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7th Annual – Gardening and All That Jazz
Creating Your Garden Palette
Margaret Truza is Chair for this event

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 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

Photo Credit: Chuck Andersen

In addition to the educational aspect, our day includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and all educational materials. There are many door prize and grand raffle prize drawings, 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. This year, we will be presenting legendary guitarist Ron English during morning registration, and Stan Kenton’s Grammy-Award winning big band drummer, Jerry McKenzie with his quartet “Just Jazz” during lunch hour shopping.  It is open to the public, one need not be a master gardener to attend.  Annual attendance is 360 attendees.

Keynote Speakers in 2019 are:
Margaret RoachA 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. BitnerDesigning with Conifers: Making the Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden

Tickets are $80, after February 14, 2019 Fee: $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 transferrable.
Registration Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, March 24, 2019

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

  • Michigan Cherry Salad (Vegetarian choice)
    Dark mixed greens, dried cherries, candied walnuts, apple straws, mandarin oranges, cucumber, tomato, crumbled blue cheese and house-made dressing on the side.
  • Michigan Cherry Chicken Salad w/Chicken
    Chicken, dark mixed greens, dried cherries, candied walnuts, apple straws, mandarin oranges, cucumber, tomato, crumbled
    blue cheese and house-made dressing on the side.
  • Smoked Turkey w/Natural Swiss Cheese Sandwich
    Sliced deli turkey, sliced Swiss, sliced tomato, lettuce on deli bread with condiments on the side.

Garden Market:
We will have a fabulous Garden Market with many vendors selling garden-related gifts, artwork and plants.
Master Gardener Continuing Education Hours: 5 hours CE Credits, VMS Category – Community: Beautification Public Areas


Our past speakers/authors include: 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.

The budget for this project is $35,782 (2018). Our goal is to educate, not make money!

2018 Educational Conference Images by Chuck Andersen

2016 MGSOC Educational Conference
Jerry McKenzie with his quartet “Just Jazz”