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2019 Gardening and DIY Fest


Saturday May 18, 2019: 11:00am to 5:30pm  Add to Calendar


Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby


Garden festThe Gardening & DIY Fest is a celebration of gardening, nature, and getting hands-on and active! Shop local at our artisan market for handmade clothes, jewelry, bath products, fibers, and art. And buy flowers and plants. Talk to representatives from local organizations like Recycle Ann Arbor, Project Grow, Natural Area Preservation, and more. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea will be selling refreshments, too.

Stop in and learn at any of 9 sessions:


Grow Your Own Microgreens with Fresh Forage / 4th Floor Meeting Room

Backyard Chickens 101 with Gail Caird / Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room


Growing Organic Vegetables with Erica Kempter of Nature & Nurture Seeds / Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room


Starting a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie / 4th Floor Meeting Room


Beekeeping Basics with Rebecca Wittekindt / Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room


Mushroom Foraging 101 with Suede Mobley / 4th Floor Meeting Room

Engaging in the Local Food System: From Farmers Markets to Growing Your Own / Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room


Vermiculture with Starr Valley Farms / 4th Floor Meeting Room

Returning to Ourselves: Mending Relationships to Land, Kin and Self / Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room



The Basics of Keeping and Caring for Goats/ The Secret Lab



From 1–4:00pm Get HANDS-ON in our Secret Lab! We will have on-going projects in the Secret Lab:

- Screen print a Gardening & DIY icon tote bag

- Plant and take home your own mini herb garden

- Soap Making 101 Demonstration


Buy handmade wares from these 26 vendors:  

Artemis Artworks, Artheartgirl, Bees Knees, Bee Sweet Bees Wax Wraps, Body Branaciofani yogadala, Copper Bear Shire, Drewbie's Zoo, Flock Home, Graye's Greenhouse, Great Lakes Rock Shop, Kinderhaven Farm, LunaRose Boutique, Moth Moon Press, Nature and Nurture Seeds, Paper Honey Bee, Remark Clothing, Rose & Perry, Scarlet Crane, Treehouse Block Prints, University Flower Shop, Vosenna, White Owl, Willow Beier, Wooly Mammoth Designs, Ypsilanti Native Plant Nursery.


Meet representatives from these 10 local organizations to get active, volunteer, and find out what's happening in your community:

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers, Bee Present Honey, Cobblestone Farm Market, Michigan Folk School, Natural Area Preservation, Project Grow, Recycle Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Parks, and Washtenaw Master Gardeners.


                                                                                 BIKE, WALK & BUS!

          This event is free of charge and no registration is required for ANY of the events.