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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.
Apr 21, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Apr 22, 2015
Wednesday
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Healthy Lawn Care Program
St. John Episcopal Church
25150 River Rd, Grosse Ile
Apr 25, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
John Blair speaking at Wild Birds Unlimited in Canton April 25th, 1 pm. Butterfly Gardening in Your Yard.
Apr 25, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Brenda Dziedzic speaking at Barson’s Greenhouse April 25th, 1 pm. Butterfly Gardens.
Apr 25, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Wildflowers Folklore Presentation with Carol Clements, Nankin Mills, 1 pm, $2 fee, April 25th.
Apr 25 -26, 2015
Saturday - Sunday
Spring Open House
Plymouth Nursery

9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Join us from 11am-4pm on both days for:

  • Plymouth Nursery Gift Card give-away: 50 cards from $10-$200!
  • SUPER SAVINGS on items throughout the store.
  • Vendor Reps & Weber Grill Demo
  • Refreshments!
  • Saturday at 1pm: Steve Turner will chat about small tree pruning/planting!
  • Sunday at 1pm: Steve returns to talk about common diseases and insects on trees!

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
Apr 26, 2015
Sunday
Noon - 1:30pm
Bringing Native Plants Home
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton

At Hidden Lake Gardens. $15. Register: www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu, 517-431-2060.

Apr 26, 2015
Sunday
2:00pm - 3:30pm
It "IS" Easy to Be Green
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton

At Hidden Lake Gardens. $15. Register: www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu, 517-431-2060.
May 2, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Straw Bale Gardening
Heritage Park Petting Farm at 12803 Pardee

Instructor and Master Gardener Paul Rodman will teach you how to grow vegetables anywhere, earlier and without weeding.  Learn everything you need to be successful! Hosted by the Taylor Conservatory, class will be held inside. $10.  Refreshments and Door prizes.

All the classes can be registered for online at www.taylorconservatory.org, or by contacting 888-383-4108
May 2, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery
Fruit Tree Class

9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Have your fruit and eat it, too! Learn how to grow your own fruit right in your backyard from Mark Boland of Eastern shore Nursery.
FREE
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 3, 2015
Sunday
10:00am - noon

Spring Wildflower Walk on Belle Isle

Join us for our annual Spring Wildflower Walk on Belle Isle.


The walk will start at the racquet Ball Courts located on Vista Way. Vista Way is behind the old Belle Isle Zoo. Dress for the weather and boots are highly recommended! Cost: Donation of $5 cash or check payable to the Detroit Garden Center.

The walk is limited to 30 participants so reservations are required. Qualifies for Master Gardener educational hours.

Remember that you will need a Michigan State Park Pass for entrance onto the Island.

May 4, 2015
Monday
7:00pm
Herb Study Group
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor

FREE. Vanilla, the history & uses. 734-647-7600
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.)

Mark your calendars for MGWWC's first Greenhouse Plant Sale of the season, which is also on this day! Plant Sale flyer
May 8, 2015
Friday
noon - 4:00pm
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at the "C" 
Taylor Conservatory
22314 Northline Rd.
Taylor, MI


Come visit and help us celebrate National Public Gardens Day! We'll have cake, give away seeds, show kids how to plant, and a craft.  Free
May 9, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm
MGWWC Annual Heirloom Tomato, Herb & Flower Sale/ Children's Garden Volunteer Work Day
5454 Venoy, Wayne, MI

Save the date for MGWWC's  Annual Heirloom Tomato, Herb & Flower Sale / Children's Garden Volunteer Work Day. Other fun items and worm castings will be available for sale.

Plant Sale flyer

Online catalog
May 9, 2015
Saturday
9:00am -
11:00am
News-Herald Plant Exchange and Heirloom Tomato Sale
1 Heritage Place, Southgate

Save the date for the News-Herald Plant Exchange and Heirloom Tomato Sale. Great prices on great tomatoes!
May 9, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Plymouth Nursery- Plant a Flower for Mom!
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Stop by Plymouth Nursery May 9 & 10, from 10am-4pm and plant a flower for MOM! This class is FREE.

May 9, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Rose Class
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Learn everything you need to know to grow stunning roses from Jerry Amoroso of Week's Roses,
FREE
May 9, 2015
Saturday
Plant Sale
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton

At Hidden Lake Gardens www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu, 517-431-2060
May 9 - 10, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm
TCF Mother's Day Plant Sale
Taylor Conservatory
22314 Northline Rd.
Taylor, MI

Welcome spring, support a great cause and wish Mom a happy Mother's Day with a great selection of butterfly plants, flowering vines, perennials, garden art, planted baskets and more.
May 11, 2015
Monday
7:00pm
Working With Vines & Climbers
Bloomfield Hills

By Hardy Plant Society at Congregational Church of Birmingham. $3. Kim Roth focuses on plant vines & climbers in your landscape. 248-693-0334
May 12, 2015
Tuesday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery- Container Workshop
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Learn how to create a beautiful container with all the elements of a perfect planter! Bring in your own container, or choose one of ours at 30% OFF! You pick and purchase the plants. We provide the instruction, free potting soil, and clean-up the mess. Class Fee-FREE Instruction, you purchase the materials. 
PLEASE CALL to reserve your spot, space is limited!
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 16 - 17, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
Garden Favorite Herb Sale
At Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor

MG Madolyn Kaminski on hand to answer questions. www.mbgna.umich.edu

May 17, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Elmwood Cemetery History and Tree Tour


Join the Detroit Garden Center for a guided history and tree tour of Elmwood Cemetery. This popular event is always a highlight of the Detroit Garden Center's program year. Back by popular demand, Chancey Miller, Elmwood Historian, and Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener, will again team up to share the history of Michigan's leading citizens interred in the cemetery and tell the stories of some of the over 80 species of woody plants found on the property.

Considered one of the top ten historical cemeteries in the United States, Elmwood is a fine example of the Rural Cemetery Movement. Its rolling terrain and waterways remain unchanged since Detroit's earliest history.

Elmwood Cemetery is located at 1200 Elmwood, an extension of McDougall Ave., just north of E. Lafayette and two blocks north of E. Jefferson. The orange roofed church on the northeast corner of E. Lafayette and McDougall is a good landmark (church is located across the street from Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. High School). The driveway north of the church leads into the cemetery. Qualifies for Master Gardener educational hours.


Fees: $15.00 Members and $20.00 Non-Members. Link to Registration:

http://detroitgardencenter.org/regform.html

May 19, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
May 20, 2015
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Insect and Flower Pollination Relationship
Nankin Mills
33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland

Speaker:
Roger Sutherland of the Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association.
May 20, 2015
Wednesday
7:00pm
Plymouth Nursery- Container Workshop
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth


Learn how to create a beautiful container with all the elements of a perfect planter! Bring in your own container, or choose one of ours at 30% OFF! You pick and purchase the plants. We provide the instruction, free potting soil, and clean-up the mess. Class Fee-FREE Instruction, you purchase the materials. PLEASE CALL to reserve your spot, space is limited!
May 28, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Plymouth Nursery- Container Workshop
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Learn how to create a beautiful container with all the elements of a perfect planter! Bring in your own container, or choose one of ours at 30% OFF! You pick and purchase the plants. We provide the instruction, free potting soil, and clean-up the mess. Class Fee-FREE Instruction, you purchase the materials. PLEASE CALL to reserve your spot, space is limited!
May 30, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Annual Spring/Summer Garden Tours
by Cheryl English
Black Cat Pottery
3903 Grayton St., Detroit, MI 48224-4003

Designed as an experiential and educational space, Cheryl’s garden includes over 30 Clematis, representing over 10 species as well as large-flowering hybrids, and over 200 species of native plants, ranging from Spring ephemerals to large trees. Take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with some of the lesser-known small-flowering species Clematis varieties and the beauties of our native flora. We also feature local garden art, live music and refreshments, as well as at least one hands-on workshop. (There is a charge for the workshops. The rest of the event is free and open to the public.) Contact Cheryl at  cenglish@blackcatpottery.com

Register for the workshops at www.blackcatpottery.com or e-mail Cheryl for other registration options.

Call or e-mail Cheryl English for additional information or to book a private garden tour and presentation or other activities – including pottery workshops - for your group!

Jun 1, 2015
Monday
7:00pm
Welcoming the Summer Get-Together, Auction & Plant Exchange
Bloomfield Hills

By Hardy Plant Society at Congregational Church of Birmingham. Get to know your fellow gardeners, share secrets & bid/exchange great plants. 248-693-0334

Jun 4, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Potluck Barbeque at Venoy
Details to follow....
Jun 13, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Fairy Garden Workshop
Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens,
22314 Northline, Taylor

Bring some magic to your life, with a make and take fairy garden, taught by Glenda Albright. $25 At the   Refreshments and door prizes.  Class size limited to 20.

All the classes can be registered for online at www.taylorconservatory.org, or by contacting 888-383-4108
Jun 17, 2015
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Native Plants
Nankin Mills
33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland

Trish Hacker-Henning, owner of American Roots, will be speaking on native plants and will also be bringing native butterfly plants available for purchase at the meeting.


Jun 20, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Heavenly Hostas
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Learn how easy it is to grow these amazing plants. Come see what's new in the world of Hostas and how to add them into your landscape. FREE
Jun 21, 2015
Sunday
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Protect our Pollinator Day  
Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens,
22314 Northline, Taylor


Did you know most bees don’t sting? Or that 75% of all flowering plants rely bees, bugs and animals to pollinate them? Join us for a Sunday Funday of learning about our pollinator friends, in honor of National Pollinator Week, June 15-21.  Free.
Jun 27, 2015
Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Crocker House Garden Walk & All About GMO's Garden Breakfast
At Crocker House
Mt. Clemens

$15. Breakfast talk with Stephen Hulbert $10 with advance reservation. www.CrockerHouseMuseum.com
. Register: 586-465-2488
Jun 27 - 28, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Fairy Days
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Join us for our 4th annual event dedicated to the magical world of miniatures and fairies. Enjoy fairy refreshments, crafts, and more. Don't forget to wear your wings and stop by our fairy face painting station. Make your own Fairy wings, $5.00 optional Sign up to reserve your place.Fairy house designer Adam New will sign the roof of your fairy house on Sunday, June 28.
Jul 11, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Hydrangeas 101
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Back by popular demand, learn the basics of growing hydrangeas. Find out how to plant and care for them and discover why your may not be blooming! We've added a session this year, the information will be the same at both classes. Call to reserve your place. Space is limited.
Jul 15, 2015
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Outdoor Photography
at Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat
6414 Merriman Rd, Westland

Brendon Weil, SEMBA Vice President, will build upon last year’s presentation about butterfly and nature photography. This will be a workshop forum. This will take place at Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat - bring your camera!


Jul 18, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Hydrangeas 101
9900 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth

Back by popular demand, learn the basics of growing hydrangeas. Find out how to plant and care for them and discover why your may not be blooming! We've added a session this year, the information will be the same at both classes. Call to reserve your place. Space is limited.
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

Designed as an experiential and educational space, Cheryl’s garden includes over 30 Clematis, representing over 10 species as well as large-flowering hybrids, and over 200 species of native plants, ranging from Spring ephemerals to large trees. Take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with some of the lesser-known small-flowering species Clematis varieties and the beauties of our native flora. We also feature local garden art, live music and refreshments, as well as at least one hands-on workshop. (There is a charge for the workshops. The rest of the event is free and open to the public.) Contact Cheryl at  cenglish@blackcatpottery.com

Register for the workshops at www.blackcatpottery.com or e-mail Cheryl for other registration options.

Call or e-mail Cheryl English for additional information or to book a private garden tour and presentation or other activities – including pottery workshops - for your group!


Aug 18, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Apr 23, 2015
Sunday
noon - 4:00pm
Butterfly and Friends Day
Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens,
22314 Northline, Taylor

Feed live butterflies and learn about the plight of our pollinator friends at this family-friendly event. Demonstrations, crafts, exhibits, and face-painting by Flutter-by Faces, $3.
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
Jan 7, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Cheryl English
Topic: Easy to Be Green!

We’re undergoing an entirely new Green Revolution and gardeners are in the vanguard.  Learn easy and economical ways to keep your garden – and the rest of the world – green and healthy while lightening the load on your wallet.
Wildflowers in MI Garden.  Often considered too wild and crazy for the average gardener, wildflowers can thrive and provide years of beauty even in a small urban garden.  Don’t limit yourself to the development of “well-behaved” “garden-worthy” cultivars.  Learn how the species themselves can be a successful part of your garden while providing an attractive environment for our local fauna as well.
Jan 2016
TBD
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Feb 4, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
Feb 2016
TBD
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Mar 3, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Chris Lapinsky
Topic: Raising Native Mason Bees for Pollination

Honey bees are not our only pollinators. Learn all about one of our natives - the mighty mason bees and how to raise them.  More details to follow...
Mar 2016
TBD
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Apr 7, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
Apr 2016
TBD
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
May 5, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting/ Greenhouse Plant Sale
Speaker: Sandy Wilkins
Topic: The Heartbeat of the Garden

What makes one garden unique and different from another?  If gardener’s use the same basic principles of landscape design, why don’t they look the same?  The answer lies in the heartbeat.  We will look at several different gardens in this PowerPoint lecture and discover what the heartbeat of the garden really is.
May 7 2016
TBD
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Jun 2, 2016
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Potluck Barbeque at Venoy
Details to follow....