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Sep 22, 2014
Monday
7:00pm
Hosta Production from Tube to Truck
1589 W Maple Rd, Birmingham
By Metro Detroit Hosta Society at First United Methodist Church. Presented by C.H. Falstad from Walter's Gardens. Hgold2843@comcast.net
Sep 25, 2014
Thursday
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Demonstration Garden Work Hour

This Thursday, September25 from 5:30 to 6:30 is our regularly scheduled work time.  Our project is to cover the garden beds that were overgrown with weeds so that they will be ready for planting in the spring.  Please bring your favorite garden tools, and if you have any cardboard boxes, brown paper bags, or newspapers that would be great!  Also, if anyone has a weed whip that would be great too!
 
We look forward to working with you,
Gary
Sep 25, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
Sep 26, 2014
Friday
10:00am
The Gardens of Mackinac Island
480 S Adams Rd, Oakland University, Rochester
By Meadow Brook Garden Club at Meadow Brook Hall. $5. Jack Barnwell discusses gardening on Mackinac Island by horse & bicycle. 248-364-6210.
Sep 27, 2014
Saturday
8:00am -
4:00pm
26th annual Growing with Master Gardeners Conference

The 26th annual Growing with Master Gardeners Conference brochure is now online! Please go to www.mgawc.org to see details about the September 27, 2014 event and to download the registration form and membership form.  If you have difficulty accessing or printing the brochure, please contact us at info@mgawc.org.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you for this day of education, fun, shopping and inspiration.
Sep 27, 2014
Saturday
9:00am -
1:00pm
Garden Design 4 - 5 - 6
MSU Extension – Dept. 416
1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341
This Saturday morning series takes the participant through a successive series of training stages from simple to advanced garden design planning techniques.  Develop skills in the layout of garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of floral harmony, balance and color for formal and informal gardens.  Contact:  Linda Smith, 248-858-0887.

http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Documents/brochures/2014_garden_design_456.pdf
Sep 27, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs
All Locations. At English Gardens. FREE. Overview of different bulbs & tips on proper planting techniques & care. Learn basics of designing a bulb garden. www.EnglishGardens.com
Sep 27, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Spring Blooming Bulbs
Shelby & Noon, Pontiac. At Telly's. $5. Register: www.tellys.com.
Sep 28, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Bonsai Auction & Pot Luck
3301 John R Road, Troy
By 4 Seasons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Acquire everything from trees, pots, tools, books & more. www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Sep 30 - Nov 11, 2014
Tuesdays
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Master Composter Classes
Pioneer High School
Ann Arbor

The typical American household throws away over five pounds of compostable garbage daily! Learn how to turn these discards into Earth-friendly compost to enrich your lawn, flower and vegetables gardens. After attending this course, passing the open book exam, and clocking 10 hours of community experience, you will become a certified Washtenaw County Master Composter. Fee includes free access to the online Michigan Master Composter Manual and class handouts. Instructors include: Erica Kempter, Nature and Nurture; Lisa Perschke, Advanced Master Gardener; Jesse Raudenbush, Starr Valley Farms; Joet Reoma and Nancy Stone, Master Composters; Christopher Simmons, City of Ypsilanti.
7 weeks.

Cost: $49

Standard registration opens: Sep 2, 2014 8:01am
Internet registration opens: Aug 18, 2014 8:01am

https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/become-a-master-composter/35980
Oct 2, 2014
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Professor Mark Hunter from U of M
Topic: 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.  I also describe 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.
Oct 4, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - noon
Home Food Preservation Hot Water Bath Method: Dilled Vegetables
MSU Extension Macomb County, 21885 Dunham Rd., Clinton Twp, MI 48036, Assembly Room A
Contact: Eileen Haraminac: haramin2@anr.msu.edu

Learn the hot water bath canning technique of home food preservation. This hands on workshop will teach participants food safety related to canning, basics of food preservation, and dilled vegetables.
Oct 4, 2014
Saturday
10:30am - 4:00pm
Fall Seed Exchange at County Farm Park
Platt Rd Pavilion
2230 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor
We invite all seed savers and gardeners to bring their Native Wildflower and Heirloom Vegetable seeds – if you don’t have seed to share and wonder if you should come the answer is YES,  please come!   Over the next few weeks, I’ll have volunteer help collecting big bluestem, indian grass, milkweed, yellow coneflower and more!  There will be lots of extra seeds.  The Seed Share will meet in the Platt Road Pavilion - keep your fingers crossed for one of those beautiful fall days, but we will hold the seed share rain or shine.
 
Here is the schedule -
10:30 am  Deliver Items & View Offerings
11:00 am  Introductions & Swapping Etiquette
11– noon  Open Exchange & Skill Sharing
2-4 pm     Preparing Your Garden for Winter with Parks Horticulturist Kathy Squiers
 
Other highlights – Project Grow’s Marcella Trautman will bring her heirloom tomatoes and give a demonstration on tomato seed saving.  Monica Milla will be there to answer questions about Winter Seed Sowing, and Susan Bryan of the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Assistance Program will share resources about how to get started with Rain Gardening.

Who should attend? EVERYONE!

• Anyone with extra seed, plants, tree seedlings, bulbs, or tubers to share.
• People with nothing to exchange who want to acquire seed and knowledge.
• Anyone knowledgeable or interested in seed saving.

A free community event sponsored by:  parks.ewashtenaw.org 734-971-6337

Oct 4, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Plant Care: Tips on Dividing
All Locations. At English Gardens. FREE. Fall is a great time to divide perennials & prune plants. Learn what needs to be done now before winter sets in. www.EnglishGardens.com.
Oct 4, 2014
Saturday
Miniature Gardening Workshop
10am, Shelby & Pontiac & Noon, Troy. At Telly's. $5, plus cost of materials. www.tellys.com
Oct 4, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Tips from a Professional Gardener
Troy. At Telly's. $5 Register. www.tellys.com
Oct 8, 2014
Wednesday
11:45am
World of Cactus & Succulents
3753 John R Rd, Troy
Troy. By Troy Garden Club at Big Beaver United Methodist Church. $7. Presented by Kerry Krivoshein. www.TroyGardenClubMI.com. Register: infoandideas@aol.com
Oct 11, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 1:00pm
Seasonal Interest in Your Garden
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford Township
By MSU Extension-Oakland at Oakland Co. Exec. Office. $20. Explore plants that add interest throughout the year. Register: 248-858-0887
Oct 11, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Indoor Gardening Tips
All Locations. At English Gardens. FREE. Learn how to warm your home with flowers & other indoor plants during the chilly fall & winter.  www.EnglishGardens.com.
Oct 11, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Overwintering Bulbs and Tender Perennials
Troy & Noon, Pontiac. At Telly's. $5. Register:  www.tellys.com
Oct 18, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
African Violet Event
1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
By Michigan State African Violet Society at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Display, sale, & experts on hand. LynnAllen0413@comcast.net

Oct 18, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 1:00pm
Captivating Combinations
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford Township
By MSU Extension-Oakland at Oakland Co. Exec. Office. $20. Explore the basics of successfully combining plants. Register: 248-858-0887.
Oct 18, 2014
Saturday
Pumpkin & Gourd Art Workshop
10am, Troy & Pontiac & Noon, Shelby. At Telly's. $5, plus cost of materials. Register:  www.tellys.com
Oct 18, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Putting Your Garden to Bed
All Locations. At English Gardens. FREE. Learn what needs to be done this fall so your garden will be off to a blooming start next spring. ww.EnglishGardens.com.
Oct 18 - 19, 2014
Saturday - Sunday
Conifer Tour
By American Conifer Society at 6 private gardens. FREE, but limited to American Conifer Society members (plus 1 guest). Gardens range in age from 25-50 years featuring outstanding ornamental plants & the artful use of conifers. To beome a member: 763-657-7251, www.conifersociety.org
Oct 19, 2014
Sunday
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fall Clean Up
759 21st St, Detroit
By Detroit Farm & Garden. FREE. How to put your garden to bed, while keeping winter interest & food for birds. 313-655-2344.
Oct 24, 2014
Friday
10:00am - 11:30am

Gardening for Bees and Other Pollinators
480 S Adams Rd, Oakland University, Rochester
By Meadow Brook Garden Club at Meadow Brook Hall. $5. Prof. Rufus Isaacs speaks on the current status of honey & bumble bees. 248‑364‑6210
Oct 25, 2014
Sunday
10:00am
Succulent Container Gardening
All locations. At Telly's. $5. Register: www.tellys.com
Oct 26, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Techniques Workshop
Troy
By 4 Seasons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Must-see techniques for beginners-exper
ts. Bring your own tree & tools. www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Oct 27, 2014
Monday
7:00pm
Rare and Unusual Plants
1589 W Maple Rd, Birmingham
By Metro Detroit Hosta Society at First United Methodist Church. Presented by Don Rawson Hgold2843@comcast.net
Oct 30, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
Nov 6, 2014
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Gary Eichen
Topic: Urban Forestry
Gary Eichen is a Bio-Turf Lawn Manager who specializes in environmentally safe practices for plant, lawn and tree care. He is a popular speaker at SOCWA events. More info to follow....
Nov 23, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Bonsai Pots & Plant Stands
3301 John R Road, Troy, MI
By 4 Seasons Bonsai at Telly's Greenhouse. Todd Renshaw presents a demo on finding the perfect pot & stand. Winter care discussion. www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Nov 27, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
Dec 4, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Annual Holiday Pot Luck and Toy Drive
Join fellow Master Gardeners at the end of the year for their annual Pot Luck and Toy Drive. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and monetary donations and/or toys and other items are collected for the Methodist Children's Home in Redford. More info to follow...
Jan 8, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Lillian Dean
Topic: Earth-Wise Gardening....Go Decomposers!l
Lillian F. Dean, FAICP Coordinator, Healthy Lawns and Gardens Program Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) discusses the benefits and methods or composting and mulching in your Earth-Friendly yard.
Jan 29, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Feb 5, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: John Blair
Topic: Building a Butterfly Garden Step-By-Step
Join us for presentation by John Blair that will take you through how to create your own butterfly garden step-by-step.
Feb 26, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Mar 4, 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 26, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
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 30, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
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 28, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
June 4, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Potluck Barbeque at Venoy
Details to follow....