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MGSOC general meetings are held at the:

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
5631 North Adams Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI

MGSOC General Meetings are free to MGSOC members and MGSOC members are required to wear their Master Gardener badges. Visitors are welcome and pay $5.00 at the door. Members and visitors, please sign in at the welcome table. There are complimentary refreshments of desserts and drinks served at the MGSOC meetings. Additionally, mini-meals of soup or salads may be purchased for $3.00. For those wishing meals, mini-meals are served at 6 p.m, the business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Our speakers begin promptly at 7 p.m.  Members making or bringing meal portion salads or soups need not pay the $3.00.

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Bower Farm in Bloomfield Hills – 1219 East Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

  • Sat
    28
    Dec
    2019
    8:00 pm28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

    A series of bi-monthly events that offer educational and recreational opportunities for visitors to venture the farm in the nighttime and explore fascinating natural science topics.
    The hikes will take place the last Friday of every other month. These events are open to the public and will particularly appeal to scout groups, families, and anyone with a thirst for knowledge and adventure.

    Each hike will incorporate different themes fitting to the month or season.
    Advance registration will be required
    $10 each session
    Light snacks and beverages provided
    Below is the tentative 2019 schedule.

    December 28th @ 6:00 p.m. - Constellations of the Night Sky

    Registration and more info can be found at the Tollgate Farm website:
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/tollgate/events/night-hikes-on-the-farm

    MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377.

  • Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020
    1pm - 2:30pmNovi Civic Center

    Practicing proper pruning techniques is an excellent way to protect your trees and your property against future hazards. But how do you determine which branches should be cut?

    Registration required.

    Register by January 9, 2020 at: https://www.facebook.com/events/378950919680039/ or call 248-347-0414 to register by phone.

    To learn more about these classes, call 248-735-5615.

    Novi Civic Center
    45175 Ten Mile Road
    Novi, 49375

    Classes hosted by City of Novi Older Adult Services
    All ages welcomed.

  • Tue
    14
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship: Invasive Pests and Plants

    Ecologist John DeLisle will discuss phragmites management and control.

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    Lansing Community College West Campus

    It's All About...The Ins & Outs of Gardening
    Capital Area Master Gardeners Winter Symposium

    Four great topics with three excellent speakers:
    The Foodscape Revolution in Michigan - Brie Arthur
    Saving and Sharing Seeds - Ben Cohen
    Gardening with Grains - Brie Arthur
    Defining Your Canvas: Landscape Design - Jean Persely

    $60.00 early registration prior to Jan. 8th / $70.00 after Jan. 8th Register deadline Jan. 17th.

    See flyer for registration form:
    https://mgacac.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/symposium-brochure-2020_kale_web2.pdf

    Lansing Community College West Campus
    5708 Cornerstone Drive
    Lansing, 48917

  • Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Beautification: Public Areas

    Today, we have an unprecedented wide choice in plant species and variety. However, we're also in the midst of a perfect storm of production practices and economic realities that have made it all too likely that the plant we buy will not have a good root system. Despite careful selection, we find compromised root systems when we unwrap or depot new plants. Discover how this situation came about, the research attention it's getting, what you can expect to see, and fixes you should use.

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020
    Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020
    9am - 4pm MSU's Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan

    SAVE THE DATE(S)

    Gerould Wilhelm from Conservation Design Forum will be our keynote speaker on both days. The title of his talks will be:“Consilience, Concinnity and The Way” (yes, you will need to Google), and “What, Indeed, is a Native Plant?” I have heard him speak before and spent the whole time in rapt attention.

    We are also rounding out the rest of the speaking lineup. Other topics will include restoration agriculture using native plants, birds and biodiversity, climate change, social psychological and ecological effects of urban design, native plants and small lots, lakeshore restoration, rare butterfly conservation, wild rice, gardening for birds, and a golf course restoration.Registration will open just after the new year so look for announcements and links to our registration page. Please also remember that memberships are now on a calendar year format and will be due during conference registration.

    During the conference we also present grant awards. Grants are due to be submitted December 21. You can find information on our grant program here:WAM grants. This page has just been updated with 2020 information. In 2019 we granted about $7200 to various well-deserved projects. In 2020 we anticipate awarding $9000 due to the improvement in our financial situation.Please share this information with deserving projects you may know about in your community.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2020
    Thu
    11
    Jun
    2020
    12pm - 4pmSouth Oakland Health Center – Southfield Office

    SPRING CLASS
    March 5, 2020 - June 11, 2020
    Noon - 4 p.m.
    South Oakland Health Center – Southfield Office
    27725 Greenfield Rd, Room 60
    Southfield, MI 48076

    FALL CLASS
    August 18, 2020 - December 1, 2020
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi, MI 48377

    The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic to learn science based environmentally friendly gardening.

    Find out more and register for the spring 2020 class:
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/master_gardener_oakland_county

    Find out about the fall 2020 class:
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/extension-master-gardener-program-training-course-novi-oakland-county.

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program webpage has a listing of all current statewide training opportunities including classes in Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Genesee Counties.

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship: IPM - General

    Winning the war against weeds requires a comprehensive understanding of the enemy and an integrated approach for control. Join Dr. Erin Hill for a discussion on the biology and management of some of our most tiresome weed species. Dr. Hill serves as the Weed Science Diagnostician for MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics, specializing in weed identification and control, as well as herbicide injury and resistance, in a wide variety of Michigan environments.

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Beautification: Public Areas

    Lucy Propst will discuss growing and caring for dahlias.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    12
    May
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Beautification: Public Areas

    George Papadelis will discuss the new annuals and perennials for the 2020 growing season.

  • Mon
    18
    May
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    19
    May
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    09
    Jun
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship: IPM - General

    Everything we do has consequences. This especially pertains to how we manage our environmental resources. Being water-wise, planting the correct plant for the specific area, and ensuring it thrives are especially important for the home gardener, but it is increasingly important on a commercial scale. This talk will showcase how our greenhouse does everything we can to ensure we are not only being fiscally responsible, but also being environmentally responsible. This starts with clean inputs and continues through the complete life-cycle of our products.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2020
    Sat
    13
    Jun
    2020
    219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
    SAVE THE DATE: Master Gardener College to be held June 12-13, 2020
     
    As a previous vendor at Master Gardener College, I wanted to reach out today and let you know that we have selected a date and venue for the 2020 Master Gardener College. This year’s event will be held June 12-13 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2020
    Sun
    28
    Jun
    2020
    Southeastern Pennsylvania

    June 25 - 28, 2020 (four days and three nights)

    RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

    The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County invites you to join us as we travel to Southeastern Pennsylvania for our 20th Anniversary Garden Tour.

    With a tradition of horticulture going back 300 years, the Greater Philadelphia region is referred to as “America’s Garden Capital of the U.S.”  Spend your days strolling through magnificent, premier gardens and arboretums.  There are more famous public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes in the region than anywhere else in North America.

    One of the famous gardens on our itinerary is Longwood Gardens which began as a humble Quaker farm to becoming one of the premier gardens of the world.  Longwood Gardens’ 1,083-acres showcases formal and informal gardens, fountains, a meadow and farmhouse, and a grand 4-acre conservatory.  Explore the beauty and wonders of nature at Phipps Conservatory, encompassing 15-acres including a 14-room glass house.  Chanticleer, known as a “pleasure garden”, is a 48-acre botanical garden built on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate. Winterthur gardens are one of the last of the original “wild gardens”.  The wild garden concept is built around the idea of gardening on a broad scale, “placing perfectly hardy exotic plants under conditions where they will thrive.”  The woodland gardens at the Mt. Cuba Center produce some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in the mid-Atlantic region.  Additional venues will be announced for our visit to the area.

    Have fun making new friends, reuniting with past travel companions, and talking “plants” with like-minded people.  You do not have to be a Master Gardener to participate, but if you are, you will earn Master Gardener Continuing Education hours.  There will truly be something for everyone and, you would NEVER do and see this much on your own! 

    Included:

    • Transportation by luxury motor coach
      ·       Four days touring and three nights hotel (downtown Lancaster, PA)
      ·       Breakfast each day and other meals as determined
      ·       Admission to all gardens and venues we visit
    • Movies, fun games, prizes, opportunities to shop for plants and garden art, and evening free time to explore local restaurants and attractions. 

    Cost:  Estimated cost is $575-$625 per person, double occupancy, with an up-charge for single occupancy.  A deposit of $150 is required to reserve a place.

    Please read the 2020 MGSOC Garden Tour-Deposit Form for further details.  To reserve your place on the trip, fill out the Deposit Form and return it with your check for the deposit amount to the address listed.  The trip fills quickly so please don't delay if you want to join us.

    If you have questions, please email Sue Williams, Trip Leader, Committee Chair Trips and Tours, at swillabee@hotmail.com.

  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Food: General Garden

    Mary Gerstenberger is the retired Consumer Horticulture Coordinator for MSU Extension in Macomb County.  She writes the "Vegetable Patch" section for the Michigan Gardener Magazine.  Her degree from Wayne State University is in Biology with her core studies in Botany.  Her experience in gardening began with helping her grandfather on a small seven acre farm and continues today working in her own garden. The "Heirloom Vegetables" presentation will cover the definition of an heirloom, their benefits and drawbacks, and some interesting heirlooms to grow.

  • Tue
    11
    Aug
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community: Beautification: Public Areas

    Jan Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener, entrepreneur, and contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening magazine. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart: She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area landscape design company Two Women and a Hoe. Jan will share her tips and tricks in order to design a garden that you love.

  • Mon
    17
    Aug
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2020
    Tue
    01
    Dec
    2020
    9am - 1pmMSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

    FALL CLASS
    August 18, 2020 - December 1, 2020
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi, MI 48377

    The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic to learn science based environmentally friendly gardening.

    Find out about the fall 2020 class:
    https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/extension-master-gardener-program-training-course-novi-oakland-county.

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program webpage has a listing of all current statewide training opportunities including classes in Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Genesee Counties.

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: (soon to be announced)

  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community: Beautification: Public Areas

    Holly Kaiser will discuss sustainable practices that can be used in landscape design.

  • Mon
    19
    Oct
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    20
    Oct
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Food: General Gardens

    Amanda Dang from Michigan Aquaponics will discuss sustainable food systems related to aquaponics and how to implement a functional aquaponics system.

  • Mon
    16
    Nov
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2020
    6:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2020
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills