 21st - Tour of the Sustainability Farm at Interlochen Arts Academy

More information coming soon!

August 11th - All About Bugs — FOR KIDS!

More information coming soon!

September 9th - Shrubs That Grow Well in Northern Michigan

More information coming soon!

September 12th - Outdoor Bonsai Display at The Botanic Garden

More information coming soon!

Questions about events at the Garden?

If you have questions about events at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, please send us an email at grow@thebotanicgarden.org. We’d love to hear from you!

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