2023 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 2023 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.

January 29 - FREE Event - Share the Love with Wildlife
Share the Love with Wildlife
Sun, January 29th
12:00 – 3:00PM
FREE for All Guests to the Garden
There is no registration required and refreshments will be provided.
Stop by the Visitor Center for a hands-on nature themed activity. Make a seasonal ornament for wildlife. Bring a friend or your whole family for this afternoon activity and keep an eye on Facebook for more details!
All supplies will be provided for this project and will include the use of popcorn, cranberries, seeds, and nuts.
January & February - Shrubs for Northern Landscapes
In this free virtual event, Dr. Bob Schutzki will lead us through an informative presentation about the shrubs that are best suited for our region. He’ll cover the characteristics of a variety of species as well as how you can use them in your own residential landscaping.
 
**THIS FREE EVENT IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY & FEBRUARY. 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.
 

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January & February - The Gardens of Cornwall with Karen Schmidt
This free online slideshow presentation will take you on a tour of the stunning gardens of Cornwall and Devon, including the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project with its massive domed biospheres, and historical estate gardens. We’ll visit the charming coastal cities of St. Ives and Dartmoor, and even take a flight to the Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly. Make a cup of tea and climb aboard!
 
**THIS FREE EVENT IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY & FEBRUARY. Registration required.**
 
Instructor Bio
Karen Schmidt is the chair of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. She has explored gardens all over England and loves to bring others along with a virtual tour.
 

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February 5 - Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate Pairing with Local Spirits, Wine & Beer

Enjoy an afternoon of curated pairings featuring several Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates along with local spirits, wine and beer from L. Mawby, Iron Fish Distillery, Stormcloud Brewery, and Aurora Cellars.

Instructor Bio

Jody Hayden is co-owner of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate and has devoted her entire career to elevating the specialty coffee and chocolate industries. In 2001, she co-founded Michigan’s first fair trade coffee roaster, Higher Grounds Trading Co, and served several terms on the Board of Directors of Cooperative Coffees, a unique green bean importing cooperative of mission-driven coffee roasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Jody’s passion is to educate consumers about the realities of commodity farming and each year she organizes trips to South America where consumers and farmers have the opportunity to discuss opportunities/challenges of the global market. Jody has led over 30 consumer delegations to coffee and cacao growing regions in Central America, South America and Africa.

Jody currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund and volunteers with several local non-profits in the Traverse City area. Jody has successfully completed the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute’s Cacao Grader Intensive course as well as Ecole Chocolat’s Professional Chocolatier and Mastering Chocolate Flavor programs. She serves on the organizing committee for the Ecuador Cacao and Chocolate Summit and leads dozens of chocolate tasting classes each year.

She lives in Traverse City with her husband, DC, and two young boys, Charlie & Arlo, plus a sweet Golden Retriever and two kitties. She spends her leisure time hiking, biking and skiing at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, relaxing at a local beach or planning her next scuba-diving adventure.

 
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.

February 14 & 15 - Build Your Own Snowshoes

Ever wondered what goes into making your own set of snowshoes? Join MDNR Park Interpreter Craig Kasmer as he guides you through the process of creating and building your very own snowshoes. This two-day workshop will give you a chance to work together in a small group setting to construct and lace your own Ojibwe style wooden-framed snowshoes (11 by 45 inches). All materials will be provided. Tubular nylon will be used for the lacing and participants will be instructed on how to varnish their set after taking them home.

Following the second day of the workshop, participants are invited to join on a guided winter hike through The Gardens with light refreshments.

About our Instructor

Craig Kasmer has been a park interpreter at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, Michigan for over twenty years. He has a degree in Professional Forestry from Michigan State University and was a Conservation District Forester before leading Hartwick Pines’ interpretive programming.

Spots are limited! Reserve your ticket 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.

February 15 - Snowshoe Under the Stars

Explore the Botanic Garden in a new light… moonlight, that is! Bring the whole family and join us for an exclusive chance to learn the art and science of snowshoeing while enjoying a guided candlelight tour of the trees, shrubs, and persistent foliage that grace the Garden throughout the winter months.

Receive a snowshoe orientation and get geared up with experts from the Grand Traverse Conservation District as they share exciting things to look for while you walk through the fairy forest and trails. Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers will be on hand to help guide you through the majesty of the Garden as you wander through its luminary-lit paths. Our Executive Director, Matthew Ross, will also be stationed in the Garden to share info about winter plant identification.

Snowshoes will be provided to use for the event or participants are invited to bring their own. This event is family-friendly and appropriate for children ages 6+. Children’s tickets can be purchased as add-ons to purchased adult tickets.

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.

February 23 - Floral Inspired Mocktails & Cocktails

There’s nothing more romantic than showing your love and adoration with a gift of a floral bouquet. What if instead of giving the flowers to your loved one, you gave them the essence of those blooms and fragrance in cocktail form? Join Linda Shanahan and Eric VanderHyde, owners of Bluestem Drinks — a craft herbal farm in picturesque Doylestown, PA — and a guest bartender for an informative and eventful evening. 

Using ingredients sent to directly to your home and guided on a live-streamed webinar, you’ll not only learn about the health and wellness benefits of drinking your herbs and floral essence, but have an experience you can share with friends from across the country in this dynamic format.  

In addition to enrolling in this class, you’ll need to purchase your discounted herbal cocktail kit from Bluestem Botanicals at least two weeks prior to the class in order to have your custom cocktail kit sent directly to your home. A list of mixing ingredients to have on hand will also be emailed to participants.

About our Instructors

Bluestem Botanicals is a labor of love for Eric VanderHyde and Linda Shanahan, bringing together their combined years of experience in herbalism, nursing, engineering and agriculture. Having grown vegetables, flowers and herbs for over a decade, Eric and Linda are now specializing in certified organically grown medicinal and culinary herbs.

**Please note ticket sales end on February 13th to allow for enough time to have your cocktail kit shipped to you.**
 

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.

February 26 - The Good, The Bad & The Bug-ly: Pollinator Conservation & Invasive Insects

Invasive insect pests and pollinator conservation are two emerging concerns for Michigan residents that, at times, seem to be at odds. In this program with MSU Extension Entomologist and Horticulture Educator, Nate Walton, you will learn how to manage your green space for invasive insect prevention AND pollinator conservation. Learn about the biology of our native pollinators, what you can do to help them, and hear the latest invasive insect news for our region.

About our Instructor

Nate has an MS and PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. He is a Consumer Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for the Northwest Lower Peninsula. Nate enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subjects such as 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.

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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