Date Book/House Party
April 1 // Who Are You Fooling?, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor. April Fool’s Day special activity for young people. Make paper masks, find out which plants play tricks, and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets: $5/child. lsa.umich.edu/mbg/.
April 5-7 // Spring Home & Garden Show, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Hours: Friday 2-9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: Ages 13 and up, $8; seniors, $7; children 12 and under free. novihomeshow.com.
April 17 & 20 // Gardening in Containers and Raised Beds, English Gardens, metro Detroit stores. Learn which plants and vegetables are best suited for this environment. Hours: Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. englishgardens.com.
April 20 // Elements of Design for Sustainable Landscapes, Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, MSU Management Education Center, Troy. All-day seminar for gardeners of all skill levels to learn tips from top master gardeners. Of note: A Garden Market and raffle. Tickets: Must pre-register — $80, at mgsoc.org. 248-770-0524.
April 20 // The Art of the Party, Fleurdetroit, Bloomfield Hills. Celebrated event producer David Stark, known for his imaginative parties, speaks about his new book, The Art of the Party. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $50, includes a copy of Stark’s book and refreshments. 248-953-3840, fleurdetroit.com.
May 2-5 // Michigan International Women’s Show, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Cooking demos, home crafts, and more. Hours: Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: Adult, $10; youth 6-12, $5; children 6 and under free with paying adult. 800-849-0248, internationalwomenshow.com.
May 4-5 // May Day Faerie Festival, Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, Fenton. Faerie fun, lore, treats, workshop, and plants. Watercolor artist Peggy Abrams will be on hand, signing her artwork. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. art signing; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $1. 810-629-9208, heavenlyscentherbfarm.com.
May 14-15 // Cranbrook House & Gardens 41st Annual Spring Plant Sale, Bloomfield Hills. Perennials, herbs, wildflowers, and more. Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.* Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.* (*Times subject to change.) 248-645-3149, housegardens.cranbrook.edu/.
May 19 // 47th Annual Flower Day at Eastern Market, Detroit. Flower, plant, and tree growers from Michigan, Ohio, and Canada present annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, flats, hanging baskets, and more. Also, Children’s Merry Market Land, and the Annual Wacky Wagon contest. Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 313-833-9300, detroiteasternmarket.com.
June 12 // The Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association’s 27th annual Garden Walk (get tickets/maps at Village Green gazebo). Besides garden tour, salad luncheon buffet ($10 per person), artisan market, and more at the Village Green. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $10 presale/$12 day of tour, available presale at The Village Boutique in Franklin or pre-order at 248-851-0055, franklingardenclub.org.
June 15 // 18th Annual Milford Garden Club Walk and Market Sale. Six gardens, plus vendors. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $12 on day of walk, $10 in advance, available at Clothing Cove, The Pond Place, Milford Gardens, and Acorn Farms. 248-684-2149 or 248-520-7186, themilfordgardenclub.org.
June 20 // Jazz in the Garden at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester Hills. Features local jazz musicians in July and August (dates TBD). Includes light hors d’ oeuvres and a main-floor tour of the Hall. Hours: 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $30, cash bar. Reservations required, 248-364-6263. meadowbrookhall.org.
June 22 // Sylvan Lake Home & Garden Tour. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of tour; available at Sylvan Lake City Hall, LaRosa Market, and Detroit Garden Works. Walk, bike, or use a complimentary shuttle service to each home. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 248-615-6296.