Events

  • International Herb Day Celebration

    Date: April 26, 2014

    International Herb Day Celebration
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10a.m.– 3p.m


    Herb Day is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products. This one-day event is aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and well-being into our daily lives. We celebrate herbs’ use in food, beverages, medicine, beauty products, and crafts, along with the art of growing and gardening with herbs. There will be cooking demonstrations, gardening tips, educational seminars, activities, and a wide array of plants and products for sale.

    Educational Presentations

    11 am  Scott Stokes: The Summer Garden: Planting for Purpose and Pleasure

    Acclaimed speaker Scott Stokes will share over 50 creative ideas for your summer garden.

    Summer is the time of year which makes gardens so memorable and when everyone wants their garden to be at its most glorious. Creating gardens is an art form that has followed the twists and turns of fashion over the centuries in the pursuit of beauty. Scott Stokes, co-owner of Southern Exposure, will shar with you over 50 creative ideas for your summer garden. His presentation will emphasize planting for your winged visitors, growing edible flowers, heirloom plants, theme gardening, and plant lore passed down through the ages. He will also be demonstrating how to grow, dry, and infuse herbs for your everday cooking.

                Southern Exposure Herb Farm - http://www.southernmoon.com

     

    1 pm   Mary Ann Menck:  Herbal Qualities of Native Trees for Your Yard

    Mary Ann Menck will share tips of growing beautiful and useful trees to enhance your landscape

                Mary Ann’s Michigan Trees & Shrubs – http://www.native-landscapes.org

     

    2 pm   Sue Becker: Soaps and Salves: Using Your Herbal Harvest

    Soap-maker Sue Becker will share her secrets for making delightful herbal soaps and salves

                School House Soaps - www.SchoolHouseSoaps.com

     

    Family-friendly Displays and Hands-on Activities

    Children’s Activities Tent: Branch County Herb Questers & Tecumseh Girl Scout Troop

    Native Michigan Trees Display: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens Herb Study Group

    Herbal Dyes, Spinning & Felting Demonstration: Katja Szarafinski -East of Eden

     

    Hidden Lake Gardens Walks

    Native Michigan Trees: Gerry Donaldson, HLG Grounds Foreman

    Wild Weed Walk: Brenda Wyatt, Herbalist

     

    Vendors

    • Fresh Start Herbs - Herb plants

    • Prairie Springs Pottery Garden Art & Accessories

    • Gary Scoville - Honey Hoes 

    • Schoolhouse Soaps - Herbal salves, soaps & blends

    • Sunrise Farms - Herbal products

    • Mary Ann’s Michigan Trees and Shrubs

    • Ogden Station Daylilies

    • My Bec’s Herb Seasonings & Mixes

    • Eby Farms - Herbal products, repurposed items

    • East of Eden - Candles, handspun fabrics

    Additional vendors anticipated, check back for updates.

     

    2014 Herb Guide available in Hidden Lake Gardens’ Gift Shop!

    Printable Flyer - HLG_HerbDayFlyer2014_-_final.pdf

     

     

  • Volunteer Work Day

    Date: April 27, 2014

    April 27th – 1pm – 4pm – Volunteer Work Day

    Join HLG in clearing invasive plants from selected locations on the grounds. Wear work boots and gloves!

    Free, open to everybody

     

  • Native Plants for Your Michigan Garden

    Date: May 4, 2014

    May 4th  from 12pm – 1:30pm  – Native Plants for Your Michigan Garden

    Learn about the range of native “woodies” you can include in your garden, including trees, shrubs and vines ranging from deciduous to evergreen species and including annual vines as well as perennial plants. An amazing variety of native woodies are not only beautiful, but “play well with others” while providing key habitat for native fauna.

    Instructor: Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener

    Cost: $ 15 per person / $ 13 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

  • Wildflowers of Michigan

    Date: May 4, 2014

    May 4th  from 2pm – 3:30pm  – Wildflowers of Michigan

    Often considered too wild and crazy for the average gardener, wildflowers can thrive and provide years of beauty even in a small urban garden.  Don’t limit yourself to the development of “well-behaved” “garden-worthy” cultivars.  Learn how the species themselves can be a successful part of your garden while providing an attractive environment for our local fauna as well.

    Instructor: Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener

    Cost: $ 15 per person / $ 13 per person for Friends of HLG

    Registration is required.

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - LETTER D

    Date: May 7, 2014

    ‘D’ ... DINOSAURS !!

    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.

    Classes start at 10 am. The same class will be offered on Wednesday and Saturday.

    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.

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - LETTER D

    Date: May 17, 2014

    ‘D’ ... DINOSAURS !!

    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.

    Classes start at 10 am. The same class will be offered on Wednesday and Saturday.

    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.

  • Flow Of Nature

    Date: May 17, 2014

    May 17th  at 9 am - 4 pm – Flow Of Nature

    Courage to Blossom - A Spring Retreat at Hidden Lake Gardens

    Courage to Blossom is the first in a series of seasonal retreat days at Hidden Lake Gardens. In the spring, we celebrate birthing and new life.  Just like nature, we have made it through the cold and harsh days of winter.  As the flowers and trees burst forth with tender and soft leaves, we too have the gift of beginning again, to re-vision our journey in this life.   

    Join us for a day of nature walks, contemplation, artistic expression, reflection and community as you observe nature’s rebirth and discover what is ready to blossom in you. 

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” - Anaïs Nin

    Instructors: Loretta Pickford and Nancy Kitchens

    Cost $125 per person / $115 for members.$135/$125 after May 1st.  Limited scholarships are available, contact Julie Conley for more information.

    Registration is required.

    1Hidden Lake Reg formLOW RES.pdf

    Future dates: August 16th and November 8th

  • Build a Bird House - Two part class

    Date: May 17, 2014

    May 17th  (and May 24th) from 1pm – 3pm – Build a Bird House – Part One (of Two)

    Hone your carpentry skills and do something nice for our feathered friends in this two part class. Participants will learn carpentry skills such as interpreting shop plans, measuring, and safe tool operation to create a bird house. Class is open to kids in middle or high school, adult participation is required. Sign up early, space is very limited.

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

    Registration is required.

    1Hidden Lake Reg formLOW RES.pdf

  • Wildflower Walks - Saturdays in May

    Date: May 17, 2014

    May 17th and 24th from 11am – 12pm – Wildflower Walk

    Walk through the wildflowers that adorn the natural areas of Hidden Lake Gardens. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to hike, rain or shine. Tours led by HLG staff and volunteers.

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

    Registration is required.

    1Hidden Lake Reg formLOW RES.pdf

  • Wildflower Walks - Saturdays in May

    Date: May 24, 2014

    May 24th from 11am – 12pm – Wildflower Walk

    Walk through the wildflowers that adorn the natural areas of Hidden Lake Gardens. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to hike, rain or shine. Tours led by HLG staff and volunteers.

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

    Registration is required.

    1Hidden Lake Reg formLOW RES.pdf

  • Family Class - Wildflower Walks

    Date: May 31, 2014

    May 31st from 11am – 12pm – Family Class Series – Wildflower Walk

    Bring your family - grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, even your pesky siblings! - to join HLG staff and volunteers to walk through the wildflowers that adorn the natural areas of Hidden Lake Gardens. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to hike, rain or shine. Tours led by HLG staff and volunteers and aimed at multi-generational audiences.

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

    Registration is required.

    1Hidden Lake Reg formLOW RES.pdf

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - LETTER F

    Date: June 4, 2014

    ‘F’ ... FISH !!

    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.

    Classes start at 10 am. The same class will be offered on Wednesday and Saturday.

    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.

  • Nature A - Z Preschool - LETTER F

    Date: June 21, 2014

    ‘F’ ... FISH !!

    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.

    Classes start at 10 am. The same class will be offered on Wednesday and Saturday.

    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.