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Upcoming Events for Michigan

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

April

 

April 17, Midland
World of Herbert Dow
The Dow Gardens

The world changed immensely during Herbert Dow’s life. He saw the invention of the automobile, electricity, and airplanes. Join historian Samantha Engel to learn how other revolutionary individuals changed the world during Herbert Dow’s time. Classes take place in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Homestead, The Pines. Registration required.



April 25, Bath
Michigan Herbal Conference
Michigan Herb Associates

Held at the Eagle Eye Conference Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more details, visit miherb.org.



April 27, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
Meadow Brook Garden Club

Chuck Martin, senior horticulturist and grounds manager of Whiting Forest at Dow Gardens and garden journalist for the Midland Daily News, will talk about on the practice of phenology, a valuable tool that helps with insect and disease control. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive. Coffee and refreshments at 9:15 a.m., program, 10 a.m. Guests welcome, no reservation needed, $5/nonmember.

 

May

 

May 1, Royal Oak
Spring Wildflower Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

During our walk, we will be looking for red & white trillium, blue & yellow violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, trout lily, wild geranium, spicebush, spring beauty, wood poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit, wood anemone, and more. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot and meet at Lexington entrance. There is no pre-registration or cost for this walk.



May 1, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building

The Michigan Bonsai Club will give a presentation on bonsai styles, history, and maintaining this unique art form. 6-8 p.m. Anyone may attend. There is a $3 guess fee for non-CAMG members.



May 1, Bloomfield Hills
Cranbrook Gardens Open for the Season

From spring through fall, guests can explore the 40 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding the oldest surviving manor home in metro-Detroit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For admission details and more information, please call 248-645-3149 or visit housegardens.cranbrook.edu.



May 1, Niles
Fernwood Railway Garden and Nature Adventure Garden Open
Fernwood Botanical Garden

A sure sign of spring’s arrival is the re-opening of our Railway Garden and the Children’s Adventure Garden. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



May 2, Royal Oak
Ferns of Michigan
Royal Oak Middle School

Carol Clements, retired manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center for Wayne County Parks, will be talking about Michigan ferns. She will be discussing the unique characteristics that will help you to recognize some of these beautiful botanical treasures! 7:30 p.m.



May 2, Traverse City
Creating Spring Planters
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Join Terry Hooper and learn how to create exciting spring planters. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35/person, registration is required. See the website for more details.



May 2, Battle Creek
A Love Affair with Lavender
Southern Exposure

Spend an evening at S.E. learning the history of this incredible herb. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will prepare a lavender-inspired dinner using old French recipes. Afterwards, each guest will prune and trim a lavender topiary and infuse lavender to make lavender soap using techniques learned in France. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 3, Grand Rapids
Spring Auction
Grand Valley Daylily Society

Plan to visit and bid at our spring auction being held at Cascade Christian Church located at 2829 Thornapple River Drive, SE. Additional details are available at grandvalleydaylily.org/home.



May 3, Battle Creek
Stacked Wine Bottle Sculpture and Southern Inspired Dinner
Southern Exposure

Bottle sculptures are common in the Southern United States where legend portrays them to capture evil spirits. Chef Elsie will have a wonderful Southern-inspired dinner before creating your bottle sculpture rich in tradition and folklore. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $80/person.



May 5, Niles
Fernwood Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Celebrate spring in the garden at this one-of-a-kind horticultural event open to gardeners and those who love gardens. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



May 6, Battle Creek
Drought Smart Heart Planter
Southern Exposure

We enjoy growing hens and chickens at the farm and planting them in a variety of containers to include shoes, chicken feeders and our favorite, a tin heart. Constructed of tin ribbons woven into a heart, this 15” x 14” lattice sculpture is perfect for nesting in hens and chickens for the summer. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful Mediterranean luncheon before planting this decorative heart shaped planter. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 9, Battle Creek
Three Small Olive Bucket Planters and Tuscan Dinner
Southern Exposure

In this workshop, each guest will experience planting three small buckets that feature a slotted, hammered galvanized metal exterior with rust colored trim. The buckets are attached to a 27-inch rod that you can use to hang on an outside fence or in any room inside your home. When not utilized as planters, we fill ours with dried lavender, kitchen sponges, or shower soaps. Enjoy an evening creating an authentic Italian design and enjoy a Tuscan Meal prepared by our Chef Elsie. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.

 

May 9, Traverse City
Vertical Gardening
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Join Terry Hooper and learn about the possibilities of vertical gardening. The event is from 7-9 p.m. This is a free class. Please check the website for more information.



May 11, Niles
National Public Gardens Day
Fernwood Botanical Garden

An annual event created to raise awareness of the important roles that botanical gardens and arboreta play both in their communities and on a national level. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



May 11, Battle Creek
European Tutuer with A Monticello Inspired Dinner
Southern Exposure

During a dinner prepared by Chef Elsie, we will pay tribute to our third president by enjoying some of his favorite foods inspired by his passion. You will take home a scarlet runner bean from the Heritage Collection at Monticello, plus a climbing plant selected by Scott. Your obelisk will measure 6 feet; please drive a vehicle to accommodate your creation. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 12 and 13, Grand Rapids
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy stunning bonsai trees on display in the Grand Room. Shop for bonsai, specialty pots, and growing supplies from a great selection of vendors. Attend free demonstrations and watch bonsai artists at work. This is a free event.



May 12, Battle Creek
Four Gardens and a Lunch
Southern Exposure

Spend an afternoon learning about four different specialty gardens: hummingbird and butterfly; culinary herb garden; colorful perennials; and the top ten annuals for 2018. At the beginning, lunch will be rich in historical lore. Chef Elsie has picked recipes from garden luncheons hosted by four former First Ladies. At the end, you will take home four plants selected by Scott. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.

 

May 12, Royal Oak
Spring Wildflower Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

During our walk, we will be looking for red & white trillium, blue & yellow violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, trout lily, wild geranium, spicebush, spring beauty, wood poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit, & wood anemone and more. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tenhave Woods. Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.



May 16, Traverse City
Morels and False Morels
Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Our featured speakers are Jim Moses and Linda Grigg of Forest Garden Organic Farm who will discuss morels. This event is from 7-8:30 p.m. This is a free class. Please check the website for more information.



May 17, Rochester
Perennial Plant Sale
Meadow Brook Garden Club

A large variety of Michigan-grown plants, including many from the Meadow Brook Hall gardens, will be available at very reasonable prices. Plan to shop from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

May 18 and 19, East Lansing
Spring Plant Sale
Michigan State University Extension Service

Great deals on hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, grasses, herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, and more. May 18, 4-7 p.m., is reserved for members. May 19, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. is open to the public. The sale is being held in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building located. Remember to bring your own cart. More information is available by calling 517-353-0328 or at www.hrt.msu.edu/our_gardens.



May 19 through 26, Midland
Tuber Sale
Dahlia Hill

This is your opportunity to purchase dahlias, just like the ones growing at Dahlia Hill. Hundreds of varieties will be available and all proceeds support the Dahlia Hill garden. The event is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 19 and May 26 (both Saturdays), and 9 a.m.-noon on May 21 through May 25 (Monday through Friday). For additional information, phone 989-631-0100 or visit dahliahill.org.



May 20, Battle Creek
Grow Up … with Vertical Gardening
Southern Exposure

Think you don’t have enough space to grow a lot of plants? Tired of looking at that boring garage wall? If you’ve got a blank wall or bare fence that needs beautifying, you can tend edibles, annuals, even perennials with the vertical gardening ideas presented in this workshop – all of which inspire high hopes for the season ahead. Before we begin our discussion of the advantages of vertical gardening, Chef Elsie will prepare a summer feast to “whet your appetite.” Afterwards, you will plant a 12 by 22 vertical garden in a homemade structure to take home to be displayed indoors or outdoors, in full sun or shade, depending on the plants selected. The event begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required, $75/person.



May 25 - August 19, Grand Rapids
Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence
Frederik Meijer Gardens

This exhibition is among the artist’s first in the United States. Both works of sculpture and works on paper will be included collectively, capturing the main stylistic currents of his aesthetic. This exhibition was developed in partnership with the artist and is unique to Meijer Gardens.



May 26, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk through Cummingston Park. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. Park and meet at 10 a.m. at Leafdale and Torquay. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.

 

June



June 16, Niles
Garden Party
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Join us for a cool summer evening under the stars at Fernwood’s annual garden party. Enjoy an evening of food prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan and live and silent auctions. 6-9 p.m.

 

June 16 and 17, Grand Rapids
Rose Show
Frederik Meijer Gardens

Enjoy a variety of rose blossoms on display, all locally grown and carefully prepped for this judged show. Vote for the most fragrant rose and get your rose growing questions answered. The fee is included with paid admission.



June 17, Royal Oak
Pond Life of Dragonfly Pond
Royal Oak Nature Society

Join us at Tenhave Woods. We will be sampling the vernal pond for what is living in it. We will have viewing trays to examine what we find. For those interested, small aquarium nets will be available for you to catch your own pond life and have us identify your catch. Park at Lexington/Marais lot, go to the Lexington entrance and follow the Pond Life signs. There is no preregistration or cost for this program.



June 23, Fruitport
24th Annual Garden Walk
Tri-Cities Garden Club

Join us for our 24th Annual Garden Walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to enjoy area gardens. For information on tickets and garden addresses, visit www.tricitiesgardenclub.org.



June 23, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Royal Oak Nature Society

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk through Tenhave Woods. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance at 10 a.m. There is no pre registration or cost for this walk.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
Address: 1490 Red Dr, Traverse City
Phone: 231-935-4077
Website: thebotanicgarden.org

Capital Area Master Gardeners
Website: mgacac.wordpress.com

Fernwood Botanical Garden
Address: 13988 Range Line Road, Niles
Phone: 269-695-6491
Website: fernwoodbotanical.org

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Website: www.meijergardens.org

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club
Address: 350 Estate Drive
Phone: 248-364-6210
Email: MBGCmembers@gmail.com
Website: www.meadowbrookhall.org.

Royal Oak Nature Society
Phone: 248-246-3380
Email: naturesociety@romi.gov
Website: www.romi.gov/nature

Southern Exposure
Address: 11269 N Drive North, Battle Creek
Phone: 269-962-1255
Website: southernmoon.com

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.