2022 Program Schedule at The Botanic Garden

Our Garden is a place for learning and growing! EVENT CALENDAR IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please return regularly for updates to our 2022 event calendar!

Most of the programs, classes, and events at The Botanic Garden are discounted for members. 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.

September 14th - Author Talk with Tim Mulherin: Exploring that “Up North” State of Mind

Join us for an evening with author Tim Mulherin as he presents the origins and main themes of his book, “Sand, Stars, Wind, & Water: Field Notes from Up North.” Detailing an enduring best friendship and his outdoor adventures in the region from the past 35 years, Tim shares his love for our northern Michigan area through pieces that represent what being “Up North” is all about. His talk will also cover the increasing interest in and pressure on northern Michigan from visitors and how to respect this great national treasure and the people who call it home.

Tim will be on hand after the talk to sign copies of his book. (Available for purchase at the event.)

About the Instructor

Tim Mulherin first visited northwest lower Michigan’s Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties in 1986, and hasn’t been the same since. Meanwhile, he’s been writing about his adventures throughout northern Michigan, resulting in a nonfiction collection of essays and stories entitled “Sand, Stars, Wind, & Water: Field Notes from Up North.”

Mulherin is currently researching a new book about the impact of pandemic and climate “refugees” and increasing tourism on northern Michigan. A central aspect of his research involves exploring the tension between environmental protection/preservation of this beautiful region and its economic and population growth, and how to strike the best balance for all concerned. 

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English, with a concentration in nonfiction writing, from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He went on to obtain a master of arts degree in journalism from IUPUI and a master of science in management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also taught for a decade in IUPUI’s Department of English.

In September of 2021, Mulherin retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Irvington Community School, Inc., one of Indiana’s oldest and largest K-12 public charter schools, located on the east side of Indianapolis.

He and his wife have owned a cottage in the village of Cedar for the past 12 years, and before that, shared a cabin with another couple on Spider Lake. With his retirement from public service, he has now finally come home.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

September 21st - Outdoor Cooking Demonstration at the Pavilion

Farm to table eating at its best! Join us on an easy walk to the Friendly Garden Club’s community garden to learn how vegetables are grown using the Three Sisters method before harvesting and washing the fresh produce. Then, it’s back to the pavilion for a cooking demo and tips — and delicious samples to taste.

**This is a FREE event, but registration is required and enrollment is limited. Reserve your spot today!**

About our Instructors

Jane Rapin is a Community Nutrition Instructor with Michigan State University’s Grand Traverse County Extension Office. She works within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in District 3, covering Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. Jane is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with a 20-year career in the nutrition field. She loves helping others learn new skills that empower them to try new foods.

Michelle Smith also works within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through MSU’s Grand Traverse County Extension Office, covering Grand Traverse, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. As a Community Instructor, she teaches youth and adults how to eat and cook healthy while staying on a budget. Michelle has been with MSU Extension since 2012.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

September 25th - A Virtual Walk Through the Trees of The Botanic Garden

In this virtual event, Dr. Bob Schutzki will take a walk through the Garden to look at its trees of all shapes and sizes. He’ll cover their ornamental characteristics and site preferences as well as how you can use them in your own home landscaping.

**THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW SEPTEMBER 25TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH. Registration required.**

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.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

October 6th - Conversation with the Director

Join The Botanic Garden’s Executive Director, Matthew Ross, for a monthly conversation as he connects with top experts in the fields of public gardening, floral design, horticulture & the arts. Held online via Zoom, these monthly chats are FREE for Garden Members. The Zoom link will be emailed to Garden Members one day ahead, so keep your eyes on your inbox!

Please stay tuned for this month’s topic!

Not yet a Garden member? Join today! Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

October 9th - *NEW DATE* Build A Scarecrow Family Fun Day

*Please note this event has been moved from Oct. 2nd to OCTOBER 9TH*

Ready for an afternoon of fall fun for the whole family? We’ll supply the scarecrow frames, burlap, and straw, you bring your own scarecrow attire and decorations and let your family’s creativity blossom!

We’ll have cider & donuts on the Pavilion as well as a youth-oriented activity in the classroom, provided by our friends at Friendly Garden Club Youth Gardening.

Then, for the month of October, Garden visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite and the winner will receive a one-year membership to The Botanic Garden.

*Please note: finished scarecrows will become property of The Botanic Garden, so please plan your adornments accordingly!*

Participation is limited! Reserve your spot today!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!

October 9th - The Habitats of Sleeping Bear Dunes — Threats & Opportunities

Join Sleeping Bear Dunes expert, Kerry Kelly, as he leads us through an exploration of the variety of habitats that exist within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He’ll highlight the threatened or endangered species of plants, birds, and animals that you might find there, as well as identifying the current threats to these habitats from invasive species, climate change, and human development.

Kerry’s presentation will also point out the areas within the park that are federally designated as wilderness and how that designation affects the way you might experience those areas.

About the Instructor

Kerry Kelly is the Chairman of the Board for the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. He manages the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and is involved as a volunteer in many other projects at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

He is a volunteer blacksmith at the park blacksmith shop in Glen Haven, MI and has taught several extended education classes for Northwest Michigan College about Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Kerry grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin before attending UW-Madison, where he graduated with a BS in Chemistry. He worked for 30 years at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

November 3rd - Conversation with the Director

Join The Botanic Garden’s Executive Director, Matthew Ross, for a monthly conversation as he connects with top experts in the fields of public gardening, floral design, horticulture & the arts. Held online via Zoom, these monthly chats are FREE for Garden Members. The Zoom link will be emailed to Garden Members one day ahead, so keep your eyes on your inbox!

Please stay tuned for this month’s topic!

Not yet a Garden member? Join today! Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

November 19th & 20th - Gift Shop Holiday Sale

Just in time for holiday shopping!

Stop into our Visitor Center Gift Shop on November 19th & 20th and enjoy discounts on all regular-priced merchandise. We carry a wide selection of unique gifts and handcrafted items including: art tiles & ceramics, metal garden stakes & sculptures, stone creations, local photography, books & notecards, and more!

November 19th - Create Your Own Winter Porch Pot

Floral designer, Terry Hooper, is back for another make & take event at the Garden! With her easy-going guidance and hands-on approach, she’ll teach you everything you need to know to create and carry away a festive holiday porch pot.

All necessary materials will be provided (including: pot, filler material, clippers, evergreen branches, trigs, holiday ornaments, and ribbon) but participants are encouraged to bring a pair of gardening gloves and may bring their own special pot or additions.

About the Instructor

Terry Hooper has presented numerous Make & Take programs for The Botanic Garden. As a Master Gardener and business owner on Old Mission Peninsula, she creates floral designs for weddings and other events, frequently using flowers & greens from her own garden.

Registration is limited, so reserve your spot today!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

November 20th - Holiday Mosaics with Deyar Jamil

Deyar’s back! This time she’ll be teaching us everything we need to know to make our own holiday ornament or mug coaster. Grab a couple of friends and come enjoy an afternoon of hands-on creating at The Botanic Garden!

Learn the steps and follow along to create a unique holiday-themed mosaic piece you can take home to enjoy yourself or pass along as a special gift. The class fee includes ALL materials needed to create your finished piece, including wooden substrate and precut glass/tiles, but feel free to bring that special piece of glass or china, or old buttons or beads from home to include in your glass masterpiece. 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 November 17th.**

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!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

December 1st - Conversation with the Director

Join The Botanic Garden’s Executive Director, Matthew Ross, for a monthly conversation as he connects with top experts in the fields of public gardening, floral design, horticulture & the arts. Held online via Zoom, these monthly chats are FREE for Garden Members. The Zoom link will be emailed to Garden Members one day ahead, so keep your eyes on your inbox!

Please stay tuned for this month’s topic!

Not yet a Garden member? Join today! Questions? Please email our Program Committee at grow@thebotanicgarden.org.

December 3rd & 4th - Gift Shop Holiday Sale

For the garden & outdoor lovers on your list!

Stop into our Visitor Center Gift Shop on December 3rd & 4th and enjoy discounts on all regular-priced merchandise. We carry a wide selection of unique gifts and handcrafted items including: art tiles & ceramics, metal garden stakes & sculptures, stone creations, local photography, books & notecards, and more!

December 3rd - Deck the Halls! Holiday Decor Workshop

Bring nature inside for the holidays! You’ll have the opportunity to make either a unique, fragrant centerpiece or holiday wreath to enjoy at home. A variety of materials will be provided, including an assortment of fresh evergreens, twigs, birch, decorative accents, ribbon & more. Feel free to bring a special piece from home to add to your creation. Participants are encouraged to bring scissors and a box or container for transporting your finished creation.

About our Instructor

Ann Machelski is a local artist who started working with floral design 34 years ago in California. She has used her skills for a variety of venues in Traverse City, including City Opera House galas, Wellington Inn holiday shows, and weddings, and works as a decorator for both residential & commercial events.

When not designing florals, she works in the Engineering Department for Great Wolf Lodge doing furniture restoration, seasonal decorating, and room remodels.

Tickets are limited! Reserve your spot today!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Member Discount: Members of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park receive a discount on all events. Please select the “Garden Member Ticket” option on the ticket page. 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.

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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