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thru January 4, 2015
Letters & Leaves - Poetry and Photography Exhibit
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Explore the ancient link between poetry and nature in Letters & Leaves - Nature as Inspiration for Poetry. The exhibit takes place at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and in the Arboretum and features poetry by U-M students and established poets, including U-M faculty along with nature-inspired photography by the U-M and local communities.

Exhibit also includes:
A visit with Father Christmas (Dec. 20; free)
Faerie houses and seasonal flower display
Through January 4. Free admission.
Jan 8, 2015
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Lillian Dean
Topic: Earth-Wise Gardening....Go Decomposers!l
As any good master gardener knows, the most important component to thriving garden is the health of its soil.

MGWWC will begin the new year with a presentation called Earth-Wise Gardening... Go Decomposers!  with special guest speaker, Lillian Dean. 

Lillian F. Dean, FAICP Coordinator, Healthy Lawns and Gardens Program Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (better known as SOCWA) discusses the benefits and methods or composting and mulching in your Earth-Friendly yard. This is a program you will not want to miss!
Jan 8, 2015
Thursday
7:00pm
Including Native Species Into Your Traditional Gardens
By Ferndale Garden Club at Kulick Comminity Ctr. Cheryl English shares how to include native species in your traditional garden. 248-398-6283
Jan 17, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
A Beginners Guide to Growing Succulents
At English Gardens. FREE.
Succulents are low maintenance, versatile & perfect for containers. Learn about the many varieties. All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 17, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Make It & Take It Workshop: Indoor Succulents
At English Gardens. Fee involved. We provide everything to make a succulent garden to take home. Sign up in-store or on-linewww.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 10, 2015
Saturday
2:30pm
Kids Workshop: How to Make a Terrarium
At English Gardens. FREE. We’ll give you a step by step demonstration on making a terrarium & provide tips on care. All locations
www.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 17, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
How to Make & Care for Terrariums
At English Gardens. FREE. We’ll give you a step by step demonstration on making a terrarium & provide tips on care. All locations
www.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 24, 2015
Saturday
1:00pm
An Intro to Unusual Houseplants
At English Gardens. FREE. Ready to grow beyond ferns & philodendrons? Take a peek inside our tropical plant depart. All locations www.EnglishGardens.com
Jan 27, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
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 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
Join us for presentation by John Blair that will take you through how to create your own butterfly garden step-by-step.
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
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
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 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
11:00am
1:00pm
Annual Orchip 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
Hydrangeas Presented by:  Kevin Collins, Garden Center Manager at Ray Hunter Flower & Garden Center in Southgate.

More info to follow...

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 24, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
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
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
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
Mar 3, 2015
Wednesday
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 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 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
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
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 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 24, 2015
Tuesday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy.  All members welcome
Mar 28 - Mar 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 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 28, 2015
Tuesday
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 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 26, 2015
Tuesday
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....