Below are some of the upcoming events offered in our area through the Boardman River Nature Center, Plant It Wild, and The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. Check each of their websites for even more summer fun. Most, if not all, of these events earn either education or volunteer hours.
Aster novae-anglia, New England Asters on the green roof at the BRNC
Below are some of the upcoming events offered in our area through MGANM, Boardman River Nature Center, Plant It Wild, and The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. Check each of their websites for even more Spring fun!
Work bees at Boardman River Nature Center Native Gardens
Mondays from 5:30pm-7:30pm and Wednesdays from 9:00am-11:30am throughout May. Additional work bees may also be posted via natureiscalling.org or our Upcoming Events page.
Japanese Barberry Dumpster Day
Saturday, May 13th, 9am-1pm. Bring your invasive plants to the Invasive Species Network (ISN)! ISN will be accepting (and properly disposing of) invasive plants that have been removed from your own landscape. For more information, please visit www.habitatmatters.org or contact Emily Cook at email@example.com or 231.941.0960×20.
Invasive Species Work bees
Help our Conservation District remove invasive plants such as garlic mustard. Multiple dates and locations available. Garlic mustard work bees also include a paper making tutorial! See website for more details: http://natureiscalling.org/events
NATIVE PLANT SALE!
Saturday, May 20th, 8am-3pm. Boardman River Nature Center. Update your home landscape with native plants that are beautiful, well-adapted to our climate, and support a variety of animals living in our region. Plant experts will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect native plants from our selection of over 50 species. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.
Photo courtesy of Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN)
Tuesdays, May 2 and 9, 10am-12pm. Meet at the GTRLC Pete’s Woods trailhead parking lot, located on Swamp Rd. From Joyfield Rd. turn south on Swamp Rd. (1 3⁄4 mi west of US 31 or 3 1⁄2 mi east of M 22).
Program: “What Difference Can Plants Make Anyway?”
Wednesday May 17th, 7pm. Trinity Lutheran Church 955 James St., Frankfort, MI on James Street between 9th and 10th Streets.
Wildflower of the Woods and Dunes Hike
Wednesday June 14th, 10am-12pm. Meet at the Mt. Baldy Trailhead parking lot in Arcadia Dunes Preserve on M-22. This parking lot is .8 miles south of Joyfield Rd.
Natural Shorelines Program
Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm. Trinity Lutheran Church 955 James St., Frankfort, MI on James Street between 9th and 10th Streets.
Lake Bank Restoration Field Trip
Friday, June 30th, 4pm. Bring your own kayak/canoe and join John Ransom and Carolyn Thayer for a tour of the shoreline of Lower Herring Lae and the natives gardens at Watervale. Meet at Lower Herring Lake access at the end of Boo Hoo View Rd. From M-22 turn on Watervale Rd. and then right on Boo Hoo Views Rd.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 6pm-9pm. Workshop for bonsai beginners and will take us through the process of pruning, wiring and potting a nursery boxwood. See website for registration.
Planning & Cultivating a Kitchen Herb Garden
Wednesday, May 24th, 7pm-9pm. Learn how to grow your own kitchen herb garden with Dixie Stephen. This is the first class in our five-class Herb Series that will be offered all season long. See website for registration.
Creating Fire Resistant Landscaping
Thursday, June 1st, 7pm-9pm. This is an educational lecture on creating fire resistant landscaping for your home and business. See website for registration.
$25 class fee (proceeds support The Botanic Garden)
This insightful class on native plants will be led by Cheryl Gross of Plant It Wild. The class will focus on the importance of the use of native plant species in our own gardens and landscapes. Learn the countless benefits of the use of native plants in landscaping and how to create a beautiful and sustainable environment outside your front door.
It’s our famous Potluck Dinner! Bring your appetite, a dish to pass, your table service, and your friends. After dinner Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat will tell us about the essential importance of native plants to birds and other wildlife. Find out why non-native vegetation is contrary to conservation at all levels. Kay will share her effort to grow a prairie habitat to save migrating birds.
Field Trip: Visit Saving Birds Thru Habitat
Saturday, September 24, 10am
Location: 5020 N Putman Rd. Omena, Michigan 49674
Take a walk with Kay Charter to see the variety of eco-areas at the preserve. Learn how creating a grassland habitat benefits bird species. The Little Bluestem should be spectacular at this time of year!
Programs from the Grand Traverse Conservation District:
Join the Invasive Species Network for a free landowner workshop to learn more about invasive species identification and management! This is a great opportunity to talk to professionals about the best approach to manage species on your own property. After the workshop, we will be venturing outside to practice ID and remove some plants on the Natural Education Reserve. Catered refreshments will be provided. Please visit www.habitatmatters.org for more information. To register, contact Emily Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.941.0960×20.
Forest Management Workshop and Tree Farm Field Day
September 17, 10am-4pm
Location: Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve, Conference Building in the Misty Acres Farm Area
During this workshop you will learn about different factors to consider when making management decisions in your forested property. Specific topics will include defining your objectives, tree species and what they require, revenue from harvesting trees, wildlife habitat, diversity of species and structure, environmental quality, and invasive species. The field day will also introduce the American Tree Farm System, a voluntary forest certification program for family forest owners. “Tree Farm” is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016. Read more about this workshop and field day here.
I had the pleasure of meeting our new Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor, Elise Carolan recently. Elise has been in the applied horticulture field in both public and private sectors in Northwest Michigan since 2011. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Horticultural Science and a minor in Entomology.
Some of Elise’s responsibilities in her new position will include the coordination of Master Gardener Program Volunteers, serving as the MSUE liaison with the Master Gardener associations in northern Michigan, coordinator of the Leelanau Community Garden and Government Center Landscape, and other special projects and gardening groups.
Other duties will be answering horticulture questions and providing advice to Leelanau County residents, both at the office and online. She will work with key partners to develop and deliver consumer horticultural workshops, provide technical assistance to the Leelanau County Community Garden and provide plant diagnostic support for District 3 County MSUE offices within the consumer horticulture program area.
Elise is the administrator of the Benzie/Grand Traverse/Leelanau County Volunteer Management System (VMS) pages. She will be working diligently to update various aspects (projects, homepage, roster, calendar, achievements, etc.) to make the system as user-friendly as possible. Elise is currently working on this project and hopes to send out further information on the VMS system in the next few weeks.
Elise will speaking at the March MG general membership meeting and will be giving more details regarding her goals for the MGANM. I hope everyone is able to attend and welcome her as our new coordinator. I was impressed with Elise from our first meeting and I continue to be impressed whenever we have spoken either through emails or telephone conversations. During our conversations it is evident that she is open to suggestions and welcomes new ideas.
Her office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. I know that Elise looks forward to meeting everyone. Please don’t hesitate to call her or email her at 231-256-9888 or email@example.com .
MGANM 2015 Proposed Budget
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Where:Gilbert Lodge, 6800 North Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684 (follow link for map & directions)
Who: Invitations are being mailed. Feel free to bring a friend, spouse, or special guest!
Ticket Prices: $15 for MGANM members and their guests; $20 for non-MGANM members
What: Please join us as we welcome new MG Trainees and newly certified members, as well as thank and congratulate our hard working Master Gardener Volunteers – all of you! This is an event you won’t want to miss; hosted by the Master Gardener Association of NW Michigan and MSU Extension. And you are welcome to bring a friend, spouse or special guest. All Master Gardeners are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring friends and family members. Awards are given for outstanding service for Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties, as well as other special awards. Newly certified Master Gardeners are recognized, as well as those who have achieved Advanced Master Gardener status.
We will enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon catered by Grandview with creamy broccoli cheese soup, chicken and wild rice soup, delectable assorted wrap sandwiches (cherry chicken salad with white cheddar and lettuce, chicken fiesta wraps with salsa, cheddar & pepper jack and vegetarian), tortilla chips and avocado-ranch, and to top it off, scrumptious apple and pumpkin pie for dessert.
For current MGANM members, elections will be held for the 2015 Board members. If you are interested in becoming a board member or assisting with the organization of this event, please contact our Board here.
And as an added bonus, we will have a lively presentation on “Practicing Phenology” by Chuck Martin, Horticulturalist at Dow Gardens in Midland. Have you noticed that gardening addicts also have an obsession to the weather channel? Experienced gardeners know that gardening tasks and responsibilities cannot be determined by the calendar. Plants and insects speak the same language when it comes to growing—temperature is the key ingredient! As we get better at being “smart gardeners,” learning the clues that the garden provides will help us predict biological events such as a pest outbreak. Phenology is as simple as noticing when these events coincide. Join horticulturist Chuck Martin (Dow Gardens, Midland Michigan) in a lively session to learn more about how you can put the “fun” in phenology!
There will also be a Silent Auction with lots of great items; that may even fulfill your holiday shopping needs. Proceeds benefit the MG Scholarship Fund – used to financially assist someone who is interested in taking the Master Gardener Program. If you have any questions about the silent auction or would like to help set it up, please contact Lillian Mahaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-256-8844. And remember to BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK OR CASH to purchase auction items (no credit cards accepted).
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Master Gardener Misty Sheehan at 231-499-9488 or Annette Kleinschmit at email@example.com.
Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan members make our world more beautiful by participating in gardening projects, educational programs, activities and CONNECTING A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS THROUGH LEARNING!
8527 East Government Center Drive (Suite 107) – Suttons Bay, MI 49682 Phone: 231-256-9888 :: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org