On Sunday, August 10th, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park will host Garden Fest from noon to 5 pm in Traverse City. This family-friendly event will allow visitors to tour the newly-opened Botanic Garden in Traverse City and learn about the ongoing development at the Garden’s Grand Traverse Commons site.

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Garden Fest will feature musical performances from the Dodsworth Duo and bagpiper Peter Deneen. Wagon rides, garden tours, a craft show, children’s activities and a dedication to the forthcoming “Walled Garden” will all occur during the one-day festival.

The Botanical Garden at Historic Barns Park is a non-profit organization that, since 2000, has been working to create a regional botanic garden in Northwest Michigan. In 2009 the organization was awarded management rights to 25 acres of the Historic Barns Park—located on the southern edge of the Grand Traverse Commons—and a master site plan was completed.  In 2010, the Botanic Garden collaborated with the Traverse City Recreational Authority on a $l.5 million capital campaign, with the funds raised to be designated for the redevelopment of the Cathedral Barns and renovation of an adjacent former granary to be used as the Botanic Garden’s Visitors Center. With work completed on the Visitors Center, the Garden Fest is an unofficial unveiling of the Botanic Garden.

The Botanic Garden is located at 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, Michigan within the Grand Traverse Commons. Handicap accessible parking and shuttles from satellite parking will be available.

To learn more about the Botanic Garden, please visit TheBotanicGarden.org.

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