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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
  • Wed
    02
    Jan
    2019
    Oakland County, MI

    The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development - MDARD was notified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that infected boxwood may have been sold at retail locations in Michigan.

     Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease that attacks boxwood (a popular landscape shrub), has been detected in Michigan for the first time, in three separate locations in Oakland County.

     Wreaths that are displayed outdoors are a potential concern if they are exposed to the elements. The biggest risk comes when people dispose of the infected wreaths after the holidays.

     MDARD recommends that anyone who has a wreath containing boxwood plant parts should consider it infected and dispose of it by burning or, even better, double-bagging it and including it with their trash for deposit in a landfill.

     Read more about Boxwood blight at: MDARD
    (https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125--485223--,00.html)

    and MSU
    (https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/have-a-closer-look-at-your-boxwood-wreaths-this-holiday-season).

  • Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi, MI

    Are you a Master Gardener or a home gardener who wants to expand your experiences and knowledge? MSU Tollgate Gardens are the perfect place for you. Here is the opportunity to continue your education by working side by side with seasoned gardeners. These smart and welcoming people are always happy to share their knowledge.
    Being a Tollgate volunteer has many advantages: participating in monthly programs with speakers, sharing your gardening experiences and making new friends. Garden workdays are every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon with a hot dog and potato salad lunch provided after the workday.
    Tollgate is a 160 acre "oasis" located in the heart of Novi at the corner of Meadowbrook and 12 Mile Roads. Just look for the long white fence.
    More information is available at www.tollgate.msu.edu or 248-347-3860 ext. 251.

    To look at the volunteer schedule visit http://tollgate.msu.edu/volunteering/ and select the calendar.

    Tollgate Gardens
    MSU Tollgate Educational Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi, MI 48377

  • Tue
    08
    Jan
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    Randy Baker is an award-winning naturalist and owner of Naturalist Endeavors.  He has over 25 years of experience in providing conservation and environmental education.  His three years of PhD work on white-tailed deer give him an in-depth knowledge of these frequent garden visitors.  His presentation, “Deer and Living with them as Gardeners,” will discuss the life of the white-tailed deer including both the good and the bad.  Their impact on the environment, gardens and landscapes and other animal species will be discussed.  Why they have recently become a problem to home owners and gardeners will also be covered.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019
    10:00 amMeadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401

    Laurie Tennet - Beautiful Botanicals

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation. Reservations are not required.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019
    8:15am - 4:00pmMSU Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg

    Four great topics:

    Perennial Plant Geek – Top Picks for the Michigan Garden
    Bethany Troy, Perennial Garden Manager,
    MSU Horticulture Gardens.

    Smart Planning for Your Vegetable Garden
    Rebecca Kranz, MSU Extension.

    The Top 10 Things Affecting Trees
    David L. Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Academic Specialist,
    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU.

    Toxic Plants and Their Friends
    Peter H. Carrington, Ph.D., Assistant Curator,
    W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, MSU.

    MSU Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.
    1066 Bogue Street
    East Lansing, MI 48824

    $40.00 for CAMG members & MG Trainees
    $50.00 for non-member Currently Certified EMGs
    $55.00 all others

    Registration Information
    CAMG Website
    Event Flyer
    Registration Deadline - Jan. 19, 2019, but seating is limited so register early!

  • Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019
    7:00 pmFirst United Methodist Church, 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham 48009

    "Daylily Hybridizing" presented by LaVere Webster, who decades ago founded and designed the Historic Daylily Display Garden and the Harris Olson Memorial Spider Display Garden. He has since written numerous articles for the American Hemerocallis Society and will be sharing a number of his Daylily creations. Laverne is also a noted Hosta hybridizer and MDHS member.

    $3 charge for guests (can be applied toward membership)
    Register at meeting upon arrival.
    Light refreshments will be served and,as always, guests are welcome.

  • Mon
    04
    Feb
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    Note: Date change from Jan. 21st to Feb. 4th

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019
    10am - 2pmCranbrook House & Gardens, Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Step into our tropical oasis and shop for houseplants that are sure to brighten up your home or office! Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers will be available to answer your plant questions while you explore our demonstration gardens and plants for purchase.

    Free admission. Plant sale proceeds support the preservation of Cranbrook House & Gardens, part of the Cranbrook Educational Community's National Historic Landmark campus.

    Cranbrook House & Gardens
    380 Lone Pine Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    https://housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/winter-greenhouse-sale

     

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    David Michener is the Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  David holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in Botany from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph. D. in Botany from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California. He has written several technical reports and papers, co-authored Taylor’s Guide to Groundcovers and, most recently, Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden.   His discussion will cover this most recent book, including the history of peonies, the different types available and complete growing information for 194 of the best varieties.

    VMS Category:  Community:Beautification: Public Areas

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019
    10:00 amMeadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan

    Michael Genovese - Dahlia’s Tubers Dos and Don’ts

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation. Reservations are not required.

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019
    8:30 amDeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

    Greetings Gardeners!

    Warm up winter during the 2019 Smart Gardening Conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday March 2nd! Held in tandem with the West Michigan Home and Garden Shoe downtown at DeVos Place, our day will be jam packed with excellent presenters! Even if you don't live close to the Grand Rapids area, bring your friends and family for a fun weekend at the conference and the Home and Garden Show!

    Your conference registration name badge will provide free access to the West Michigan Home and Garden Show all weekend long!

    Conference topics and speakers: Nationally noted presenter William Cullina, Director of the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, will captivate you with “Sugar, Sex and Poison-Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera”. Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation manager and scientist for Chicago Botanic Gardens will explore great perennials for the Midwest that also support pollinators. This year’s speaking lineup also includes a look at the truth about GMO’s and how they could potentially affect the gardener of the future.

    We are proud to offer a number of scholarships raised from the generosity of last year’s attendees during our silent auction. Compliments of West Michigan’s commercial garden community, the silent auction offered again this year will ensure scholarship dollars are available for years to come.

    Everyone looks forward to our Smart Gardening complimentary gift bag, which will feature not only an exquisite plant, but also a waterproof IPM pocket guide for perennials.

    Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019GRSmartGardeningConference/

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019
    Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019
    MSU Tollgate Farm, Novi

    The MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is a 14-week volunteer training program that provides an in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers improve the quality of life in Michigan through horticulture-based volunteerism throughout the state.

    The next Oakland County program will be at MSU Tollgate Farm in Novi, on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. starting on March 5th and running through June 11th.

    Registration deadline is Monday, February 18, 2019

    For more information or to register visit:
    https://events.anr.msu.edu/mgvpoakland19/:

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019
    Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi, MI

    Start out with pancakes, coffee, cocoa, sausages and of course, Tollgate maple syrup! Then jump on the hay wagon to head out to the sugar bush, where you can watch sap get cooked into syrup, participate in tree tapping, visit the traditional sugar camp and watch our draft horse get to work!

    A hands-on, maple-flavored event for the whole family!
    Adults: $ 15
    Children 3-12: $ 12
    Children 2 and under free

    Registration closes midnight Friday, March 8.
    Registration is nonrefundable.
    Register here!
    Activities are outdoors, so please dress for the weather!

    Tollgate Farm and Education Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Road
    Novi, MI 48377

  • Mon
    11
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    05
    May
    2019
    10:30 amSOCWA, Royal Oak

    SOWCA is offering our Master Composter Training Program again this year (see the attached flyer).  The class is a seminar, with substantial hands-on practice included.    The $40 registration fee covers out-of-pocket expenses such as the class notebook (150 pages), “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens” (Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guide series), and your name badge at the end of the summer.

    Fifteen hours of volunteer work are required (between April 1 and October 30, 2019).  Many volunteers count their hours for Master Gardener credit and for Master Composter credit.

    Classes begin on Monday March 11, 10:30 am - noon.   Classes on Mon. March 18 and Mon. March 25 will be at the Berkley Public Library.  Jon Dahl, Director of the MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory, will be our speaker on Monday, March 18.

    Beginning April 15, we will meet at the SOCWA office (3910 W. Webster, Royal Oak, with composting and garden volunteer options available on-site  The SOCWA office and our community gardens are located just south of Beaumont Hospital, between Coolidge and Greenfield Rds.

    On Monday, April 22, 7:00 pm, a public meeting on composting will be presented at the Baldwin Public Library (in downtown Birmingham).  This session will be counted as a class for the Master Composter program.

    The Master Composter class size is limited to seven - and we already have several registered.

    If you are POSSIBLY interested, please send me a quick email: LFDean2@gmail.com.

    If you have questions, please call me anytime: 248-225-7928.

    Lillian Dean
    Coordinator, SOCWA Healthy Gardens Project

    PS  Composting is “nature’s way with waste”…and the basis of organic gardening.  Compost benefits for plants and the natural environment are documented through extensive research.  I have been particularly encouraged to learn about new research re. compost benefits and climate change mitigation!

    2019 Master Composter Flyer

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    Learn how to make technology work for you in the garden. Caston Thomas is the owner of InterWorks and Cohost of The Internet Advisor Radio Show on WJR. During his presentation, he will introduce us to several of the gardening apps that are available today that can help any gardener throughout the gardening season.

    VMS Category:  Community:Beautification: Public Areas

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019
    8:00 amWayne County Community College District-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline, Taylor

    Go-Gardening-Go; Growing Great Gardens is Here

    There is not much better than a homegrown tomato picked right off the vine. Growing Great Gardens Conference (GGG) is providing the next best thing. Learn how to grow that perfect tomato on March 16 from 8 AM to 4 PM at Wayne County Community College District-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline, Taylor. The Taylor Conservatory Foundation, Taylor Garden Club and Wayne County Community College District-Downriver Campus, are hosting three wonderful gardening professionals,  speaking on a variety of garden-specific topics that are not only knowledge based but interesting, too.

    “What a great group of gardening aficionados we have lined-up for this year's GGG” says Committee Co-chair, Patty Donahue while Co-chair, Nancy Smith adds “Not only are the presenters well respected in their fields but they are discussing topics which so many of us either can relate to or want to learn about”.

    Columnist for the Pittsburg Tribune-Review and regular contributor to several gardening publications, including Fine Gardening Magazine, Jessica Walliser, has an approach to bugs that is refreshing at this time where there is so much concern about the loss of pollinators. Walliser will shine some light on the methods needed to attract beneficial insects to the the garden with Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control lecture.

    Craig LeHoullier, of Ralegh, NC, respected tomato expert and author, will be presenting Epic Tomatoes for Midwest Gardens. LeHoullier will address growing tips interspersed with helpful facts, cool tomato history and plain good 'ole stories for epic tomato success. A former scientist, LeHoullier treats his yard as a laboratory and is the go-to adviser for many in the plant industry. He also co-founded the Dwarf Tomato Project and can be heard on the shows Growing a Greener World, The Splendid Table and A Way to Garden.

    12 Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden addresses a topic most everyone has felt at one time or another; too much garden and not enough time. Author and Horticulturist, Carol Michel will parlay all her secrets for finding happiness in gardening with a mix of humor and plant knowledge, strengthening the love of gardening again. This prolific author with titles including Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, and her latest work, The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All ages, is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Agriculture.

    An additional bonus class, also being led by Michel, Garden Tools Beyond the Hoe,  is for those who sign up for the extra lunchtime class.

    GGG is open to everyone, non-master, master and those who want to earn five education hours for the master gardening program.

    Registration fee is $50. includes four classes, continental breakfast, lunch, handouts, plus great networking with old and new friends, too.
    It is $60, with the extra bonus class.

    Another much anticipated Garden Market will also be taking place throughout the day and you don't even have to be registered for the classes, as it is open to the public mentions.

    Please visit www.taylorconservatory.org to register or call 888-383-4108 for more info.

    PDF Flyer with more info.  -  2019_GCC_details

  • Mon
    18
    Mar
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019
    Waterford, MI (pick-up location)

    Oakland Conservation District is now accepting orders for the spring tree and shrub sale. The 2019 selection includes a wide variety of evergreens, hardwoods and shrubs, along with potted blueberries and asparagus roots. Thanks to bulk ordering and generous local nurseries, these native and non-invasive species are available at discounted rates.

    Quantities are limited.
    Order by Tuesday, April 9th

    Pick up date & location:
    Saturday May 4th

    Waterford Oaks Greenhouses
    1580 Scott Lake Rd
    Visit the Oakland Conservation District website for more details or download the order form

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019
    9:15 amRochester, MI

    Meadow Brook Garden Club
    2019 Garden Club Programs

    March 22 - Planted Pots with a Professional
    April 26 - Phenology and Garden Rhythms
    May 17 - Toxic Plants and their Friends
    Sept. 27 - Nature’s Getaways
    Oct. 25 - Awesome Autumn Arragements

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation.

    Reservations are not required.

  • 10:00 amMeadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan

    Kathy Miller - Planted Pots with a Professional

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation. Reservations are not required.

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401

  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019
    7:00 pmBirmingham, MI

    "Drama in the Shade! My Love Affair with Ferns and Other Shady Companions"
    Julia Hofley, noted writer and contributor to Michigan Gardener magazine,
    will be speaking on 'Shady Companions'. She is also President of the Hardy Plant Society and frequent speaker at garden clubs and conventions.

    First United Methodist Church
    1589 West Maple Road
    Birmingham, 48009

    $3 charge for guests (can be applied toward membership)
    Register at meeting upon arrival.
    Light refreshments will be served and,as always, guests are welcome.

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019
    Waterford, MI (pick-up location)

    Oakland Conservation District is now accepting orders for the spring tree and shrub sale. The 2019 selection includes a wide variety of evergreens, hardwoods and shrubs, along with potted blueberries and asparagus roots. Thanks to bulk ordering and generous local nurseries, these native and non-invasive species are available at discounted rates.

    Quantities are limited.
    Order by Tuesday, April 9th

    Pick up date & location:
    Saturday May 4th

    Waterford Oaks Greenhouses
    1580 Scott Lake Rd
    Visit the Oakland Conservation District website for more details or download the order form

  • 7:00 pmTroy Community Center

    Continuous Color in the Landscape

    Tuesday, March 26, 7–8:30 pm, Room 304

    Act #: 8018-G FEE: FREE

    Great landscapes are beautiful all year, with April through October color from flower and leaf and plenty of interest even in the offseason. What you plant is only part of the answer. How you place and maintain plants and other garden features is more important. Here are design techniques and gardener's tricks for extending, stalling, and coaxing repeat shows from flowering plants, from landscape designer and author Janet Macunovich. Sponsored by the Friends of Troy Seniors.

    Instructions for online registration are available at rec.troymi.gov/registration. Alternatively, you may register in person Mon–Fri 8 am–8 pm or Sat 8:30 am–12:30 pm. For mail in registration, complete the attached form and mail/deliver it to: Troy Recreation Dept, 3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083. We do not accept phone registrations.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    9am - 3:30pmBloomfield Hills, MI

    Join Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary for a study day with Advanced Master Gardener Janet Macunovich in the Cranbrook House Library. Janet will cover three topics designed to increase your green-thumb knowledge and prepare you for the 2019 gardening season.
    The study day includes light refreshments in the morning, a boxed lunch, and plenty of opportunities to chat with Janet!
    Cranbrook House & Gardens
    380 Lone Pine Road
    Bloomfield Hills, 48304

    General Admission: $80 | Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members: $75
    Register at https://housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/2019-03/study-day-janet-macunovich
    or call 248.645.3149
    Registration deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019 at noon.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    Waterford, MI (pick-up location)

    Oakland Conservation District is now accepting orders for the spring tree and shrub sale. The 2019 selection includes a wide variety of evergreens, hardwoods and shrubs, along with potted blueberries and asparagus roots. Thanks to bulk ordering and generous local nurseries, these native and non-invasive species are available at discounted rates.

    Quantities are limited.
    Order by Tuesday, April 9th

    Pick up date & location:
    Saturday May 4th

    Waterford Oaks Greenhouses
    1580 Scott Lake Rd
    Visit the Oakland Conservation District website for more details or download the order form

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    Waterford, MI (pick-up location)

    Oakland Conservation District is now accepting orders for the spring tree and shrub sale. The 2019 selection includes a wide variety of evergreens, hardwoods and shrubs, along with potted blueberries and asparagus roots. Thanks to bulk ordering and generous local nurseries, these native and non-invasive species are available at discounted rates.

    Quantities are limited.
    Order by Tuesday, April 9th

    Pick up date & location:
    Saturday May 4th

    Waterford Oaks Greenhouses
    1580 Scott Lake Rd
    Visit the Oakland Conservation District website for more details or download the order form

  • 7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    Ever wonder what a cinnamon tree looks like or how it’s harvested? What about a peppercorn plantation, or which orchid produces one of the world’s most expensive spices? Michele Eddy’s presentation will answer these questions and more. Experience the fascinating world of spices with James Creek Sutlery’s founders, Stu and Michele Eddy. Twice presenters to Greenfield Village’s Master Gardeners, they bring 20 years of experience and present an overview of their certified organic and naturally grown sweet and savory spices from around the world. Enjoy viewing a unique portion of Michele’s recent trip to a Beijing, China spice and farmer’s market.

    VMS Category:  Food: General Gardens

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019
    Rochester, MI
    Meadow Brook Naturalists are a volunteer group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the woodland areas around Meadow Brook Hall. The Naturalists are looking for volunteers to help restore the woodlands around the hall by removing invasive plants and planting native trees, shrubs and perennials. Workdays are usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. until noon. Meet by the garage in the courtyard. Please dress appropriately as we will be working in natural woodland/wetland areas that could have thorns or poison ivy. Closed toe shoes/boots are necessary. Tools will be provided.

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Dr., Rochester MI
    For more information, call 248-364-6210 or contact MBGCmembers@gmail.com

  • 8:00 am2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328

    Creating Your Garden Palette
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Full Day

    Keynote Speakers:

    Margaret Roach – A Way To Garden – A 365-Day Garden
    (Live Webinar with Q&A)

    Sue Gaviller – 1) Introduction to Color Theory and
    2) Working With Color Theory in the Garden

    Dr. Richard L. Bitner – Designing with Conifers: Making the Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden

    Includes a fabulous garden market with vendors selling plants, garden art and gifts. Live jazz entertainment by guitarist Ron English and Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz.

    Our 7th Annual Educational Conference for new and experienced gardeners – you need not be a Master Gardener to attend!

    Registration begins January 1, 2019.

    Early bloomers registration fee $80, after February 12, 2019, $90.

    Includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and program materials.
    5 hours of Master Gardener Education Credits.

  • 9:00 amNovi, MI

    MSU Tollgate Educational Center
    28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi, MI 48377

    Are you a Master Gardener or a home gardener who wants to expand your experiences and knowledge? MSU Tollgate Gardens are the perfect place for you. Here is the opportunity to continue your education by working side by side with seasoned gardeners. These smart and welcoming people are always happy to share their knowledge.

    Being a Tollgate volunteer has many advantages: participating in monthly programs with speakers, sharing your gardening experiences and making new friends. Garden workdays are every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon with a hot dog and potato salad lunch provided after the workday.

    Tollgate is a 160 acre "oasis" located in the heart of Novi at the corner of Meadowbrook and 12 Mile Roads. Just look for the long white fence.

    More information is available at www.tollgate.msu.edu or 248-347-3860 ext. 251.

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019
    7:00 pmBaldwin Public Library, Birmingham

    The program is free but advance registration is REQUIRED.  Interested gardeners should e-mail me at LFDean2@gmail.com — and I will register them - and provide additional program information.

    PRESENTED BY LILLIAN DEAN, SOCWA MASTER COMPOSTER PROGRAM
    AND SOCWA VOLUNTEERS – SE OAKLAND COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY
    www.socwa.org  (lawn and garden section)

    TOPICS
    • Composting….with a sense of humus!
    • Materials for composting; making compost
    • The compost food web…go decomposers!
    • Bin choices for the backyard
    • Troubleshooting tips from volunteers
    • Using compost and natural mulches for a sustainable landscape
    • Your questions!!
    PLUS… table-top composting demonstration

    ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
    Contact the Baldwin Public Library:
    baldwinlib.org or 248-647-1700
    Or LFDean2@gmail.com

    Baldwin Public Library - 300 W. Merrill St. (in downtown Birmingham)
    Two hours free parking in the Chester Street Deck plus metered street parking
    (use your credit card to enter and exit the parking deck)

  • 7:00 pmTelly's Greenhouse, Troy

    "What's New in Annuals and Perennials for 2019"
    Speaker George Papadelis, owner of Telly's, will offer an exciting look at "What's New for 2019." The store will remain open for shopping after the meeting.

    Telly's Greenhouse
    3301 John R Road
    Troy

    $3 charge for guests (can be applied toward membership)
    Register at meeting upon arrival.
    Light refreshments will be served and,as always, guests are welcome.

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019
    Thu
    02
    May
    2019
    6:15 – 7:45 pmWaterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Dr. 48329

    Whether you have 10 square feet or 10 acres this is the perfect time to begin planning your custom backyard habitat for your furry and feathered friends, as well as insects and amphibians.

    This four-part workshop presented by the Oakland Conservation District is perfect for all experience levels. Big yard or small, every habitat counts!

    Learn everything you need to know about designing your own wildlife habitat.

    Program Fee: $75 includes all materials & soil survey

    For more information contact instructor
    Jay Blair (810) 869-1311

    To be held at the Waterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Dr. 48329

    http://www.oaklandconservationdistrict.org/create-a-backyard-habitat.html

    The Oakland Conservation District is a federally mandated, entity designed to promote sound soil and water practices and provide natural resource information and technical assistance to Oakland County residents, municipalities and governments.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019
    Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019
    5:00pm - 6:30pmTollgate Educational Center and Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

    The 4-H Junior Master Gardener (JMG) SPIN Club is a series of classes that covers the following topics in an interactive, fun, and hands-on way: soil; plant science; vegetables; yard and garden pests; flowers; and woody plants and lawns. Classes provide a high-quality, positive learning experience via project-based, hands-on education.

    We help kids discover that gardening is a fun and a rewarding activity, and volunteering is an important part of being a good citizen of the community.

    JMG is taught by Master Gardeners who would like to share their enthusiasm and expertise for gardening and volunteering with youth in our community.

    Cost: $20 for 4-H members, $40 for non 4-H members. Non 4-H members must enroll at https://mi.4honline.com upon acceptance to 4-H JMG SPIN Club.

    Who: Any youth 7-11 years old (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2019)

    When: April 23 - June 11, 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (8 meetings)

    Where: Tollgate Educational Center and Farm
    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

    To find out more visit:
    https://events.anr.msu.edu/oaklandjmg/

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019
    9:15 amRochester, MI

    Meadow Brook Garden Club
    2019 Garden Club Programs

    April 26 - Phenology and Garden Rhythms
    May 17 - Toxic Plants and their Friends
    Sept. 27 - Nature’s Getaways
    Oct. 25 - Awesome Autumn Arragements

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation.

    Reservations are not required.

  • 8:00 pmNovi, MI

    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.

    April 26th @ 8:00 p.m. - Frog Calls and Bug Watch
    June 28th @ 8:00 p.m. - Nightlife and Wilderness Skills
    August 30th @ 8:00 p.m. - Batty about Bats
    October 25th @ 6:00 p.m. - Owl Prowl and Folklore
    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
    27
    Apr
    2019
    9am - 12pmStage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge HwyTroy, MI 48098
    Stage Nature Center Native Garden Project

    Opening Season for Outdoor Work Begins on
    Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - Noon

    All are welcome to join the Stage Nature Center's Native Garden Team.
    We have a variety of tasks to choose from with flexible work schedule:

    • Bed Preparation
    • Plantings
    • Watering & Weeding
    • Plant Identification
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Pollinator and Bird Housing
    • Creating Informational Materials

    For more details on any of the above please feel free to contact us at jawang1@comcast.net
    Stage Nature Center
    6685 Coolidge Hwy
    Troy, MI 48098

    For more information visit:
    https://troynaturesociety.org/get-involved/volunteer/

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
    9am - 1pm2270 Dutton Rd, Rochester 

    (4 MG credit hours)

    Dutton Farm is looking for Master Gardener's to help with gardening/farming projects.  You will be working alongside some of the DF special needs farmers.  Please feel free to bring any plant divisions to donate to the Plant Sale and Open House which will be the following weekend (May 10 & 11).  For those interested, the Market will be open at the end of the event.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!  duttonfarm.org

    To register or if you have questions, contact donna@duttonfarm.org.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019
    11am - 3pmMSU Tollgate Farm, Novi

    Blooming cherry tree

    Hanami Spring Picnic

    In the fall of 2018, eighteen Yoshino and Kanzan cherry trees were planted as a part of the celebration of the relationship between Oakland County and Shiga Prefecture in Japan. This year marks 50 years in the sister-state relationship with the prefecture, which is located on the western side of Honshu Island.

    MSU Tollgate Farm and the Novi Educational Foundation are partnering to host the first Hanami Spring Picnic at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center on May 5th from 11:00 to 3:00. This event will celebrate the first spring season of the new Sakura Garden at MSU Tollgate Farm with picnic lunches under the cherry trees. The Japan Center for Michigan Universities and the Japan Outreach Initiative will be providing fun activities for the whole family to learn about Japanese culture at the picnic. Any proceeds from the event will support Novi Community School District students and teachers in attending programming and professional development with MSU Extension.

    Pre-registration is required 

    https://www.novieducationalfoundation.org/hanami

    Registration is $15 per person and includes a bento box lunch, family activities at the event, and green tea.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    10am - 2pm2270 Dutton Rd, Rochester

    Last year we had a fun and successful Plant Sale and Open House.  We will be selling shade and sun plant divisions, phenomenal lavender plants, spider and aloe plants, 3 types of milkweed, herbs, Sunflower and salad bowls.  In addition, we will have some garden decorations, pots and planters.  Don't forget to pick up our new line of candles and soaps which the farmers have been hard at work making--great teacher gifts!

    duttonfarmmarket.com

    Contact donna@duttonfarm.org with questions.

     

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    10:00 amMSU Tollgate Farm Conference Center,  28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377

    Join us for a free one-hour class on bare root plants!

    Get planting with bare root plants: Michigan gardeners carefully await their local frost-free dates to plant colorful perennials in their garden. Sometimes this seems like forever!
    During the class, you can get a jump on spring planting by learning the many attributes of choosing bare-root plants. Fully dormant, bare root perennials will acclimate naturally to your soil type and growing environment.

    We will also explore a rich pallet of perennials to add interest, seasonal color and pollinator resources in your perennial garden. Please join us for this program which combines a free educational session with a bare root plant sale to benefit MSU Extension consumer horticulture community outreach efforts and the Extension Master Gardener programs in Livingston, Oakland and Wayne Counties.

    You may register to attend the free class or attend class and take delivery on your pre-ordered plants.

    Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!

    Class time:  10 a.m. at the Tollgate Conference Center      

    Plant pick up time:   9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tollgate Barn adjacent to the Tollgate Conference Center

    Plant pre-sale and class registration:
    https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019BareRootWLO/

    View Plant Catalog

    Class Details:
    One hour of EMG education credit
    Plants ordered online will be available for pick-up on the same day as the free class.

    Payments:
    Must be received within 5 business days of your order. Your order is not reserved until payment in full is received.

    Payment Options:
    Credit Card payments are due by May 7 at the secure MSU payment site.
    Checks must be postmarked by April 25.

    Refund Policy
    A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any order cancelled prior to May 3.
    No refund will be issued for any order cancelled on or after May 3.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019
    6:30 pmTelly’s Greenhouse 3301 John R, Troy

    LOCATION CHANGE – Telly’s Greenhouse 3301 John R, Troy – start talk at 6:30 pm

    Join us as George Papadelis from Telly’s Greenhouse introduces the latest and greatest in annuals and perennials for 2019.

    VMS Category:  Community:Beautification: Public Areas

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019
    Wed
    15
    May
    2019
    10:00 amCranbrook House & Gardens, Bloomfield Hills

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Shop for native plants, perennials, fairy garden plants and herbs, tomatoes, greenhouse-grown plants, gardening and other items from the gift shop! Experienced volunteers will be available to share their green thumb tips to help you plant your best garden. Proceeds from every plant purchased helps support the preservation and beautification of Cranbrook House & Gardens.

    More info:
    https://housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/spring-plant-sale

    Cranbrook House & Gardens
    380 Lone Pine Road
    Bloomfield Hills
    48304

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    8am - 2pmMeadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, MI 48309

    Perennial plants are those that come back every year. Luckily, the Meadow Brook Garden Club Plant Sale does too, this year on Thursday, May 16. A large variety of Michigan grown plants, including many from the Meadow Brook Hall gardens, will be available at very reasonable prices. Several pots, both terra cotta and plastic, will also be available to purchase.

    Plan to shop from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Meadow Brook Hall located at 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, MI 48309. Credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the gardens at Meadow Brook Hall. For further information, please call 248-364-6210, email MBGCmembers@gmail.com, visit www.meadowbrookhall.org or find us on Facebook.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    9:00 amMeadow Brook Greenhouse 527 Golf View Ln., Rochester, MI 48309

    Meadow Brook Greenhouse Plant Sale

    The Meadow Brook Greenhouse yearly plant sale of annuals will be held Thursday, May 16 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, May 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Located at Meadow Brook Greenhouse 527 Golf View Ln., Rochester, MI 48309. Follow the signs on campus. Please call (248) 364-6171 for more information.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    9:15 amRochester, MI

    Meadow Brook Garden Club
    2019 Garden Club Programs

    May 17 - Toxic Plants and their Friends
    Sept. 27 - Nature’s Getaways
    Oct. 25 - Awesome Autumn Arragements

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation.

    Reservations are not required.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    Wojo's Greenhouse locations in Ortonville and Davison

    Spring Fundraiser Flyer

    Shop at either location on either Thursday, May 23rd or Saturday, June 1st and make sure to tell the cashier that you want to support MGSOC.  A portion of your sales will be donated to future MGSOC projects.

  • 5:30pm - 8pmPiechnik’s Garden Gate, 1095 N. Rochester Road, Oakland, MI 48363

    MGSOC Spring Fling Invite

    Dear Master Gardeners and all interested area gardeners:

    (Attached is a PDF file with a photo of Julia and her garden. If you plan to attend, please note that we ask you to R.S.V.P. to Beth Brown, information included in the text below).

    We would like to invite you to our first annual MGSOC Spring Fling, hosted by the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc.

    On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, MGSOC is partnering with Piechnik’s Garden Gate, 1095 N. Rochester Road, Oakland, MI 48363 (just north of Rochester) for a very special spring gardening extravaganza! From 5:30-8 p.m., Piechnik’s will host Oakland County Master Gardeners and other interested local gardeners for an open house featuring hors d'oeuvres, desserts, beverages, and raffle prizes. Special that evening is 25% off your entire order for anything in their store (except bagged soil) for the entire night. In addition, you will receive a coupon for 25% off your entire order for another visit through the following Monday.

    At this event, Julia Hofley, one of our area’s most inspiring educators and garden writers, will provide a half-hour education presentation followed by a Q&A of perennials, noted below. (For Master Gardeners – VMS Topic: Beautification: Public Areas). 

     

    6:30 p.m. – Drama in the Shade! My Love Affair with Ferns and Other Shady Companions

    After 10 years of gardening together in their 1-acre yard, Julia and Eric Hofley finally took the hill! It is about a quarter of an acre in size and is located under 8 mighty oak trees. They replaced the lawn with stone wall terraces and went with a switchback path that leads up to a secret garden lookout when you get to the top. The garden beds hold beloved and carefully acquired collections of hardy ferns, bergenia, primula, cyclamen, daffodils, columbine, brunnera, hostas, carex, heuchera and heucherella, pulmonaria, azaleas, rhododendrons, conifers … and many more shade-loving plants. This new garden has given the perfect home to our shady plant collections with the ideal opportunity for viewing up close as you meander up the hillside along the primrose path lined with 300+ year-old Belgian blocks reclaimed from the original streets of old Detroit.

    Join Julia for the story of these garden-worthy collections and why she loves them so, satisfying the drama she craves in the garden and making a textural and colorful quilt gracing our hillside and turning it into garden theatre through the seasons.

    Following the presentation, she will be available in the perennial department for questions and answers to help you build your own shady garden theatre with a ferny focus.

    Biography of Julia Hofley 

    This freelance garden writer contributes to Michigan Gardener magazine, Fine Gardening magazine and assorted trade publications. She speaks to both trade and  public gardening audiences each year and writes garden book reviews, articles on new annuals, perennials and houseplants, garden travelogues and gardening in animal-browsing country, among other topics.

    She is a member of the Michigan Regional Lily Society (MRLS), Hardy Plant Society (HPS), North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS), American Conifer Society (ACS) and Garden Communicators International (GARDENCOMM).

    Building a collector’s garden for 13 years with her husband has been both a labor of love and a test of endurance as they live in the heart of an active animal browsing community in Michigan and have learned to garden successfully in spite of this.

    Today, Julia enjoys traveling around the world meeting gardeners and experiencing their gardens with her husband, Eric Hofley, owner and publisher of Michigan Gardener magazine. Sharing these experiences and inspiration with her audiences in articles, travelogues and tours combines her interests in travel, gardening and history and her garden reflects that.

    Also at our event, Denise Brown and the Fundraising Team will be selling Master Gardener merchandise. They have tons of amazing new colors and styles of your favorite clothing!

    Piechnik's Greenhouse (pronounced picnics) started out small in 1984, with 1000 square feet on McCumsey Road in Clio, growing hanging baskets and flats of flowers for the Flint City Market. By 2014, they had grown to over 75,000 square feet at our original location, and added a second store and greenhouse, Piechnik's Garden Gate, on North Rochester Road in Oakland Township. They have everything you need to make your yard, garden, deck or porch picture perfect!

    Are you looking for spectacular hanging baskets and vibrant porch pots already planted for sun or shade?  Or flats of annuals, pots of perennials, trees and shrubs? We have it all, and lots of friendly, knowledgable staff. And don't miss our garden decor showrooms at both locations! Pottery and wind chimes, bird baths and fountains, fairy gardens, art, holiday decor and so much more are all on display, not to mention the region's largest selection of gazing globes.

    Piechnik's in Clio, and Piechnik's Garden Gate in Oakland Township, are proud to serve communities and businesses throughout Oakland, Macomb and Genesee counties.  Visit us today and we will be happy to help you transform your outdoor living space! Please visit their website for more information about their business. http://piechniks.com

    Please join us – there is no charge for this event! Master Gardeners, please wear your name badge. If you are a Master Gardener and not a member of our Society, you will be able to join that evening. You and your guests are welcome. We ask that anyone planning to attend RSVP via e-mail to Bethany Brown so that we may plan for food and seating. Beth’s e-mail address is: babrown25@hotmail.com and please respond no later than Friday, May 17, 2019. 

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    The Meadow Brook Garden Club invites garden clubs to schedule a horticultural tour of the gardens surrounding Meadow Brook Hall.

    During the months of June, July and August, when the gardens are at their peak, a trained, knowledgeable docent will guide your group through the gardens and provide details about the plantings, design and maintenance of each.

    Gardens vary in style from the formality of the highly manicured Knot garden to the luxurious chaos of the English garden to the rustic charm of the Woodland garden, and more. Along the way, you will be treated to sweeping views of the grounds surrounding The Hall, as well as intimate looks at the many aspects of The Hall’s exterior. And, as an added bonus, with their designation as a Proven Winners Signature Garden, many of the Meadow Brook Hall gardens feature some of the newest annuals, perennials and shrubs offered by Proven Winners.

    To request a brochure with further details, or to schedule a tour, please send an email to MBGCmembers@gmail.com or call 248-364-6210.

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  • Wojo's Greenhouse locations in Ortonville and Davison

    Spring Fundraiser Flyer

    Shop at either location on Saturday, June 1st and make sure to tell the cashier that you want to support MGSOC.  A portion of your sales will be donated to future MGSOC projects.

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  • 10am - 4pmCorner of Dixie Hwy and White Lk Rd.

    North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) is having a NATIVE PLANT SALE at Neiman's parking lot at 7121 Dixie Highway in Clarkston. Perennials, shrubs and trees will be available. A list can be found at the NOHLC website, https://www.nohlc.org.

    CASH OR CHECK.

    All proceeds from the sale will be used to steward our 56 properties in northern Oakland County.

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  • 9am - 2pm28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

    Tollgate Educational Center and Farm 
    The plant sale features a lot of of perennials, all in great condition. We sell hundreds of plants each sale from hostas to ornamental grasses and everything in between. There are garden volunteers on hand to help you select just the right bit of green for your yard.

    The Plant Sale is the primary fundraiser for Tollgate's horticultural activities. All of the money raised goes directly into the gardens.

    So if you're looking for a good deal on some great healthy plants, come join us on June 1st!

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  • 9am - 2pmStage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge HwyTroy, MI 48098

    For more details on any of the above please feel free to contact us at jawang1@comcast.net

    Stage Nature Center
    6685 Coolidge Hwy
    Troy, MI 48098

    For more information visit:
    https://troynaturesociety.org

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019
    Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    3pm - 8pm and 9am - 5pmHabitat Restore, 3653 Highland Rd, Waterford, 48328

    Friday 3pm - 8pm

    Saturday 9am - 5pm

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    7:00am - 6:00pmGrand Rapids, MI

    MGSOC Sponsored One Day Bus Trip
    Date – Saturday June 8th
    Time – 7 AM to 6 PMDestination – Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    Register Now

     

    Leaving from front parking lot of the MSU Extension Office: 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. North Office Building #26 East Pontiac, MI 48341

    Ticket Price $55.00 with only 54 tickets to sell.  Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.
    Tickets go on sale March 1st.  Check the homepage of this site for purchase link.

    Contact Person – Linda Yolkiewicz at lby@att.net or 248-376-4560
    Flyer with more details

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  • 9am - 2pm 1115 W. Avon RoadRochester Hills, MI

    Clinton River Watershed Council Offices
    Native plants improve water and air quality, reduce soil and wind erosion, provide habitat and food sources for pollinators and wildlife, and they are beautiful.

    Clinton River Watershed
    Council Offices
    1115 W. Avon Road
    Rochester Hills, MI

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    Richard Thomas will discuss the Piet Oudolf Garden project in Detroit on Belle Isle.

    What is Oudolf Garden Detroit?

    Oudolf Garden Detroit is an all-volunteer group dedicated to placing and maintaining a Piet Oudolf designed garden on Belle Isle in Detroit. The Belle Isle Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving Belle Isle for the people of southeast Michigan and its visitors, serves as the fiscal sponsor for Oudolf Garden Detroit. Piet Oudolf is the internationally renowned Dutch garden designer and horticulturist who created the High Line in New York City and the Lurie Garden in Chicago. His public gardens transform people and places.

    https://oudolfgardendetroit.org/

    VMS Category:  TBD

  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2019
    Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    Milford, MI

    Friday, June 21, 2019 – 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm and
    Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

    The Milford Garden Club presents its’ 24th Annual Garden Walk and Marketplace. Rain or Shine.  Featured on this year’s walk will be many unique and diverse residential gardens in Milford and the nearby surrounding area.

    Advance reservations may be purchased for $12.00 beginning June 1, by visiting the Milford Garden Club web site at www.themilfordgardenclub.org and completing the mail order form.  Reservations may also be purchased at the reduced rate by visiting one of the following downtown Milford locations:  Clothing Cove, Acorn Farms, Blossoms on Main, or Bogie Lake Greenhouse on Bogie Lake Road.

    On the day of the walk pre-purchased reservations must be presented at the Marketplace, which will be located in the parking lot of the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St, Milford.  Reservations purchased at the Marketplace on the days of the event will be $15.00.

    For more information, email Janie Cryderman at the Milford Garden Club web site www.themilfordgardenclub.org

  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm and 10am - 4ppmMilford, Michigan

    The Milford Garden Club presents its’ 24th Annual Garden Walk and Marketplace on Friday, June 21, 2019 – 5:30PM - 8:30 PM and Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Rain or Shine.  Featured on this year’s walk will be many unique and diverse residential gardens in Milford and the nearby surrounding area.

    Advance reservations may be purchased for $12.00 beginning June 1, by visiting the Milford Garden Club web site at www.themilfordgardenclub.org and completing the mail order form.  Reservations may also be purchased at the reduced rate by visiting one of the following downtown Milford locations:  Clothing Cove, Acorn Farms, Blossoms on Main, or Bogie Lake Greenhouse on Bogie Lake Road.

    On the day of the walk pre-purchased reservations must be presented at the Marketplace, which will be located in the parking lot of the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St, Milford.  Reservations purchased at the Marketplace on the days of the event will be $15.00.

    For more information, email Janie Cryderman at the Milford Garden Club web site www.themilfordgardenclub.org

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 am

    Genesee County’s largest Garden Tour is just around the corner! Please join us in touring eight gardens demonstrating a passion for gardening on Genesee County’s Northeast side from Davison to Otisville Sunday June 23, 10 AM to 5 PM.  The ticket and directional arrows will help guide guests on this self-guided tour.  Guests will see a variety of gardens a reflection of homeowner’s personalities. Master Gardeners will be available at every site to answer questions. Each garden has a an educational component. For example, one garden is a certified Monarch Waystation. Another gardener taps sugar maple trees. Our hope is that visitors will enjoy the gardens and learn something too.

    Tickets will serve as guides with detailed directions and description of each site only $10.00, $2.00 for children under 12. Tickets will be available on May 1 at many local nurseries. See website http://GCgardentour.weebly.com for locations and more information.  Each garden the day of the tour will also have tickets available.

    NOTE:  Gardens open only on this specific day and time.  PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE!

    Master Gardener Association of Genesee County Michigan is open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or family status. It is an affirmative-action equal opportunity employer.

    Kay McCullough  (810) 610-0545

    Michigan Garden Association Genesee County
    605 Saginaw St., Suite 1A
    Flint, MI 48502
    Birdieball@aol.com

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship:Native Plants

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019
    9:30am - 8:30pmTroy, MI 48098

    "Between Art & Nature"
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Troy Historic Village
    60 W. Wattles Road
    Troy, MI 48098

     

    View seven private gardens at five venues from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. rain or shine.

    Advance tickets $10 available at Auburn Oaks Garden Center, Telly's Greenhouse, Uncle Lukes and Troy Historic Village.

    On July 10th, tickets are $15 and available ONLY at Troy Historic Village

    Enjoy an Arts & Crafts Boutique, Plant Sale, Doris' Fabulous Finds Sale and Student Art Exhibit.

    For info: www.TroyGardenClubMI

  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019
    Sun
    21
    Jul
    2019

    SOLD OUT

    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.

    DATES:   July 18-21, 2019 (4 days, 3 nights - Thursday through Sunday)
    ESTIMATED COST:   $500-550 per person, double occupancy (upcharge for single occupancy)
    DEPOSIT:  $150 per person

    Contact Margaret Dolan to be added to the wait list 248-770-0524|
    dolan.margaret100@gmail.com

    2019 MGSOC Garden Tour-Deposit Form

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019
    West Bloomfield, MI

    The Original Show Voted top 100 Juried Art Shows in America – 10 years

    Saturday & Sunday

    July 27 & 28

    West Bloomfield, MI

    • Up to 160 Nationally Acclaimed & Professional Artists selling their original and personally handmade art - no reps, sales agents or buy/sell mixed-in
    • See many artists only at this Michigan art show
    • Beautiful, unique art for everyone, in all price ranges – come find what you have been looking for!

    Onsite Marketing & Turnkey Community Enrichment

    Opportunities Available contact patty@hotworks.org

    Call for Youth Artists Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8

    Kids - Enter Your Original & Personally Handmade Art

    All Youth Art Entries Publicly Displayed During the Art Show Under Tent Labeled

    Learn the rules of being part of a Professional Art Show
    Deadline to apply July 1

    Click link for youth art application https://hotworks.org/artist-applications/

    Event Location on Powers & Daly Roads
    South of Maple, West of Orchard Lake Road
    Plenty of event parking behind
    Beaumont Medical Center
    6900 Orchard Lake Road
    West Bloomfield

     

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Quality of Life

  • Mon
    19
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship:IPM-General

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019
    9:15 amRochester, MI

    Meadow Brook Garden Club
    2019 Garden Club Programs

    Sept. 27 - Nature’s Getaways
    Oct. 25 - Awesome Autumn Arragements

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation.

    Reservations are not required.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Beautification: Public Areas

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019
    9:15 amRochester, MI

    Meadow Brook Garden Club
    2019 Garden Club Programs

    Oct. 25 - Awesome Autumn Arragements

    Meadow Brook Hall
    350 Estate Drive
    Rochester, Michigan

    Coffee and refreshments are served at 9:15 a.m., and the program starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public. There is a $5 non-member donation.

    Reservations are not required.

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills

    VMS Category: Community:Beautification: Public Areas

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019
    7:00 pmBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 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.