Classes, Programs, Events

  • Family Class Series - Herbal Make-and-Take

    Date: August 29, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Exploring Herbs for Use and Delight with Susan Betz! The enjoyment of herbs rests in the many and varied uses they serve in our daily lives. For most people, their first acquaintance begins with the different foods each plant flavors. But there is a lot more to know beyond this introduction, Susan’s presentation will demonstrate the numerous other ways to enjoy herbs for household and sundry uses.

    Family Friendly Herbal Make It and Take It Stations – Two included with class purchase. Additional available for purchase, ranging from $3 - $7 per craft.

    Cost: $12 per family / $10 per family for Friends of HLG. Registration is required. – Garden Room or Auditorium

    Lovely Lavender Heart, Play “Smell and Tell”  guess game, Make a dried-herb mix for herb butter, Mini-herb wreaths for flavor or fragrance, Simple healthy herbal beverages, and more

     

     

  • Nature Art Series - Plein Air Lanscape Sketching

    Date: September 5, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: noon

    Multimedia artist Lorenzo Cristaudo will lead participants in making a quality journal for landscape sketching with graphite and water color markers.  We will then go into the field to make sketches that participants may use on their own to paint or draw a finished work later.  All materials provided.

    Cost: $20 per person / $18 per person for Friends of HLG.  Ages 8 and up.  Ideal for Adults and all skill levels!

    Registration is required. Approximate class length is two hrs.

  • Second Saturday Sunrise Series

    Date: September 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 15 minutes before sunrise

    Start your day off with sunrise and breakfast treats at Hidden Lake Gardens. Share 755 acres with only the woodland creatures for a few hours as the day begins.

    Bring your running shoes, paints, or supplies for your favorite way to spend the early hours. Arrive fifteen minutes before sunrise. Class will be hosted by HLG staff and will include a tour.

    Cost: $10 per person / $8 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Limited to seven people.

    HLG_Registration_Form.pdf

  • Nature Hike - Families Welcome!

    Date: September 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a family-friendly hike on Hidden Lake Garden’s many rolling and wooded trails. Hikers will experience the natural beauty of different trails by experienced leaders. Hikers should wear hiking shoes, long pants, and be able to walk for 2 hours at an easy pace.

    Cost: $5 per person / $3 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Behind The Scenes with Paul - Arboretum

    Date: September 17, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    September’s topic: Arboretum

    Explore behind the scenes with HLG’s Managing Director, Paul Pfeifer. This is an opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on different areas of HLG’s collections. Bring your questions and learn a few tips and secrets.

    Cost: $5 per person / free for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Approximate class length is 90 minutes.

  • Introduction to Foraging

    Date: September 23, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    An introductory seminar for those just starting out or curious about foraging for food, this presentation is designed to provide an overview of the basic principles of foraging in a one-hour lecture-style discussion.

    Cost: No admission charge

    Registration is requested.

  • Adopt A Highway

    Date: September 26, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 10 a.m.

    Show your pride for Hidden Lake Gardens by helping us clean up our entryway!

    Michigan Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program helps care for 6,400 miles of roads and have collected more than a million bags of trash.

    Participants must be over the age of 12.

  • Seasonal Interest in the Garden

    Date: September 26, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Even after a long dry summer, a well-planned garden can still look attractive and offer many points of interest.  Several perennials produce an abundance of flowers at this time of year. Ornamental grasses, evergreens, fruits and berries as well as colorful bark can add interest and structure to the garden.  A wide variety of changing foliage colors will also enhance the garden. 

    Horticulturist, Ellyn Meyers, will show images to inspire you and provide recommendations for specific plants and plant combinations to increase seasonal interest in your garden.  We will then go for a walk to see examples of these plantings at Hidden Lake Gardens. 

    Cost: $ 20 per person / $ 18 per person for Friends of HLG

    * Register for both “Seasonal Interest in the Garden” and “Gardens Gone Wild!” and receive the discounted rate of $35 per person/$30 for Friends of HLG.

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Gardens Gone Wild! Native Perennials for your Garden

    Date: September 26, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Time: 1:00 p.m.

    Many native perennial plants are well adapted to our Michigan landscapes.  They offer attractive flowers throughout the season that enhance our gardens and wild places.  Important to our natural ecosystems, bees, butterflies and other insects, birds, and other animals depend upon these plants.  Learn about native perennials and how to incorporate them into your landscape -perennial gardens, wild gardens, meadows or prairie plantings.  The instructor, Ellyn Meyers, is a horticulturist and landscape designer with a special interest in native plants. After the indoor program, you are encouraged to join us outside to help plant some native perennials at Hidden Lake Gardens.

    Cost: $ 20 per person / $ 18 per person for Friends of HLG

    * Register for both “Seasonal Interest in the Garden” and “Gardens Gone Wild!” and receive the discounted rate of $35 per person/$30 for Friends of HLG.

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • GreenBridges: Safe Passages for Plants and Pollinators- cohosted by Hidden Lake Gardeners

    Date: October 8, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 7 p.m.

    Open to the public!

    Ponder the possibilities! For a sustainable future study native plants from an herbal perspective. The GreenBridges program helps to create opportunities for the safe passage of plants and pollinators and avoid habitat fragmentation. Each GreenBridges garden is a link in the chain across the nation providing safe movement for the plants and pollinators that help maintain healthy ecosystems. Get involved in creating GreenBridges and you’ll learn the best practices from a network of green bridges gardeners, grow native herbs unique to your own region share the information working towards a more sustainable gardening style.

    Presented by renowned herbalist Sue Betz

    Cost: $5 per person payable at the door

    Registration is requested.

     

  • Second Saturday Sunrise Series

    Date: October 10, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 15 minutes before sunrise

    Start your day off with sunrise and breakfast treats at Hidden Lake Gardens. Share 755 acres with only the woodland creatures for a few hours as the day begins.

    Bring your running shoes, paints, or supplies for your favorite way to spend the early hours. Arrive fifteen minutes before sunrise. Class will be hosted by HLG staff and will include a tour.

    Cost: $10 per person / $8 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Limited to seven people.

  • Nature Hike - Families Welcome!

    Date: October 10, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a family-friendly hike on Hidden Lake Garden’s many rolling and wooded trails. Hikers will experience the natural beauty of different trails by experienced leaders. Hikers should wear hiking shoes, long pants, and be able to walk for 2 hours at an easy pace.

    Cost: $5 per person / $3 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

  • Behind The Scenes with Paul - Fall Foliage

    Date: October 15, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    October’s topic: Fall Foliage

    Explore behind the scenes with HLG’s Managing Director, Paul Pfeifer. This is an opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on different areas of HLG’s collections. Bring your questions and learn a few tips and secrets.

    Cost: $5 per person / free for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Approximate class length is 90 minutes.

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - Special Event - LEAVES

    Date: October 17, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Special Event - LEAVES !!

    Little ones from ages 3 – 7 are invited to explore the natural world through songs and crafts. Topics will center on items in nature that start with the letter of the month. Adults must attend with children. Dress to be outside for a short time.

    Class is open to pre-school and home-schooled children aged 3 - 7 yrs old.

    Cost: $8 per person / $6 per person for Friends of HLG.

    Registration is required.

  • Family Class Series - Spooky Nature

    Date: October 31, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Families are invited to join us for a spine-tingling look at the creepy, crawly, really scary things in nature. Plants and animals with spooky survival methods will be explored. A take home craft or project and scary snacks will end the adventure. Come dressed as your favorite bug, if you dare.

    Cost: $15 per family and one set of project materials / $12 per family for Friends of HLG. Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Fences, Trellis, Gates and Arbors for Fairy Gardens - Nature Arts Series

    Date: November 7, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: noon

    Enjoy the inspiration of the Conservatory while working with natural materials.  Multimedia artist Lorenzo Cristaudo will lead the group in making accessories for mini gardens using natural materials from HLG.  All materials provided, but bring anything else you would like to use, including pruners for cutting twigs and thin wire. A hand out depicting many projects will be provided.

    Cost: $12 per person / $10 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Minimum 5 people for class to be held.

     

     

     

  • Beyond the Bee’s Knees - cohosted with Hidden Lake Gardeners

    Date: November 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 7 p.m.

    Free and open to the public!

    Honeybees are both fascinating, and critical to our survival.  Beekeeper, author, and national speaker Charlotte Hubbard will share insights and fun facts about this important insect, how we can help save honeybees, a bit of what beekeeping entails, and what led her to beekeeping. Q&A follows.  Charlotte is a high energy, humorous speaker, delivering an engaging presentation about what is, to many of us, a scary insect.

    Registration is requested. No fee.

  • Second Saturday Sunrise Series

    Date: November 14, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 15 minutes before sunrise

    Start your day off with sunrise and breakfast treats at Hidden Lake Gardens. Share 755 acres with only the woodland creatures for a few hours as the day begins.

    Bring your running shoes, paints, or supplies for your favorite way to spend the early hours. Arrive fifteen minutes before sunrise. Class will be hosted by HLG staff and will include a tour.

    Cost: $10 per person / $8 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Limited to seven people.

     

  • Nature Hike - Families Welcome!

    Date: November 14, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a family-friendly hike on Hidden Lake Garden’s many rolling and wooded trails. Hikers will experience the natural beauty of different trails by experienced leaders. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and long pants, and be able to walk for 2 hours at an easy pace.

    Cost: $5 per person / $3 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Extending Your Garden with Native Plants

    Date: November 14, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 11:30 a.m.

    The Late Show. Fall is often a difficult time in the Midwestern garden – unless you look to native plants. From Asters to Goldenrods, learn how you can extend your gardening season through the judicious selection of Michigan species at their best for the most exciting Late Show of all.

    Instructor: Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener

    Cost: $20 per person / $18 per person for Friends of HLG. Minimum 7 people for class to be held.

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Pollinator Gardening

    Date: November 14, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 2 p.m.

    Native Pollinators - The Little Engines That Do. Most us know about honeybees - industrial-strength pollinators of many of our food crops. But did you know that our native pollinators - from bumble bees and beetles to butterflies and wasps - carry just as much weight in the pollination department? Learn about some of our lesser-known pollinators and make a mason bee house to encourage them to help out in your garden.

    Instructor: Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener

    Cost: $30 per person / $28 per person for Friends of HLG. Minimum 7 people for class to be held.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

     

  • Extending Your Garden with Native Plants

    Date: November 14, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 11:30 a.m.

    The Late Show. Fall is often a difficult time in the Midwestern garden – unless you look to native plants. From Asters to Goldenrods, learn how you can extend your gardening season through the judicious selection of Michigan species at their best for the most exciting Late Show of all.

    Instructor: Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener

    Cost: $20 per person / $18 per person for Friends of HLG. Minimum 7 people for class to be held.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Behind The Scenes with Paul - Arid Dome

    Date: November 19, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    November’s Topic: Arid Dome

    Explore behind the scenes with HLG’s Managing Director, Paul Pfeifer. This is an opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on different areas of HLG’s collections. Bring your questions and learn a few tips and secrets.

    Cost: $5 per person / free for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Approximate class length is 90 minutes

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - Special Event - TURKEYS

    Date: November 21, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Special Event - TURKEYS!

    Little ones from ages 3 – 7 are invited to explore the natural world through songs and crafts. Topics will center on items in nature that start with the letter of the month. Adults must attend with children. Dress to be outside for a short time.

    Class is open to pre-school and home-schooled children ages 3 - 7.

    Cost: $8 per person / $6 per person for Friends of HLG.

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Create a Bittersweet Wreath

    Date: November 21, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: noon

    Bittersweet is an excellent weaving material for making beautiful wreathes. Learn the basic techniques, then create and decorate your own wreath to hang on your door or use as a table centerpiece. All weaving materials and a variety of decorative items will be provided. Children under 10 should work with an adult and do not need to register. 

    Led by Rachel Mifsud, Instructor and Forager

    Cost: $30 per person / Friends of HLG discount applied to all registrants

    Registration is required by November 14, register by visiting http://www.WillForageForFood.com

    Minimum 6 people for class to be held

  • Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement

    Date: November 24, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    Instructor Pam Meinke will help you design a fresh flower centerpiece in beautiful Fall colors. Additions of glycerined leaves, raffia, and wheat will complete your design that will draw compliments for your Thanksgiving meal!  Please bring a sharp knife and ribbon scissors. In order to obtain supplies, registration will close on November 17.

    Cost: $38 per person / $34 per person for Friends of HLG. Registration is required.

     

     

  • Family Class Series - Make a Gingerbread House

    Date: November 28, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Families are invited to join HLG staff as we make gingerbread houses to kick off the holiday season. We will learn a little about the history of gingerbread houses and explore the Gardens to find natural materials to accent the houses.

    Cost: $20 per family and one set of project materials / $18 per family for Friends of HLG. Registration is required.

    HLG_Registration_Form.pdf

  • Holiday Williamsburg Wreath Arrangement

    Date: December 1, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    Start the Christmas decorating!  Create a beautiful Williamsburg wreath with us. Instructor Pam Meinke will be bringing pre-made fresh wreaths that we will decorate with velvet ribbon, magnolia leaves, and dried materials in the traditional Colonial style.  Please bring wire cutters and ribbon scissors.

    Cost: $50 per person / $45 per person for Friends of HLG. Registration is required.

    HLG_Registration_Form.pdf

  • Nature Art Series - Seasonal Wreaths and Table Decorations

    Date: December 5, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: noon

    Late Fall is the perfect time to gather natural materials for making many colorful seasonal decorations.  Participants with multimedia artist Lorenzo Cristaudo will hike HLG grounds for 30 minutes gathering leaves, bark, twigs, berries and other natural materials, and then build various projects.  All materials provided, but bring anything else you would like to use, including pruners for cutting twigs and thin wire.. A hand out depicting many projects will be provided.

    Cost: $12 per person / $10 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Minimum 5 people for class to be held.

    HLG_Registration_Form.pdf

  • Second Saturday Sunrise Series

    Date: December 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 15 minutes before sunrise

    Start your day off with sunrise and breakfast treats at Hidden Lake Gardens. Share 755 acres with only the woodland creatures for a few hours as the day begins.

    Bring your running shoes, paints, or supplies for your favorite way to spend the early hours. Arrive fifteen minutes before sunrise. Class will be hosted by HLG staff and will include a tour.

    Cost: $10 per person / $8 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Limited to seven people.

    HLG_Registration_Form.pdf

  • Nature Hike - Families Welcome!

    Date: December 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a family-friendly hike on Hidden Lake Garden’s many rolling and wooded trails. Hikers will experience the natural beauty of different trails by experienced leaders. Hikers should wear hiking shoes, long pants, and be able to walk for 2 hours at an easy pace.

    Cost: $5 per person / $3 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Holiday Candle Arrangement

    Date: December 12, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Create a beautiful Christmas candle centerpiece with instructor Pam Meinke. We will be using a variety of fresh Christmas greens, pine cones, ribbons, and 12” tapers to make a centerpiece that will bring those Christmas scents into your home! Please bring sharp knife, pruners, and ribbon scissors.

    Cost: $38 per person / $34 per person for Friends of HLG. Registration is required.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf

  • Behind The Scenes with Paul - Temperate House / Holiday Plants

    Date: December 17, 2015
    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    Explore behind the scenes with HLG’s Managing Director, Paul Pfeifer. This is an opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on different areas of HLG’s collections. Bring your questions and learn a few tips and secrets.

    Cost: $5 per person / free for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required. Approximate class length is 90 minutes.

    Hidden_Lake_Reg_form.pdf