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2021 Educational Conference – Saturday, April 17, 2021 

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Gardening and All That Jazz – In Harmony With Nature

 Keynote Speakers:
Rick Darke • Doug Tallamy • Heather Holm • Susan Martin

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Because of Covid, 2021 is a Virtual Conference being produced by Orion Neighborhood Television

Registration Fee: $50Cancellation policy: No refunds are granted.
Registration Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Checks must be received by this date.

Register for Gardening and All That Jazz – In Harmony With Nature
on the site, whether paying online or mailing a check:

You will receive information with a link to join the seminar before the event.

Ann Hudak – Registrar, 3931 Custer Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48073
Please direct conference registration questions to Ann:
Phone (248) 812-9437, E-mail:

This conference is offered to all who love to garden. All skill levels are welcome, and you need not be a Master Gardener to attend! Master Gardeners: 5 hours CE Credit, VMS Category – Environmental Stewardship: Native Plants

Chair: Betty Peters



Conference begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Each presentation will be one hour long, with a 15-minute Q&A.
Q&A questions to the speakers can be e-mailed in during each presentation (e-mail address will be sent with the link to the event).

Welcome with opening remarks

9:15-10:30 am – Rick DarkeCelebrating and Conserving the Resiliency of Dynamic Landscapes  
    15-minute break

10:50 am-12:05 pm – Doug TallamyNature’s Best Hope
     30-minute lunch break

12:45-2 pm – Heather HolmAttracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
     15-minute break

2:20 -3:35 pm – Susan MartinLessons  Learned Under the Trees 

3:45 conference closes

The following books will be available for purchase on the Eventbrite registration site:

Timber Press

  • Bringing Nature Home – $15 – Doug Tallamy
  • Nature’s Best Hope ­ $23 – Doug Tallamy
  • The Living Landscape – $34 – Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy
  • The Wild Garden – $26 – William Robinson and Rick Darke

Pollination Press

  • Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide – $24 – Heather Holm
  • Pollinators of Native Plants – $24 – Heather Holm

Price includes shipping and handling to your home address. Books will be mailed from the publisher after April 15.
For questions on book sales, please contact our Registrar, Ann Hudak via e-mail:

Our Sponsor: Piechnik’s Garden Gate 
Jazz music by Dave Bennett and The Dave Tatrow Quartet

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About Our Speakers and Topics:

Rick Darke
Celebrating and Conserving the Resiliency of Dynamic Landscapes

Rick Darke

Dynamic landscapes including urban post-industrial and post-agricultural sites offer living proof of the resiliency of biological relationships. Gardeners – who practice the art of nurturing life – will be increasingly effective as they develop strategies for working with the regenerative power of plant and animal communities. Using examples of designed landscapes with spontaneous origins, Rick Darke will explore concepts that revise the way we think of “Nature” and the ways we define horticulture and gardening.

Doug Tallamy
Nature’s Best Hope

Douglas Tallamy

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can and must take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Heather Holm
Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Heather Holm

Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions.

Heather Holm is an author and pollinator educator spending most of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

Susan Martin
Lessons Learned Under The Trees

Shade. Most of us have it, but many of us are unsure what to do with it. Over a decade of experience gardening in every degree of shade near the Lake Michigan shoreline has taught Susan many lessons and ignited her passion for shade gardening. Much of what she has learned you’ll never find in books, and she is ready to share the inside scoop. Learn how to take advantage of the conditions you have, not those you wish you had.       

Susan Martin is an avid gardener, writer and speaker from Holland, Michigan. Find life beyond hostas in this beautiful, engaging presentation. 

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Two page PDF Conference Flyer


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

MGSOC is very proud of the vendors we bring to our live conferences each year. Click here for a two-page listing of some of our best! This year, you can shop from home on their websites and/or learn where you can find them in person for 2021! Photos of all vendors are below for you to enjoy. (Below that are all photos from 2019 and 2018 conferences. Visitors can see all vendor photos there for 2019 by Paul Katzman and 2018 for Chuck Andersen.)

2019 Educational Conference Images by Paul Katzman

2018 Educational Conference Images by Chuck Andersen

2016 MGSOC Educational Conference