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Oct 20, 2014
Monday
7:30pm -
9:00pm
Biodiversity: The Spice of Life … or Life Support?
Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The world is currently in the midst of one of the greatest waves of species extinction that has ever occurred in the history of life.  But even as rates of species extinction are approaching those of prior mass extinctions, we know little about the different roles that species play in natural environments.  We know even less about how the well-being of our own species might be linked to the great variety of life that is the most striking feature of our planet.  

In this lecture, I will evaluate the evidence for a classic ecological hypothesis that Earth’s life-support systems depend critically on the variety of species that inhabit our planet.  The idea that biological diversity regulates the production of food, the cleanliness of air and water, and outbreaks of pests and disease has been around since the time of Darwin.  But while these ‘services’ of natural ecosystems are often touted by environmentalists to justify conservation, they have been highly controversial among scientists.  Until the 1990’s there was little evidence that could establish any clear link between biological diversity and the rates of biologically essential processes.  I will review the explosion of new research that has accumulated on this topic over the last two decades, and I’ll begin to ask the difficult, but crucial question of how many species our planet needs to support higher life.

Bradley Cardinale is an ecologist who uses theory, experiments, and syntheses of existing data to understand and predict the consequences of biodiversity loss for humanity, and to reverse those impacts through conservation and restoration of ecosystems. He is perhaps best known for his meta-analyses that have helped build a scientific consensus on how biodiversity loss will affect the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper.

Cardinale is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2002, and completed a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Cardinale has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and won several research awards. In 2013, he became and elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and in 2014 he was named by Thompson Reuters as one of the most highly cited ecologists in the world.  He currently serves on the editorial board of Ecology and Ecological Monographs, and is an elected member of the science committee of the United Nation’s Environmental Program Future Earth.
Learn more at: www.wc4eb.org


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 - 4:00pm
Volunteers are needed at Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
Next Barson's
6414 Merriman, Westland, MI

It's time for clean-up, so please bring clippers, hand shovels, and something to carry the clippings to the dumpster.
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 29, 2014
Wednesday
6:00pm - 9:00pm
 (doors open at 5:30)
Sweet Harvest On the Ocean
Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate, MI

Sweet Harvest On the Ocean, a benefit for the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy gourmet dinner stations, premium open bar, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions and more.  $55 advance, $60 at door. Reservations: Patti, 313-215-2308 or purchase online atwww.taylorconservatory.org
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: Trees - Insects and Diseases Homeowners Often Miss

Gary Eichen is a local Plant Health Care / Bio-Turf Lawn Manager who specializes in environmentally safe practices for plant, lawn and tree care and a popular speaker at many SOCWA events. Join us on November 6, 2014 when Gary give a presentation on trees entitled: Insects and Diseases Homeowners Often Miss.
Nov 8, 2014
Saturday
8:00am - noon
We invite you to join us for the Second Annual Make A Senior Smile Day!
Maplewood Center
31735 Maplewood
Garden City
Help us rake the lawn of a local senior in need! Last year’s event was a success and we hope to have a similar turn out of volunteers this year. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Maplewood Center in Garden City with a continental breakfast. Volunteers will then go to their designated homes. Everyone will then return to the Maplewood Center around noon for lunch. If you wish to volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact the office of Commissioner LeBlanc. Telephone: (313) 224-8855Email: district12@waynecounty.com

Please bring your own rake!  Wayne County Commissioner Richard LeBlanc
Nov 8, 2014
Saturday
8:00am - noon
MAKE A SENIOR SMILE DAY
BERWYN COMMUNITY CENTER
26166 RICHARDSON- GYM
Dearborn Heights

It is that time of the year again - time to Make a Senior Smile! Please consider volunteering for this worthwhile  event.  Invite your friends to join in as well.  Simply email me back with your name and phone number and I will put your name on our list.

Come join us!  I can't wait to hear from you!
Jaylee Lynch
Field Rep. for
Commissioner Diane Webb
 
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 & Lunch at 12:00
BRING YOUR OWN RAKE
 
CHILDREN UNDER 18 SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
 
 
To Volunteer or for more information
Please contact the office of:
COMMISSIONER DIANE WEBB
(313) 224-0930 OR lchilds@waynecounty.com
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 2, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Save the date. More info to follow...
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 9, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Save the date. More info to follow...
Feb 16, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Save the date. More info to follow...
Feb 23, 2015
Tuesday
7:00pm
MGWWC 60 Minute Seminar
Save the date. More info to follow...
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....