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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc. is to enrich the lives of those who love gardening. We are volunteers who fulfill our commitment to community outreach by providing hands-on gardening and research-based horticultural education. Members of the Society are Master Gardeners certified by Michigan State University.

Upcoming 2021 MGSOC General Meetings, 6:30 p.m.

November 9 – Healthy Soils with Sue Grubba.
Education Hours (Environmental Stewardship: Soils/Soil Testing)
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December 14 – Holiday Potluck – No speaker



January 12, 2021 – Landscaping with Native Plants to Support Nature with Drew Lathin

February 9, 2021 – Aquaponics with Noah Goldstein 

March 9, 2021 – Pest Management in the Organic Vegetable Garden with Will Jaquinde

April 13, 2021 – Growing Dahlias with Lucy Propst

May 11, 2021 New Annuals and Perennials for 2021 with George Papadelis
(Meeting Handout)
Education Hours (Community Beautification: Public Areas)

June 8, 2021 – Seed Saving with Bevin Cohen
Education Hours (Food: General Gardens)

July 13, 2021 – Earth-Friendly Gardening – The Secret is the Soil with Lillian Dean
Education Hours (Environmental Stewardship: Soils/Soil Testing)

August 10, 2021 – Ground Cover Plants with Julia Hofley.
Education Hours (Community Beautification: Public Areas) – NO RECORDING
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September 14, 2021 – Moving and Transplanting Plants with Janet Macunovich
Education Hours (Community Beautification: Public Areas)
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October 12, 2021 – Well and Lesser Known Insects of the Midwest with David Lowenstein
Education Hours (Environmental Stewardship: IPM: General)
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May 31, 2020 – ZOOM Meeting
George Papadelis from Telly’s Greenhouse

Jun 9, 2020 –
Smart Gardening from a Commercial Greenhouse Point of View with Greg Michala

Jul 14, 2020 –
Heirloom Vegetables with Mary Gerstenberger

Aug 11, 2020 –
Designing Your Garden with Jan Bills

Sep 8, 2020 – 

Butterflies in Your Backyard with Mary Ellen VanSlembrouck

Oct 13, 2020 – 
Sustainable Landscaping with Holly Kaiser

Nov 10, 2020 –  
Oudolf Gardens – Belle Isle with Richard Thomas








News and Events

Thank you for attending. Save the Date for the 2022 Live Education Conference – April 30, 2022

MGSOC Annual Educational Conference
2021 Gardening & All That Jazz (Virtual Conference)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

In 2021, due to the restrictions on large gatherings, MGSOC is sponsoring a virtual Gardening And All That Jazz webinar conference.  Leave it to us to bring you leading-edge technology to make this educational conference happen in 2021! We are fortunate to have retained the same 4 speakers that we had booked for 2020 – Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy, Heather Holm and Susan Martin.  The Conference Team has hired Orion Television station to produce and present this one day session for us to ensure the utmost quality which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.  Details, as well as pricing and registration information will be available on February 1. Although it can’t possibly be the same as our in-person conferences with food, vendors and live jazz, by April you’ll be anxious to hear these four exemplary authors and speakers get you on your way to gardening!

–  Rick Darke:
  Celebrating and Conserving the Resiliency of Dynamic Landscapes

–  Doug Tallamy:
   Nature’s Best Hope

–  Heather Holm:
   Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

–  Susan Martin:
   Lessons Learned Under The Trees


Three great Proven Winners publications can be found here: gardeningsimplified – Issuu

20th Annual Bus Trip

Date: To be determined
Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Longwood Gardens, Phipps Conservatory, Chanticleer, and Winterthur Gardens… plus a whole lot more.  More details.

The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County 2021 Grant Application process is now open.
Please download this form and submit for consideration!

Michigan Master Gardener
MSU Extension, Oakland County Office

MGSOC members are participants in the MSU Extension
Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Oakland County.

If you have questions about the Extension Master Gardener Program in Oakland County or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the office of MSU Extension – Oakland County

For information on MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG)
program and classes, please visit this website:

MSU Extension Garden Hotline Services 1-888-678-3464
Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. (April-September)
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – noon (October-March)

Walk-in diagnostic counter at the MSU Extension Oakland County office.
Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. (April-September)

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