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Holiday Potluck & Toy Drive
December 7, 2015

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.  Over $100 was raised for the Redford Methodist Children's Home along with many toys and other needed items.
General Membership Meeting - November 5, 2015

An Urban Apiary
Speaker David Susko,  Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Michigan Dearborn, shared his experiences raising bees in an urban setting with his presentation entitled An Urban Apirary at the Universtiy of Michigan - Dearborn.

General Membership Meeting - October 1, 2015

Game Changers
Master Gardener and speaker Virginia Froehlich gave a very interesting talk about Game Changers at our October meeting. She told us about how many well-known plants, such as tobacco and cotton, have made lasting contributions to our society. She explores the ‘back-stories’ of some plants we seldom consider that have medicine, industry and economics.
General Membership Meeting - September 10,  2015
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!
General Membership Meeting &
Heirloom Tomato, Herb & Flower plant sale - May 2015

Tool Cleaning and Sharpening Workshop
Master Gardener Frank Allen

To accompany our annual first Heirloom Tomato, Herb & Flower plant sale for the season, MGWWC Master Gardener Frank Allen generously offered to conduct two tool sharpening workshops for the members. These workshops were hands-on, allowing members to bring in their own tools and learn proper methods to clean and sharpen them.  All were grateful and had a good time!
General Membership Meeting -
April 2, 2015

The Beauty of Native Plants
Drew Lathin is the General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes. He is a sustainable landscapes consultant who is creating ecologically restorative urban and suburban landscapes. As an outspoken critic of conventional landscaping practices which destroy habitat, result in species extinction, and threaten the biodiversity upon which humanity and all life depends, Drew utilizes native plants in his beautifully installed landscapes that supports wildlife, and reduces or eliminates resource inputs such as pesticides and supplemental water.
Drew wowed the audience with his vast knowledge of native plants and how to take steps to create a more earth-friendly environment in our own yards.
2015 Master Gardener Awards Banquet
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Master Gardener Awards Banquet

Master Gardeners came together to break bread and celebrate the award winners and achievements of their peers. Jane Casey received the Unsung Hero Award for all of her outstanding work with the DTE Gardens while Barb Johnson received the Forsythia Award for her work on the VMS system and volunteer efforts in many areas. Rick Whitecotton was presented with the Master Gardener of the Year Award  for his leadership and his work  coordinating and running the DTE Gardens.
General Membership Meeting - 
March 2015

Take Back Your Garden!
Julia Hofley is a freelance garden writer writes for Michigan Gardener magazine, Fine Gardening magazine and assorted trade publications. She speaks to both trade and the gardening public audiences each year about new plants, garden travelogues and  gardening in animal browsing country. She has spoken professionally for: OFA, PPA, GWA, ACS and TNGA.
During her informative presentation, Julia discussed strategies to deal the various critters who come to graze upon what view as a giant salad bar - our gardens!

Download/Print Julia's handout 
General Membership Meeting - 
February 2015

Building a Butterfly Garden Step-by-Step
Local gardener and photographer John Blair took our audience through how to create your own butterfly garden step-by-step.
John covered preparing your site, the plants needed to attract both butterflies and hummingbirds and where to get them. As an added bonus we got to enjoy John's lovely photographs that reminded us what our gardens look like without snow!

Butterfly Garden Information for MGWWC1c.pdf
General Membership Meeting - 
January 2015

Earth-Wise Gardening....Go Decomposers!l
As any good master gardener knows, the most important component to thriving garden is the health of its soil.

MGWWC began the new year with a special guest speaker, Lillian Dean.  Lillian F. Dean, FAICP Coordinator, Healthy Lawns and Gardens Program Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (better known as SOCWA) discussed the benefits and methods or composting and mulching in your Earth-Friendly yard. Her presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by all.