Classes, Programs, Events

  • 01 May

    Family Program - Who Lives in the Pond?

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Come learn about wetland habitats.  Find out what kind of animals and plants live there and what special adaptations they have for their unique environment.  We will go to the pond to search for frogs and other critters.  Waterproof foot gear is recommended.

    Cost:  $25 per family / $22 Friends of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 04 May

    Preschool Program - Pollywogs and Frogs

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Do you know where frogs come from?  What does a frog call sound like?  Our nature hike takes us to the frog pond.  You will meet some frogs and tadpoles.  We will read a story together and make a snack inspired by our froggy friends. For children ages 4-6 years accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Cost:  $8 per child / $6 Friend of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 06 May

    Plant Sale Preview - Friends of HLG ONLY!

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens

    Friends of Hidden Lake Gardens receive a sneak-peek chance to purchase the great plants of the HLG Plant Sale the evening before the public sale from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • 07 May

    Plant Sale

    Location: HIdden Lake Gardens

    The Annual Plant Sale offers annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, conifers, hostas, herbs, and native plants.  HLG staff and volunteers available to answer questions and assist with plant selections.  Open to the public 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 14 May

    Wildflowers for your Garden

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Many of our most beautiful native plants can easily be grown in your garden.  Some plants prefer shady sites while others thrive in full sun.  Some wildflowers need rich organic soils while others prefer dry sandy conditions.  This lecture will help you determine which wildflowers might be best for your garden.  Learn where to obtain these plants and how to grow them. 

    Cost:  $20 per person / $18 Friend of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 14 May

    Spring Nature Hike

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Enjoy a family-friendly 90 minute hike on Hidden Lake Gardens trails.  Hikers will experience spring’s natural beauty under the guidance of popular and knowledgeable hiking guide Howard Pennington.  Please dress for the weather including hiking shoes/boots and long pants.  Cost:  $5 per person / $3 Friends of HLG member.  Registration is required.

  • 21 May

    Sustainable Gardening Practices

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    This program is for gardeners that want to work with Mother Nature to create a more eco-friendly and sustainable landscape.  Learn how to select plants that are well adapted to your landscape including native plants that are part of our natural ecosystem.  A variety of integrated gardening practices will be discussed including methods to improve soils, reduce moisture loss, create compost, feed plants in a more natural way, and eliminate chemical pesticides. 

    Cost:  $20 per person / $18 Friend of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 22 May

    Family Program - Flower Power

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Learn about plants and the different types of flowers they produce.  Find out why flowers are important to all of us.  We will see many different plants and flowers as we walk through the garden and tour the conservatory.  Our craft will include decorating a container and potting up a flowering plant to take home.

    Cost:  $25 per family / $22 Friends of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

     

  • 25 May

    Preschool Program - Animal Friends

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Find out which animals live in our neighborhood (woods, ponds, fields, and backyards).  Join us for a nature hike to look for animals and see where they live.  We will read a story together and create a snack that looks like an animal.  10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  For children ages 4 - 6 years accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Cost:  $8 per chilid / $6 Friend of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 29 May

    Family Program - Tremendous Trees

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Michigan has a wide variety of trees.  How many do you already know?  We will learn to look closely at trees and identify them.  Find out why trees are important to us - from the air we breathe, to shade, shelter, lumber, paper, and food.  Our discovery hike and nature craft will focus on trees..

    Cost:  $25 per family / $22 Friends of HLG.  Registration is required.  Call 517-431-2060.

  • 17 Sep

    Run for the Hills! 5K Run/Walk

    Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

    Experience the “Hilliest Course in SE Michigan!”  It is the annual Run For The Hills! 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Oh These Irish Hills.  Hidden Lake Gardens is the setting for this challenging and beautiful 5K course.  For more information or to register download the race registration brochure.  

  • 18 Sep

    The Art of Bonsai

    Location: HIdden Lake Gardens

    Come and celebrate the Art of Bonsai with Hidden Lake Gardens bonsai curators and bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the region.  Art of Bonsai activities include the Bonsai Show featuring specimens grown by bonsai masters, a bonsai-inspired art exhibit, bonsai plant and supply vendors, instructional classes, and the Hidden Lake Gardens bonsai collection.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information call 517-431-2060 or go to http://HiddenLakeGardens.msu.edu.  Admission to Hidden Lake Gardens is $3 per person / Free to Friends of HLG.  The Bonsai Show entry fee is $3 per person.