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May

May 3
Warblers at Warren Dunes,
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer. Naturalist Wendy Jones helps you identify warblers and other birds at Warren Dunes State Park. Meet at the Floral Lane entrance. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. $15. Register by May 2 at Fernwood Botanical Gardens. Call 269-695-6491.

May 3
“It’s All About Plants,”
the spring program at Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens. Four top industry experts share top performers and best practices to enhance your garden with annuals, perennials, natives, shrubs and grasses. Michigan State University, 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 8 a.m. to 4:15 pm. $79. Info: www.hrt.msu.edu/spring-program.

May 3 and 4
Trillium Weekend.
Explore trilliums at Fernwood or take the Trillium Trolley to nearby Trillium Ravine every half-hour both afternoons. Guided walks at 1:30 p.m. (Trillium Ravine on Saturday and Fernwood on Sunday.) Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Info: 269-695-6491 or www.fernwood.org.

May 3, 10 and 17
Advice to Grow With: Ask a Master Gardener.
Bring your garden questions to the Peter M. Wege Library at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, East 1000 Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Noon to 4 p.m.  Fee: Included with admission. Info: www.meijergardens.org.

May 4
Fern Propagation.
Learn about ferns and how to grow them. Start your own fern culture to take home. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 4 p.m. $15.  Info: 269-695-6491 or www.fernwood.org.

May 10 and 11
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show.
Workshops for all skill levels. Two “Bring Your Own Tree” workshops taught by guest artist Peter Tea. Vendors from across the country. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, East 1000 Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Saturday: Vendors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Displays: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info and schedule of demonstrations: www.meijergardens.org.

May 17
Annual Public Plant Sale
at Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens. Perennials, grasses, herbs, annuals, vegetable seedlings, shrubs and more. Michigan State University, 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info:  www.hrt.msu.edu/plant-sale.

May 24 and 25
Iris Show
at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, East 1000 Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Sat. 1 to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: www.meijergardens.org.

May 23 to August 17
“David Nash: From Kew Gardens to Meijer Gardens,”
a monumental exhibition of the works of internationally renowned sculptor David Nash. Organized by Meijer Gardens in cooperation with the artist; the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew; Galerie Scheffel in Bad Homburg, Germany; and Haines Gallery in San Francisco. At Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, East 1000 Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Info: www.meijergardens.org.

June

June 14 and 15
Spring Rose Show.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, East 1000 Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Sat. 1 to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: www.meijergardens.org.