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8th Annual – Gardening and All That Jazz – In Harmony With Nature

Betty Peters is the Chair for this event

Saturday, April 25, 2020 – Full Day
Doors open at 7am. – Conference begins at 8am. and ends at 4:15pm.
Oakland Schools Conference Center
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328


In addition to the educational aspect, our day includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and all educational materials. There are many door prize drawings throughout the event, and grand raffle prize drawings at the end of the day, live jazz during morning registration and at lunch, a garden market including outstanding artisans selling garden objects, books, jewelry, etc. We also sell Master Gardener merchandise. Quart-size takeaway plants for each attendee provided by one of our premier sponsors, Proven Winners® ColorChoice,® at the end of the conference!

This year, “All That Jazz” will present legendary Detroit guitarist Ron English during morning registration, and The Dave Tatrow Quartet during lunch hour shopping.

It is open to the public, one need not be a master gardener to attend. Annual attendance is 360.

Keynote Speakers in 2020 are:

Rick Darke – Celebrating and Conserving the Resiliency of Accidental Landscapes

Doug Tallamy – Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

Heather Holm – Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Susan Martin – Lessons Learned Under The Trees


Earlybird tickets are $80 and go on sale January 1, 2020.
At midnight, January 31, the price goes up to $90.

Registration at the door is NOT available.

Pricing includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and program materials.
Cancellation policy: No refunds are granted, however, registrations are transferable.
Registration Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, April 5, 2020

Three Luncheon Choices:
Box lunch includes a beverage, cookie, chips, fruit and utensils.

  • Vegetarian Michigan Cherry Salad (Vegetarian choice)
    Dark Mixed Greens, Dried Cherries, Candied Walnuts, Apple Straws, Mandarin Oranges, Cucumber, Tomato, Crumbled Blue Cheese, House Dressing (on the side)
  • Chicken Michigan Cherry Salad w/Chicken
    Chicken, Dark Mixed Greens, Dried Cherries, Candied Walnuts, Apple Straws, Mandarin Oranges, Cucumber, Tomato, Crumbled Blue Cheese, House Dressing (on the side)
  • Turkey Sandwich;
    Sliced Deli Turkey, Sliced Swiss, Sliced Tomato, Lettuce, Sliced Deli Bread, Condiments (on the side)

The speakers who have books available will be signing them throughout the day.
Master Gardener Continuing Education Hours: 5 hours CE Credits, VMS Category – Community: Beautification Public Areas


Our past speakers/authors include: Margaret Roach, Sue Gaviller, Dr. Richard Bitner, Rick Darke, Melinda Myers, Laura Deeter, Art Cameron, Allan Armitage, David E. Perry, Stephanie Cohen, Stacey Hirvela, Will Allen, Kerry Ann Mendez, Matthew Benson, Karen Bussolini, Ellen Ecker Ogden, Barry Glick, Shawna Coronado, Kelly D. Norris, Jessica Walliser, Paul Zammit, Ken Druse, Craig LeHoullier, and Vanessa Gardner Nagel.

2019 Educational Conference Images by Paul Katzman

2018 Educational Conference Images by Chuck Andersen

2016 MGSOC Educational Conference