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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 MG Meetings

January 12 – Landscaping with Native Plants to Support Nature with Drew Lathin (Environmental Stewardship: Native Plants)
Watch the video of this speaker if you missed it on the 12th.

February 9 – Aquaponics with Noah Goldstein (Food: General Gardens)

March 9 – Pest Management in the Organic Vegetable Garden with Will Jaquinde (Food: General Gardens)

April 13 – Growing Dahlias with Lucy Propst (Community: Beautification: Public Areas)

May 11 – New Annuals and Perennials for 2021 with George Papadelis (Community Beautification: Public Areas)

June 8 – Seed Saving with Bevin Cohen (Food: General Gardens)

July 13 – To be announced

August 10 – To be announced

September 14 – Moving and Transplanting Plants with Janet Macunovich (Community Beautification: Public Areas)

October 12 – Well and Lesser Known Insects of the Midwest with David Lowenstein (Environmental Stewardship: IPM: General)

November 9 – Healthy Soils with Sue Grubba (Environmental Stewardship: Soils/Soil Testing)

December 14 – Holiday Potluck – No speaker



May 31 – ZOOM Meeting
George Papadelis from Telly’s Greenhouse
Video and Article from the online meeting

Jun 9 – ZOOM Meeting
“Smart Gardening from a Commercial Greenhouse Point of View” – Greg Michala
Video from online meeting

Jul 14 – ZOOM Meeting
“Heirloom Vegetables” – Mary Gerstenberger
Video and Handout from online meeting

Aug 11 – ZOOM Meeting
“Designing Your Garden” – Jan Bills
Video from online meeting

Sep 8 – ZOOM Meeting
“Butterflies in Your Backyard” with Mary Ellen VanSlembrouck (video)

Oct 13 – ZOOM Meeting
“Sustainable Landscaping” – Holly Kaiser (video)

Nov 10 –  ZOOM Meeting
“Oudolf Gardens – Belle Isle ” – Richard Thomas (video)

News and Events

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 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

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.

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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