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2014 Holiday Pot Luck
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MGWWC Annual Holiday Pot Luck 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.  $500 was raised for the Redford Methodist Children's Home along with many toys and other needed items.

Make a Senior Smile Day 2014

Master Gardeners Margaret Ritter, Patience Hotton, Kim Sanders, Pat Johnson, Barb Johnson, Angie Cusac and Julie Wellman, were joined by Dearborn Heights Chief of Police, Lee Gavin and Dearborn Heights Fire Chief, Dave Brogan for Make a Senior Smile Day on November 8, 2014. Together they did fall cleanup on five homes! (photo taken by volunteer Don Wellman)
General Membership Meeting -
November 6, 2014

Trees - Insects and Diseases Homeowners Often Miss

Gary Eichen is a local Plant Health Care / Bio-Turf Lawn Manager who specializes in environmentally safe practices for plant, lawn and tree care and a popular speaker at many SOCWA events. Gary wowed the our audience with his vast knowledge of tree care including including the identification and treatment for various insects and diseases.

MGWWC also held its election this evening for the Presidency and its Treasurer. Deirdre Hope was elected as President and Barb Johnson as Treasurer in a unanimous vote!
General Membership Meeting -
October 2, 2014

The Great Green Pharmacy: Plant Use and Self-Medication By Animals

About 50% of pharmaceutical drugs approved for human use originate from plants and microbes.  We shouldn't therefore be too surprised to learn that many other species of animal also use plants as sources of medicine.  Organisms as diverse as primates, birds, bees and butterflies make use of the medicinal properties of plants.  This talk provides a brief overview of medication behavior in animals and how they use plants as pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Hunter also described an in-depth study of self-medication by monarch butterflies.  Maintaining diverse plant communities is becoming ever more important; they provide sources of new medicines for humans and maintain the "great green pharmacy" that supports the health of many animals on Earth.
General Membership Meeting - September 2014
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!

Congratulations to MGWWC Members Walt and Carol Irodenko

Special Achievement Recognition
Please join us in congratulating MGWWC members Walt and Carol Irodenko for their induction into the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in April 2014 for their Mum's the Word Mum Farm.

For more info about MEAAP visit:
Summer Workshop

Seed Saving Seminar

On July 24, Advanced Master Gardener and News Herald columnist Paul Rodman conducted a seminar to teach MGWWC members and guests the process of how to save seeds.  He demonstrated the fermentation method of saving tomato seeds, talked about the Seed Savers Organization, outlined methods of saving other types of seeds and answered many questions on growing tomatoes in general.

For more info on seed saving:
Seed Savers Organization
Saving Tomato Seeds
Saving vegetable seeds: Tomatoes, peppers, peas and beans
General Membership Pot Luck Picnic

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 VP Harold Kelley did a great job manning the grill.

A Silent Book Auction was held with the proceeds going to the Methodist Children's Home.

General Membership Meeting &
Heirloom Tomato, Herb & Flower plant sale -
May 2014
Who Lives in Your Neighborhood? Creatures Great and Small in Urban Habitats

MGWWC celebrated May Day not only with their first 
Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower plant sale for the season and with a great speaker for our General Membership Meeting too!

Dorothy McLeer, Program Coordinator and Interpretive Naturalist at the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan of Dearborntalked about the various critters who share our Urban Habitats. Members enjoyed her animated presentation, her many photos and bird calls too!
General Membership Meeting - 
April 2014

Learning about Lavender:
Planting, Pruning and Propagating

Iris Lee Underwood from Yule Love It lavender farm is an author, poet, speaker, editor, consultant and journalist based in North Oakland County, Michigan. Iris spoke to our group about: Where is the ideal location to plant lavender? Members enjoyed learning about: When is the best time to plant it? And when should you prune your established lavender plants? Iris answered these questions and more about the basic growth requirements to consider for planting and pruning lavender for a healthy, fragrant harvest.
General Membership Meeting - 
March 2014


Jeff Alkire and his three birds: Ruby, Lynn and Samuel wowed the audience at our General Membership Meeting with Jeff's presentation about raptors. He explained the differences between raptors, their hunting methods, talked about his rehabilitation of injured birds and his use of raptors at local farms to scare away the nuisance birds who destroy valuable crops. Ruby, Lynn and Samuel even posed for photo ops at the end of the program!

MGWWC donated $250 to Jeff to assist with his bird rehabilitation.

2014 Master Gardener Banquet & Awards Celebration
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Master Gardener Banquet and Awards Celebration 2014

Master Gardeners same together to break bread and celebrate the award winners and achievements of their peers. Frank Allen received the Unsung Hero Award for all of his outstanding work with many groups while Bev Evans received the Tiger Lily Award for the many years of dedicated volunteerism to schools and organizations. Char Tavarozzi was presented with the Master Gardener of the Year Award for all of the work she has done on the MGWWC Website, the many things she has done to transition MGWWC to an independent organization and all of her volunteer efforts.
General Membership Meeting - 
February 2014

Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

MGWWC Members and guests thoroughly enjoyed  Brenda Dziedzic's presentation Attract Butterflies to Your Garden at our February General Membership meeting. Brenda is a Co-founder and the past President of Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association, a member of NABA (North American Butterfly Association), Michigan Entomological Society, The Lepidopterists' Society, and WAM (Wildflower Association of Michigan).  She is also an Advanced Master Gardener and was awarded “Master Gardener of the Year 2007” for Wayne County by Michigan State University Extension.  The Master Gardener Association of Wayne County awarded me the MGAWC 2008 Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D. Educational Outreach Award. Her yard is certified by SEMBA as a Native Butterfly Garden, Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation and the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.  She has raised over 5000 butterflies. Her most recent accomplishments include writing the book Learn About Butterflies in the Garden, and the realization of a dream with the creation and running of Brenda's Butterfly Habitat in Westland, MI. Lucky for us she is also a member of MGWWC!

 General Membership Meeting - 
January 2014

Garden and Outdoor Photograhy

MGWWC Members kicked off the New Year by learning to successfully capture the beauty of the outdoors and your garden.  
Bob Bransky, Amateur Photographer , Master Gardener/Master Composter and Community Gardener reviewed Basic Photographic Techniques with an emphasis on Composition, explore