2019 Chicago Botanic Gardens Bus Trip

May 28, 2019 7:00AM - 10:00PM 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

MSU Extension-Kent County 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact: Debra Gulick

One-Day Spring Study Trip
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cost: $80.00 per participant
Departure: 7 a.m.
from MSU Extension-Kent County
775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Return: 10 p.m. (approximate based upon traffic)

Come explore the splendor of beautiful and inspirational spring gardens adjoined to breathtaking natural areas with nationally noted Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist Richard Hawke and our MSU Extension horticulture experts.

Brief Description of the Day’s Itinerary:

A deluxe motor coach will leave Kent/MSU Extension promptly at 7 a.m. with a brief pick up at the parking area of Walter’s Garden’s in Zeeland to accommodate our Lakeshore participants. Upon arrival at 10 a.m. at CBG’s Education Center, we will meet with Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist. Richard’s research is the comparative evaluation of ornamental plants, predominantly herbaceous perennials, to determine the best garden plants for the Upper Midwest.

The herbaceous plants under evaluation are grown outdoors in side-by-side trials for a minimum of four years; vines and shrubs are evaluated for a minimum of six years. Plants are monitored regularly to assess their ornamental traits; cultural adaptability to the soil and environmental conditions of the test site; disease and pest problems; and winter injury.

After our formal education time, you will have free range of every area of the garden! Your first stop may be for lunch on your own at the Garden View Café. Once inside the main guest area you may wish to purchase tickets for a tram ride overview of the garden. With your map, you will be able to better assess the size of the garden and can create priorities to enjoy the 27 gardens and 4 natural areas including the English Wall Garden, Aquatic Garden and Bonsai collection.

Enough time is allowed for BOTH lunch and dinner which you will want to grab before we leave for home. We will join the bus again for a 5 p.m. Chicago time (6 p.m. Michigan time) departure to return home. Light snacks will be served on the coach. Feel free to bring additional snacks and beverages for yourself or to share. We will watch a movie and let the driver do all the work!

What to bring:

Water Bottle (You will be supplied a bottle on the bus that you can refill as needed at CBG)
Note taking supplies
Sensible walking shoes!! 
Camera - no tripods please

Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener attendees will earn 6 continuing education hours (to be reported using the VMS project of Community: Beautification - Educational Display Gardens).

Register today because seats will fill quickly.

Registration deadline:  May 14, 2019 or when the bus is full. 

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted): Recommended, via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your seat reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Payment by Check/Money Order: Postmark deadline is May 7, 2019. Your seat is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Make payment to MSU and mail your payment to:

MSU ANR Event Services - 2019 Chicago Botanic Gardens Bus Trip
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11
East Lansing, MI  48824

Refund Policy

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.


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