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Michigan Gardening Cover

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Through 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.

 

July and August, Rochester
New Garden Volunteers Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Our gardening days are Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Anyone interested in joining is invited to help maintain this designated Proven Winners Signature Garden. Master gardeners and candidates earn volunteer hours. Bring hand tools (pruners, trowel, cultivator) and any items that you normally use. Experience is not required.



July and August, Rochester
New Meadow Brook Naturalists Welcome
Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club

Meadow Brook Naturalists is a volunteer group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the woodland areas around Meadow Brook Hall. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants and plant native trees, shrubs, and perennials on the third Thursday of every month – 9 a.m.- noon. Meet by the garage in the courtyard. Dress appropriately, including closed-toe shoes or boots. Expect thorns and poison ivy. Tools provided.



August



August 11 & 12, Mackinaw City
Gardens and Good Things to Eat
Colonial Michilimackinac

Join historic interpreters to tour and help maintain the fort’s gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread over (and taste the results), watch meals cooked over an open fire. For more information, visit www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac.



August 19, Owosso
Potluck/Picnic
Nash Nursery

Central Michigan Daylily Society is hosting a potluck/picnic. The beautiful Nash Centennial Farm has a house and barns on the property that are over 150 years old. For more information, contact CMDS President Jerry Brown at (-517-230-3532 or email brown_841@hotmail.com.



August 25, Royal Oak
Mushroom Walk
Tenhave Woods

Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk starting at 10 a.m. Park at the Marais/Lexington lot and meet at the park entrance. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. There is no pre-registration or cost. For more information, visit romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks.



August 25 & 26, Grand Rapids
Dahlia Show
Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of dahlia flowers and view creative floral arrangements. Fee included with paid admission. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.

 

September

 

September 4, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers – Oh My, A Butterfly
Slayton Arboretum

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult are invited to Butterflies and Other Insects, a program that includes a story, songs, nature activities, a craft, and a snack. 10-11:30 a.m. Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street. $1 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



September 4, East Lansing
Capital Area Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, Room A286

The guest speaker will be Duke Elsner who will talk about Michigan caterpillars. The meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening. Admission for CAMG members is free, all others $3. 6-8 p.m. For more information, email mgacac@wordpress.com.



September 5, Royal Oak
Meadow of the Arboretum
Royal Oak Nature Society

Meet at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (parking lot, north end at 7: p.m. No preregistration or cost for this walk. For more information, email naturesociety@romi.gov, visit www.romi.gov/nature, or call 248-246-3380.



September 6, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley Daylily Society Daylily Auction
Cascade Christian Church

Join us for our fall auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, visit grandvalleydaylily.org.



September 8, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley Daylily Society Daylily Sale
Rockford Farmers’ Market

Stop by to shop our great selection at great prices. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit grandvalleydaylily.org.

 

September 8, Royal Oak
Royal Oak Nature Society Nature Walk
Cummingston Park

Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay. There is no preregistration or cost for this walk. 2 p.m. For more information, email naturesociety@romi.gov, visit romi.gov/nature, or call 248-246-3380.



September 9, Hillsdale
Children’s Garden Open House and Lawn Party
Slayton Arboretum

Join us from for a celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden, which will be a riot of color, motion, sounds, and scents. For adults and children accompanied by an adult, this will be a great time to visit if you have always wanted to know more about the garden and would like to meet and socialize with the folks who make it happen. We’ll sample herbal teas and garden treats and try our hands at some lawn games. Don’t forget to wear your best outdoor party hat! Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street. 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



September 12, Traverse City
Extending the Growing Season
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Patti Travioli, owner of Heartwood Forest Farm will discuss the use of greenhouses, hoop houses, and cold frames to maximize the harvest from your vegetable garden. She will also demonstrate techniques for growing microgreens through the winter. 7-9 p.m. There is no fee; donations are appreciated. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 13, Milford
Monarch Butterfly Garden Dedication
Central Park Pavilion


Join us for the dedication of our five-year effort to create this garden. 6 p.m. For more information, visit themilfordgardenclub.org.



September 16, Traverse City
Building a Sustainable Seed Community
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Ben Cohen, owner of Small House Farm, will present an entertaining talk about seed saving and the work being done to maintain many heirloom seeds. 1-3 p.m. No admission fee; donations are appreciated. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 16, Midland
Autumn Equinox Celebration
Dahlia Hill Garden

Our celebration includes an open house with music, refreshments, and tours of the garden and studios. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine. 2-4 p.m. No admission fee. For more information, visit dahliahill.org or call 989-631-0100.



Sept. 21 – Oct. 28, Grand Rapids
Chrysanthemums and More! Exhibition
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

This annual celebration of the autumn season features an extensive chrysanthemum display with hundreds of flowering plants in both interior and exterior areas. Indoor highlights include varieties on display along the winding BISSEL Corridor and in the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, while outdoor plantings are featured in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden and Volunteer Tribute Garden. Color tours, tram rides and seasonal children’s activities are available. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.



September 23, Traverse City
What’s Up with the Bees?
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Beekeeper Alta Walters will discuss the many threats to bees. There is no fee; donations are appreciated. 1-2:30 p.m.  For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



September 28, Rochester
Creative Vegetable Gardening
Meadow Brook Hall

Art Cameron, PhD., of MSU Department of Horticulture, will talk about how to make vegetable gardening more fun and productive. He will cover bed preparation, watering systems, pest management, and weed control, among other topics. Tips for harvesting, storing, and cooking vegetables will also be covered. Coffee and refreshment will be served at 9:15 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. For more information, call 248-364-6210 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

 

September 30, Traverse City
Old Time Harvest Fest Celebrating Colantha
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

This family fun day will include games, crafts, story time, SEED’s apple pressing demonstrations, educational exhibits, arts & crafts booths, wagon rides, tours of the garden, local food trucks, and more. This is a free community event. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.

 

October



October 2, Hillsdale
Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers featuring A Seed Is Sleepy
Slayton Arboretum

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult are invited for a story, songs, nature activities, a craft, and a snack. 10-11:30 a.m. $1 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. For more information, call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 or visit www.hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



October 2, East Lansing
Capital Area Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting
MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, Room A286

Guest speaker is Mike Risk, owner of Risk Apiary, who will speak on honeybees 6-8 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening. Admission for CAMG members is free, all others $3. For more information, email mgacac@wordpress.com.



October 3, Traverse City
Integrating a Plant-Based Lifestyle
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Devin Moore, with Oryana Natural Foods Market, will share ways to use more produce in everyday meals using stress-free, fun, delicious recipes. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 6, Hillsdale
Autumn in Arb
Slayton Arboretum

Visit the arboretum while it is decked out in its colorful foliage finery! Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, and make a fall craft to take home. Meet at the entrance on Barber Drive. This event is appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult. 1-3 p.m. This event is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu/about/facilities/slayton-aboretum.



October 10, Traverse City
What’s Happening to our Trees?
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

Forester Kama Ross will share her wealth of knowledge regarding the plight of trees, focusing on oak and beech trees. Learn what can be done to preserve our forests and gain tips on ideal trees to plant. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 17, Traverse City
Creating Breathtaking Bouquets
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

During this demonstration, participants will learn the steps, tips, and tricks to creating breathtaking floral bouquets. Information on conditioning flowers so they last longer will also be shared. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit thebotanicgarden.org.



October 20, Grand Rapids
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Graceful Japanese tea masters in elegant kimono will perform the ceremonial cleansing of the utensils, thoughtful preparation and quiet presentation of a bowl of matcha (finely ground green tea), with commentary by a representative from the Japanese Consulate. After the presentation, savor the sweets and matcha green tea. Guests will be asked to remove their shoes before entering the teahouse. Available start times are 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required. $50/member, $60/non-member. For more information, visit meijergardens.org/calendar/japanese-tea-ceremony-in-the-teahouse-1-3-5 or call 616-975-3147.
 

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Central Michigan Daylily Society
www.daylilies.me
Contact: Jerry Brown, 517-230-3532 or brown_841@hotmail.com

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

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
www.meijergardens.org

Grand Valley Daylily Society
grandvalleydaylily.org

Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club
350 Estate Drive
248-364-6210
www.meadowbrookhall.org

Royal Oak Nature Society
248-246-3380
naturesociety@romi.gov
romi.gov/nature

 

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.