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thru May 3, 2015

Medicinal Plants and Gardens: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum - Exhibition
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-647-7600

This exhibition celebrates the upcoming 2015 opening of the new Medicinal Garden at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The earliest botanical garden at the University was a pharmaceutical garden established in 1897 just off the Diag, at the heart of Central Campus. The new garden, developed in partnership with the College of Pharmacy and Medical School faculty, will continue that legacy, aiming to explore the botanical origins of historical and current medicines, and to promote a better understanding of the profound relationship between plants and human health.

Preceding the garden’s opening, this exhibition at UMMA will feature rarely seen archival plant specimens, deposited by pharmaceutical companies at the University Herbarium, along with newer herbarium specimens that reveal the captivating forms of these medicinal plants. These dried and pressed plant specimens will be accompanied by the presentation of the few remaining historic images of the original pharmaceutical garden, as well as a drawing of the layout of new garden at Matthaei, which is uniquely organized according to the systems of the human body that these medicinal plants are used to treat
This exhibition is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The U-M Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Feb 26 - Mar 26, 2015
Thursdays
9:30am - 12:30pm
Master Rain Gardener Training Class
Train as a Master Rain Gardener - and become a resource for your neighborhood by keeping river water clean!  Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water so that our streams and rivers run clean.  It is a nonpoint solution for nonpoint source pollution.  Anyone can plant one in their own back yard.  The Washtenaw County Water Resources office has been building rain gardens for 8 years, and has built more than 140 rain gardens – we can pass along what we have learned to you. Visit the Master Rain Gardener Hall of Fame (photos). https://edit.ewashtenaw.org/government/drain_commissioner/dc_webWaterQuality/rain-gardens/volunteer-information-1/master-gardener-hall-of-fame

To register for the class, use the Rec & Ed registration page - click HERE https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/become-a-master-rain-gardener/36645 

Or, register in person/phone/mail by calling Linda Brzezinski 734-994-2300 x53203 or mailing your check and this form  http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/reced.catalog/files/fall_2014_registration_page.pdf
 c/o her to: Rec & Ed, 1515 S. Seventh St, Ann Arbor MI 48103.
 
You will need to write a short paragraph answering these questions: 
1) Tell us a little about your gardening experience. 
2) Are you a Master Gardener? (not required)
3) Why do you want to become a Master Rain Gardener?

Attendees must attend all five classes, and plant a rain garden to receive their Master Rain Gardener certificate.  
Location:  705 N. Zeeb, MSU Extension Classroom  
Cost:  $90  (Scholarships available)
Instructors:  Harry Sheehan, Shannan Gibb-Randall, RLA, Susan Bryan, MLA 
Feb 27, 2015
Friday
10:00am - 11:30am
Bringing Birds & Bees thru Use of Native Plants
Rochester.

By Meadow Brook GC at Meadow Brook Hall. $5. Laura Zigmanth shares what native plants bring in butterflies & native bees. Coffee at 9:15. 248‑364‑6210

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
Saturday
noon - 5:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 4:00pm

Greater Lansing Orchid Society Show & Sale
1066 Bogue St, Michigan State University, East Lansing
By Greater Lansing Orchid Society at Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. Enjoy displays & sale.
 www.greaterlansingorchidsociety.com

Feb 28, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
Spring-Blooming Bulb Basket Make-It & Take It Workshop
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Road, Southgate

Bring spring into your home early this year with this unique blooming basket with traditional spring blooming bulb plants and long-lasting foliage plants. All materials are included in the class fee for this Make-It & Take It Workshop. Choose from a 5 plant basket for $35 or an 8 plant basket for $50. Limited to 10 participants. Call Kevin at 284-2500 to reserve your spot!

www.facebook.com/rayhunterflorist
Feb 28, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
DIY Fresh Flower Arranging
English Gardens
Clinton Twp., Dearborn Hts., Royal Oak & W. Bloomfield. FREE. Need some advice on arranging fresh-cut flowers in a vase?
www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 28, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Zen Artistry Arrangement
English Gardens
Clinton Twp., Dearborn Hts., Royal Oak & West Bloomfield locations. $29.99. We provide everything.
Register:
www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 28, 2015
Saturday
noon - 2:00pm
MGWWC Board Planning Session

Details to follow....
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Tuesdays
6:30pm - 8:30pm
EARTH-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPES with Compost, Mulches, & Rainwater Recycling
Short Course Sponsored by SOCWA: SE Oakland County Water Authority Earn a landscape sign!
Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge

MARCH 2015 CLASS SCHEDULE:
 
3/2/15  Creative Composts and Marvelous Mulches

 Lillian Dean, SOCWA Healthy Landscape Program

3/9/15  Go Decomposers! Composting Science & Hands-on Projects
 Renee Moore, Seaholm High School Biology Teacher

3/16/15  Healthy Soils, Organic Matter, & Soil Testing
 Jon Dahl, Director, Michigan State University, Soil Testing Lab

3/23/15  Trees for Tomorrow: Planting and Maintaining Healthy Trees
 Kay Sicheneder, Plant Health Care Manager, Owen Tree Service

3/30/15  Great Lakes Ecology and Rainwater Recycling
 Lisa Appel, Cranbrook Inst. of Science & SOCWA volunteers

Class requirements: Attend four or more classes; complete written assignments; Volunteer 10 hours (or more) – suggestions will be provided. REGISTRATION FEE OF $40.00 includes: Class presentations and speakers; class reference book, “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens”, MSU Soil Nutrient Test Kit (with soil interpretation from MSU); class handouts; Earth-Friendly Landscape Sign- for home landscape (image above)

QUESTIONS? Telephone Lillian Dean: 248-546-5818 or LFDean2@gmail.com

 REGISTRATION FORM – DUE BY FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Mar 2 - 6, 2015
Online
Using Bio Control to Maintain Healthy Host Plants - by Blair Leano-Helvey
Registration info HERE

This course covers general information concerning the use of biological control on host plant material.  Day 1: Basic Entomology/Acarology, Day 2: Thrips, Day 3: Spider Mites, Day 4 Aphids, Day 5: Other pests.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at afb@forbutterflies.org
Mar 3, 2015
Tuesday
1:00pm
Starting Seeds Indoors
Farmington Hills

Farmington Garden Club at Spicer House. Bring Spring sooner & give your gardens a better start. 248-477-3854, fgc1932@gmail.com
Mar 3, 2015
Tuesday
2:00pm
Never Stop Growing
At Ypsilanti District Library.

Join Garden A to Z.com's Janet Macunovich for tips on gardening as the years add up. Part of a new series. 734-482-4110.
Mar 5, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Julia Hofley
Topic: Take Back Your Garden!
Julia 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 presentation, Take Back Your Garden!, Julia will discuss strategies to deal the various critters who come to graze upon what view as a giant salad bar - our gardens!
Mar 5, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Orinthology: An In-Depth Look at Bird Life
1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor

At Leslie Science & Nature Ctr. $295/person. 8 week series. Classes on Thu & Outings on Sat. Register: http://lesliesnc.org, 734-997-1553
Mar 5, 2015
Thursday
8:15am - 4:30pm
STARTING AND SUSTAINING A SCHOOL GARDEN
MSU Tollgate Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI

Come understand the steps to plan, maintain and run a school garden while integrating garden activities into your curriculum to meet state standards. From gardening basics to building a garden team as well as curriculum activities, this workshop is designed for hands-on educators interested in gaining the technical knowledge necessary to start a garden. Learn how to engage your students in the outdoor classroom or choose to bring the concepts indoors. School garden hands-on activities are
presented as a strategy for meeting curriculum content expectations as outlined in the Common Core State Standards.

Event begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.  Sign in begins 15 minutes prior to the event. 

FEE:   $75.00 Pre-registration required

REGISTER AT: http://events.anr.msu.edu/schoolgarden/

REGISTER BY:  March 2, 2015

SCHECHs provided upon approval

Lunch provided

Pre-registration required

For more information please contact Kristine Hahn, hahnk@msu.edu or 313-567-9701, ext. 102
Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
8:30am - 4:00pm
2015 Smart Gardening Conference
Monroe Meeting Rooms DeVos Place Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Smart Design of the Living Landscape-Putting back the Layers” - Keynote Speaker: Nationally Known Horticulture Expert, Plantsman and Author

“Grow More with Less-a Smart Approach to Gardening!” - Vincent Simeone Horticulturist, Author, Lecturer Oyster Bay, NY

“Tapping the Smart Gardener’s Work Force—Predators, Parasitoids and Pollinators!” - Elly Maxwell Entomologist, Dow Gardens, Midland MI

“Vegetable Potpourri for the Smart Gardener” - Rebecca Krans Michigan State University Extension

Questions? Contact Diane Brady bradydi1@anr.msu.edu (616) 632-7865
Or Rebecca Finneran finneran@msu.edu (616) 632-7865
Financial Assistance: Contact Diane Brady bradydi1@anr.msu.edu or at: (616) 632-7865

Cost $70

Visit our web-site: www.stuckongardening.com

Download Brochure for more info 

TO REGISTER Please visit this secure website: http://events.anr.msu.edu/smartgardening2015/
Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Garden Leadership Training
Ypsilanti

At the Growing Hope Ctr. $50-$100/group. Training for groups interested in community gardening. www.growinghope.net/garden_leadership_training

Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
8:30am - 4:30pm

16th Annual APG Conference
Drawing Inspiration from Japanese Garden Design

'Come Be Surprised By New Possibilities '

Our Guest Presenter for the day will be Greg Afman, Head Horticulturist for the Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This phenomenal new garden will debut in June 2015, and as part of his presentation, Greg will share a first-hand review of its progress.   Greg is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and engaging  speaker, whom we discovered last August, when he led APG members on a tour of the future Japanese Garden. His presentations will cover: The Evolution of the Japanese Garden.
Applying Japanese Aesthetics to your Garden - This presentation conveys how Japanese design principles are universally applicable to all gardens especially here in Michigan.

Create Your Own Bonsai Planter - In the afternoon Greg will facilitate a hands-on workshop, in which all Conference attendees will create and take home their own Bonsai.  All materials will be supplied with the exception of wire cutters and a small pair of scissors or pruners, which we ask you to bring.

Cost: APG Member $60; Non-member $80.  
What's Included: Continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials, and workshop supplies
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015. Seating is limited, so please register early!
Conference Registration Form: Please register by clicking the attached link on the right.
Membership Dues: Payment of 2015 membership dues must be paid in full, on or prior to February 20, 2015 for Conference membership rate to apply.
Refunds: No refunds after February 20, 2015
Overnight accommodations are available at the Waldenwoods Resort.  Phone 810-632-6401

Contact us for details! Sue Grubba: suegrubba@sbcglobal.net, 248-375-9233. www.AssociationofProfessionalGardeners.org
Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
ABCs of Growing Herbs
At all English Gardens. FREE. Herbs are easy to grow in your garden & do wonders for enhancing your meals. Get tips on the best varieties. www.EnglishGardens.com
Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Make It & Take It Workshop: Kitchen Herb Garden
At all English Gardens. Fee involved. Enjoy fresh herbs from your windowsill. Select your choice of herbs to plant in a container. www.EnglishGardens.com
Mar 7, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
Planning & Planting for Spring
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Road, Southgate

FREE. Learn how to start seeds, transplant & grow your own plants. Demo for planting a “Salad Bowl.” 734-284-2500
Mar 8 - 9, 2015
Sunday - Monday
28th ANNUAL MICHIGAN WILDFLOWER CONFERENCE
Landscape Design: Where Art and Nature Meet
The conference is held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on the MSU campus

Please visit the WAM Conference Page for a full list of speakers and topics for this year's conference.  The registration deadline is February 25th.  Click here for the Registration Form.  The deadline for discounted room rates at the Kellogg Center is February 3rd.
Mar 9 - 13, 2015
Online
Raising Swallowtails: An Unconventional Method - by Linda Marchman

Registration info HERE

Raising swallowtails is fun and rewarding.  Learn how to add income to your butterfly business by selling swallowtails in addition to the usual Monarchs and Painted Ladies.  You will learn one easy-to-implement method of raising these outstanding butterflies that doesn't require greenhouses or expensive equipment.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at afb@forbutterflies.org
March 12, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Wonderful World & Folklore of Cabbage
By Ferndale Garden Club at Kulick Comminity Ctr. Presented by Virginia Froehlich. 248-398-6283
Mar 13 - 14, 2015
Friday - Saturday
Michigan Herb Associates Annual Herb Conference
East Lansing, MI
By Michigan Herb Associates at Eppley Ctr. Friday evening banquet at the Kellogg Center, with speaker Julia Hofley. Talks on critters in the garden, lanscaping, cooking, heirloom herbs, herbal remedies, crafts, & the herb of the year.
  www.miherb.org
Mar 14, 2015
Saturday
8:00am - 4:00pm
7th Annual Growing Great Gardens Seminar
Presented by Taylor Garden Club and Taylor Conservatory in Partnership with Wayne County Community College
WCCCD Educational & Performing Arts Center 21000 Northline Road Taylor, MI 48180

4 INSPIRATIONAL GARDEN TALKS Includes Morning Beverages & Snacks Choice of Lunch w/Bottled Water 30+ Garden Related Vendors Door Prizes & Raffle Tickets

IRVIN ETIENNE Indianapolis Museum of Art When Pretty Ain’t Enough Tough plants for Midwest Gardens Carmen Miranda of the Midwest How to get eye-popping attention with color and texture!

STACEY HIRVELA Spring Meadows Nursery Gourmet Shrubs for Discerning Gardeners Learn about lesser known shrub species and varieties that deserve to be more widely grown for their ornamental qualities and problem solving abilities.

JANET MACUNOVICH Perennial Favorites Best of the Best Advice Lessons learned over decades of experience. Important tips about what’s indispensable and what to dispense with in gardening.

LUNCH & LEARN Fine Pruning the Landscape With Janet Macunovich Limited to first 100 people Advance registration Required

SHOP OUR GARDENMARKET Open to the Public 10 am to 3 pm

EVENT DETAILS $35 Registration $45 after March 2, 2015 Registration Forms @taylorconservatory.org @taylorgardenclub.com email pk48180@yahoo.com phone 313-715-8316 Master Gardeners Earn 5 Credit Hours
Mar 14, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Get a Green, Healthy Lawn!
At all English Gardens. FREE. We’ll share tips on how to keep your lawn healthy throughout the season.  www.EnglishGardens.com
Mar 14, 2015
Saturday
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Owl Do I Love Thee?
At Leslie Science & Nature Ctr. $25/couple. Snacks, self-guided lantern walk, cozy fire & LSNC owl presentation. http://www.lesliesnc.org
Mar 16 - 27, 2015
Online
Raising Monarchs in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators - by Edith Smith

Registration coming SOON

In this course, we learn how to raise healthy Monarch caterpillars in our classrooms.  Raising Monarch caterpillars in the classroom can be challenging.  There are basic procedures to ensure the safety of caterpillars in the classroom that can make the difference between success and failure.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at afb@forbutterflies.org
Mar 16, 2015
Monday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Mar 18, 2015
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Butterfly Life Histories of the Lycaenidae family
Nankin Mills Nature Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland

Discover the relationships between butterflies, ants, and aphids with Brendon Weil, SEMBA Vice President. Brendon will discuss the Lycaenidae family, the second largest family of butterflies, including the blues, coppers, hairstreaks, and harvesters. At . Parking on Hines Dr. or Ann Arbor Trail. $3.00 for non-members. Questions call 
734-223-5510, or visit our website at www.sembabutterfly.org.
Mar 20, 2015
Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Urban Farmer Tune-Up Workshop
MSU Extension Genesee County
605 N. Saginaw St. Flint, MI

This class is good for anyone interested in growing produce in urban environments.

FEE:   $35.00 Full day / $20.00 Half day; Pre-registration required

REGISTER AT: http://events.anr.msu.edu/urbantuneup/

AGENDA:  Morning Track:

   - Urban soils and preparing a new site
  - Extending the season
  - Cover crops to build the soil
  - Food safety & post-harvest handling

Afternoon Track:

   - Damage Control - Pests
   - Disease Management
   - Organic Weed Management
   - Honey Bee Management
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday 9:00am - noon
Garden Tool Cleaning and Sharpening Class
Presented by Frank Allen and MSU Extension Oakland County
Executive Office Building - West Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford MI 48328

Instruction will include:
- Methods and supplies for cleaning tools
- How to sharpen and care for common gardening tools
- Hands-on tool sharpening with 2 tools you bring to class
- Types of tools and their uses
- Buying the right tool for the right job
- Little known facts about garden tools

 $15.00 per seat - seating is limited

For more info and/or download registration form
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Urban Farmer Tune-Up Workshop
MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI

This class is good for anyone interested in growing produce in urban environments. 

FEE:   $35.00 Full day / $20.00 Half day; Pre-registration required

REGISTER AT: http://events.anr.msu.edu/urbantuneup/

AGENDA:  Morning Track:

   - Urban soils and preparing a new site
  - Extending the season
  - Cover crops to build the soil
  - Food safety & post-harvest handling

Afternoon Track:

   - Damage Control - Pests
   - Disease Management
   - Organic Weed Management
   - Honey Bee Management
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County Spring Symposium - "I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree” J. Kilmer
Cornerstone Church 4025 North Road Clyde, MI 48049

Speakers
Sean Hogan Portland, Oregon   Cistus Nursery
Richard Bitner Pennsylvania   “Designing with Conifers”
Panayoti Kelaidis Denver, Colorado   Prairiebreak Denver Botanical Gardens
Susan Betz Jonesville, M  I “Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles”

Workshop Topics
Richard Bitner:  Conifers
Susan Betz: Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles
Sean Hogan: “More Than Meets the Eye”

Doors open at 8:00 am.

Registrar: Sandy Billings Phone: (810) 367-3399 E-mail: sanderan51@yahoo.com

Early bird registration fee: $80.00 After February 20, 2015: $90.00

For more info/download brochure
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
Fanciful Fairy Garden - Make It & Take It
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Road, Southgate

$30. All materials included. Class size is limited. Register: 734-284-2500
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Starting Seeds Indoors
At all English Gardens. FREE. Get a head start on gardening & learn how to grow your own transplants. www.EnglishGardens.com
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Kids workshop: Plant a Salad Bowl
At all English Gardens. Fee involved. Ages 3-12. We provide everything to plant a salad bowl to take home. Sign up in-store or on-line:
www.EnglishGardens.com
Mar 21, 2015
Saturday
3:00pm - 5:000pm
Dahlia Growing - Soil Ph & Watering
By SE Michigan Dahlia Society at Telly's Greenhouse.

Taking cuttings, watering & controlling Soil PH in the Dahlia garden.
www.SEMDS.org
Mar 27, 2015
Friday
10:00am
Woodland Treasures for the Shade Garden

By Meadow Brook Garden Club at Meadow Brook Hall. $5. How to use shade plants to extend the flowering season. MBHGCMembers@gmail.com
Mar 28, 2015
Saturday
6:30pm - 10:00pm
11th Annual MSU Extention Wayne County Master Gardener Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Guest speaker: Cheryl English
Topic: It's Easy to Be Green!

American Legion Stitt Hall
23850 Military, Dearborn Heights, MI

Join us for a fun night of Awards, Prizes, Food and Friends!

Doors open at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7:15pm.

Cost: $25

For more information and/or download registration form

RSVP postmark date is March 14, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon

Fancy Sunflower Workshop
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Novice and experienced potters will enjoy this two-day workshop creating their very own four-season sunflowers - just in time for the start of gardening season! No experience required. Limited enrollment. ($70.00; pre-paid registration required.)  cenglish@blackcatpottery.com
Mar 28, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
Fresh Herb Kitchen Basket
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Road, Southgate

$35/5 plant basket or $50/8 plant basket. All materials included. Register: 734-284-2500
Mar 28 -  29, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
Garden Party Weekend!
At all English Gardens. Informative gardening & decorating seminars. See what's new for the season! www.EnglishGardens.com
Apr 2, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Drew Lathin
Topic: 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.
Apr 4, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Pruning Tips
At all English Gardens. FREE. Keep the garden healthy by regularly dividing perennials & pruning trees & shrubs. www.EnglishGardens.com
Apr 9, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Let's Heat It Up With Container Gardening
Ferndale
By Ferndale Garden Club at Kulick Comminity Ctr. Presented by Heather Glenday of Bordines. 248-398-6283.

Apr 11, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Container Gardening
At English Gardens. FREE. Enjoy plants & flowers on your deck, patio or wherever you need a spot of color.
www.EnglishGardens.com
Apr 11, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Make It & Take It Workshop: Magical Fairy Garden
At all English Gardens. Fee involved. We provide everything to plant a fairy garden to take home. Sign up in-store or on-line:

Apr 11, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Project Grow Presents: Pollinator Gardens and Native Plantings
County Farm Field Operations Building 2210 Platt Rd., right next to the red playground 971-6337

This new course will explore developing pollinator gardens and native plantings.

Strong fruit and vegetable production often depends on the tiniest of garden visitors – native bees and honey bees.  Learn how to design a beautiful garden that will boost your crop production, attract beneficial insects, and support native biodiversity.This course is taught by Washtenaw County Naturalist Shawn Severance.

**New for 2015**  $5/class fee for all classes to discourage no-shows;  Registration is required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Please check the website to read about any changes to the course [eg:  time, location].

Apr 18, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Fancy Sunflower Workshop
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Novice and experienced potters will enjoy this two-day workshop creating their very own four-season sunflowers - just in time for the start of gardening season! No experience required. Limited enrollment. ($70.00; pre-paid registration required.)
cenglish@blackcatpottery.com
Apr 18, 2015
Saturday
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Garden Dahlias
Troy

By SE MIchigan Dahlia Society at Tellys Greenhouse. How to successfully grow Dahlias in the garden. 248-475-8945
Apr 21, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Apr 25, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Gardening and All That Jazz - Innovation& Sustainability For Your Garden
Waterford Township
All Day, Waterford. By Master Gardener Society of Oakland Co. at Oakland Schools Conference Ctr. Educational Gardening Conference featuring keynote speakers Will Allen, Kerry Ann Mendez and Matthew Benson. Includes breakfast & lunch, a garden market, door & raffle prizes & live jazz. Registration begins online January 1, 2015. www.mgsoc.org

Apr 25, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Clematis Pruning Workshop
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Join us for a hands-on clematis care and culture workshop including an hour of instruction, an hour of supervised hands-on practice, refreshments and a comprehensive handout. ($15.00; pre-paid registration required.
cenglish@blackcatpottery.com
May 2, 2015
Saturday
9:00am - noon
Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale
Troy

By SE Michigan Dahlia Society at Telly's. Dahlia Tubers, cuttings & growing plants at prices much lower than can be found in catalogs. 248-475-8945
May 7, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting/ Greenhouse Plant Sale/ Tool Sharpening Workshop
Speaker: Frank Allen
Topic: Tool Sharpening Workshop
Learn the proper way to sharpen and maintain your garden tools. This will strictly be manual sharpening (no grinders or sharpening chain saw blades) for pruners/loppers/manual hedge trimmers, shovels/spades, hori hori's/Japanese weeding sickles/Cape Cod weeders, etc.
Also included will be a discussion on the different categories of tools (eg. today's shovels & spades don't have bevels on them to make cutting the soil easier, the different types of shovels and what they are used for;  is an open-back shovel stronger than a closed back shovel, what might you use a spud bar for; etc.)
May 14, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Growing Roses in Your Garden
Ferndale

By Ferndale Garden Club at Kulick Comminity Ctr. Presented by Tom & Ellie Kressbach. 248-398-6283.

May 16, 2015
Saturday
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dahlia, Planting, Staking, Tying & Fertilizing
Troy

By SE Michigan Dahlia Society at Telly's. Specifics of Dahlia Growing to produce beautiful flowers. 248-475-8945
May 16, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Willow Greenhouse Expo
South Lyon/Salem
 
By the Four Seasons Garden Club of South Lyon at Willow Greenhouse. FREE.
Janet Macunovich & other speakers. Pruning, fairy gardens, beneficial insects, attracting birds, kids projects & more. www.WillowGreenhouse.com

May 19, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
May 30, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Annual Spring/Summer Garden Tours

Visit a unique urban garden featuring over 200 native plant species  as well as many traditional garden favorites. We feature local garden-inspired art as well as at least one hands-on workshop. (Self-guided tour is free; workshop[s] require pre-paid registration.)
cenglish@blackcatpottery.com
Jun 4, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Potluck Barbeque at Venoy
Details to follow....
Aug 15, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Annual Spring/Summer Garden Tours
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Visit a unique urban garden featuring over 200 native plant species  as well as many traditional garden favorites. We feature local garden-inspired art as well as at least one hands-on workshop. (Self-guided tour is free; workshop[s] require pre-paid registration.)
cenglish@blackcatpottery.com
Aug 18, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Sep 10, 2015
6:30pm
Potluck Barbeque at Mum's the Word
23665 Otter Road, New Boston

Join MGWWC for our annual potluck and mum sale at Mum's the Word mum farm. Choose from a large selection of lovely mums directly from the fields of Walt & Carol's farm. More details to follow...
Sep 15, 2015
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Oct 1, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Virginia Froehlich
Topic: Game-Changers

Many well-known plants, such as tobacco and cotton, have made lasting contributions to our society. “Game-Changers” explores the ‘back-stories’ of some plants we seldom consider that have medicine, industry and economics.
Oct 20, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Nov 5, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: David Susko
Topic:  An Urban Apiary at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Details to follow....
Nov 17, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Dec 3, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Holiday Pot Luck

Details to follow...
Dec 12, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Holiday Open House
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Join Black Cat Pottery, other Michigan artists and a local author for a day of holiday cheer. Meet the artists and take care of your last-minute gift needs with handmade art for the home and garden!  cenglish@blackcatpottery.com