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.

May 25th - Outdoor Cooking Demonstration at the Pavilion

There’s nothing better than a dish made from fresh garden produce. Join us under the pavilion for an evening of cooking demos and tips, followed by scrumptious samples to taste. MSU educators, Jane Rapin and Michelle Smith, will demonstrate easy food prep, highlighting the various produce that grows in our vegetable gardens.

**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 SPOT 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.

By June 5th - 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!

Give our tiniest fairy friends “A Colorful World” by creating a magical fairy house inspired by your favorite color. We need your help to make this happen and to spread magic for the kids in our community! We’re partnering with Life and Whim to have a fun, no-pressure, all-ages 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 1:00 pm on June 5th. Houses will be judged by Life and Whim and The Botanic Garden the week of June 6th and results announced via the event page by Saturday, June 11th. 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 7th - Macramé-ake Your Own!

Time for some more hands-on creating at The Botanic Garden! In this beginner-friendly class, you’ll learn three basic macramé knots to create a sophisticated, removable bunting to adorn a small vase. An ordinary glass vase becomes one-of-a-kind with this all-natural, handmade bling! Perfect to give as a special gift, or to keep for yourself, the bunting can be removed and used to decorate your own special basket or planter.

The class fee includes ALL materials needed to create your finished piece, including macramé cord, wooden beads, and glass vase.

About our Instructor

Like so many others, the pandemic allowed Lisa Pucelik the time and space to explore her creative side and learn something new. Macramé filled that void and Knotted was born! Tying knots is a relaxing activity that keeps your mind engaged and challenged in the best way possible. The repetitive motions involved in creating a macramé project are soothing and good for the soul. Lisa is a patient, natural instructor and loves to share her knotting obsession with others.

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.

June 12th - WELLNESS DAY AT THE GARDEN!

Looking to start a new wellness regimen or amplify your own healthy lifestyle? Or maybe you’re just looking for some inspiration in life? Come join us at The Botanic Garden for a day dedicated to wellness-inspired activities and programs. From meditative arts and yoga to herbal teas and the psychological benefits of green spaces, you’re sure to discover something new and leave feeling refreshed and full of healthful vitality.

FREE CLASSES INCLUDE:
* Herbal Tea Basics
* Experience The Labyrinth
* Yoga on the Pavilion
* Nature’s Healing Impact on the Mind, Body & Soul

For your convenience and to provide the opportunity for more people to participate, each workshop is scheduled twice throughout the day. Sign up for one session or come for all four!

Between events, stop into the Gift Shop (open until 4:00 pm) or stroll through the Stable Garden & Secret Garden to explore the contemplative world of Bonsai and Ikebana floral arrangements. Members of The Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan and Ikebana International Chapter #165 will be on hand between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to chat about their respective art forms.

We’ve also teamed up with our friends at Oryana to provide a healthy option for lunch for those of you who wish to pre-order and pre-pay. (Lunch must be reserved by June 7th. Options are available at the bottom of the online registration form. See below for more information!)

This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to attend! Donations are always welcome and your support helps the Garden grow. Capacity is limited, so be sure to register today!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

WELLNESS DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:00 am – Herbal Tea Basics | Experience The Labyrinth
11:00 am – Yoga on the Pavilion | Nature’s Healing Impact on the Mind, Body & Soul
12-1:30 pm – (Lunch Break: Explore the Garden / Bonsai & Ikebana displays, Visit the Gift Shop)
1:30 pm – Yoga on the Pavilion | Nature’s Healing Impact on the Mind, Body & Soul
2:30 pm – Experience the Labyrinth | Herbal Tea Basics
3:30-5 pm – (Explore the Garden / Bonsai & Ikebana displays, Visit the Gift Shop – until 4pm)
(each workshop lasts 50 minutes)

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

Herbal Tea Basics

Sandi Clark will demonstrate the process of making herbal tea blends and highlight the beneficial properties of the most popular herbs used in teas today. Participants will be invited to taste different teas and design their own personal tea blend, which Sandi will prepare into a tea bag to take home. (Each session is limited to 20 participants.)

Sandi Clark is an Advanced Master Gardener and member of the Herb Society of America.

 

Experience the Labyrinth

Labyrinths have been in existence for over 4,000 years, but a resurgence of interest in their use as a psycho-spiritual tool is taking place — as people seek calm in the midst of an increasingly fast-paced and noisy world. Walking the winding paths of a labyrinth offers individuals the chance to heal, grieve, meditate, pray, or seek insights to challenges they face. Join Marilyn Zimmerman as she shares the history of labyrinths, offers suggestions for more meaningful walks, and guides a meditative walk on the labyrinth in our Healing Garden. (Each session is limited to 20 participants.)

Marilyn Zimmerman is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator.

 

Yoga on the Pavilion

Join long-time yoga specialist, Libby Robold, and feel the plant world in your body! Connect with the energy of earth and sky in this unique yoga experience for all levels. Celebrate life, renewal, and new growth. Find wonder, awe, and the precious life force before your eyes and in your being. Gain a meditative awareness of the life we see here in the Garden and the life we share with all our human family. (Each session is limited to 20 participants.)

Libby Robold, E-RYT 500, PRYT, CAHC, YACEP, C-IAYT, AYT is the co-director at Yoga for Health Education.

 

Nature’s Healing Impact on the Mind, Body & Soul

From the oxygen we breathe to the enjoyment we feel throughout the changing of the seasons, we all have an affinity for nature. Did you know there are quantitative and qualitative psychological benefits of having green spaces in our lives? Join psychologist, Bianka Hardin, as she shares the effect of nature on our nervous system, our psychological health, and our well-being in an experiential learning experience. (Each session is limited to 20 participants.)

Bianka Hardin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Owner of Centered Therapy in Chicago.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Each session is FREE but since capacity is limited, registration is required. Sign up today for your desired workshop and time. On the day of the event, please come to the tent at the Visitor Center ahead of your first session.

 

OPTIONAL LUNCH FOR PURCHASE

We’re thrilled to provide a lunch option from Oryana. All lunches must be pre-ordered and pre-paid for when you register for your session(s). All lunch purchases must be made by June 7th.

Lunches are $12.00 and include a sandwich wrap, chips, and a drink. Please make your sandwich wrap selection at checkout from the following options:

*North End Veggie Wrap – Avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion, tamari, sunflower seeds & cherry honey mustard

*Smoked Turkey Apple Wrap – Local smoked turkey, red onion, Swiss cheese, sunflower seeds, lettuce & cherry honey mustard

*Bacon and Kale Wrap – Kale & brussels sprout slaw, red pepper, red onion, walnuts, parmesan, cranberries, bacon & stone-ground mustard

(Gluten-free wrap available.)

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.

June 12th - Bonsai & Ikebana Floral Displays

ONE DAY ONLY! Come join us at The Garden to experience the incredible art of bonsai and Ikebana floral arrangements.

BONSAI DISPLAY

Stroll through the Stable Garden to admire and be drawn into the calming magnificence of the living sculpture: bonsai. Pronounced ‘bone-sigh,’ it literally means tree in a pot. The Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan will have members displaying their bonsai specimens. You’ll encounter tree designs from humble beginner works to imposing award-winning masterpieces. Watch bonsai artists in action as they refine their woody progeny. Actually, the trees train the artists, by teaching them quiet observation skills through daily attentive care; patience honed by seasonal plant growth restrictions and ancient artistic principles. Members will be available to answer questions and talk about some of the techniques to create their beautifully crafted bonsai.  

 

IKEBANA FLORAL DISPLAY

As you experience the bonsai display in the Stable Garden, be sure to continue on into the Secret Garden (located through the doorway in the back of the Stable Garden), where Members of Ikebana International Chapter #165 will have floral displays demonstrating the principles of Ikenobo. They’ll be on hand to explain the history and evolution of Ikebana in the U.S. as well as the principles of design that sets their display apart from other forms of floral arrangements.

 

This is a FREE event and no registration is required.

June 21st - July 14th: 4-H Junior Master Gardener Club

Join a summer 4-H Junior Master Gardener Club!

Participants will learn 4-H Junior Master Gardener topics through fun, hands-on activities over three weeks.

Topics include:

  • Plant and soil science
  • Insects
  • Wildlife habitat exploration

Program Details:

Club Dates:
June 21st – July 14th
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10am-noon
(No meetings the week of July 4th)

Participant Ages:
Classes have been specifically designed for elementary students, ages 9-12 (or 3rd-6th grade)

Location:
The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park
1490 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI  49684

Cost:
Participation is free!

Registration takes place on 4-H online. Sign up at 4honline.com

Please call Emily Kotz, Grand Traverse County 4-H Program Coordinator, at (231) 922-4825 or email at kotzemil@msu.edu to reserve your club enrollment!

Enrollment ends June 10th.

June 30th - Authors in the Gardens (Hosted in partnership with Traverse Area District Library)

Authors in the Gardens is back! Pack a picnic lunch and join us for a fun-filled morning as we welcome celebrated local children’s authors to The Botanic Garden to read their books to you and your family. Co-hosted by our friends at Traverse Area District Library, this event is part of their Summer Library Challenge.

Running from 10:00-11:30 am, our popular guest authors will be stationed at various garden spaces throughout the Garden’s grounds and will read their children’s books over the course of the morning. It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids and parents or caregivers of all ages to enjoy storytime in the Garden!

Our Authors:

Brianne Farley will join us to read a book for which she was the Illustrator: “Dozens of Doughnuts,” written by Carrie Finison. It’s a delightful picture book about counting, sharing, and being a good friend. After her reading, Brianne will answer any questions about the art of illustrating.

JeffrAy Kessler will be on hand to read his historical children’s book about The Botanic Garden’s very own Colantha — a beloved, world champion milk-producing cow. Colantha lived on the grounds of The Botanic Gardens, which at that time was a farm for nearby hospital residents. 

Bill O. Smith will pick a selection from his Chickadee collection (Chickadees at Night or Chickadees in December). Enjoy a flight of fun and fancy with Michigan’s favorite little bird! 

After the stories, head over to the Pavilion to enjoy family-friendly music from the Cherry Blossom Ramblers. This family folk band can’t wait to play some fun tunes, geared to preschool and early elementary audiences. 

This event is FREE for all to attend and will happen rain or shine. So pack those umbrellas and dress for the weather! Donations are always welcome and your support helps the Garden grow.

August 10th - Bugz! (FOR KIDS)

More information coming soon!

August 14th - Making an Herbal Wreath

More information coming soon!

September 14th - Author Talk at The Garden with Tim Mulherin

More information coming soon!

September 21st - Outdoor Cooking Demonstration at the Pavilion

More information coming soon!

September 22nd - A Virtual Tree Tour with Dr. Bob Schutzki

More information coming soon!

October 9th - The Habitats of Sleeping Bear Dunes

More information coming soon!

November 19th & 20th - Gift Shop Holiday Sale

More information coming soon!

November TBD - Creating Paper Flowers with Marina Deering

More information coming soon!

December 3rd & 4th - Gift Shop Holiday Sale

More information coming soon!

December TBD - Winter Porch Pots with Terry Hooper

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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