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Archives 2013 - Previous Articles and Past Events

General Membership Meeting -
December 2013

Holiday Party and Toy Drive

In keeping with our annual tradition, MGWWC hosted a Holiday Pot Luck and Toy Drive on our last General Membership meeting for the year.  Donations more than tripled to a whopping $1000 and a large assortment of toys and clothing were collected for the Redford Methodist Children's Home!  Members brought in sumptuous dishes to pass and a pleasant evening was enjoyed by all!
General Membership Meeting -
November 2013
Vertical Gardening

James Rizzo from Bright Green USA Vertical Growing Systems wowed members withLiving Walls from Start to FinishHe discussed options based on plant selection, longevity, location and cost.
General Membership Meeting -
October 2013

Gardening Q & A Session With Dean Krauskopf

Members enjoyed an exceptional educational meeting with Dean Krauskopf, MSU Professor and host of the WJR 760 in Detroit Michigan show The Gardening Show Lite.  Dean spent nearly two hours answering questions regarding current topics from the audience regarding a wide range of garden questions.
          General Membership Meeting - September 2013
MGWWC Membership 
Pot Luck Picnic at Mum's the Word Mum Farm 

MGWWC welcomed members back with its annual Pot Luck Picnic at Mum's the Word mum farm in New Boston.  Members enjoyed an evening of good food and shopping from a nice selection of mums for their fall gardens, all at reasonable prices!
Summer Workshop -
July 2013

Summer Workshops - Bamboo Trellis and Hypertufa Classes

Members learned to build a variety of bamboo trellises for their gardens in June in a class taught by Diane Post, Advanced Master Gardener.

In July, members and guests got in touch with their creative side by creating hypertufa planters with Pat Mann.

General Membership Meeting - June 2013

MGWWC Membership Summer Sendoff Pot Luck Picnic

A good time was had by all at our Membership Summer Sendoff Pot Luck Picnic. Members mingled with fellow gardeners while dining on sumptuous food. Diane Post conducted her usual magic orchestrating the event and Ron Hanes did a great job manning the grill. 

Last, but not least, folks gathered for a brief ceremony to unveil a rock commemorating our dear friend, Greg Cruickshank.  Anita, Bruce and Judge Geno Salomone each took turns sharing fond memories of their time with Greg.
General Membership Meeting - May 2013

Planting a Rain Garden is a fun way for people to make a difference in the quality of the water in our rivers and streams, starting in our own back yards.  You don’t need any special equipment – just some space, a spade, compost and a few plants.  Members learned about the benefits of Rain Gardens and how to build and plant one.
Speaker Susan Bryan is currently the Rain Garden Coordinator for Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, working with plants and people to protect the water quality in the Huron River.  She is a past president of Wild Ones, the native plant educational organization, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, and is an Advanced Master Gardener in Washtenaw County.
General Membership Meeting - April 2013

Alyce Hartman, from Pink Door Cottage in Detroit gave MGWWC Members an excellent presentation about the Backyard Farming Program for the Hungry. Members donated garden items,  a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot and $100 from a 50/50 raffle held at the meeting.  Raffle Winner Pat McKarge generously donated $20 of her winnings to PDC and the remainder to MGWWC for greenhouse signage.  Thank you, Pat!
Visit PDC Web site for more information:

Grant for Garden Club of Central Unitec Methodist Church Roof Top Gutter Garden Project
In March the Board of Master Gardeners of Western Wayne County approved a $525.39 grant to pay for the construction and outfitting of a gutter garden on the rooftop of Central Unitec Methodist Church.

Read about the huge success of the project in this article Paul Rodman wrote in his popular News-Herald column:

and in Dave's Garden:

Donation to Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
In March the MGWWC Board voted unanimously to give a $250 donation to Brenda's Butterfly Habitat to pay for mulch and new plants. Open from June 4 thru September 7, 2013, the public is welcome to visit. It is located at
at Barson's Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI.  Learn more about butterfly life cycle & native host & nectar plants:
General Membership Meeting - March 2013

Members and guests enjoyed learning all about Vermiculture on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Jess Raudenbush,  Advanced Master Gardener and owner of Starr Valley Farms in Ann Arbor gave us an exciting presentation on how we can improve not only our our gardens but also the planet with the help of the tiniest and most unassuming of creatures - worms! Jess converted more than a few new followers to this great organic and sustainable way of gardening, and a lucky member even won a complete worm bin system including wrigglers and bedding. We encourage everyone to visit to learn more about and for all of you vermiculture needs.

Grant for Taylor Conservatory - March 2013
At our March General Membership Meeting MGWWC presented Patty Donahue with a $500 Grant check for the Taylor Conservatory.  This money will help assist an Eagle Scout with the funds needed to buy native plants, plant markers and other supplies for his woodland beautification and restoration project.
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60 Minute Seminars - February 2013
Led this year by Kathy Polkowski, MGWWC's 60 Minute Seminars proved to be another big hit with the public and a fundraising success for our organization. Over 200 people attended raising $1500 in ticket sales alone. Subjects this year included:

  • Fairy Gardens with speaker Pat Mann from the Village Herb Association
  • Heirloom Tomatoes - From Seed to Sauce with speaker Paul Rodman, community garden expert and Advanced Master Gardener.
  • Pruning of Trees and Shrubs with speaker Roy Prentice, Farm Manager of the MSU Tollgate Education Center in Novi
  • Outdoor and Garden Photography with speaker Bob Bransky, Photographer and Master Gardener/Master Composter

A big thank you to our presenters and all of the volunteers who donated their talent and time to make this event a big success!
9th Annual MSUE Wayne County Master Gardener Banquet & Awards Ceremony - 2013
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9th Annual Michigan State University Extension Wayne County Master Gardener Banquet & Award Ceremony
Master Gardeners recently celebrated their achievements from 2012 at the 9th Annual Master Gardener Banquet and Awards Celebration on February 8, 2013. Special guest speaker Lisa Steinkopf gave an excellent presentation on Cultivating Your Green Thumb Indoors.

This year's award recipients included:
Paul Rodman - Master Gardener of the Year
Cathy and Ron (Team) Hanes - Tiger Lily Award
Lambro Niforos - Unsung Hero

Congratulations to our award winners and to all of those folks who received certificates and pins for their individual volunteer milestones!
General Membership Meeting - February 2013Native Plants in the Urban Garden
On Thursday, February 7, 2013 Ruth Vrebensky, Advanced Master Gardener and owner of Oakland Wildflower Farm wowed our group a presentation on Native Plants in the Urban Garden.   Visit her Oakland Wildflower Farm Web site for more valuable information on native plants.

General Membership Meeting - January 2013
Maple Syrup Process at Tollgate Farm
We kicked off our new year January with a fabulous presentation from John MacInnes from MSU's Tollgate Farm about their Maple Syrup Making process.  Members enjoyed hearing John explain the entire process from tree tapping to bottling and members signed up for email updates about volunteer opportunities in the upcoming months.  For those if you who missed his presentation and/or would like to see the excellent You Tube video clip again that he showed the audience you may go to this link: