MGSOC general meetings are held at the:
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
5631 North Adams Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI
MGSOC General Meetings are free to MGSOC members and MGSOC members are required to wear their Master Gardener badges. Visitors are welcome and pay $5.00 at the door. Members and visitors, please sign in at the welcome table. There are complimentary refreshments of desserts and drinks served at the MGSOC meetings. Additionally, mini-meals of soup or salads may be purchased for $3.00. For those wishing meals, mini-meals are served at 6 p.m, the business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Our speakers begin promptly at 7 p.m. Members making or bringing meal portion salads or soups need not pay the $3.00.
Tue12Jan20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (register now - see below)
Landscaping with native plants is critical to build habitat, reduce resource inputs, and build healthy outdoor living areas. Learn why only native plants can do this and some design tips to make your native landscape beautiful as well.
Drew Lathin has been playing around with native plants in built landscapes for nearly 20 years, most recently as the owner of Creating Sustainable Landscapes, now in its 10th year. He is a fierce advocate for the need to rewild our urban and suburban landscapes using native plants in thoughtful and legible designs to bring biological diversity and beauty to our everyday lives. Over one hundred of his clients have rain gardens, prairie gardens, pollinator gardens, natural shorelines, and alternative lawns. Drew is also the President of the Board of the Wildflower Association of Michigan.
The VMS Category for this presentation is Environmental Stewardship: Native Plants
Tue09Feb20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Aquaponics with Noah Goldstein (Food: General Gardens)
Noah Goldstein from Michigan Aquaponics will discuss sustainable food systems related to aquaponics and how to implement a functional aquaponics system. The field of aquaponics was created through the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, in which animals and plants live skymiotically in a recirculating system wher water flows in a closed-loop. This method of faming is an environmentally friendly, natural food-growing technique that not only conserves water, but also negates the need for chemical fertilizers.
Tue09Mar20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Pest Management in the Organic Vegetable Garden with Will Jaquinde (Food: General Gardens)
Will Jaquinde will discuss techniques for pest management in the organic vegetable garden.
Tue13Apr20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Growing Dahlias with Lucy Propst (Community: Beautification: Public Areas)
Lucy Propst will discuss the growing techniques and conditions needed to produce beautiful dahlias.
Tue11May20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
New Annuals and Perennials for 2021 with George Papadelis (Community Beautification: Public Areas)
George Papadelis will discuss the new annuals and perennials for the 2021 growing season
Tue08Jun20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Seed Saving with Bevin Cohen (Food: General Gardens)
Author and Seed Enthusiast, Bevin (Ben) Cohen will discuss the ins and outs of seed saving. Bevin lives and and works at Small House Farm with his wife and sons. On their family homestead, the Cohen family grows seed crops, herbs and flowers. Bevin is also the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed sharing initiative that has worked closely with a number of communities to help establish seed library programs across his home state and beyond.
Tue13Jul20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting
Earth-Friendly Gardening - The Secret is the Soil with Lillian Dean
Lillian Dean, Coordinator of SOCWA Healthy Gardens Project, will give a presentation on ecological biodiversity, healthy soils, the soil food web, benefits of compost and mulch, and practical tips for making compost the easy way. Her presentation will also describes carbon sequestration (climate change mitigation) and other benefits from using compost.
VMS Category: Environmental Stewardship: Soils/Soil Testing
Tue10Aug20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Speaker to be announced
Tue14Sep20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Moving and Transplanting Plants with Janet Macunovich (Community Beautification: Public Areas)
Janet Macunovich will discuss some of the things to consider when moving and transplanting plants.
Tue12Oct20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Well and Lesser Known Insects of the Midwest with David Lowenstein (Envioronmental Stewardship: IPM: General)
Gardeners often notice many small visitors to their garden over the growing season. Some of them helpful allies and others unwanted nuisances. During his presentation, David Lowenstein will discuss the insects we all know as well as those that we are unfamiliar with and the role they play in our gardens.
Tue09Nov20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Healthy Soils with Sue Grubba (Environmental Stewardship: Soils/Soil Testing)
Healthy soil is the key to gardening success. Learn how foccusing on soil and fertilizer can eliminate many other chores and problems. You'll see what's in the soil, and how to change it and how it affects our choice of plants, soil additives and planting techiques.
Tue14Dec20216:30 pmZOOM Meeting (link provided closer to event date)
Hopefully in 2021 we can have a meeting in person with food, music and friends.