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Apr 16, 2014
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Garden Design
Location: Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
33175 Ann Arbor Trail
Westland, MI 48185

Speaker: Carolyn Sohoza; SEMBA President.

Carolyn will discuss ways to begin, expand, and enhance gardens to attract wildlife, especially butterflies to your garden.
Apr 17, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
Heirloom Tomatoes
Telly's Troy
$5. Jean Smith shares her passion for growing &cooking with heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, & more using tested organic methods.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 19, 2014
Saturday 
12:30pm
Rain Barrel Workshop
416 W. Huron St Ann Arbor, MI
Join us for a workshop and build your own Rain Barrel! For $65, you will walk away with the Maxi Container Rain Barrel pictured below and the knowledge to build the next one yourself!
Where: The Yellow Barn 416 W. Huron St Ann Arbor, MI  Cost: $65
visit www.mirainbarrel.com/signup to register now!
 
This event is a fundraiser for the Discovery Garden Project-- an effort to rebuild the Discovery Gardens located at The Leslie Science & Nature Center. These gardens provide outreach and education spaces for children and adults alike. Build your own barrel and support Project Grow with your attendance!
Apr 19, 2014
Saturday 
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Butterfly Garden Presentation by Brenda Dziedzic
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Apr 19, 2014
Saturday 
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes and Peppers Organically
Leslie House at Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor
Learn the secrets to selecting and growing exceptionally delicious tomatoes and peppers using organic practices. Discover the best cultivars to grow, along with tips to ensure a bountiful harvest. Royer Held, tomato and pepper grower extraordinaire, will tell all in this class. Class is free, but registration is required.
Apr 19, 2014
Saturday 
9:00am to noon
DTE Energy Farm Project Opening Day
Garden is on south side of Powell Rd, between Napier and Ridge
Plymouth Township

Spring is here!  And the DTE Energy Farm Project is looking for volunteers to help out at with the Opening Day at our Plymouth Twp garden.  The DTE Energy Farm is a project of Gleaners Food Bank, and 100% of the produce grown is donated to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other agencies that feed our hungry neighbors.  We'll be forming raised beds, transplanting, seeding, mulching, and composting.  Please join us!

Please do not feel obligated to join us the entire time.  Volunteers are welcome to come and leave at any time during the 9am-12pm timeframe - we're grateful for any help you can give.
 
As always, please invite your friends and family!  No gardening experience is required, and all ages are welcome.
 
*Please RSVP  to klong@gcfb.org, and include your e-mail address.  We will send notification e-mails in the even of a cancellation to rain, or due to water-logged soil from a previous rain.
 
Be sure to:
  • Bring drinking water
  • Wear close-toed shoes
  • Bring garden gloves, shovels and rakes, if  you have them
  • Bring a wheelbarrow, if you have them.  This is a big one!  We'll be doing lots of composting, and are often short of wheelbarrows.
We look forward to seeing you in the garden!
Kate Long
Apr 19, 2014
Saturday 
10:00am to 3:00pm
Basics of Natural Beekeeping I: Getting Started
Washtenaw Community College / Michigan Folk School

Beekeeping can be an enjoyable and rewarding pastime reaping rewards in essential plant pollination and honey production. New city ordinances, in many areas, now allow urban residents to consider what was once an exclusive endeavor of those living in rural settings. Although this course is not meant to address the specific rules of your area, it is designed to provide you with the basic information to begin beekeeping: necessary equipment, where to obtain your bees, how to set-up and maintain honeybee hives, and how to collect honey. A second course, in April, will involve handling and learning to "read" what is going on with your bees. The instructor teaches from a natural, chemical free, philosophy of beekeeping and stresses minimal handling of the bees. This approach promotes greater bee health and pollination over honey production. $69

For more or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/basics-of-natural-beekeeping-419.html


Apr 21, 2014
Monday
Our Changing Climate
An Evening Educational Series at 
Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI
This series is designed to engage interested Michigan citizens and leaders in understanding the latest climate change research in the Great Lakes' region.  Sessions will be held on April 3, April 14, April 21 and May 5.

Social and Health Implications of Changing Climate
Water scarcity and poor water quality, both in Michigan and in other parts of North America, will likely affect state and national water policy.  A warmer, wetter Michigan al increases the threats of disease and heat stroke in Michigan's more vulnerable populations.  Speakers: Dr. Patricia Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU, Department of Community Sustainability; Dominic Smith, Health Educator, Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program, Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).

Registration cost for each individual session is $15 per person.  If you wish to register for all four sessions, cost is $50 per person. To register, please visit: http://events.anr.msu.edu/2014ClimateChange/
http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Pages/classes_activities/all_classes.aspx

April 22, 2014
Tuesday
1:00pm
Volunteers needed Earth Day at Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
Barson's Greenhouse
6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185

Brenda's Butterfly Habitat needs volunteers to help get the Habitat ready for this season. Dead plant material needs to be removed and annuals planted. Please bring gloves, hand pruners, hand shovels, and something to carry dead plant material to the dumpster.

Brenda's Butterfly Habitat is located at Barson's Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185.

Contact Brenda Dziedzic if you have any questions. 734-788-0539.
April 22 - May 27, 2014
Tuesdays
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Vegetable Gardening 101 - Online Course

Join us on Tuesday nights, 6:00-7:00 pm for a 6-week online introductory course on vegetable gardening.

http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Pages/classes_activities/gardening_classes.aspx


Apr 24, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
Peppers: Selecting, Growing and Cooking
Telly's Troy
$5. Learn how to grow many of the varieties that are available while enjoying recipes & samples.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 24, 2014
Thursday
7:30am - 4:30pm
State of Huron Conference
The Huron River Watershed Council at Washtenaw Community College. $65. Includes breakfast & lunch.
www.hrwc.org/sohc2014
Apr 24, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Volunteers needed Earth Day at Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
Barson's Greenhouse
6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185

Brenda's Butterfly Habitat needs volunteers to help get the Habitat ready for this season. Dead plant material needs to be removed and annuals planted. Please bring gloves, hand pruners, hand shovels, and something to carry dead plant material to the dumpster.

Brenda's Butterfly Habitat is located at Barson's Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185.

Contact Brenda Dziedzic if you have any questions. 734-788-0539.
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Rain Barrels on the Riverfront

Sierra Club, The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, and Maxi Container invite you to attend our annual "Rain Barrels on the Riverfront" event in Detroit on Saturday.
Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. This free workshop will teach you how to capture rainwater in barrels from the roofs of your homes to use for gardens, landscaping, or washing vehicles. The barrels will also help you save money on your water bills and keep polluted runoff from entering the region’s aging sewer system.
The workshop is free; however if you want to make a rain barrel to take home, you must purchase your barrel(s) by Wednesday, April 23. Rain barrels can be purchased at a discounted rate of $50 from Maxi Container, Inc. at their website, www.mirainbarrel.com/signup.  313-444-3705
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Plymouth Nursery - Spring Open House!

We're having a Plymouth Nursery gift card giveaway! There will be 5 winners each hour from 10am to 3pm! Including SUPER SAVINGS on items throughout the store and drawings throughout the weekend for FREE garden products!
Don't forget to stay for expert demonstrations & seminars!

Saturday, April 26:
  1pm- Sun and Shade Annual Containers

  3pm- Miniature Gardens
Sunday, April 27:
  1pm- Herbs and Vegetables

  3pm- Succulents
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Earth Oven Workshop
Dixboro Church / Michigan Folk School
 
This Saturday workshop serves as an introduction to the realm of natural cob building by learning to build your own low cost wood-fired oven out of clay, sand, straw and water.  Earth ovens bake like expensive commercial wood-fired ovens while costing a fraction of the price. While they are ideal for baking breads and pizzas, you can roast or bake just about anything that will fit inside. Earth ovens use radiant, conductive and convection heat simultaneously – producing crunchy, caramelized crusts with moist goodness on the inside. Built out of unfired clay, they can be hand-sculpted into beautiful works of art, making a beautiful addition to any backyard or patio.

Participants will learn basic oven building methods and techniques including: gathering raw materials, foundations and protective plasters. The workshop will also cover how to heat and bake with an earth oven. Each participant will take home a miniature working model.   These workshops are labor intensive, giving ample “Hands-on” experience - so prepare to get dirty! Course fee: $79 Supply fee: $35

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/earth-oven-workshop-426.html


Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

An ancient craft that is experiencing a modern artistic revival, blacksmithing is a fun and productive hobby that can allow you to create many tools and products for use around the home.  In this introductory workshop, students will learn how to set up a portable forge using coal or charcoal, and then learn basic blacksmithing skills including drawing and bending metal. Each student will make his or her own classic blacksmith product: a forged s-hook. This is the perfect class for the beginning blacksmith. 

Safety glasses, aprons and leather gloves will be provided for use. Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and natural-material clothing (cotton, wool, leather)  Course fee: $60 Suppy fee: $10

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/introduction-to-blacksmithing-426.html
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
All Day
Gardening and All That Jazz
Oakland Schools Conference Center
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI  48328
Keynote Speakers: Allen Armitage, Stephanie Cohen, David E. Perry, Stacy Hirvela
Entertainment by Kerry Price and the Dave Bennett Quartet
For more info:  http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Documents/brochures/2014_mgs_conf.pdf/
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Clematis Pruning Workshop
Long perceived as “difficult” or “temperamental”, Clematis are actually proven performers that cangive years of gardening delight. Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn about the care and culture of these garden gems and specific pruning techniques and concerns for various species and hybrids. Bring your favorite (by-pass) pruners anda chair. $10 pre-paid/nonrefundable registration includes one hour of instruction, an hour of supervised hands-on experience, refreshments and a comprehensive hand-out. Pre-enrollment required, including your name and contact information in case of inclement weather. Limited enrollment. Two hours of education for Master Gardeners
. Register at www.blackcatpottery.com.
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
All Day
Yard Cleanup Rake-N-Go - Volunteers Needed!

Plymouth Community United Way is looking for volunteers to clean yards and do light chores in the Plymouth area on Saturday, April 26. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, garden tools, hedge trimmers, and gloves. Yard waste bags will be provided.
 
For an application call 734-453-6879, ext. 7 or email randi.williams@pcuw.org before April 11.
Visit www.plymouthunitedway.org to learn about giving and volunteering.
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
noon
Children's Workshop: Making a Pizza Garden
Telly's Troy
$15. MI Herb Society teaches how to make a pizza from the garden! Take home a plant container & enjoy samples
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Miniature Gardening and Workshop
Telly's Pontiac
$5, plus materials. Learn the tricks & techniques used to create the finest miniature gardens.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am
Miniature Gardening and Workshop
Telly's Shelby
$5, plus materials. Learn the tricks & techniques used to create the finest miniature gardens.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
2:00pm
New Perennials for 2014
$5. In this digital presentation, we will show you the new perennials for 2014.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
Apr 26, 2014
7:00pm
registration starts at 6:15pm
Gardenville Fund-raiser Euchre Party
Good Hope Lutheran Church at 28680 Cherryhill, Garden City
$20.00 Donation
Come play cards, snacks, have some fun and help raise money for our community garden. We grow food for local food banks and we need to raise money to buy our plants and supplies. Any questions or to register early, call Stacy K. at Lucky Dog 734-261-7387
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
11:00am
Early Spring Garden Gems
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden
16153 Eureka Rd, Southgate

A look at plants that peek out early in the spring garden. Presented by Master Gardener Kevin Collins. events@rayhunter.com
Apr 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am -
3:00pm
International Herb Day
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 W Monroe Rd, Tipton

Cooking demonstrations, plants & products for sale. Fun for adults & kids. www.HiddenLakeGardens.msu.edu, 517-431-2060
Apr 26 - 27, 2014
Saturday - Sunday
Barson's Open House
6414 N Merriman Rd, Westland
FREE. Presentations, fish auctions on Sun & more. www.barsons.com, 734-421-5959
Apr 27, 2014
Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm
Beyond Soft Cheesemaking
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

Take cheese making to the next step by learning to focus on cheddar of cheese that can be made at home.  We will further explore the methods and recipes for homestead cheese making.    Participants will be guided through the various stages working with goatsmilk to make a wheel of Farmhouse Cheddar.    From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself - especially after your taste test.  Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed and participants will leave with recipes, cultures and bottle of rennet to get you started. Course fee: $60 Supply fee: $15

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/beyond-soft-cheese-322.html

Apr 27, 2014
Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm
Blacksmithing: 
Kitchen Utensils
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

In this class, we will examine techniques to create useful and unique tools for the kitchen, camping, or historical reenactment. We will discuss how to make utensils including forks, ladles, and spatulas, as well as other cooking tools including campfire tripods and trivets.  In addition to being useful at home and around the fire, hand-forged cooking utensils are great conversation-starters and make unique wedding presents. Each student will have the opportunity to work on a utensil, and experiment with several different methods.  Prior experience blacksmithing is strongly recommended – at a minimum, students should have taken the Introduction to Blacksmithing class, or have equivalent experience. 

Safety glasses and leather gloves will be provided for use.  Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and natural-material clothing (cotton, wool, leather).  Course fee: $60 Supply fee: $10

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/blacksmithing-kitchen-utensils-427.html

Apr 27, 2014
Sunday
noon - 4:00pm
Earth Day Festival
Leslie Science & Nature Ctr
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
FREE. Displays from 40 local environmental, non-profit, & governmental orgs.  www.a2earthday.org
Apr 27, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Workshop and Demo with Vance Hannah
Telly's Troy
By 4 Seasons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Vance Hannah shares over 40 years of experience. Large pines & junipers on display.
www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Apr 30, 2014
Wednesday
9:00am - 4:00pm

Project R.E.D.
Wayne County Fairgrounds
10871 Quirk Road, Belleville

Volunteers needed for various duties such as guiding children between stations. More info to follow...
May 1, 2014
Thursday
4:00 - 7:00pm
MGWWC Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower Sale
MSU Extension
5454 Venoy Rd.
Wayne, MI  48184

Come early before our General Membership Meeting to get the best selection of heirloom tomato, herb and flower plants for your garden, all at reasonable prices!

This is our major fundraiser for the year and it enables us to contribute to grants, scholarships and donations to local garden groups and individuals.
May 1, 2014
Thursday
Refreshments 6:30 | Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting & Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower Sale
Speaker: Dorothy McLeer
Topic: Who Lives in Your Neighborhood?  Creatures Great and Small in Urban Habitats

MGWWC celebrates May Day not only with their first
Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower plant sale for the season, but with a great speaker for our General Membership Meeting too!

Dorothy McLeer is the Program Coordinator and Interpretive Naturalist at the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan of Dearborn. She is involved in community outreach with non-profit organizations, and other environmental and/or educational partner groups. Dorothy also conducts and develops programs interpreting the ecology of southeast Michigan region. Her talk will be about the various critters who we share our Urban Habitats, how to encourage those we'd like to keep around and maybe discourage those we do not!

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May 1. 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
Every Garden Deserves a Rose
Telly's Troy
$5. Learn about the different types of roses & how to integrate them in the landscape by considering their habits & cultural needs.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
May 3, 2014
Saturday
8:30am - 2:00pm
MGWWC Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower Sale & Activity Day
MSU Extension
5454 Venoy Rd.
Wayne, MI  48184

MGWWC not for profit plant sale and Activity Day featuring over 40 varieties of Heirloom and Cherry tomatoes and Pollinator Friendly Herbs and Plants and lots of activities.  Lunch provided for volunteers who work that day.  Bamboo Trellis demo and hands-on class as well as free Stretching class
. For more info

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May 3, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - noon
Volunteer Opportunity - DTE Energy Farm

The DTE Energy Farm, run by Gleaners Community Food Bank, is a non-profit network of gardens throughout Southeast Michigan.  All of the fresh fruits and vegetables we grow are donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies that feed our hungry neighbors.   The Westland garden’s opening day is May 3rd, and we need your help!  We'll be preparing vegetable beds, transplanting, seeding, mulching, and composting.  Please join us! :


DIRECTIONS:
       The Westland garden is located at the back of the DTE Training and Development site at 38155 Cherry Hill Rd.  It is on the south side of Cherry Hill Rd, west of Newburgh.  Pull in where you see the DTE sign, then drive through the parking lot to the small road behind it.  Follow that road all the way around until you see the garden on your left.  Please drive slowly, as there is a lot of activity at the site.
 
 
Please do not feel obligated to join us the entire time.  Volunteers are welcome to come and leave at any time during the 9am-12pm timeframe - we're grateful for any help you can give.
 
As always, please invite your friends and family!  No gardening experience is required, and all ages are welcome.
 
*Please RSVP  to klong@gcfb.org, and include your e-mail address.  We will send notification e-mails in the even of a cancellation to rain, or due to water-logged soil from a previous rain.
 
 
Be sure to:
    •    Bring drinking water
    •    Wear close-toed shoes
    •    Bring garden gloves, shovels and rakes, if  you have them
    •    Bring a wheelbarrow, if you have them.  This is a big one!  We'll be doing lots of composting, and are often short of wheelbarrows.
 
*Please contact Kate Long to sign up:  klong@gcfb.org , or (734) 545-2758 and include your e-mail address.  We will send notification e-mails in the even of a cancellation to rain, or due to water-logged soil from a previous rain.
 
 
We look forward to seeing you in the garden!!!
May 3, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm
Basics of Natural Beekeeping I: Getting Started
Washtenaw Community College / Michigan Folk School

 Beekeeping can be an enjoyable and rewarding pastime reaping rewards in essential plant pollination and honey production. New city ordinances, in many areas, now allow urban residents to consider what was once an exclusive endeavor of those living in rural settings. Although this course is not meant to address the specific rules of your area, it is designed to provide you with the basic information to begin beekeeping: necessary equipment, where to obtain your bees, how to set-up and maintain honeybee hives, and how to collect honey. A second course, in April, will involve handling and learning to "read" what is going on with your bees. The instructor teaches from a natural, chemical free, philosophy of beekeeping and stresses minimal handling of the bees. This approach promotes greater bee health and pollination over honey production. Course fee: $69

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/basics-of-natural-beekeeping-53.html

May 3, 2014
Saturday
Garden Design 1 - 2 - 3

This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds.  Questions? ContactLinda Smith at 248-858-0887.
May 3, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Planting Your Vegetable Garden
Leslie Science Ctr
1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor
By Project Grow at Leslie Science & Nature Ctr. FREE. Tips & techniques from experienced gardeners.
Register:
jeni@projectgrowgardens.org
May 3, 2014
Saturday
multiple times
Telly's Troy
Dahlia Tuber Sale - 9:00am - noon
By SE MI Dahlia Society at Telly's. FREE. Choose from various flower sizes, forms & colors. Experts on hand to answer questions. Arrive early!
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Container Gardening With Herbs at 1:00pm
$5, plus materials. Design & assemble a unique combination of fragrant & useful herbs. Herbal tasting to follow workshop.
www.tellys.com Register: 248-689-8735
May 3 - 4, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 5:00pm
Faerie Festival
13730 White Lake Road, Fenton, MI
At Heavenly Scent Herb Farm. $1. Fun, lore, treats, workshops & plants. www.heavenlyscentherbfarm.com
May 5, 2014
Monday
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hydrangeas: Lots of Leave, No Flowers
25099 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI
By Farmington Garden Club at Spicer House in Heritage Park. Joel Miller presents how to grow successful hydrangea varieties. fgc1932@gmail.com
May 5, 2014
Monday
Our Changing Climate
An Evening Educational Series at 
Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI
This series is designed to engage interested Michigan citizens and leaders in understanding the latest climate change research in the Great Lakes' region.  Sessions will be held on April 3, April 14, April 21 and May 5.

Climate Resilient Communities
How local units of government can improve community infrastructure to both adapt to and slow down climate change through the use of energy-efficient buildings, walkable neighborhoods, green spaces, and storm water management. Speakers: Wayne Beyea, Specialist and Instructor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, MSU; Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council.

Registration cost for each individual session is $15 per person.  If you wish to register for all four sessions, cost is $50 per person. To register, please visit: http://events.anr.msu.edu/2014ClimateChange/
http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Pages/classes_activities/all_classes.aspx

May 10, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 11:00am
News Herald Plant Exchange and Heirloom Plant Sale
Plant Swap and Plant Sale of heirloom tomatoes, herbs and flowers conducted by Master Gardeners of Western Wayne County. One Heritage Place Southgate. Call  313-719-1181 for information.

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May 10 - 11, 2014
Saturday - Sunday
10:00am - 2:00pm
Hidden Lake Gardens Plant Sale
6214 W Monroe Rd, Tipton
Wide selection! Annuals, Conifers, Hosta, Native Plants & more. www.HiddenLakeGardens.msu.edu, 517-431-2060
May 10 - 11, 2014
Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm
A Blooming' Good Time Mother's Day Plant Sale
May 12, 2014
Monday
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Creating Eco-Friendly Landscapes in Your Yard

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328

Participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage storm water runoff, as well as attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden.  There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.

http://www.oakgov.com/msu/Pages/classes_activities/gardening_classes.aspx

May 13, 2014
Tuesday
8:30am - 4:30pm
Outdoor Classroom Workshop:  CLASSROOM in the WOODS - Exploring Sustainable Forest Systems
MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm
28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

Explore Best Practices
Gain Valuable Knowledge
Learn from University Experts
Earn CEU’s


Forest: Forests are an enormous part of Michigan’s history, culture, economy, and landscape. Join Michigan Forest Associ-ation and MSU faculty to explore how to enrich your classroom with intentional nature lessons. Take home knowledge you can use in your classroom.

Cost: $90 
Attend both trainings** for $160 total!
Scholarships available upon request

Register at http://tollgate.msu.edu/school_programs

** STARTING and SUSTAINING a SCHOOL GARDEN
May 13, 2014
Tuesday
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cottage Food Industry: Make Money Selling Your Home Made Food
Washtenaw Community College / Michigan Folk School

Recently passed amendments to the Food Law of 200 define a cottage food operation as one where a person produces or packages non-potentially hazardous food in a kitchen at that person’s primary domestic residence. The laws allows sales of allowable foods produced by a cottage food operation to home, farm market, roadside stands, municipal farmers markets, country fairs, celebrations, festivals and other events. Learn how to set up your own cottage based industry and how the concept relates to the permaculture concept Examine what foods are allowable for sale, the requirements for labels and listing, sales records, and learn how to plug into the network of existing cottage food operations.  $39

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/cottage-food-industry-making-money-selling-your-home-made-foods-513.html

May 13 - 14, 2014
Tuesday 10:00am-7:00pm Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm
42nd Annual Plant Sale
380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
At Cranbrook House & Gardens. FREE admission. Native plants, organics & much more. 248-645-3149.
May 14, 2014
Wednesday
noon - 2:30pm
Landscaping with Herbs in Large and Small Spaces
Big Beaver United Methodist Churc
3753 John R Road, Troy
By Troy Garden Club. $7. Use herbs as part of your landscape. Light lunch included. Register: infoandideas@aol.com
May 15, 2014
Thursday
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Backyard Chickens
Washtenaw Community College / Michigan Folk School

Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti both have local ordinances that allow residents to add raising chickens for eggs to their “urban farming” pursuits. Ever thought about keeping a backyard flock of your own? This course is designed to provide the basic information necessary for raising backyard city chickens for fun and egg production. Raising chickens in the city requires compliance with the local ordinances; provision for food, water and shelter; protection from predators; and a commitment to collect eggs every day.  Responsible chicken keeping in the city can be easy, rewarding, healthy and a joy for the whole family. $39

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/backyard-chickens-515.html
May 15, 2014
Thursday
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Containers & Cocktails
Telly's Pontiac
$22, plus materials. Free your planting spirit & learn to create & maintain gorgeous containers. 21 years+. 10% off containers / plants. 248-689-8735.
May 16 - 17, 2014
Friday
10:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday
9:00am - 1:00pm
Henry Ford Estate Garden Volunteers’ Spring Plant Sale and Garden Market

Unique perennials, wildflowers, shade loving plants, culinary herbs, annuals, hanging baskets, water garden plants, stepping stones, garden art and birdhouses for sale.  All proceeds benefit the Henry Ford Estate gardens.

Enter the Henry Ford Estate from Evergreen Road (just north of Michigan Ave.) and follow signs to plant sale.  The Henry Ford Estate is located adjacent to the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. 
One Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI  48128
313-701-2240 or 313-701-2241, www.henryfordestate.org
May 17, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm

MGWWC Heirloom Tomato, Herb and Flower Sale
MSU Extension
5454 Venoy Rd.
Wayne, MI  48184


Final plant sale for the season!

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May 17, 2014
Saturday
8:00am - noon

Hands on garden care

A Garden by Janet & Steven session. Meet Janet & Steven at the Detroit Zoo in Huntington Woods, Michigan to learn about dividing, renovating, mulching and other spring garden care. We're 26-year veterans of the zoo's Adopt-A-Garden program where help people learn gardening techniques and at the same time make a beautiful park more enjoyable for visitors. We invite our readers to come help; some come for a day and some keep coming for years. As a group we have fun, we learn, we accomplish much and we are always willing to share what we know with others
Free.
Your participation will be as our student on a temporary pass. To make arrangements to attend and receive that pass, send your name and phone number in an email to Deb Tosch (Deb's the central nervous system of our zoo group) at mstgarden@gmail.com, with the subject line "I'll help at the zoo." Include the date of the session you wish to attend.

May 17, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

An ancient craft that is experiencing a modern artistic revival, blacksmithing is a fun and productive hobby that can allow you to create many tools and products for use around the home.  In this introductory workshop, students will learn how to set up a portable forge using coal or charcoal, and then learn basic blacksmithing skills including drawing and bending metal. Each student will make his or her own classic blacksmith product: a forged s-hook. This is the perfect class for the beginning blacksmith. 

Safety glasses, aprons and leather gloves will be provided for use. Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and natural-material clothing (cotton, wool, leather)  Course fee: $60 Suppy fee: $10

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/introduction-to-blacksmithing-517.html
May 17, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - noon
Henry Ford Estate’s Rouge Rescue Project Sponsored by the Friends of the Rouge
“Pulling Together – Garlic Mustard Removal”


Activity will occur on the grounds of the Henry Ford Estate. 
Meet at the Picnic Area at the Henry Ford Estate.
One Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI 48128
Wear long pants and closed toe shoes.  No tools required.  Gloves provided.
Please register by calling 313-701-2240 or email:  kmarzonie@henryfordestate.org
www.henryfordestate.org
May 17, 2014
Saturday
Garden Design 1 - 2 - 3

This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds.  Questions? Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.
May 17, 2014
Saturday
10:00am -
noon
Exploring Bees! Class 4
Leslie Science & Nature Ctr.
831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor
By Project Grow at Leslie Science & Nature Ctr. $10. Splitting hives & preventing swarms.
Register: jeni@projectgrowgardens.org
May 17, 2014
Saturday
10:00am -
noon
Growing Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes Organically
Leslie Science & Nature Ctr.
831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor
By Project Grow at Leslie Science & Nature Ctr. FREE. Raise different varieties from seed or tuber.
Register: jeni@projectgrowgardens.org
May 17, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Plantapalooza!
Join us for our major planting day of the year! Volunteers are needed to assist in staging, planting, mulching, watering, labeling and more.  It's a fun day and amazing to see the transformation as launch our summer season. Want to volunteer? We'd love to have you! Lunch provided. Sign up here
May 18, 2014
Sunday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Blacksmithing: Hinges
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

Hinges are an important part of farm or homestead life, and hand-forged hinges are a great addition to historical recreations and many craft projects. In this class we will explore different methods for making functional hinges of several different historical styles. Traditional, historic styles will be demonstrated, and students are encouraged to bring designs or examples of their own. Prior experience blacksmithing is strongly recommended – at a minimum, students should have taken the Introduction to Blacksmithing class, or have equivalent experience. 

Safety glasses and leather gloves will be provided for use.  Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and natural material clothing (cotton, wool, leather).  Course fee: $60 Suppy fee: $10

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/blacksmithing-hinges-518.html

May 18, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Kurt Smith Forest Presentation
Telly's Troy
By 4 Seasons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Kurt Smith demos how to create a forest. Bring your trees for expert tips
www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
May 18, 2014
Sunday
noon
Heirloom Vegetables
Telly's Pontiac
$5. Jean Smith shares her passion for growing &cooking with heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, & more using tested organic methods
www.tellys.comRegister: 248-689-8735
May 18, 2014
Sunday
7:00am - 5:00pm
Eastern Market Flower Day
At Eastern Market. One of the largest flower shows in the country. Vendors, artisans, food & much more.
www.DetroitEasternMarket.com

May 18, 2014
Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm
Cottage Food Industry: Beyond Soft Cheesemaking
Michigan Folk School

Take cheese making to the next step by learning to focus on cheddar of cheese that can be made at home.  We will further explore the methods and recipes for homestead cheese making.    Participants will be guided through the various stages working with goatsmilk to make a wheel of Farmhouse Cheddar.    From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself - especially after your taste test.  Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed and participants will leave with recipes, cultures and bottle of rennet to get you started.  $60 plus $15 supply fee

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/beyond-soft-cheese-518.html
May 21, 2014
Wednesday
7:00pm
SEMBA Meeting - Good Bug, Bad Bug
Location: Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
33175 Ann Arbor Trail
Westland, MI 48185

Speaker: Kristine Hahn.

Kristine will help you identify the good (beneficial) and the bad (detrimental) insects in your garden.
May 29. 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
May 30 - Jun 8, 2014
Permaculture Design Course
Soul Springs Farm, Harbor Springs

While this is not an "official" Michigan Folk School course, we are very familiar with the instructors and content to be taught and we highly recommend the course.  Join teachers Nate Ayers and Jesse Tack, two of Michigan’s most established permaculture educators and facilitators for this certificate course with Michigan solutions in mind.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and create camaraderie with an amazing group of people.

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/-permaculture-design-course.html
May 31, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Wildcrafting: Finding & Using Wild Plants & Herbs 
Folk School Campus
Superior Township

Join us as we gather for a seasonal plant walk, discussion, and gathering of some traditional wild medicinals. After our harvest, we will prepare a trio of hand batched products for you to take home: A tincture, a tea and a nutritional adaptogen vinegar. Course fee: $25

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/wildcrafting-531.html
May 31, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
The Master's Garden: Gardening in Harmony with Nature
Tickets are now on sale for The Master's Garden: Gardening in Harmony With Nature!
Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
1390 Quarton Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Tickets are $35 includes lunch
 $30 if ordered by May 1st.

Held on the beautiful grounds of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, the day will be a great opportunity to learn gardening tips and enjoy the Marketplace, entertainment and raffle. Check out our great speaker line-up including Ian Warnock, head gardener from Frederick Meijer Gardens. We hope you will join us.

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May 31, 2014
Saturday
Garden Design 1 - 2 - 3

This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds.  Questions? Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.
May 31, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 2:00pm
Annual Spring/Summer Garden Tours
Cheryl's life-long love of Clematis and more recent obsession with native plants are both immediately apparent as you arrive at her garden. Designed as a teaching and learning space, her garden includes numerous 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.  Cheryl's garden was featured in the July 2009 issue of Michigan Gardener, a publication for which she also writes about Clematis and native plants.  We will be featuring at least one hands-on workshop (pre-paid registration required), prints and notecards by Notable Greetings, hypertufa garden furnishings by Farmbrook Designs and Black Cat Pottery’s garden-inspired art, as well as a limited selection of seasonally-appropriate native plants and a butterfly release at the Summer Tour. Qualifies for Master Gardener Educational Hours. No fee or pre-registration required for the tour.
Saturdays in June
9:30am - 10:30am
YOGA, Every Saturday in June, Serenity Saturdays
Start your week-end right with a relaxing hour of "you-time", led by Yoga Instructor 
Connie Fedel. She will guide the group through yoga moves designed to strengthen your mind, body and spirit. Class is good for beginners as well as experienced yoga practitioners.  $12 per class, or $40 for all four sessions.
Jun 2, 2014
Monday
7:00pm
Hardy Plant Society Meeting & Plant Exchange
1000 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills
By Hardy Plant Society at Congregational Church of Birmingham. $3. Meet & greet, plant exchange, tea/punch on the patio & more. 248-693-0334
June 5. 2014
Thursday
Refreshments 6:30 | Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Pot Luck Picnic
More info to follow...
Jun 7, 2014
Saturday
Garden Design 1 - 2 - 3

This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds.  Questions? ContactLinda Smith at 248-858-0887.
Jun 10, 2014
Tuesday
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Creating Eco-Friendly Landscapes in Your Yard

MSU Extension Assembly Room, VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, 48036.


Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328

Participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage storm water runoff, as well as attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden.  There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/


Jun 11, 2014
Wednesday
10:00am - 4:00pm
or 6:00pm - 9:00pm
10th Annual Art & Garden Festival
Franklin
By Franklin Garden Club at Historic Franklin. $15. Self-guided walk & artisan market.
www.FranklinGardenClub.org, 248-855-1941
Jun 11 - Aug 20, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Summer Concert Series: Music and Art in the Gardens
Enjoy summer evenings in the gardens with cool breezes, live music and art on display at the Conservatory each week. Doors open at 6:00, Food and drinks for sale, music begins at 6:30.  Limited seating, lawn chair or blankets encouraged! No outside food and drinks, please. Convenient onsite rain out location. All ages welcome. $5.
Jun 14, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Earth Oven Workshop
Dixboro Church / Michigan Folk School
 
This Saturday workshop serves as an introduction to the realm of natural cob building by learning to build your own low cost wood-fired oven out of clay, sand, straw and water.  Earth ovens bake like expensive commercial wood-fired ovens while costing a fraction of the price. While they are ideal for baking breads and pizzas, you can roast or bake just about anything that will fit inside. Earth ovens use radiant, conductive and convection heat simultaneously – producing crunchy, caramelized crusts with moist goodness on the inside. Built out of unfired clay, they can be hand-sculpted into beautiful works of art, making a beautiful addition to any backyard or patio.

Participants will learn basic oven building methods and techniques including: gathering raw materials, foundations and protective plasters. The workshop will also cover how to heat and bake with an earth oven. Each participant will take home a miniature working model.   These workshops are labor intensive, giving ample “Hands-on” experience - so prepare to get dirty! Course fee: $79 Supply fee: $35

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/earth-oven-workshop-614.html
Jun 18, 2014
Wednesday
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Canning Jams
13730 White Lake Rd, Fenton, MI
At Heavenly Scent Herb Farm. $58.75. Learn the basics of canningn & make an herbal infused strawberry jam. Take home a small jar. 810-629-9208.
Jun 20 - 21, 2014
Friday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
23rd Annual Grosse Pointe Garden Tour
By Grosse Pointe Garden Center, Inc at 6 area gardens. $15. Master gardeners & artisans. 313-881-7511 ext. 206, gpgardenctr@warmemorial.org

Jun 20 - 21, 2014
Friday - Saturday
Master Gardener College - Save the date!
Visit the following site for more information:
http://mg.msue.msu.edu/master_gardener_college
Jun 21, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Mad Hatter's Tea Party Garden Tour
215 East Cady Street, Northville
By The Gardeners of Northville & Novi at 7 area gardens. $10. Rain or shine. Refreshments, vendor, raffle & more.
gcnorthvillenovi@yahoo.com
Jun 24, 2014
Tuesday
6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Busy Gardener
Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich.  Tips for the gardener who wants to make the best use of precious time and money.  Janet will present ideas and answer questions to help you get your garden, shrub and lawn work done in the spring that will make summer more relaxing and beautiful. Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887. Advance registration required.
Jun 28, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Simple Soap Making
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

In this class you’ll learn what soap is, how it works and how to make great soaps at home. As we make soap together in the class, we’ll discuss everything you need to know, including the qualities of various oils, the pros and cons of lard, necessary, choosing and creating molds, recipes, how to purchase, store and use ingredients (like essential oils and natural colorants), curing and storing soaps, etc.

In your take away bag you will find a bar of soap, a plethora of information and the confidence you need to make soap in your own kitchen.  Families are definitely welcome, however keep in mind that the soap mixture is made with lye and that it must be handled carefully. All participants are required to wear protective “rubber” gloves (included in supply fee - all sizes are medium unless larger are needed).  $35 Course Fee plus $15 Supply Fee

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/simple-soap-making-628.html
Jun 28 - 29, 2014
Saturday - Sunday
Annual Bonsai Show
Telly's
3301 John R Road, Troy
 
By 4 Seaons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Bonsai exhibit & beginner-expert level workshops. Raffles & auctions. www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Jul 8, 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm
Jul 9
, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
Jul 10, 2014
9:00am - noon

Strawbale Workshop:
 An Introduction
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

Ever thought about building a strawbale house in Michigan, but worried that it might be best only in hot and dry climates?  Surpriose!  Michigan is a a perfect climate for a strawbale house.  With the combination of insulation and thermal mass, plastered strawbale walls can be perfect for cold wet  climates if they are designed and built according to a set of time tested principles.This workshop is for anyone who wants to know about strawbale building but hasn’t experienced it yet.  Strawbale construction with an insulate rating of  r40 rating, provides superior insulation from the cold or heat.  It is also a material that enables an original aesthetic to easily be achieved through the creation of curved walls and sculpted details.  Further, creating walls that are super-insulated and VERY eco-friendly is a simple system easily created by a novice.  Yet, the most popular selling feature is the low cost of the building materials - straw, clay, sand and water.    

The workshop employees both intellectual learning (head learning) as well as active participation (or hands-on) learning methods. In this workshop we will begin with “head” concepts: history of strawbale building, basic design principles, environmental and sustainability issues, an understanding of straw, understanding of cob plaster, cost analysis, and zoning & insurance issues.  Our hands-on method will include learning how to re-tie strawbales, set baling a 20ft long wall, preparing a stawbale wall for plaster, mixing cob, and finally, plastering a wall.

This is an intense fast paced workshop. We will be outdoors the entire time and you are almost guaranteed to get dirty - so dress accordingly. Some power tools will be incorporated and safety equipment will be provided. Course fee: $275

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/strawbale-workshop-an-introduction--78.html

Jul 19 - 20, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
Homesteading Weekend Intensive
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

Step beyond the seminar and gain a hands-on experience with modern-day Homesteading.  This class is perfect for those looking to add a little more self-sufficiency into their lives or to change there lives altogether by creating a homestead from scratch. This weekend homesteading course provides a comprehensive series of subjects that offer essential information, demonstration, instruction and hands-on practical application designed for the family or individual that wants to homestead. This intensive, two-day course encompasses food production systems, energy conservation and creation, animal husbandry, and alternative building practices.

Hands-on work work includes the building and firing of a temporary Rockestove fireplace, working cob plaster and straw, building garden micro- climate swales and hugelkutlure beds, and practice grafting techniques.  Students will also get to observe work with farm animals, earth oven cooking, biomimicry design, and harvest preservation solution.

No matter where you live you can adopt and implement many homesteading practices into your own life.  This course promises to create a comfort level of self-sufficient and offer cost saving and money making goals.  Join us to see how attainable and fulfilling the homesteading life can be.  Course fee: $150 Supply fee: $10

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/homesteading-weekend-intensive-719-720.html

Jul 22, 2014
Tuesday
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Best Foot Forward: Ideas for Entrance Gardens
Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Put that best foot forward by making your entry gardens truly grand. Janet tours the audience through many beautiful dooryards, courtyards, side passages, and main entry ways, explains what makes them great and tells 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.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887. Advance registration required.
Jul 24, 2014
Tuesday
Tomato Seed Saving Seminar
MSU Extension, 5454 Venoy Rd, Wayne, MI

Save the date, more info to follow...
Aug 26, 2104
Tuesday
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Never Stop Growing: In Pursuit of Low Maintenance, All the Years of Our Lives
Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Here’s a look at what you can do to reduce the work you do in your yard and how to keep it up even as your physical abilities change. Although there isn’t any such thing as a no maintenance garden, there are low maintenance gardens and yards and different approaches that reduce work by making tasks simpler or physically easier. You may be surprised at how much difference you can make with design modifications, variations in tools and timing and more. These tips come to you from 30-year professional gardener and writer, Janet Macunovich with lots of input from those with even more seniority.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.  Advance registration required.
Jul 26, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Simple Soap Making
Michigan Folk School
Superior Township

In this class you’ll learn what soap is, how it works and how to make great soaps at home. As we make soap together in the class, we’ll discuss everything you need to know, including the qualities of various oils, the pros and cons of lard, necessary, choosing and creating molds, recipes, how to purchase, store and use ingredients (like essential oils and natural colorants), curing and storing soaps, etc.

In your take away bag you will find a bar of soap, a plethora of information and the confidence you need to make soap in your own kitchen.  Families are definitely welcome, however keep in mind that the soap mixture is made with lye and that it must be handled carefully. All participants are required to wear protective “rubber” gloves (included in supply fee - all sizes are medium unless larger are needed).  $35 Course Fee plus $15 Supply Fee

For more info or to register:  http://www.mifolkschool.com/simple-soap-making-726.html
Jul 27, 2014
Sunday
2:00pm
Bonsai Mentor Workshop
3301 John R Rd, Troy
By 4 Seasons Bonsai Club at Telly's Greenhouse. Bring your own bonsai event where beginners are paired with experienced members.www.FourSeasonsBonsai.com
Jul 27, 2014
Sunday
1:00pm - 3:00pm
It's time for Tea at the Conservatory!
Please join us under the Masco Pavilion in a beautiful woodland setting for delicious teas and treats, with a Patriotic Tea. Table favors, raffles, lovely harp music, door prizes, and a special prize drawing.
Aug 2, 2014
Saturday
9:00am - 1:00pm
Lacto-Fermentation & Cultured Foods
Folk School Campus
Superior Township

This class will highlight the processes and reasons for lacto-fermentation, it's history, methodology,  and use.  We will discuss different methods for achieving final products and will work together to create a lacto-salsa, a lacto-kimchi and a lacto-pickle during the class kitchen portion. Students will receive take home samples.  Course fee: $39

For more info or to register: http://www.mifolkschool.com/lacto-fermentation--cultured-foods.html
Aug 16, 2014
Saturday
10:00am - 2:00pm
Annual Spring/Summer Garden Tours
Cheryl's life-long love of Clematis and more recent obsession with native plants are both immediately apparent as you arrive at her garden. Designed as a teaching and learning space, her garden includes numerous 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.  Cheryl's garden was featured in the July 2009 issue of Michigan Gardener, a publication for which she also writes about Clematis and native plants.  We will be featuring at least one hands-on workshop (pre-paid registration required), prints and notecards by Notable Greetings, hypertufa garden furnishings by Farmbrook Designs and Black Cat Pottery’s garden-inspired art, as well as a limited selection of seasonally-appropriate native plants and a butterfly release at the Summer Tour. Qualifies for Master Gardener Educational Hours. No fee or pre-registration required for the tour.
Sep 4, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Annual Pot Luck Picnic at Mum's the Word
More info to follow...
Sep 16, 2014
Tuesday

Topic to be Announced

Janet's speaking Tuesday evening at the Washtenaw Master Gardener Association monthly meeting at the Extension office, basement classroom, Zeeb Road just north of I-94. Contact the Washtenaw County Michigan State University Extension or watch this calendar for more details. Watch this space for details. Save the date!

Sep 26, 2014
Thursday
6:30pm
MGWWC Board Meeting
RESA Building at Venoy. All members welcome.
Sep 28, 2014
Saturday
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
Oct 2, 2014
Thursday
Refreshments
6:30pm |
Meeting 7:00pm
MGWWC General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Professor Mark Hunter from U of M
Topic: Insects and Medicinal Plants
More info to follow...
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 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...