2019 Program Schedule at The Botanic Garden

Our Garden is a place for learning and growing — we hope you can join us soon!

Many of our programs, classes and events here at The Botanic Garden are free — some do include a registration fee. Proceeds from paid events benefit the Garden in many ways, including allowing us to continue attracting high caliber presenters! Please plan to offer a donation when you attend a free program, class or event. You’re able to make a donation online through MyNorth Tickets when you ‘check out’ or you can bring your donation to the event. Please follow our Facebook Events for real time updates. Thank you!

April 22nd: Celebrating Earth Day in the Garden

Monday, April 22nd, 9am-5pm
Every day is Earth Day at The Botanic Garden! The theme of Earth Day 2019 is Protecting Our Species.

“All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species.” – Earth Day Network

Our gardens actively protect and support a variety of plants, bees, flowers, insects, trees, birds and much more. Our Visitor Center models LEED design standards of environmental sustainability. We capture and reuse water with our Rain Gardens and roof-top water capture system. Organic gardening practices are used throughout the garden, and attract and support pollinators with thousands of native plants and native cultivars. You’ll find solar lights on our pathways and green roof designs on our buildings that hold solar panels . We hope you’ll plan to visit The Botanic Garden on April 22nd to officially celebrate Earth Day and take a guided tour with one of our knowledgable docents. They love to show our visitors all the ways we’re nurturing and protecting our native species, and celebrating Earth Day every day!

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April 26th: Celebrating Arbor Day in the Garden

Friday, April 26th, 9am-5pm
Every day is Arbor Day at The Botanic Garden! Over the past 7 years, we have planted more than 116 trees throughout our garden and park spaces. We hope you’ll plan to visit The Botanic Garden on April 26th to officially celebrate Arbor Day and take a guided tour with one of our knowledgable docents. They love to show our visitors all the ways this garden has truly grown — trees included!

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April 28th: Artist Reception - Steve Tavener and Louise Bass

Sunday, April 28th, 1pm-3pm
Join us on Sunday, April 28th, from 1:00pm-3:00pm to celebrate our spring Artists of the Month — Steve Tavener and the late Louise Bass. Meet Steve and Louise’s daughter Jackie, view the beautiful photography and art on display, enjoy beverages and snacks, and mingle with wonderful company! 

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May 5th: Spring Cleaning for Kids with Life and Whim + The Kindness Kids Club

Sunday, May 5th, 1pm – 3pm
Life and Whim is planning a fun afternoon for kids with The Kindness Kids Club at The Botanic Garden to pitch in and do good in the community! Enjoy garden-themed projects and planting, tractor rides, plus light cleaning of The Fairy Trails. Click the button to learn more and sign up, if you’re able — this will help them know how many materials to bring!

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May 6th: Looking into Labyrinths with Beth Christiansen

Monday, May 6th, 7pm – 9pm
Beth Christiansen, Education and Outreach Specialist at Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education, will discuss labyrinths through the ages, their uses and symbolism, as well as the health, wellness, and healing benefits of visiting labyrinths.

Construction will begin this summer on a hand-cut stone labyrinth, the centerpiece for one of the largest gardens in our master plan: The Healing Garden.

There is no fee for this class and donations are requested to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This class is open to the public and advance registration is requested.

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May 8th: Making May Day Baskets with Terry Hooper

Wednesday, May 8th, 7pm – 9pm
In this make-it-take-it class, Terry Hooper, Master Gardener and owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens, will share the history of May Day baskets and guide participants through creating a one-of-a-kind hanging-style May Day Basket featuring fresh cut flowers plus ribbons and other adornments. Attendees will leave class with a beautiful new spring-inspired arrangement to welcome May and decorate their homes.

The fee for this class is $35 and includes your materials. This class is open to the public and class size is limited to 30 people. Terry’s classes always sell out — register soon!

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May 12th: Celebrating Mother's Day in the Garden

Sunday, May 12th, 12pm-5pm
“Mothers plant the seeds of love that bloom forever.”
Beautiful blooms. Rich history.
Fresh air. Sunshine.
A quiet chat in the Conversation Circle
or shouts of joy in the Maple Tree Allee.
A relaxing stroll through the Labyrinth
or a game of chase in the Walled Garden.
Moms love flowers.
Give her sweet memories to go with them.
That’s Mother’s Day in The Botanic Garden.
Will you join us?
Explore the Garden grounds and take in the thousands of bright, beautiful blooms that are springing to life. Enjoy guided walking tours with our docents. Stop in to the Gift Shop and Mike can help you choose a one-of-a-kind gift for the one-of-a-kind mom in your life. Plus he’s offering 20% off your purchase!

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May 13th-19th: National Public Gardens Week 2019

Monday, May 13th — Sunday, May 19th
This year, the National Public Gardens celebration is a full week long!
Come enjoy a guided walking tour with our knowledgable docents and experience the unique and transformative story of Northwest Michigan’s only botanic garden!

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May 18th: Garden Storyteller Series: Growing Green with Jenny Jean

Join us on Saturday, May 18th, from 10:00am-11:30am for the second event in our four-part Garden Storyteller Series: Growing Green with Jenny Jean!

Experience the magic of springtime with Michigan Humanities Touring Artist & Storyteller, Jenifer Strauss. Master Gardener “Jenny Jean” will bring her garden tools and puppet friends to tell stories and sing about growing things that are healthy and green, followed by a special planting project

Our Garden Storyteller Series is presented in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library and made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

There is no fee for this series of classes — please plan to bring a donation to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

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May 20th-June 17th: 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! Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome to join us for this class. 

Join us on the following Mondays from 5pm-6pm:

May 20th
(May 27th – no class due to Memorial Day holiday)
June 3rd
June 10th
June 17th

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June 2nd: Fairy Fest with Life and Whim

Fairy Fest returns to The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019! Join us and Life and Whim from 12pm-2:30pm at The Botanic Garden for an afternoon of family fun and celebration of the Fairy Trails. Explore and discover lots of new, whimsical fairy houses built by local fairy artists and enthusiasts – and build you own!

There is no fee for this community event and donations are greatly appreciated to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

Fairy Fest 2019

June 12th: Essential Oils and Self Care with Sara Alguire

Wednesday, June 12th, 7pm-9pm
Join Sara Alguire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as she explores how botanical-based essential oils can help support emotional and physical wellbeing through self care techniques.

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June 16th: Celebrating Father's Day in the Garden

Sunday, June 16th, 12pm-5pm
“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.”
Beautiful blooms. Rich history.
Fresh air. Sunshine.
A quiet chat in the Conversation Circle
or shouts of joy in the Maple Tree Allee.
A relaxing stroll through the Labyrinth
or a game of chase in the Walled Garden.
Our kind of flowers are perfect for dads.
Give him an afternoon of fun memories, too.
That’s Father’s Day in The Botanic Garden.
Will you join us?
Explore the Garden grounds and see that’s growing and changing as we transition from spring into the summer season. Enjoy guided walking tours with our docents. Stop in to the Gift Shop and Mike can help you choose a one-of-a-kind gift for the one-of-a-kind dad in your life. Plus he’s offering 20% off your purchase!

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June 27th: Authors in the Park Story Time

Authors in the Park Story Time
Thursday, June 27th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Celebrated local children’s authors will read their books to families throughout the grounds of the Garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy live music in the Pavilion following story time. Books will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop. This annual event is presented in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library.

There is no fee for this event and donations are greatly appreciated to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

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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…

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