Gardeners and green thumbs and growers, alike: gather ‘round. Because, when the last of our Pure Michigan snow days have melted away, it's time to pick out your planters, sift through your seed packets, and sow your way to a perfectly planned, purposefully planted (and, of course, Pure Michigan-inspired!) garden.

Luckily, we've rounded up every peony-plucking, rose-tending, gargantuan tomato-growing gardener's dream getaway, right here in the Great Lakes Bay. We'll provide the inspiration; you do the digging!

Know & Grow Inside Dreamy Dow Gardens

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Every good garden-inspired getaway should start with a little know-how to help take the growing process from tricky and temperate to totally tranquil. Gear up here: Dow Gardens' Know & Grow Seminar, February 25, 2017.

For just $75, you'll spend an otherwise dreary winter day just dreaming of the possibilities a'plenty come spring. Learn from Michigan gardening experts, shop a one-of-a-kind Garden Marketplace, and put your dream garden plans in motion at this all-day escape; 9am-3:30pm, lunch provided!

While you Know & Grow inside 110-acres of dreamy Dow Gardens, you'll spruce up your springtime smarts with these great sessions:

  • "Growing & Cooking The Year-Round Harvest" with professional horticulturist Barbara Damrosch
  • "Designing Edible & Ornamental Small Space Gardens" with small-scale gardening and food production pro Bill Shores
  • "Achieving The Holy Grail - Epic Tomatoes From Your Garden" with avid gardener, author, blogger, and self-proclaimed "tomato nut" Craig Lehoullier

Green thumb tingling already? Grab your tickets here, and book your stay in Midland for some R&R after a long day of being schooled in bulbs, blooms, and botanicals.

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Gear Up For Total Garden Greatness

Sometimes, half the fun of growing plants, produce, and other pretties is picking out what to grow them in (or what to wear while doing it)! That's when you grab your pack of gardening gals and get to (...straight to!) Auburn's Warmbier Farms.

Picturing a perfectly-polished new gazing globe for your garden entry? It's here! Set on finding a gorgeous concrete statue? How about 1,300 of them?! Needing just the bare essentials (you know... floral print gardening gloves, a satin ribbon-trimmed sunhat, shiny, new pruning sheers...)? Yes, yes, and more yes!

Whatever you're after, Warmbier Farms is well-stocked and ready to welcome you into their absolute oasis of gardening must-haves. Stay up-to-date on Warmbier Farms happenings for the insider tip-off on when to shop their 12,000 sq. ft. indoor showroom, too, for the best sales and special events!

Prepare To Plant Native

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Seasoned gardeners well know the importance of planting native: it's a simple step toward gardening "greener" (and one that offers significant earth-friendly advantages over purchasing and plopping in exotic nursery stock). Learn how to build a beautiful garden while doing your part to balance the ecosystem when you venture out to Chippewa Nature Center's not-to-be-missed Native Plant Sale, May 25-27, 2017.

Not sure which native plants will flourish in your own garden? No fear! The Wild Ones native plant group and local Midland Master Gardeners will be on-hand to help shoppers with their plant purchases (and give priceless Pure Michigan gardening advice!).