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 events here at The Botanic Garden are free and some include a registration fee. Proceeds from paid events benefit the Garden and also help us keep attracting high caliber presenters! Please plan to offer a donation when you attend a free event. For free event registration, you’re able to make a donation online through MyNorth Tickets when you ‘check out’ or can bring your free-will donation to the event. Thank you!

February 17th: Protecting Pollinators & Building Bee Hotels with Dr. Nate Walton

Join us on Sunday, February 17th, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for Protecting Pollinators & Building Bee Hotels with Dr. Nate Walton!

Dr. Nate Walton, MSU Extension’s Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor, will discuss Mason and leaf cutter bees, how to nurture and protect these native pollinators, tips for creating and caring for a bee hotel, and more.

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. Please follow the Facebook Event for real time updates.

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SOLD OUT! February 23rd: Healthy Regional Cooking Series with Laura McCain

A note from our Program Committee: This series is now sold out! If you’re interested in putting your name on the wait list, please email grow@thebotanicgarden.org with the subject line “Healthy Cooking Waitlist Request” — thank you!

Join us for a series of three Healthy Regional Cooking classes with local Registered Dietician, Laura McCain!

Using local, seasonal foods from Oryana Community Co-op, Laura’s three classes will include inspiring discussions around the health and healing properties of cooking and consuming whole foods. She’ll provide guidance on honoring traditional mindsets and embracing the cooking process as a joyful time in the kitchen, not as a chore.

We hope you’ll join us on the following three Saturdays from 1:00pm-2:30pm at the Botanic Garden Visitor Center:

January 26th: An Afternoon in Italy
February 9th: An Afternoon in Asia
February 23rd: An Afternoon in Mexico

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

These classes are open to the public and advance registration is required. Each class is limited to 25 participants.

Reserve your spot via MyNorth Tickets by clicking the button below and RSVP on Facebook to receive event reminders.

March 10th: "Ferntastic!" with Angie Lucas

Join us on Sunday, March 10th, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM for “Ferntastic!” with Angie Lucas!

Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, will present an overview of native fern species found in our region, identification tips to use while exploring the woods or wetland trails, and other fun fern facts.

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. Please follow the Facebook Event for real time updates.

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March 13th: Landscaping for the Birds, Bees & Butterflies with Brian Zimmerman and Tom Ford

Join us on Wednesday, March 13th, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for Landscaping for the Birds, Bees & Butterflies with Brian Zimmerman and Tom Ford!

Local experts Brian Zimmerman and Tom Ford will discuss how to create a garden landscape to attract bees, butterflies and birds, beginning with native plants. Guidance on plant selection, nesting boxes, mason bee houses, and providing water for wildlife will be shared.

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. Please follow the Facebook Event for real time updates.

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March 21st: Square Foot Gardening with Sandi Clark

Join us on Wednesday, March 13th, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for Landscaping for the Birds, Bees & Butterflies with Brian Zimmerman and Join us on Thursday, March 21st, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for Square Foot Gardening For All with Sandi Clark!

Sandi Clark, MSU Advanced Master Gardener, will discuss the history of square foot gardening and share her wisdom on building, utilizing and reaping the benefits of a square foot garden.

The fee for this class is $30 — participants will take home Sandi’s presentation and a copy of Mel Bartholomew’s “Square Foot Gardening” (third edition) book.

This class is open to the public and advance registration is requested. Please follow the Facebook Event for real time updates.

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April 7th: Right Plant, Right Place with Dr. Robert Schutzki

Right Plant, Right Place
Sunday, April 7th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Dr. Robert Schutzki of MSU’s Department of Horticulture will discuss key concepts for smart gardening and how plant choice and maintenance are critical to preserving the natural ecosystem dynamics of Michigan.

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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April 17th: Edible Flowers Make-and-Take with Terry Hooper

Edible Flowers Make-and-Take Class
Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm – 9pm
In this make-it-take-it class, Terry Hooper, Master Gardener and owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens, will guide participants through creating their own edible flower gardens. Attendees will take home a pot planted with edible flowers, greens and vegetables.

The fee for this class is $35 and includes your materials. This class is open to the public and class size will be limited — advance registration is requested.

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May 6th: Looking into Labyrinths with Beth Christiansen

Looking into Labyrinths
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.

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: May Day Basket Make-and-Take with Terry Hooper

May Day Baskey Make-and-Take Class
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 their own.

The fee for this class is $30 and includes your materials. This class is open to the public and class size will be limited — advance registration is requested.

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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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June 2nd: Fairy Fest with Life and Whim

Fairy Fest returns to The Botanic Garden! Join Life and Whim at The Botanic Garden for a fun 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.

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

Essential Oils and Self Care
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 27th: Authors in the Park Story Time

Authors in the Park Story Time
Thursday, June 27th, 7pm-9pm
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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