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!

January 11th - Family Yoga: Inside Out Theme - Emotions

Yoga practiced as a family encourages cooperation, communication and respect between children, parents and siblings. These lively classes incorporate basic yoga poses, breath-work and relaxation through creative and fun yoga-themed adventures. We create a safe space for connection and play. The class curriculum is designed for ages 4-11, but we welcome all ages from 0-113!

Meet your instructors: Kay Epple & Cathy Fitzgerald are RYT® 200 & RCYT 95 registered yoga teachers. Inspired by the incredible benefits of yoga and mindfulness for all ages, they continued their training with an emphasis on yoga and well-being for children. They love sharing their passion for yoga and mindfulness with children of all ages in the Traverse city area. Just Bee Yoga + Well-being provides kids yoga classes in Traverse City. Their classes are fun and judgment free – integrating yoga and mindfulness through connection and play.

There is no fee for this program. Donations are requested to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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.

Click here to register on Eventbrite!

January 18th - Family Yoga: Ninja Day! A Ninja Warrior Class

Yoga practiced as a family encourages cooperation, communication and respect between children, parents and siblings. These lively classes incorporate basic yoga poses, breath-work and relaxation through creative and fun yoga-themed adventures. We create a safe space for connection and play. The class curriculum is designed for ages 4-11, but we welcome all ages from 0-113!

Meet your instructors: Kay Epple & Cathy Fitzgerald are RYT® 200 & RCYT 95 registered yoga teachers. Inspired by the incredible benefits of yoga and mindfulness for all ages, they continued their training with an emphasis on yoga and well-being for children. They love sharing their passion for yoga and mindfulness with children of all ages in the Traverse city area. Just Bee Yoga + Well-being provides kids yoga classes in Traverse City. Their classes are fun and judgment free – integrating yoga and mindfulness through connection and play.

There is no fee for this program. Donations are requested to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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.

January 18th - Cooking Demo: An Afternoon in Paris - Rustic French Cooking

Join us January 18th, 2020 from 2-4pm for a Cooking demonstration.

Laura McCain presents An Afternoon in Paris—Rustic French cooking discussing foods of France and relationship with food that is healthy emotionally and physically. Cooking tips and of course, tasting provided.

There is a $10 fee for this program which covers all costs and also helps support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

In an effort to be as ‘green’ as possible, we use Eventbrite’s 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.

January 25th - Family Yoga: Superheroes! "What's Your Superpower?"

Yoga practiced as a family encourages cooperation, communication and respect between children, parents and siblings. These lively classes incorporate basic yoga poses, breath-work and relaxation through creative and fun yoga-themed adventures. We create a safe space for connection and play. The class curriculum is designed for ages 4-11, but we welcome all ages from 0-113!

Meet your instructors: Kay Epple & Cathy Fitzgerald are RYT® 200 & RCYT 95 registered yoga teachers. Inspired by the incredible benefits of yoga and mindfulness for all ages, they continued their training with an emphasis on yoga and well-being for children. They love sharing their passion for yoga and mindfulness with children of all ages in the Traverse city area. Just Bee Yoga + Well-being provides kids yoga classes in Traverse City. Their classes are fun and judgment free – integrating yoga and mindfulness through connection and play.

There is no fee for this program. Donations are requested to support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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.

February 8th - The Herbal Apothecary: Growing and Making Medicine for You and Your Family

Join us Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 2-4pm for a class about medicinal plants!

In the first part of this class, you will learn about common (and not so common) medicinal plants. Some of which may already be growing in your garden and yard!

After proper identification, you’ll learn how to grow, harvest, and process these plants. You’ll also learn the 5 easy steps for making affordable herbal tisanes, infusions, tinctures, oils and salves.

This knowledge will get you started with stocking your home apothecary!

During the second part of the class, you will create your own herbal tisane/infusion blend and/or make a salve to take home.

The class is presented by Patti Travioli, Proprietor and Horticulturist, Heartwood Forest Farm, Specialty Organic Growers of Culinary and Medicinal Herbs.

About your instructor:
Patti Travioli earned a degree in horticulture from Michigan State University. She is the proprietor of Heartwood Forest Farm: a USDA certified organic farm located in Cedar, Michigan that specializes in growing culinary and medicinal herbs. Patti is a home herbalist and encourages others to connect with plants and nature.

There is a $10 fee for this program and proceeds cover all class materials.

In an effort to be as ‘green’ as possible, we use Eventbrite’s 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.

This program is open to the public but space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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

February 22nd - Hot Plants for 2020: New Year, New Plants, New Products!

Join us Saturday, February 22nd from 10-11:30am as Garden Goods’ Robin Smillie shares what’s new in the garden industry, including houseplants, perennials, tools and garden art!

The class will reveal new plants developed for 2020, as well as necessary growing conditions such as zone, soil, and sun/shade requirements. Perennial of the year will be announced as well as cultivars of other popular perennials and annuals.

The $10 class fee is waived for our Botanic Garden members. Enter promo code: Member by clicking the blue promo code link on the ticket page. You will need to present your valid membership card at the door the day of the event.

Not a Botanic Garden member yet? Now is a great time to join! For more information, visit this page on our website.

Class space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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.

March 26th - Importance of Trees in Landscaping

Please join us Thursday, March 26th from 7-9pm where Brian Zimmerman will speak to the importance of trees in our landscape and the incredible value they provide beyond giving shade.

He will talk about how trees modulate our Earth and the science behind it, emphasizing the power of trees in helping curb CO2 in our atmosphere. Examples of environmentally beneficial trees for our area will be discussed.

Meet Your Instructor:
Brian Zimmerman is a third-generation nurseryman. He worked for 25 years in his family’s landscape and nursery business before starting his own landscape business in 1996. Four Season Nursery was established in 2003 and continues to expand. Brian is a frequent speaker for The Botanic Garden as well as area garden clubs. His passion is centered around native plants developing a major focus in inventory at Four Seasons Nursery. Great emphasis in his business is dedicated to integrating natives into our modern landscape.

The $10 class fee is waived for our Botanic Garden members. Enter promo code: Member by clicking the blue promo code link on the ticket page. You will need to present your valid membership card at the door the day of the event.

Not a Botanic Garden member yet? Now is a great time to join! For more information or to join, visit this page on our website.

Class space is limited and advance registration is requested.

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.

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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