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.

August 10th - Bugz! (FOR KIDS)

Calling all young bug lovers! (And even those who might need a little persuasion!) Come explore the amazing world of insects with MSU Extension Entomologist Dr. Nate Walton. You’ll learn what makes a bug a bug and how they’re different from other creepy crawly creatures. Then, get inside the mind of an insect and see the world from a ‘bug’s eye view.’ Dr. Nate will take you (and your accompanying grown-ups) on an insect safari to explore the wilds of The Botanic Garden while you look for and learn about some of Michigan’s coolest summer insects like: antlions, tiger beetles, and woolly bears.  

Note: This program is designed for learners ages 7 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend and participate! (An accompanying adult must be present.) A portion of the event will be outdoors so please dress accordingly. Individuals with allergies to insects — including cockroaches — should take necessary precautions before attending.  

Attendance is limited, so registration is required. Please register each attending CHILD only — no registration needed for accompanying adult.

About our Instructor

Dr. Nate Walton is a Michigan State University-trained entomologist with an MS and PhD in Entomology. He is the Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Master Gardener Coordinator for Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Counties. Nate enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subjects including pollinator conservation, environmental stewardship, and integrated pest management.

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.

August 14th - Make Your Own Herb Wreath

Herbs make any recipe taste better. Have a variety of them at your fingertips with an attractive herb wreath to hang in your kitchen. In this in-person event, you’ll learn to construct your own using those most commonly used in cooking. The herbs are organic and locally grown in Sandi’s home garden.

All materials will be supplied.

About our Instructor

Sandi Clark is an Advanced Master Gardener, a member of Midwest Michigan Herb Associates, Herbal Renewal of Omena, and past member of Michigan Herb Associates. Sandi resides in Interlochen and volunteers at the Botanic Garden and The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City.

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.

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 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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