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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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Route Map to Oakland County Complex – 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac
Oakland County Complex and Extension Office – North Office Building – 26 East
Bower Farm in Bloomfield Hills – 1219 East Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    10am - 4pmClarkston, Michigan

    Neiman's Family Market Parking Lot at Dixie Highway and White Lake Road in Clarkston.

    Join us at our Annual Native Plant Sale!
    We'll have 50+ species of native plants in 2" pots. Perfect for summer planting!
    $3/each for flowers; bushes and trees priced as marked.
    Cash & Checks Preferred

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018
    Detroit, MIchigan

    Saturday, June 9th  10am - 5pm
    Sunday, June 10th  12:30pm - 5:30pm

    The Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour is celebrating the 123rd anniversary of our elegant, historic neighborhood.  This is the  tour's 45th year.  It is the second oldest tour of its kind in Michigan, preceded only by the Marshall Michigan Historic Home Tour.
    More information about the Tour.

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    6:30 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Lisa will share her story of farming according to "USDA Organic Standards" year round using high tunnels for season extension. You will get a colorful glimpse into her past, present challenges and future dreams. She will enlighten you to current farming practices being used on the farm and the health benefits it provides to the community.

    More information about Lisa and her Organic farming can be found on Facebook/Coldframefarm.

    Lisa was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and is one of eight children. She moved to Michigan at a young age and has been a resident most of her life. Professionally, Lisa is a registered Landscape Architect who worked in Southeast Michigan from 1994-2011. During that time she worked as a designer on various projects including master planning parks, greenways, residential design, construction administration and community redevelopment. In 2011 she left the corporate world and attended the Student Organic Farmer Training Program at MSU to become a certified Organic Farmer. In 2013 Cold Frame Farm was born on 27 acres in Romeo, Mich, the place she calls home. There she farms a variety of vegetables, herbs, raspberries, strawberries and flowers sustainably, with the goal to become USDA Certified Organic. Currently she farms 2 acres in season, as well as 3- 30x96 high tunnels throughput the four seasons. Her markets include retail at the farm along with 2 local restaurants.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    Milford, Michigan

    Friday, June 15th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Saturday, June 16th, 10am - 3pm

    This year the Milford Garden Club will be presenting five beautiful gardens in Milford and surrounding areas. Our Market Place, held in Central Park on Saturday, June 16th only will be the home to vendors of various garden-related items ranging from perennials and garden accessories. Read more to find out times of the event and how you can obtain tickets here.

  • Thu
    21
    Jun
    2018
    10am - 5pmRochester, Michigan

    The Garden Walk is an intimate look at the unique and private gardens in our community. It is co-hosted annually on the third Thursday of June by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club.

    http://rochestergardenclub.org/home-garden-walk/

  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Grosse Pointe, MIchigan

    Visit six unique private gardens in the Grosse Pointes plus the beautiful Trial Gardens and Veterans Garden at the War Memorial. Get your gardening questions answered at the Master Gardeners’ table and conservation questions at the Ecology Center table. A raffle drawing including original water color by Robert Fionda will be held at the War Memorial on Saturday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m.

    http://www.gpgardencenter.org/events/

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Livonia, Michigan

    The historic farmsite known as Greenmead was purchased by the City of Livonia in 1976. It serves as a legacy of Michigan's agricultural heritage as well as a multi-faceted recreational and cultural facility hosting a number of major special events each year. This 95-acre parksite was the 1820's homestead of Michigan pioneer, Joshua Simmons. It includes the original farm complex, Historical Village, picnic facilities and recreational areas. The Historical Village at Greenmead was established to protect and preserve several locally significant structures that would have been lost to development at their original locations.
    http://www.ci.livonia.mi.us/Departments/CommunityResources/GreenmeadHistoricalPark.aspx
    Call 248-477-7375

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    12pm - 8pmCanton, Michigan

    Don’t miss this year’s tour, which will feature entry to two special additional venues in addition to private garden views! Whether you make it a day out in Plymouth or an after-work evening respite, you’re sure to find inspiration and relaxation enjoying “Flowers are Forever.”
    https://www.trailwoodgardenclub.com/

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018
    6:30 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Richard will define climate change and then downscale those changes to how they will affect Michigan and specifically gardeners. Then the presentation will turn to weather safety. Rich will discuss weather information resources and environmental clues that anyone outdoors should use to stay safe from Michigan's hazardous weather.

    Rich Pollman graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology in 1992. Rich worked as a forecaster for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Southeast MI from 1992 to 1998. In 1998 he was promoted to senior forecaster at the NWS Office in Morristown TN. Then in 2001 he was promoted to Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Office in Detroit. Rich has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for Southeast Michigan since 2001 serving government agencies, media, schools, and other weather enterprise partners. Rich has also been a member of the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness since 2001 and now serves as the Chair of the organization.

  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018
    Troy, Michigan

    Since 1975, the Troy Garden Club has organized and sponsored a local garden walk on the second Wednesday of July. The event is the club's major annual fundraiser, whose purpose is to generate funds to support the horticultural endeavors of organizations and individuals. Visit the Donations page to see a list of the organizations we are supporting in 2018.

    To view additional details and information on the 2018 Garden Walk, click on this Fact Sheet link.

    http://troygardenclubmi.com/garden-walk/

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
  • Wed
    18
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    Reservations Now Open!

    The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc. is pleased to invite you to join us on a four-day, three-night excursion to picturesque Madison, Wisconsin, the City of Lakes, state capitol, and home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), one of the top public universities in the U.S.  Madison is justifiably proud of its scenic location between two lakes, its lovely public gardens, and the famed Dane County Farmers Market which surrounds the state capitol building on Saturdays.

    Our tour itinerary will take us through beautiful western Michigan toward Chicago and then northwest to the pristine lakes and peaceful farm country of the Badger State, stopping at several outstanding gardens and garden related venues along the way.  We will travel by luxury motor coach from Pontiac, MI, to Madison, WI, leaving early Thursday morning and returning Sunday evening.

    ESTIMATED COST:  $500-550 per person, double occupancy (upcharge for single occupancy)

    DEPOSIT:  $150 per person

    TOUR ITINERARY WILL INCLUDE:

    • Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI – Voted one of the top ten most inspiring gardens in North America by Horticulture Magazine, Olbrich Botanical Gardens include an indoor tropical conservatory and sixteen acres of outdoor display gardens, among which is the famed Thai Pavilion and Garden. The Bolz Conservatory is home to Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies - an annual event where free-flying butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily and fly around the Conservatory.
    • Allen Centennial Garden, Madison, WI – Located on the 2.5 acres surrounding the historic agricultural Dean’s Residence, this garden was designed to complement the home and its existing plantings, including a larch tree planted in 1899. It is a living laboratory and public botanical garden of the Horticulture Department at the UW-Madison.
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum & Gardens, Madison, WI – A diverse landscape and learning environment in an urban setting, the 1,200-acre arboretum includes woodlands, wetlands, ponds, restored prairies and savannas, and gardens. Among the gardens are the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, the Viburnum Garden, and the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden, all designed and maintained to display plant diversity, illustrate gardening practices, educate and inspire.
    • Raker-Roberta’s Trial Gardens, Litchfield, MI – A major commercial wholesaler of custom-grown plugs and liners (young plants), Raker-Roberta’s supplies more than 3,000 plant varieties to greenhouses and nurseries in the U.S. and internationally. They are also a leader in trialing in North America and continuously research and evaluate new and existing plant varieties in their outdoor Trial Gardens.
    • Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Niles, MI - Fernwood is a place where people, plants, and nature come together, with gardens tucked into a landscape made up of both natural and cultivated areas. Interesting outdoor sculptures and two Railway Gardens are showcased in the garden while species of endangered Michigan plants and animals are protected in the nature preserve.
    • Anderson Japanese Garden, Rockford, IL – A beautiful outdoor setting that inspires the mind and energizes the soul, this twelve-acre landscape of streams, waterfalls, winding pathways, and koi-filled ponds has been rated one of North America’s highest quality Japanese gardens for more than a decade.
    • La Paloma Gardens, Rockford, IL – This private garden began in 1985 with five roto-tilled rows carved out of a former horse paddock. The rich soil produced atomic vegetables that first year and the owners were “hooked” on gardening.  Over the years that followed, a formal vegetable garden, a Swan Pond, a Koi house, an Italian courtyard and various other features were added to make these elegant gardens what they are today.
    • Black Point Estate & Gardens, Lake Geneva, WI – An excellent example of Queen Ann architecture, this 20 room “cottage” was completed in 1888 as a summer lakeshore retreat by Chicago beer baron, Conrad Seipp. Overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva, its eight acres of grounds include formal estate gardens and a newly installed Wisconsin woodland garden.
    • Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, WI – Located on an early 1900’s farmstead, the Farm grows and sells regionally hardy perennials, offers landscape design services, and operates a unique garden shop filled with art, garden accents and home décor. The lush display gardens illustrate the cutting-edge plant knowledge of the owners.
    • Rotary Botanical Garden, Janesville, WI – An award-winning botanical showcase on 20 acres in the heart of Janesville, The Gardens occupy the site of an abandoned sand and gravel quarry. Now, after an amazing clean up and design project sponsored by local Rotary Clubs, this non-profit treasure features over 24 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants.
    • Evening Free Time: Enjoy local shops and restaurants, explore the local area – Madison’s State Street Pedestrian Mall or West Towne Mall – or, just put your feet up and relax at the hotel.

    And there is still more to be added to this exciting itinerary!

    MGSOC, Inc. is affiliated with The Michigan State University Extension - Oakland County

    TOUR COSTS INCLUDE:

    • Three nights hotel: one night in Rockford, IL, and two nights in Madison, WI.  Breakfast included daily.
    • Friday Breakfast-To-Go, snacks and water on the bus, and other meals as determined.
    • Transportation by luxury motor coach with reclining seats, DVD monitors, and restroom.
    • Entrance fees to all gardens and venues.
    • All gratuities except for meals you purchase on your own.
    • Many places to shop for plants, books, or garden art.
    • Convenient Name Tag pouch for carrying your itinerary and small supplies into the gardens.
    • On board movies, fun games and prizes.
    • Useful products and reading material in your Welcome Bags.
    • MSUE Master Gardener Continuing Education hours (number to be determined).
    • Opportunities to meet, learn from, and share ideas with gardeners in other states.
    • A fun time with fellow garden lovers and friends, old and new.
    • Amiable tour guide, Margaret Dolan, and an awesome Trips and Tours Team!!!

    Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space by sending in your Deposit Form and check for $150 without delay. 

    2019 MGSOC Garden Tour-Deposit Form

  • Tue
    14
    Aug
    2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Mon
    20
    Aug
    2018
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Tue
    09
    Oct
    2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Mon
    15
    Oct
    2018
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI

    The education topic is : “Up With Vines” presented by Sue Grubba.

    We invite you to attend our November General Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. The location is Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 North Adams, Bloomfield Hills. Mini-meals will be available at 6 p.m.a brief business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and our speaker begins at 7 p.m., Mini-meals are $3, and the charge for bringing a guest is $5. Guests are always welcome!

     

    MGSOC members should have all received a hard copy of our proposed new bylaws. We will be voting to approve these new bylaws, and please be prepared by having read them in advance of the meeting. We will be passing out ballots for a quick vote. All questions should have been addressed by now.

  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI