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Art in the Garden to celebrate nature with art, music and workshops

GAYLORD — Visitors to the 10th annual Art in the Garden festival will be able to explore interesting garden paths, listen to live music, browse art exhibits and attend workshops.

This year’s festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Alternative Landscaping Demonstration Garden and Conservation Forest in the Otsego Conservation District at 800 Livingston Blvd. at Gaylord.

“We invite the community to join in our celebration of the 25th year the gardens have been open to the community. Art in the Garden is a day to celebrate nature and the arts. conservation teach children and adults about our Northern Michigan environment,” Joellen Saugrich, conservation district forester for the Otsego Conservation District (OCD), said in a statement.

The whole family can enjoy a treasure hunt based on natural resources and do yoga while surrounded by flowers. OCD’s Patricia Osburn will offer tours of native plant gardens and attendees can create their own wind chime, bee house and fishing lures, Saugrich said.

Children can decorate life-size butterfly wings and learn to make crafts from recycled products. The Nature Discovery will also have a large reptile exhibit for people to see and learn about these animals.

Participants will be able to experience live music throughout the festival. Indigo Moon’s Lee Anne Whitman will sing a variety of music accompanied by acoustic guitar. Will Engleman plays acoustic guitar and sings solo American tunes. Talantis & Jans are a guitar, piano and voice duo performing originals and old favourites. Jakey Thomas is a solo musician who frequents Northern Michigan.

Art in the Garden also features many northern Michigan artists. Engraving, photography, painting and candles are just some of the works of art that will be exhibited and for sale.

Admission is free and donations will be accepted to continue programs in the Otsego Conservation District. All proceeds will go towards the year-round upkeep and upkeep of the Demonstration Garden and Conservation Forest.

For more information, visit the Conservation District website.

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