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.

June 3rd - Mosaic Art For Spring (Live event at The Garden!)

Join us outdoors under The Garden’s Pavilion and create your own beautiful, spring mosaic art to enjoy for years to come. In this hands-on event* at The Botanic Garden, you’ll get everything you need to make a springtime masterpiece in glass.

Learn the steps and follow along to create a 5″ x 5″ work in a spring theme. (Or if you’d prefer to create your own design, the sky’s the limit!) The class fee includes ALL materials needed to create your finished piece, but feel free to bring that special piece of glass or china from home to include in your work. Our instructor will be on-hand to provide guidance and help with small cuts to any extra glass, as needed.

Note: Since your mosaic will need 24 hours to dry completely before grouting, you’ll be shown a how-to demo and given a small bag of grout to take home with you. **To allow for material gathering and preparation, registration closes on May 27th.**

About our Instructor

Deyar Jamil studied mosaic art at the Chicago Mosaic School while also serving on the board of directors. She works in primarily glass-on-wood or glass-on-glass, with her designs based on elements of nature.

Tickets are limited! Reserve your spot today!

*We’re thrilled to be back together again at The Garden! Please note that while we’ll be gathering outdoors, this will be a mask optional event. We will also be socially distancing. Upon registration, please notify us if you’d like to be seated at the same table as another participant(s).Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

By June 6th - Fairy Trails Fairy House Competition with Life and Whim

Bring the magic back and help us fill the Fairy Trails at The Botanic Garden this summer!

Send our tiniest friends — our fairies — on a “Trip Around the World” by creating a magical fairy house inspired by your favorite place. We need your help to make this happen and to spread magic for kids in our community! We’re partnering with Life and Whim to have a fun, no-pressure competition to encourage fairy-house building (but if you’d prefer not to be in the competition we would still love for you to build a house for the trails!).

Create your own fairy house and place it on the trail by the end of the day on June 6th. Houses will be judged by Life and Whim and The Botanic Garden the week of June 7th and results announced via the event page on Saturday, June 12th. Please visit the link below for full event details/rules and to register your build!

Click here to learn more and register to build your own fairy house.

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

Join us for a virtual stroll around The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park where we’ll discover the plants most suitable for our area.

In this virtual event, Dr. Bob Schutzki will take viewers on a leisurely walking tour of The Garden. You’ll learn about many of the plants growing here, including notable characteristics, suitability for the area, etc. Discover The Garden from an expert’s perspective and then use that knowledge to come explore it for yourself!

About Dr. Bob Schutzki

Dr. Schutzki’s educational background in plants is vast. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture (Cook College, Rutgers University), a Master’s in Ornamental Horticulture (Rutgers University), and obtained his PhD in Forestry (Michigan State University).

He recently retired from the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture after 38 years of service in teaching and extension. His teachings included landscape design, landscape restoration, native plants, plant identification, sustainability, and environmental design. Dr. Schutzki has worked with several in the nursery and landscape industry, as well as gardening and consumer groups, on outreach programming covering a variety of landscape design and horticultural topics.

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.

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

Bee pollinating a flowerForget the nuisance… Nature’s ‘essential workers’ are key to our region’s ecological health. Get ready to see insects in a new light! In this virtual event, join Dr. Duke Elsner as he covers the common insects found in our Grand Traverse region. He’ll share the ecological roles of several common insect groups, revealing why there are very few species that deserve the “bad” label!

The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session via Zoom.

About Dr. Duke Elsner

Duke earned his doctorate in Entomology in 1986 from Pennsylvania State University. After short assignments with Washington State University and Rutgers University, he served as an Extension Educator at Michigan State University from 1990 to 2019, where he still supports MSU extension programming in his retirement as Extension Educator Emeritus. Dr. Elsner also served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Entomology at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

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.

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!

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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