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Jan 24 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.
Tuesdays, thru Mar 4, 2015
1:00pm and 7:00pm
Free gardening classes
Christ the King Lutheran Church
15600 Trenton Road, Southgate

Classes are led by LeRoy Wolff; no registration required; receive free heirloom tomato and other seeds; learn about successful seed starting, seed saving, easier and more productive vegetable gardening, growing and storing herbs, and more; for more information, call 1-734-479-5638.
Jan 31, 2015
Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
(registration begins at 8:30am)
Detroit Garden Center 24'th Annual Winter Gardening Seminar
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Huegli Auditorium, 1345 Gratiot, Detroit.

The Saturday series offers the 2 presentations, morning refreshments, a delicious lunch, along with snacks and beverages, plus vendors for shopping.

Fees: Members: $50.00 and Non-Members: $55.00      Print the Registration Form

Schedule and Classes:
    1.    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Best Foot Forward: Ideas for Entrance Gardens with Janet Macunovich, Instructor
Put that best foot forward by making your entry gardens truly grand. Janet, garden designer and author, will take the audience on a visual media tour through many beautiful dooryards , courtyards, side passages, and main entryways, explaining what makes them great and will share how the best features from each can be transplanted to a place of honor outside your front door, gate, arbor, patio steps or other entry.

Lunch break: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. For Lunch: Mixed green salad with turkey, ham, Swiss cheese and walnuts in a raspberry dressing with rolls, dessert, and beverages.


    2.    1:15p.m.–3:00p.m. Persuading Perennials...to Delight Us for All Seasons with Janet Macunovich
Instructor Perennial gardens and the landscapes they occupy don't have to look like the moonscapes during the off-season! To reap four seasons of interest from your garden, it's wise to choose species and varieties carefully, but that's only part of the answer. How you place and maintain plants and other garden features is more important. Janet will provide design techniques and maintenance tips for your garden.



Driving Directions to the Church:

Heading South on I-75 Exit 51B (Gratiot exit), left side of I-75 S exit towards Toledo. If you are heading North on I-75 from downriver, stay in the left lane headed to Gratiot. In both cases, take exit to Gratiot and make a sharp right turn onto Gratiot. The church is 2/10 of a mile west, just past Russell St. on the right hand side of Gratiot. Park in guarded lot. Church phone: 313-567-3100. Ronald J. Smith phone 989-858-6398. Refunds: Refunds sent only in case of class cancellation due to extreme weather advisory. You will be notified on the morning of the class if necessary.

About the Presenter:
Janet Macunovich is an Advanced Master Gardener with over 30 years of experience designing, planting and main-taining perennial gardens and landscapes. She is an enthusiastic instructor and very informative. She is a columnist for Michigan Gardener magazine and has written several gardening books.

Shopping Opportunities:
Cheryl English of Black Cat Pottery will bring a selection of garden-related pottery for sale, with many new items. Cheryl’s pottery is featured at Circare in St. Clair Shores, a museum shop, and many other fine stores. Janet Macunovich will have her books, CD's and other gardening resources available. Detroit Garden Center will have their professional quality Wilcox stainless steel trowels for sale.
Jan 31, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Project Grow: Adventures in Home Orcharding!
Leslie House, Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor. MI

Come share the adventure of starting and maintaining a back yard or front yard home orchard.  Topics to be covered will include:  an introduction to the wide variety of fruit trees that can be grown successfully in Michigan; considerations in selecting among the varieties available; choosing a site; preparing and planting a young tree; fruit tree forms and how to train young trees; and their annual care, including pruning and organic pest management.  Instructor:  Royer Held, gardening expert and long-time friend of Project Grow. Fee $5

Registration is required.
Jan 31, 2015
Saturday
It's All About Mixing It Up: A Winter Symposium
East Lansing.
By Capital Area Master Gardeners at Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. 4 speakers, marketplace & lunch. Register at the end of Nov:
http://mgacac.wordpress.com
Jan 31, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Fairy & Miniature Gardens
At English Gardens. FREE. Learn what’s involved to create a garden designed to attract magical fairies. All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 31, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Make It & Take It Workshop: Fairy Garden
At English Gardens. Fee involved. We provide everything to make a fairy garden to take home. All locations. Sign up in-store or on-line:www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 2, 2015
Monday
1:00pm
Landscape Problems
25099 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills

By Farmington Garden Club at Spicer House. Karen Auch introduces great problem solving plants. fgc1932@gmail.com
Feb 3, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminars

Cultivating Your Green Thumb Indoors by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

Do you know the benefits of growing houseplants?  Learn the:
1) best plants for cleaning your air
2) seven elements needed to grow great plants; and
3) how to identify pests/diseases. 

Presented by: Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, Annuals & House Plant Manager, Steinkopf Nursery in Farmington Hills.

Location:  Wayne County Extension Office, 5454 Venoy Rd.  Wayne, MI 48184
Date(s:)  Every Tuesday in February
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:  $10 each or all 4 for $30 if you register in advance
Proceeds:  All proceeds fund gardening grants and scholarships
To register e-mail: mgwwcorg@gmail.com
Feb 3, 2015
Tuesday
1:00pm
Landscape Problems
25099 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
By Farmington Garden Club at Spicer House. Karen Auch introduces great problem solving plants. fgc1932@gmail.com
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

Think Spring! Join us for presentation by local gardener and photographer John Blair that will take you through how to create your own butterfly garden step-by-step. John will cover preparing your site, the plants you need to attract both butterflies and hummingbirds and where to get them.
Feb 7, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Project Grow: Pollinators and Native Plantings
County Farm Park, Field Operations Building

Strong fruit and vegetable production often depends on the tiniest of garden visitors - native bees and honey bees. Without bees, some of our favorite foods from strawberries to onions would disappear.  And with recent declines in bees, home gardeners are more important than ever.   Learn a simple process to design a beautiful pollinator garden that will boost your crop production, attract beneficial insects, and support native biodiversity.   This course is taught by Washtenaw County Naturalist (and Project Grow gardener!) Shawn Severance.  Shawn has designed a number of pollinator gardens in public spaces, including County Farm Park and The Women's Correctional Institute of Huron Valley.  She has a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture, and has worked in the field of ecological restoration and nature education for over 15 years. Fee: $5

Registration is required.
Feb 7, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
Fabulous Orchids
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Road, Southgate

Orchid expert and collector Carolyn Batcher demonstrates the culture and care of these beautiful and exotic plants.

www.facebook.com/rayhunterflorist
Feb 7, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
The Birds & the Bees
At English Gardens. FREE. Learn the importance of birds & bees in our garden, what you can do to attract them to your garden. All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 7, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Kids Workshop: Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder
At English Gardens. Fee involved. Ages 3-12. We provide everything to make a bird feeder to take home. All locations. Sign up in-store or on-line:www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 10, 2015
Tuesday
10:00am - 11:30am and
12:45 - 4:00
Boot Camp for Farmers Workshop at Washtenaw Food Hub
Hosted by the Washtenaw Food Hub

4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI

Featured speakers for this workshop include Hannah Mellion from the Farm Fresh Rhode Island food hub who will explain multiple ways they work with farmers to reach expanding markets, including wholesale and a “Veggie Box.” In addition, Kathy Sample will discuss what local farmers and producers need to know to work with the new Argus Farm Stop. And financial and food safety experts will share more ways to open doors to new markets.

Registration: Is free of charge, including the optional lunch.


Please RSVP: By Friday, February 6, 2015 at: http://bit.ly/1EagYRL


Questions: Email Kim Bayer at kimbayer@gmail.com

For more information including schedule:  https://migoodfoodpolicy.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/boot-camp-for-farmers-workshop-at-washtenaw-food-hub/

Note: Participants coming from more than 30 miles may request a travel scholarship for funds to reimburse mileage. For more information or any questions, contact Chad Gerencer at chad@morseconnections.com or 231-740-4056.
Feb 10, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Trees for the Urban Landscape by Gary L. Eichen

Learn the insight to what species of trees are good to plant in metro Detroit.  Including soil biology and why understanding the soil is so important in choosing the right trees. 

Presented by:  Gary L. Eichen, Plant Health Care/Bio-Turf Lawn Manager, Mike's Tree Surgeons in Troy.

Location:  Wayne County Extension Office, 5454 Venoy Rd.  Wayne, MI 48184
Date(s:)  Every Tuesday in February
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:  $10 each or all 4 for $30 if you register in advance
Proceeds:  All proceeds fund gardening grants and scholarships
To register e-mail: mgwwcorg@gmail.com
Feb 12, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Edible Front-Yard Gardening
By Ferndale Garden Club at Kulick Comminity Ctr. Presented by Lucas Harrison Zdenek. 248-398-6283
Feb 14, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - 11:30am
Project Grow: Seed Sharing @ Downtown Home and Garden
210 South Ashley in Ann Arbor

Did you save more seeds than you could ever use? Did you perhaps go a bit mad at the end-of-year seed sales? Then the Seed Share is for you! Why not see what you can exchange with other gardeners? Who knows, perhaps you'll find seeds for that delicious corn variety you couldn't buy enough of at the farmer's market! Come on out Saturday, February 14th, from 10-11:30 am
Feb 14, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
Landscape Design Workshop
At English Gardens. FREE. We provide the supplies & suggestions you need to plot an area & create a successful design. All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 15, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Sundays
10:00am -
1:00pm

Classes meet once a month
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers 2015 Courses
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-647-7600

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering two new fee-based courses in 2015 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for beginning and intermediate beekeepers. The courses are held both indoors and in the apiary (beginner classes in the morning; intermediate same day in the afternoon). Participants will learn about equipment, bee biology, pests, honey extraction, and fall and winter preparation. The free monthly drop-in A2B2 Tuesday evening classes are still being offered. Check our web calendar for drop-in class descriptions.

Beginning Bee School
This course is designed for the beginner to beekeeping. We will guide you through your first year of beekeeping - covering equipment, bee biology, and basic management. We will discuss the many situations that a beekeeper will face over the year, and will provide hands-on experience in basic hive inspection and skills.

Each class will begin with indoor lecture/discussion time, and will move to the teaching apiary (except February and March, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. We will use the teaching hives at the botanical gardens for hands on skill training.

Course fee - $150 ($135 for Matthaei-Nichols members)
Includes electronic resources and printed handouts.
There is a 10% discount for members of the botanical gardens Just add your member number when you register. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page of Matthaei-Nichols.  Registration for Beginner Beekeeping

Feb 15, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Sundays
2:00pm -
5:00pm

Classes meet once a month
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers 2015 Courses
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-647-7600

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering two new fee-based courses in 2015 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for beginning and intermediate beekeepers. The courses are held both indoors and in the apiary (beginner classes in the morning; intermediate same day in the afternoon). Participants will learn about equipment, bee biology, pests, honey extraction, and fall and winter preparation. The free monthly drop-in A2B2 Tuesday evening classes are still being offered. Check our web calendar for drop-in class descriptions.

Intermediate Bee School

This course is designed for anyone with basic beekeeping experience. Students should have completed a season long beekeeping course or have kept bees successfully through at least one winter. This course will address management strategies for beekeepers who want to expand their apiaries and have more overwintering success, or for those who feel like they are stuck as a beginner beekeeper year after year. We'll take a more in-depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention, queen rearing, and tricks of the trade. The classes are scheduled to be slightly ahead of when you would perform the tasks on your own hive, so that you are prepared to manage your own hive through the season.

Each class will begin with indoor lecture/discussion, and will move to the teaching apiary (except February, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. We will use the teaching hives at the botanical gardens for hands on skills.

Course fee - $150 ($135 for Matthaei-Nichols members)
Includes electronic resources and printed handouts.
There is a 10% discount for members of the botanical gardens – Just add your member number when you register. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page of Matthaei-Nichols.  Registration for Intermediate Beekeeping.
Feb 16, 2015
Monday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Feb 17, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Water Gardening by Joe Barsons

Discover the beauty of having a water garden in your backyard.  Learn the:
1) basics of water gardening
2) different types of waterfalls; and
3) proper way to construct a water garden.

Presented by:  Joe Barsons, owner of Barsons Greenhouse in Garden City.

Location:  Wayne County Extension Office, 5454 Venoy Rd.  Wayne, MI 48184
Date(s:)  Every Tuesday in February
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:  $10 each or all 4 for $30 if you register in advance
Proceeds:  All proceeds fund gardening grants and scholarships
To register e-mail: mgwwcorg@gmail.com
Feb 21, 2015
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Project Grow: Tips and Techniques 1: Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Leslie House, Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor. MI

This class is designed with the novice gardener in mind, though experienced gardeners may gain (and share) some ideas that will promote success in the season to come. Topics to be covered include, among others, factors to consider when designing its layout, selecting the vegetables to grow, deciding where and how you will plant them, managing weeds, and choosing materials and products to support and protect your plantings. Experienced Project Grow gardeners, Joet Reoma and Marcella Trautmann are the instructors.

This is the first of four Tips and Techniques classes that has been planned by Project Grow to help gardeners with the problems that are typically encountered throughout the growing season.   Future classes are:
    •    Planting Your Vegetable Garden
    •    Dealing with Heat, Weeds and Pests

    •    Fall and Extending the Gardening Season


Fee: $5   Registration is required.

Feb 21, 2015
Saturday
11:00am
1:00pm
Annual Orchid Festival
At English Gardens. FREE. 11:00am Intro to growing orchids & re-potting demonstration. 1pm, Advanced orchid tips & re-potting demo.All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 21, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Make It & Take It Workshop: Orchid Garden
Fee involved. We provide everything to make an orchid garden. All locations. Sign up in-store or on-line:www.EnglishGardens.com
Feb 24, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
The Wonderful World of Hydrangeas Presented by:  Kevin Collins, Garden Center Manager at Ray Hunter Flower & Garden Center in Southgate

Hydrangeas have been a long time garden favorite, but unlike the saying “a rose is a rose” the same can’t be said of Hydrangeas.  We’ll dive into this popular category of plants and separate fact from fiction. This includes the general care practices for each species and discuss some new introductions and old-time favorites.

Location:  Wayne County Extension Office, 5454 Venoy Rd.  Wayne, MI 48184
Date(s:)  Every Tuesday in February
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:  $10 each or all 4 for $30 if you register in advance
Proceeds:  All proceeds fund gardening grants and scholarships
To register e-mail: mgwwcorg@gmail.com

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 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 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
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

16th Annual APG Conference
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 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.
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

REGISTRATION & 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 16, 2015
Monday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
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 - 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
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 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 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

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
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
Jun 4, 2015
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Potluck Barbeque at Venoy
Details to follow....
Aug 18, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Sep 10, 2015
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Potluck Barbeque at Mum's the Word
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

Details to follow....
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

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...