Come count the Turkeys for a special prize!! Experience Native American cooking techniques and learn how indigenous peoples of the region survived. Crafts for children.
Take a walk on our spooky Trail and listen to Spooky Stories! Family Friendly "spooky."
Join us for a very popular day of festivities! Polish Food, Dancing, & Music... and learn about Polish Heritage. Tickets available day of the event.
Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! Horticulturalist Dolly Foster will discuss butterfly gardening, pollinator conservation, and how you can attract these beautiful “flying flowers” to your own backyard! This is a remarkable opportunity for families to learn how to help boost butterfly populations through hands-on citizen science.
Audiences can experience live butterflies up-close as we release newly hatched monarchs into our specially designed butterfly garden. Children can make and take home free butterfly crafts.
Join us on the evening of Saturday, August 19, at Friendship Botanic Gardens for a Bacchus and Beer Festival!
Sample from 15 of our area's favorite breweries and wineries.
Up 'N Smoke will be on site to serve up their famous barbecue. Live entertainment throughout the evening, featuring Matt Gabriel and John Vermilye.
Enjoy the beautiful views of the Gardens and Lake Lucerne while watching the stars come out. Sample, sip, set, and sway to the music while contributing to Friendship Botanic Gardens.
This is a 21 and over event. We will offer free craft soda and water to those who are DDs.
All proceeds go to Friendship Botanic Gardens
Friendship Botanic Gardens is proud to host to a special evening of world-class artistry from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Join us among the scenic vistas of the Gardens for a preview of the Lyric Opera Company’s 2017-2018 season, performed by some of the biggest names in the Chicago arts and culture scene:
All proceeds contribute to the continued restoration and maintenance of Friendship Botanic Gardens, a historic 105 acre botanical park in Michigan City that serves as the region's premiere destination where nature meets culture.
Tickets are available at the Friendship Gardens Welcome Cabin, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 6pm CDT.
Or Order By Phone at 219-878-9885
Regular seating available for $30.00.
Premium seating available for $40.00.
Members receive a $5.00 discount on regular and premium seating. Get your discount code By Phone at 219-878-9885
Space is limited. Purchase your tickets today!
On Sunday June 25th, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of invertebrate adventures in the diverse natural habitats found throughout our 105 acre garden park.
Families can discover a hidden world of marvelous mini-beasts living all around us while viewing live creepy crawlies.
Bring your nets and magnifying glasses to learn about the crucial roles insects play in our lives through hands-on citizen science and free children’s craft activities.
Connect with Friendship Botanic Gardens online at facebook.com/friendshipgardensindiana
Hypertufa Trough Class with Janice Casper
Trough gardens are ideal places to display tiny horticultural treasures: dwarf conifer, alpines, miniature succulents, and even a small fairy garden. Antique stone troughs from Britain are prohibitively expensive, but it is easy to make a convincing substitute using a mixture of portland cement, perlite and peat moss. Hypertufa troughs can be left outside in the winter and are light weight once they are dry.
Janice Casper owner of North Range Garden Design will conduct a class on making a trough at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City on Saturday, April 29 from 10am-Noon. Cost is $40 which covers the cost of the materials to make the troughs.
Please bring rubber gloves and two forms/molds that you would like to make your troughs in. One trough should be 2 inches smaller than the larger one. A good starting box is a shoe box or plastic container such as a small dish pan. Not too big to carry safely. For questions about materials, please contact Janice Casper at 219.204.0494.
Registration Info: Call 219.8789.885 or email email@example.com to register. Please provide your name and address and phone number in the email or voicemail. Payment can be made on our website or you may mail a check made payable to Friendship Botanic Gardens and mailed to PO Box 8834, Michigan City IN 46361.
On Easter Sunday, April 16th, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of egg- hunting adventures among 105 acres of nature trails and formal gardens. Kids ages 0 to 12 and their families are invited to walk the trails and explore the blooming gardens while searching for hundreds of eggs hidden throughout the grounds. The hunt starts promptly at 11am CDT and runs until 1pm (or until all eggs have been found.)-- rain or shine. Be sure to bring your own basket for this “Egg-stravaganza” of Easter fun.
Kids can also check out phase one of the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, a newly installed arena for interactive nature-based play experiences created thanks to the support of the ArcelorMittal corporation.
Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information contact us at 219 878 9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 26th, join us in the pristine natural beauty of Friendship Gardens as we host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize!
Then, join us in the Native American Heritage Garden and get a firsthand look at traditional Indigenous People’s cooking techniques as our garden educator prepares squirrel, bison tongue, and pumpkin stew over an open flame. Later, an Elder Fire-keeper will perform a blessing on our new “Spirit of the Woods" statue.
It all happens Thanksgiving Day from 10am to 4pm CDT, at Friendship Gardens., Pets on a leash are always welcome. For more information, contact us at 219 878-9885.
Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk