Events, Classes, Programs

  • 23 Sep

    Morticulture:  Hidden Lake Gardens, Forest of the Living Dead

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Which is more alive:  a living tree or a dead one? The answer may surprise you. Hidden Lake Gardens plant propagator, Jon Genereaux, will lead a discussion and hike that looks closely at living and dead trees in the HLG woods. In a live tree, only a thin layer of wood grows and transports nutrients and water from the roots to the leaves. A dead tree teems with life in the form of fungi, bacteria, insects, and other organisms. Dead trees take a long time to disappear into the forest floor, allowing new life to spring up within them for many years. Life inside a decomposing tree is a microscopic forest within a forest, teeming with miniature life, seeds fall in their midst and germinate to repopulate the forest. Take a two-hour hike into the forest with Mr. Genereaux to observe and discuss the process of decomposition, the final stages of a tree’s life back into the biosphere…a journey back to its beginning. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking on unpaved woodland trails. $10 per person / $8 for Friends of HLG. Pre-registration is required, please call 517-431-2060 to register.

  • 23 Sep

    Run for the Hills! 1 Mile and 5K Run/Walk

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Oh These Irish Hills! will conduct its annual “RUN FOR THE HILLS!” 1 mile and 5K Run/Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens. Take on the “Hilliest Course in S.E. Michigan” with your choice of 1 mile or 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) distance. Awards to individuals in various age categories, plus the Team Challenge award for racers in groups of 3 or more. T-Shirts for pre-registered racers. For more information or to register call 517-403-5358 or visit http://otih.org/run-for-the-hills/

  • 28 Sep

    Walk Yoga Walk

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Join certified yoga instructor (and HLG member), Rita Adams, every Thursday in September for an energetic walk through scenic trails of Hidden Lake Gardens, then plant your mat on the earth to practice an active, multi-level yoga flow surrounded by the beauty of nature.  Experience the healing power of walking, yoga, nature, breath, and community!  Bring your own mat and any items necessary for spending an hour in the outdoors.  Drop-in and pay in the Visitors Center prior to class.  Please arrive 15 minutes early as class will begin promptly at 9 a.m.  In case of inclement weather, class will be held in the Visitors Center.  Participants of all levels of yoga as well as beginners are welcome.  $10 per person per class.  $3 entry fee for non-HLG members.  For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or text/call 517-270-1977.

  • 30 Sep

    Creatures of the Night Hike

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Explore Hidden Lake Gardens after hours. Experience the sights and sounds of nocturnal creatures that come to life at night. Join Jon Genereaux, HLG Plant Propagator, as he takes you for a two hour hike through the woods to experience nature’s night life. Hiking shoes/boots are a must, and bring a headlamp or flashlight and your best coyote calling voice! $10 per person / $8 Friends of HLG. Pre-registration is required, call 517-431-2060 to register.

  • 30 Sep

    Adopt-A-Highway

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Help the Friends of Hidden Lake Gardens keep our entryway clean of trash and debris.  Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program provides volunteer care for 6,400 miles of roadways, and has collected over one million bags of trash.  Participants must be age 12 or older.  Meet in the Visitors Center.  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • 07 Oct

    Lenawee Byways Art Tour

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Hidden Lake Gardens is one of 18 locations for the Lenawee County-wide Art Tour.  Area studio artists, galleries, murals, and sculpture parks will be featured in Adrian, Blissfield, Clinton, and Tecumseh, as well as HLG.  Local artists will exhibit their works in the HLG Visitors Center.  For more information visit Facebook.com/LenaweeArtTour.  Art Tour is October 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 08 Oct

    Lenawee Byways Art Tour

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Hidden Lake Gardens is one of 18 locations for the Lenawee County-wide Art Tour.  Area studio artists, galleries, murals, and sculpture parks will be featured in Adrian, Blissfield, Clinton, and Tecumseh, as well as HLG.  Local artists will exhibit their works in the HLG Visitors Center.  For more information visit Facebook.com/LenaweeArtTour.  Art Tour is October 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 14 Oct

    Fall-ing in Love with Trees

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Join horticulturist and naturalist educator, Ellyn Meyers, for a walk to learn about some of the trees at Hidden Lake Gardens. These native and exotic species provide us with food, lumber, and other valuable resources including beautiful fall colors. Come and learn about the science and folklore of our favorite trees. This family-friendly walk is suitable for ages 6 and older. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  $12 adults, $9 children (under 18) / $10 adults, $7 children Friends of HLG. Pre-registration is required, please call 517-431-2060.

  • 21 Oct

    Fall Foliage Festival

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Celebrate Autumn at Fall Foliage Festival.  Hikes, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, hands-on activities, and scarecrows will delight families among the vibrant autumn colors of Hidden Lake Gardens.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 12 Nov

    Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Beauty in Winter

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Who says that you have to wait until spring to enjoy the glorious sight and smell of spring bulbs blooming? Using a technique called bulb forcing, you can achieve beautiful blooms even in the dead of winter. Diane Faust, HLG Conservatory Manager, will demonstrate how to force bulbs and other spring flowers into bloom during the winter months. Participants will take home a planted container of bulbs to force and enjoy. 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $24 per person / $20 Friends of HLG. Pre-registration is required, please call 517-431-2060 to register. 

  • 02 Dec

    Holiday Festival

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Celebrate the Holiday Season by bringing the family to Holiday Festival at Hidden Lake Gardens.  Lights, luminaries, decorations, music, crafts, refreshments, and Santa!  4 to 8 p.m.

  • 03 Dec

    Evening of Lights

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Drive through Hidden Lake Gardens and see over 2,000 candle-lit luminaries arranged in a variety of holiday themes.  Walk through the conservatory and grounds for the holiday lighting display.  Visit the gift shop for holiday shopping ideas.  5 to 8 p.m.

  • 09 Dec

    Evening of Lights

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Drive through Hidden Lake Gardens and see over 2,000 candle-lit luminaries arranged in a variety of holiday themes.  Walk through the conservatory and grounds for the holiday lighting display.  Visit the gift shop for holiday shopping ideas.  5 to 8 p.m.

  • 10 Dec

    Evening of Lights

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Drive through Hidden Lake Gardens and see over 2,000 candle-lit luminaries arranged in a variety of holiday themes.  Walk through the conservatory and grounds for the holiday lighting display.  Visit the gift shop for holiday shopping ideas.  5 to 8 p.m.