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Paths twist through gardens bursting with herbs and wildflowers. People chat on benches tucked away in secluded corners. Art displays that mirror the gardens’ colors line the paths. Live music mingles with children’s excited voices as they make birdhouses and recycled paper greeting cards at workshops throughout the gardens.
This year’s conservation workshop lineup includes making rain barrels, creating bentwood projects, building “canjos” from recycled items, creating recycled paper cards infused with wildflower seeds, working with herbs, learning how to grow Shitake mushrooms, making stepping stones, gardening for kids, forestry tours and so much more.
The festival also offers a fun run, Wings of Wonder raptor program with live birds, local eats and treats, and an opportunity to browse native wildflowers and grasses grown right on the grounds at the Otsego Conservation Districts’ Native Plant Nursery.
While the workshops focus on conservation themes, the Art in the Garden Festival also offers some of the best regional music and art available. This year’s festival features Blake Elliot and the Robinson Affair, E Minor, and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds. The music continues all day while artists display their paintings, drawings, wooden carvings, jewelry and more.
Admission is free; however, donations to the Otsego Conservation District’s Friends of the Garden is encouraged. This group maintains the garden and plans events throughout the year. There is also a silent auction to benefit the garden.
For more information or to sign up to display your art, call the Otsego Conservation District at 989.732.4021.
Gaylord, the Alpine city, is located where M-32 intersects with I-75.