Grand Oak Herb Farm A One of a Kind experience.
For 40 years we at Grand Oak Herb Farm have created a haven where one can alleviate the stress of everyday life through a love of gardening and an appreciation for the beauty found in simplicity. Our goal is to provide a respite from the hurried, a place where our guests can relax and enjoy themselves, a place that offers graciousness in a lovely garden setting. The gardening focus is on using a sustainable gardening method of growing. There are theme and specialty gardens on grounds for your enjoyment. You are welcome to come and tour the gardens at any time during regular business hours, May through December, Wednesday (by appointment only),Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. If your club or group would like a guided tour please make a reservation in advance. Come and enjoy the day.
We create an unforgettable Tea or Luncheon for special interest groups. The event will be held in our elegantly decorated vintage tearoom. The menu is designed for you and with you. Call for more information.
This 40 acre herb farm is located in Shiawassee County, 2877 Miller Road, 20 minutes from either Flint or Lansing near I69.
Explore the greenhouse offering a wide selection of herbs, winter hardy perennials, container gardens, and heirloom plants. The shops are filled with one of a kind botanical wreaths, arrangements, specialty items from tea to antiques, essential oils and potpourris. We offer custom designed floral arrangements to compliment your home decor.
Touring Grand Oak Herb Farm’s gardens is a learning experience, part herbal lessons, part horticulture history and part culinary directions. Each garden is designed around a main theme.
Two gift shops feature hundreds of Victorian and herbal inspired items for gift giving, fine home decorating, gardening, and items for the heart or mind.
We feature a huge selection of diverse products including our own line of potpourri, custom floral wreaths and arrangements that can be customized to match your decor, country and Victorian furniture, rugs, antique reproduction lamps, books, cards, and wall hangings.
Bring your colors and we will custom design that special one-of-a-kind decorative arrangement for you. Our in-stock items can also be customized for you.
2020 Events Schedule
Throughout the year classes, lectures, workshops, and garden tours are offered. All events are by reservation. You may register on the website, call us at 989-666-7012, or by check. For information email us, email@example.com. We are open Friday and Saturday only.
May 30th Noon Growing and Using Scented Geraniums, ‘ Pelargoniums’
Scented Geraniums are not in the family of garden geraniums. They are edible. There are now more than 200 different scents. During the class learn their health benefits, culinary uses and the pleasure of growing them . As a bonus gift to you, we have been able to obtain copies of Marge Clark’s book. ‘ The Best of Thymes’ for all attending. The book is a collectors book. Two of my own recipes using scented geraniums are credited to me. Plants will be available in the greenhouse for sale. We have only 15 books at this time but hope to get more. If I can obtain more books we will raise the limit. FULL
June 6th 1:30 PM Spring Wreath
A lush gathering of beautiful permanent botanicals makes this a beautiful welcome to Spring. The permanent botanical blossoms that we will be using includes, pink and white hydrangea, lavender, pink blush antique roses, snowball viburnum, as well as a mixture of greens and vines. Nestled in the wreath will be a sweet bird nest and eggs. The wreath will create a beautiful focal point wherever you hang it, indoors or outdoors. $80.00 limited to 8 register and pre-pay
July 4th Closed for the Holiday
July 10th 11:00 AM Growing and Using Lavender
This seminar will cover essential oils and their health benefits, growing, propagation and hardiness and includes a luncheon. We will demonstrate making herbal salves. The demonstration will be making lavender, comfrey and plantain healing salve and each participant will be able to take home a sample. $38.00 register and pre-pay
July 11th 11:00 AM Daylily Day
You are invited to come to the Farm today while the daylilies are in bloom. I am taking up a patch of select daylilies and invite you to select 2 of your favorites and dig them for free. All clumps are large. You may want to join a friend, each of you select 2 and split them thus giving you 4 different daylily plants. We will have a discussion on hybridizing and growing dayliles and includes a luncheon using daylilies. $15.00 for lunch and seminar——-lilies free.
July 18th 1:00 PM Come to My Tea Party
Children will smile with delight when they are invited to a Tea with the young in mind. Their special menu: strawberry scones with fresh strawberry jam, ham and cheese pinwheels, ranch chicken salad on a croissant, strawberry flower cookie, cherry flower cookie, fairy kisses, and chocolate banana bars. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family or friend, enjoy an afternoon tea with the young one. Dress-up is optional. There will be games for the young to enjoy. $28.50 per person. register and prepay by July 10th
July 25th Noon A Few of My Favorite Herbal Things
This demonstration and tasting event will provide you with recipes for more than a dozen of my favorite herb things, herb seasonings, vinegars, cranberry wine, victorian shrub, dried herb mixes, herbal room sprays, and more. Recipes provided. Luncheon will be prepared, using my favorites. $30.00 register and pre-pay
Aug. 1st Noon Vegetarian High Tea Using the Summer Harvest
See how delicious a vegetarian meal can be. The discussion will be on organic and heirloom vegetables. You will sample the remarkable flavor and benefits of vegetables you can grow yourself. The menu will be, tomato basil baguette, plum bread, green garden salad with edible flowers, cashew paella, mushroom tart, tortellini with mushroom sauce, skillet vegetables with smoked tomato coulis, berry fool, strawberry shortcake citrus mint cooler and raspberry tea. $30.00 register and pre-pay
Aug. 8 Noon A Study of Rosemary and Basil
Basil is known as a highly fragrant herb plant whose leaves are used in many different foods. You will be surprised to learn the health benefits as well as the culinary uses. Rosemary is a much used culinary herb and has many health benefits. Learn more about the uses of fresh grown rosemary as well as using the essential of this amazing plant. There will be demonstrations and recipes for both herbs. Luncheon provided will include: basil pesto bread, my Son John’s fresh heirloom tomato and basil pasta, John’s rosemary lemon grilled chicken and more. $28.00 Register and pre-pay
Aug. 15 Noon Tea Society Buffet and Program at Grand Oak Herb Farm
Join us for a wonderful day. If you are interested , call Lois at 810-232-0266 or Pat at 989-662-6435
Aug. 22 Noon Sunflower Tobacco Wall Basket
We will be using a combination of permanent and dried botanicals to make a lovely indoor/outdoor arrangement. Supplies you will be using will include a reproduced Kentucky harvest tobacco basket, eucalyptus, wheat, vine, small pumpkins, marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias, a ‘grateful, thankful, blessed’ plaque and more. You will be proud to say “ I made it”. Chicken basil salad and soup will be provided for lunch. $68.00. register and pre-pay
Aug 29 1PM Friendship Tea with a 1950’s Theme
Friendship is about giving for the sheer pleasure of making your friends happy, not about giving in order to receive. Not about keeping score. The true beauty of friendship is that it is bottomless. The more you give the more you receive. May your teacups be filled with love and peace and may you share them with your friends and family.’ The Friendship Tea today will take on a 1950’s theme. Dress for the occasion. Your options are open to anything from circle skirts, poodle skirts, capris pants, crinoline petticoats and saddle shoes or tennis shoes with white anklets. The 1950’s menu: coleslaw, deviled eggs, meatloaf, buttermilk fried chicken, jello salad and pecan pie. Bring your friend or friends for a fun Tea. There will be 1950’s trivia game, activities and prizes. $35.00 per person register and pre-pay
Sept 5 Closed for Labor Day
Sept 12 Noon Succulent Indoor Winter Garden
In this make and take workshop, we will help you create a stunning, one of a kind succulent garden. Workshop includes a planter, soil and 6 or 7 low maintenance plants of your choice. Also, provided, directions for growing and maintaining your indoor garden. A soup and sandwich luncheon is included in the workshop. $54.00 limited to 12 register and pre-pay
Sept 19 1PM Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea
“Lets pretend”, two very simple words that inspire imagination. Tea with the Mad Hatter is just such an occasion, to turn a flight of fantasy into reality. You are invited to wear your maddest decorated hat. At this event ‘ nothing is quite what it seems’, yet everything is altogether totally delightful. Today’s guest will be asked to vote for the three best hats. Prizes for the three will be awarded. Brush up on your Mad Hatter trivia, there will be trivia questions and more prizes.
Today’s menu: the Queens scones, Devonshire cream, raspberry butter, Mad Hatter’s herb pinwheel, pig and pepper wraps, smoked salmon tea sandwich, White Rabbit’s cucumber tea sandwich, tarragon chicken on a croissant, white chocolate strawberries, ‘ drink me strawberry shrub and Alic’s lemon and lavender tea. $40.00 limited to 28 register and pre-pay
Sept 26 1PM Farmhouse Woodland Door Swag
During this workshop you will make a 26 inch door swag made of boxwood, frazier fir and eucalyptus. The swag will then be decorated with pine cones, natural botanical pods, red buffalo plaid ribbon and 4 two inch rustic metal bells. Join us at 1PM for a hearty stew and sandwich in the tearoom. $50.00 limited to 18 register and pre-pay
Oct 3 1PM Preserving the Harvest
Tips and advise on how preserve your fruit, herbs and vegetables. These tips are from my preserving for more than 50 years. Learn how to enjoy your safe harvest through the Winter and beyond. Each person attending will be given a copy of ‘The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest’, by Carol W Costenbader. We are providing a luncheon around our preserved garden harvest. As well learn more about Heirloom vegetables. $30.00 register and pre-pay
Oct 10 1PM Winter Indoor Herb Garden
Would you like to grow fresh herbs for Winter? In this workshop you will be provided a 24inch windowsill terra- cotta color planter, soil, and herb plants. The plants provided will be lavender, rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives and basil. We will discuss growing in containers and the uses and benefits of your plants. You will take home an herb chart and printed growing in container information. A hearty soup and sandwich luncheon will be provided. $48.00 register and pre-pay
Oct 17 Noon Boxwood Wreath and Luncheon
This fresh cut boxwood wreath is perfect to adorn your entrance door, living room wall, or other locations. By changing your ribbon it may be used for all seasons. You will make your wreath and decorate it with a wooden rustic Welcome Sign, choice of ribbon, a touch of fir, and a large permanent hydrangea. The finished size of your wreath will be 26/28 inches. We provide a light luncheon and our own blended tea. $60.00. register and pre-pay
Oct. 24 Noon Halloween Costume Contest Party
The spell has been cast, our Halloween Party will be a blast. Once upon a time, on Halloween Night Mayhem and Mischief were practiced, to fright. But, we are just going to party. There will be food, fun, and friends at our party. Wear your costume because there will be prizes for the best 3 chosen by the guests. The food will be served buffet style. The food will be spooky spinach dip in a bread bowl, spider deviled eggs, puking pumpkin nachos, chicken pumpkins, mummy dogs, char-boo-terie, bat cupcakes, spooky punch and black witches brew punch. $44.50 register and pre-pay
Nov 7 1PM Harvest Tea
With crisp Fall mornings, the leaves changing color and garden harvest collected, take time to celebrate with friends and family before the busy Holiday activities. Our Fall Tea will be decorated with pumpkins, baskets, wheat, dried flowers, bittersweet, and more to help invoke the spirit of Fall. The menu for today: rosemary cornbread, tomato basil bisque, rolled pork loin with herb filling, lemon thyme chicken breast, corn pudding, succotash Seneca, pumpkin pecan cheesecake, pumpkin roll, tea and refreshing herbal fruit water. The discussion for today will be growing your own healthy vegetable garden. $40.00 register and pre-pay
Nov 14 1PM Winter Wonderland White Birch Christmas Wreath
Break from tradition and make a lovely square wreath made with a snowy white birch base. Decorate your wreath with frazier fir, white pine and juniper. Finish the wreath with red berries, red cardinals and, tiny snowy white flower clusters. The size of your finished wreath about 15inchX20inch. We will be serving herbal Holiday Hor D’ Oeuvres and beverage. $60.00 register and pre-pay
Nov 21 1PM Tea Society Potluck Buffet, Grinch Gift Exchange and Program.
This is the Tea Society’s last meeting for 2020. If you would like more information call Lois at 810-232-0266 or Pat at 989-662-6435.
Nov 27 and 28 Black Friday and Saturday Sale
Details for this sale will sent later.
Dec 5 1PM Annual Year End Open House and End of the Season Sale
This Annual High Tea is planned with a delicious menu, a Grinch Gift Exchange and our year-end sale. If you would like to join in the fun of the gift exchange, bring a nicely wrapped gift. The value of the gift should be $15-$20. Each person selects a number from a basket to determine the order in which that person gets to select a gift or, can steal a gift. We always have fun with this game. Keep in mind this event us usually filled 2 months in advance, so register early. The menu for the Tea is: pear and cranberry salad, Italian Porchetta (bacon wrapped pork tenderloin), green bean and gorgonzola casserole, broccoli and cauliflower gratin, hassellback potatoes, tiramisu toffee dessert and chocolate raspberry cheesecake. $40.00 register early register and pre-pay
Dec 12 10:00AM-4PM Open House and Sale
We will be biding you goodbye for 2020. The Farm closes at the end of the day for the Winter . We will have refreshments all day and, you will find some Super Sales.