Fernwood to host online fundraiser

NILES — Southwest Michigan residents can support Fernwood Botanical Gardens via an online event.

Fernwood is hosting a virtual fundraising experience June 20 to 30. According to organizers, everyone is invited to participate at no cost.

The online experience includes Masters of Ceremonies and Food Network Chefs, The Hearty Boys, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, an online auction featuring unique, artfully crafted planted containers and garden elements, special video messaging and other meaningful ways to support Fernwood.

In response to the coronavirus and subsequent stay-at-home orders that closed many businesses including public gardens across the country, Fernwood was closed to the public from March 17 to June 16. Fernwood visitation information and guidelines can be found at fernwoodbotanical.org.

“Like many other organizations, Fernwood lost a historical amount of revenue during the three-month closure. We invite all to get online and support Fernwood during this time. And, perhaps you’ll find an item or two to bid on that you can’t live without!” said fundraiser co-chairs Johanna Money and Tom Ferguson Gomez.

The virtual experience can be found at bidpal.net/Fernwood2020 or text Fernwood2020 to 243725.

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