Programs & Events

Programs & Events

For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator, lrosenberg@hillsdale.edu517-607-2241.

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Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft and snack. Fun for kids and parents too!

Time and Place: 10:00 – 11:30 AM, first Tues. of each month. Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale St.

Cost: $1.00 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. Register for one program or the whole series! Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

  • June 5, Topic: The earth’s energy, Book: The Sun, Our Nearest Star
  • July 3, Topic: A food chain, Book: Earth Mother
  • Aug. 2, Topic: Eating your vegetables! Book: I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato
  • Sept. 4, Topic: Butterflies and other insects, Book: Oh My, A Butterfly
  • Oct. 2, Topic: Seeds, Book: A Seed Is Sleepy
  • Nov. 6, Topic: Apples, Book: Our Apple Tree
  • Dec.4, Topic: Trees, Book: Tell Me Tree

Slayton Arboretum Plant Sale

May 19, 9 AM – 2 PM

Looking for a large selection of fun, pretty, yummy, practical or unusual plants? Chances are, we have what you need! Pretty annuals and foliage plants to create lovely flower beds, great planters and porch boxes – we have them! Easy care groundcovers, something hanging or climbing, or the right plant for that spot with difficult growing conditions? – We have all of those and more. Looking for some reliable or unusual perennials? We have an expanded exciting selection this year, including the 2018 Perennial Plant Association “Plant of the Year” the pretty purple allium “Millenium.” Do you garden to grow some of your own food? We’ve got herbs, heirloom, easy-care and rainbow tomatoes, (the largest selection ever, more than you will find in any nursery or store around!) and a wide variety of other vegetables including peppers, squash, melons, beans, tomatillo, and cauliflower.

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Note: Due to the crowded spring calendar, we will be offering two additional chances to shop the sale, on Thursday May 17 from 4-6PM, and Tuesday, May 22 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Location: The sale takes place at the College’s greenhouse at Hayden Park, located a half mile east of the Arboretum’s main gate. Look for the blue sign along the entrance driveway at 1620 Barber Drive. Ample parking is available on site.

June Hands on Garden Design Workshop Series

New in 2018, this three weekend series of workshop will show you how to use the many plants offered at the Plant Sale to create beautiful gardens just like we have at the Arboretum. Workshop fees include plants and design advice, as well as hands-on practice creating the garden at the Arboretum. Come dressed for working outside in dirt! These workshops are for adults and children from 8 on up.

Planting a dry woodland wildflower garden (Practice in the witch hazel collection area of the Arboretum) Cost: $15.00
10-12 AM, Saturday, June 2
Meet at Barber House

Planting a wet woodland wildflower garden (Practice in the Kelly/Zerwick garden area of the Arboretum) Cost: $15.00
10-12 AM, Saturday, June 9
Meet at Stone Lab by Arboretum main entrance gate

Planting a children’s theme garden (choice of one: cauldron over a fire, insect pots or herbal tea party) Cost: $15.00
10-12 AM, Saturday, June 16
Meet at Barber House

Holiday Craft Workshop

Nov. 17, 10:00 – 12:00
Holiday Mini Garden

What could be more fun than decorating your house for the holidays? How about creating your own mini garden for fairies or gnomes, all decked out with tiny Christmas decorations! At the end of this two hour workshop you will take home a tiny indoor garden to enjoy through the holiday season and beyond.
Note: There will be a $15.00 charge for this program which will include a pot, plants and tiny decorations for the garden. Feel free to bring your own tiny accessories. Space is limited so please register by Nov. 4th

Slayton Arboretum Day Camps

Nature Explorers – “Kids in the Wild” (Ages 8-9)

Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13
9 AM – 12 PM, Stone Lab at Arboretum Entrance

We’ll learn the basics of successfully navigating the wild world. How to pack for an outdoor trip, avoid poisonous plants and harmful critters, collect wood, build a fire and cook over it, make water potable, put up a shelter, do basic first aid, follow a map, and find your way with a compass. Each day will be filled with adventures, projects and stories.

Space is limited, registration required by June 28. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Nature Explorers – “Trips and Trails” (Ages 10-12)

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
9 AM – 1 PM, Stone Lab at Arboretum Entrance
Overnight will start at 7 PM, Thursday July 26.

Using a Hillsdale College van, this camp for experienced day campers will include a hiking trip to Lost Nation State Game Area, biking the Baw Beese trail (bring your own bike), canoeing around Kimball Pointe Nature Preserve, a visit to an area farm for berry picking, and finish with an overnight at the Barber House and trip to the MacReady Nature Reserve. You will need to bring a lunch for this camp. The overnight will be Thursday, July 26. Breakfast Friday morning and evening snack Thursday night will be provided. Camp will end at 12 pm on Friday, July 27, with no lunch on that day.

Space is limited, registration required by July 12. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Kinder Gardeners for 5-7 year olds

August 6-10
9 AM – 11 AM, Stone Lab at Arboretum Entrance
“Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees”

We’ll focus on everyone’s favorite parts of nature, with stories, songs, games, crafts and hikes. Find out how birds survive, how bees help plants and plants help bees, fun ways to play with flowers and how to befriend a tree!
Space is limited, registration required by July 26. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Slayton Arboretum Public Programs

Children’s Garden Open House and Lawn Party

Sat. Sept. 9th

Join us for a celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden which will be a riot of color, motion, sound and scents. 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.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Autumn in Arb

October 6

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 Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:0 0 – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Winter Lights Fest

December 8

The Barber House Children’s Garden will be illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a winter wonderland through which visitors can stroll and kids can explore with a winter scavenger hunt. There will be hot chocolate for warming up inside, and you can make an ornament to take home. Poinsettias will be on sale for $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Cost: Free, donations welcome.

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