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Butterflies in your backyard

with Mary Ellen VanSlembrouck September 8, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRfuQpibMs0 Mary Ellen is an Advanced Master Gardener and Smart Gardener with Macomb County.  Her yard is certified as a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, a Butterfly Garden through the North American Butterfly…

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Designing your garden

With Jan Bills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfT59aBV7qc Jan Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener, entrepreneur, and contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening magazine. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life…

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New Annuals and Perennials for 2020

Presented by George Papadelis3301 John RTroy, MI 48083(248) 689-8735    tellys.com The May Meeting was recorded and we have a handout for you to use so you don't have to take notes. HANDOUT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4RxSQ3DEP0 Winners from 2019: Alstroemeria MulanThese spectacular plants…

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by Tony Reznicek For those of you who missed Dr. Tony Reznicek at October's General meeting, attached is his handout. Also below is a link to his website as Curator and Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Herbarium. It…

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Stu and Michele Eddy, who own James Creek Sutlery, presented a program on spices. They import 100 spices from all over the world, grind them and mix them together in many ways to enhance the flavor of food. The spice…

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Hugelkultur gardening

By Sheri Trout | January 18, 2019 What do you do when you have a small wooded area with lots of fallen branches and dead wood, three horses that poop a lot and a desire for raised garden beds? You…

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Joe Peterson, who has grown orchids for 30 years, gave our October educational talk.  He says they are easy to grow! There are 30,000 species of orchids and 100,000 hybrids, and they grow on every continent except Antarctica in a…

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LaVere Webster began his September talk on daylilies with a droll dramatization of God talking to St. Francis in which he satirized the mindset of typical suburbanites with regard to yard care. We raise boring grass instead of wild flowers…

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Richard Pollman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac, gave us a talk on climate change and gardening. His specialty is providing forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property. “Weather” is our daily precipitation/sunshine/temperature. Climate…

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“Heirloom Vegetables” – Mary Gerstenberger

The VMS Category for presentation is: Food – General Gardens. Mary Gerstenberger is the retired Consumer Horticulture Coordinator for MSU Extension in Macomb County.  She writes the "Vegetable Patch" section for the Michigan Gardener Magazine.  Her degree from Wayne State University is in Biology…

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By Jean Gramlich | March 17, 2020 Dr. Erin Hill, Weed Science Diagnostician for MSU Plant and Pest Diagnostics was our speaker for March. She specializes in weed identification and control, as well as herbicide injury and resistance in a…

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by Jean Gramlich Vern Stephens, co-founder of Designs By Nature LLC in Laingsburg, a nursery and landscaping company, spoke on using natives in landscaping at our July meeting. Before starting the business he was a grassland and invasive species specialist…

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Gardening APPS

Caston Thomas is the owner of InterWorks and co-host of The Internet Advisor Radio show. The title of his talk was “Gardening Apps,” but an alternate title was “Master Gardeners Meet High 'Yech' (and It Ain't Gonna Be Pretty).” He…

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