Special Programs

2018 Cash Raffle

Win up to $5,000 in Fernwood’s 2018 Cash Raffle with proceeds benefitting Education and the Gardens at Fernwood.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 each and may be purchased in person or by phone. The winner is selected by a random drawing on March 30 at 10am. Winner need not be present. Odds are 1 in 100 with all tickets sold. If fewer than 100 tickets are sold, the drawing reverts to a 50/50 raffle with the winner receiving 50% of the receipts.

Michigan raffle license number #R45061.

Click here to download the 2018 raffle form.

Mail completed form to:

Fernwood Botanical Garden
Attn: 2018 Raffle
13988 Range Line Road
Niles MI 49120

Good luck to all of those who participate!

Give-Back Dinner at Bentwood Tavern

Join us at the beautiful Marina Grand Resort in New Buffalo on Thursday, April 5. Enjoy an exceptional dining experience at Bentwood Tavern with friends and family while knowing that 50% of all food and beverage purchases made between 5–10pm will go to support Fernwood.

Thank you, Bentwood Tavern!

Bentwood Tavern

Annual Prairie Burn

Each year Fernwood burns the prairie to encourage healthy growth and control woody invasives. Bring your camera! It is sure to be a spectacle.

Please call ahead to verify date and time, as this event is weather dependent.

Southwest Michigan Daffodil Show

Presented by the St. Joseph Valley Daffodil Society & the Indiana Daffodil Society. Members of these groups and the American Daffodil Society, as well as private growers, come together to exhibit their private collections of one of the world’s favorite flowers – the daffodil.

Between viewing these beautiful collections of award winning flowers take in a free program on Sunday April 22 from 1–2:30pm to learn more about daffodils from some of the top experts in the field today.

Free with paid Fernwood admission.

Earth Day Celebration

Fernwood celebrates Earth Day with a variety of drop-in activities. Make and take a seed bomb to plant in your garden, learn more about turtles at a Nature Station, make a recycled craft, and enjoy the beauty of spring in the gardens and nature preserve.

Free with paid Fernwood admission.

Arbor Day

Join the Fernwood staff in a ceremonial planting of a tree on the Fernwood property to commemorate a day that celebrates these life-sustaining wonders of nature. Take home a free sapling to plant for your family’s future.

Free with paid Fernwood admission.

Harris-Kramer Country Estate Sale
Longtime Fernwood benefactors, Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris, sold their Buffalo Road country house last fall. Known for their entertaining, green thumbs, fundraising events, women’s rights advocacy, and ongoing support of Fernwood, they have generously donated the contents of their house to Fernwood to be sold in a two-day extravaganza estate sale. All proceeds go to Fernwood.

Check back soon for more details.

National Public Gardens Day

An annual event created to raise awareness of the important roles that botanical gardens and arboreta play both in their communities and on a national level. Not a Fernwood member? Visit for details on how to download a coupon for free admission on National Public Gardens Day.

Enjoy a guided walk through your public garden–Fernwood!

The Chippewa Project

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Shakespeare at Fernwood

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