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REVOLUTIONARY GARDENS Past – Present – Future

REVOLUTIONARY GARDENS Past – Present – Future

Sunday Sept 29, 2013 – Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

Revolutionary Gardens Conference

This 4-day conference is a tax-deductible benefit event for the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan and will feature a series of lectures by internationally-known garden authors and designers Andrea Wulf, Peter Hatch and Warren Byrd.  You may register for single workshops, single days, or the complete conference.  Two special donor options are also available: Garden VIP and Garden Friend.  You may pay online through Pay Pal or send your check to: BGSNM, Box 1247, Traverse City, MI 49685-1247. Checks should be made payable to BGSNM.  Registrants can sign up for a variety of programs. Go to the BGS webpage to register, and/or click on the image for this article to take you to a copy of the full schedule.

Andrea Wulf

Andrea Wulf

One of the speakers at the upcoming “Revolutionary Gardeners Conference” is Andrea Wulf.

Trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art in London, Andrea Wulf is a fulltime writer. She is the author of four books and writes for a number of papers, including the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Financial Times.

She has lectured to audiences at the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society in London along with the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and Chicago Botanic Garden among many others.

As a three-time fellow of International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Wulf is extremely familiar with American gardening history. One of Wulf’s books Founding Gardeners looks at Revolutionary America by focusing on the gardening of four of the Founding Fathers.

We are privileged to have such a powerful and passionate speaker here in Northern Michigan.

For the full schedule of lectures, click here.


News & Events–July/August 2013

July/August Meeting – Natural Shoreline Project Tour

  • Friday, July 26, 3 pm
  • Almira Township Public Beach, Lake Ann (view map)

Join the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and the Benzie Conservation District for a tour of demonstration sites for natural shoreline landscapes. See for yourself how you can use natural shorelines to beautify your landscape and help ensure clean waters, deter geese, prevent erosion problems, and improve fish and wildlife habitat. We will be touring shoreline projects at Lake Ann, Platte Lake, and Watervale Resort. $5 suggested donation. Please RSVP to the Benzie Conservation District, (231) 882-4391.


July/August Meeting — Natural Shoreline Project Tour

2 year natural shoreline_Photo and design project by Carolyn Thayer, Designs in Bloom, Benzie County, DesignsInBloom.biz  (10)Friday, July 26, 3 pm
Almira Township Public Beach, Lake Ann (view map)

Join the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and the Benzie Conservation District for a tour of demonstration sites for natural shoreline landscapes. See for yourself how you can use natural shorelines to beautify your landscape and help ensure clean waters, deter geese, prevent erosion problems, and improve fish and wildlife habitat. We will be touring shoreline projects at Lake Ann, Platte Lake, and Watervale Resort. $5 suggested donation. Please RSVP to the Benzie Conservation District, (231) 882-4391.

Photo by Carolyn Thayer, Designs in Bloom, DesignsInBloom.biz.


Volunteer at the Boardman River Nature Center Gardens

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Thursday, June 20th, 5-7pm

Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd.

Master Gardener’s maintain the native plant gardens at the Boardman River Nature Center. Learn basic gardening skills and explore one of northwest Michigan’s premiere native plant gardens. To register, contact Matthew Bertrand at the Grand Traverse Conservation District, mbertrand@gtcd.org.


Master Gardener Training Program

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Master Gardener Training – Traverse City

When:  Fall 2014, with specific dates TBD
Where: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, 6686 C. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Cost: $300 (scholarships available)

Enjoy 40 rigorous hours of horticultural training through Michigan State University. To earn the Master Gardener title, augment your classroom studies with an additional 40 hours of hands-on service learning in the community.

Register for the Master Gardener Training Program

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Soils
  • Vegetable Culture
  • Flower Gardening
  • Lawn Care
  • Small Fruit (Berries & Grapes)
  • Tree Fruit
  • Plant Health & Integrated Pest Management
  • Indoor Plants
  • Household Pests
  • Woody Ornamentals
  • Diagnostics
  • Water Quality/Groundwater Stewardship

Questions? Contact Matthew Bertrand at 231-256-9888; email bertra28@anr.msu.edu.


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