Past events

March-June 2017

Master Gardener Training Class

When: Thursdays, March 9 2017 through June 15 2017, 5pm-9pm

Where: Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station, 6686 S. Center Hwy Traverse City, MI  49684

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about gardening

What:  Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. An Opportunity to Serve.  Learn more here.

March 2017

Heidi Grasman of Garden Crossings LLC

Heidi Grasman of Garden Crossings LLC

Proven Winners: Hot Plants in 2017

When: Tuesday, March 7th 2017, 6:00pm

Where: Visitors Center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Who: This meeting is open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, see their official event page listed below.

What: The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and The Botanic Garden are thrilled to jointly host this Hot Plants for 2017 program with Heidi Grasman of Zeeland, Michigan’s Garden Crossings LLC! Heidi will be talking about new and unique annuals, perennials and shrubs. Most of the items she will feature are new to the market, meaning 2017 is the first year gardeners will be able to see and play with these captivating new varieties.

February 2017

smart gardening logo

Smart Gardening from MSUE

When: Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What:

MGANM is excited to present Michelle Ferrarese, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor, as she explains “Smart Gardening from MSUE: How to use Smart Garden resources”. She will also talk about how to become a Certified Smart Gardening Volunteer for Master Gardeners in Northern Michigan. She will cover tips and techniques in sustainable practices for soil and water conservation, plant choices, and resources to make your gardens thrive. The presentation is on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Boardman River Nature Center on 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City….Refreshments are served at 6:00 followed by the program.

“Smart Gardening is MSU Extension’s campaign to help gardeners make smart choices in their own backyards. The goal is to equip gardeners with a “tool kit” of research-based knowledge to use immediately at home. Whether choosing plants, using garden chemicals or applying water, gardeners need to understand the long-term impacts of gardening practices on their communities.” For more information go to http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/home_gardening/tip_sheets.

January 2017

Nourish your body with food grown and harvested at home

Board Meeting

When: Thursday, January 5th 2017, 6:30pm

Where: Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who: All MGANM members are invited to attend

What: Join our Board as we continue to build our 2017 schedule. Any Master Gardeners who attend earn volunteer hours for their time. 

November 2016

EMG Stone for Yard Display

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

When: Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:00-3:30pm

Where: Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Camp; 6800 N Long Lake Road Traverse City, MI 49684

Who: All Extension Master Gardeners are invited to attend. See notes for details

What:

Thank you for all you do! Let’s Celebrate YOU!

Join us for an evening of reflection, awards, and camaraderie.

“Plantings for Monarchs and Wild Pollinators” presentation by Dr. Duke Elsner, MSU Extension Educator

Hearty fall lunch with pumpkin pie, catered by Amor Comida

Scholarship Fundraiser – Silent Auction (Bring your checkbook, sorry no credit cards)

Extension Master Gardener and MGANM Merchandise for sale

MGANM members & their guests: $20 each

Non-MGANM members & their guests: $25 each

Please record your 2016 volunteer hours in VMS before 10/31 to be recognized at the event. Spouses & friends welcome. Please RSVP by October 31 to EMG Coordinator Michele Ferrarese at: ferrares@anr.msu.edu

October 2016

permaculture

Permaculture Overview

When: Tuesday, October 4th, 6:00pm

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Tours and meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: Permaculture, or permanent agriculture, is a study of land, soil and climate conditions to match productive perennial food crops.  It embraces a wholistic view of gardening that includes wise use of water, native pants for pollinator support and companion planting. Penny Krebiehl, Certified Permaculture Designer and Instructor will offer an overview of this relatively new and fascinating look at food gardening.

September 2016

Charter Sanctuary, photo courtesy of savingbirds.org

Charter Sanctuary, photo courtesy of savingbirds.org

Tour of Charter Sanctuary with Saving Birds Thru Habitat

When: Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 6:00pm

Where: Saving Birds Thru Habitat

5020 N. Putnam Road, P.O. Box 288

Omena, MI 49674  (See map)

(231) 271-3738

Who: Tours and meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: Seeing the serious decline in migrating song birds, Kay Charter set out to save these bird species by developing bird habitat in Leelanau County.   Her organization, Saving Birds Thru Habitat, encourages all to ‘grow a bird feeder’ by providing beneficial plants for migrating birds.  We will visit the discovery center and view her grasslands.

August 2016

5X7 POSTCARD

20th Anniversary Celebration & Garden Party

When: Tuesday, August 2nd 2016; 6:00 pm

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: All friends of MGANM, past and present, are invited to attend. We are celebrating everyone who helped the association thrive for 20 years. RSVP is requested at info@mganm.org for planning purposes.

What: Happy 20th Anniversary MGANM!

Learn about the Extraordinary Master Garden project – the Green Roof demonstration garden – presented by Whitney Miller and Nate Griswold of Inhabitect, Green Business of the year.

Experience a guided tour by Martha Dively and Becky Mang of the extensive native plant gardens circling the Boardman River Nature Center, from butterfly gardens to rain gardens and more.

Partake of a BBQ, herbal delights, and cake! Enjoy a Silent Auction and toast the Extraordinary Service Awards presentations. We hope you can make it!

June 2016

Building communities and friendships

Building communities and friendships

Keeping Watch Over Our Water & MSUE Update

When: Tuesday, June 7th 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: Note: Jennifer Berkey, MSUE Interim District 3 Coordinator, will be speaking at the beginning of our night in order to provide insight to the latest news with Michigan State University Extention.

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is an advocate for the health and well-being of the entire 1,000 square mile watershed. The “Baykeeper” monitors the watershed and reports on conditions. The Watershed Center staff provide education and outreach on water quality, watershed environmental work and restoration and acts as the advocate or ‘voice’ of the watershed.

Sarah U’Ren, Program Director at the Watershed Center will present a program on the work of the Center. Her presentation will include the Suttons Bay Stormwater Project which was installed to protect the Bay from pollutants carried by runoff. In addition to new storm water drains, the project includes 18 small rain gardens which capture street run-off and filters the pollutants through Michigan native plants.

U’Ren will also discuss the Center’s large-scale Kids Creek Restoration Project.  The project focuses on improving and restoring Kid Creek, an urban stream that runs through the west side of Traverse City, by reducing stormwater runoff into the creek and improving water quality.  The project also highlights the use of green infrastructure and the use of plants to naturally infiltrate water into the ground rather than letting it run off into the creek.

U’Ren has been with the Watershed Center for 13 years. She holds a BS from Alma College and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Maryland. Her work includes creating partnerships with other agencies and individuals to advocate for water shed protection.

**The program begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend a pre-meeting potluck at 6:00 pm. Bring your table setting and a dish to pass. Beverages are provided.

May 2016

MG Tom Patton explores the specimens from the GT Butterfly & Bug Zoo, May 2016

MG Tom Patton explores the specimens from the GT Butterfly & Bug Zoo, May 2016

Project Spotlight & GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo

When: Tuesday May 3rd, 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm 

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: The new Grand Traverse Butterfly House & Bug Zoo boasts species from around the world, including many that you can find in your own back yard.  Curators Cyndie and Rob Roach will be presenting an educational piece about pollinators, and may even bring a few specimens! 

Additionally, are you wondering how to get your Master Gardener hours? Join us as Master Gardeners share information about projects in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Antrim areas. 

April 2016

Little Glen Community Garden in Detroit, MI with Harvest, photo property of Buckets of Rain

Little Glen Community Garden in Detroit, MI with Harvest, photo property of Buckets of Rain

Buckets of Rain Speaker: Chris Skellenger

When: Tuesday April 5th, 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm *see notes below

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: Buckets of Rain is a non-profit organization that aids in rekindling hope in struggling urban neighborhoods through the construction of urban gardens.  They bring gravity-fed drip irrigation to impoverished areas and “food deserts” and assist local residents with building, tending, and maintaining food gardens.

Give Chris Skellenger a five gallon bucket and some tubing and he will teach you how to grow your food in a most economical, environmentally conservative method. Give him (and his non-profit Buckets of Rain) a truck, some dirt, seeds and refashioned GM parts bins and he will show the needy how to take a bite out of poverty

Chris and Sue Skellenger use their knowledge of gravity fed drip irrigation and planting to help others learn to grow gardens that could provide food for some of the poorest areas in the world. Their first stops were in Guatemala and Honduras, followed by Kenya and Lesotho and most recently, Flint and Detroit.

MGANM offers horticulture education programs to their members and the public several times a year. To learn more about Master Gardeners and our events, go to MGANM.org.

Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep in touch.

Additionally, we will have a ten minute presentation from MGANM member Becky Johnson regarding volunteer opportunities at Peace Ranch’s vegetable garden and the Ezechiel Memorial Garden.

**The program begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend a pre-meeting potluck at 6:00 pm. Bring your table setting and a dish to pass. Beverages are provided.

March 2016

tunnel in the visitors center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

tunnel in the visitors center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Board Meeting

When: Thursday, March 3rd 2016, 6:30pm

Where: Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who: All MGANM members are invited to attend

What: Join our Board as we continue to review our By-laws and scheduling. Any Master Gardeners who attend earn volunteer hours for their time. 

February 2016

A place to pray. Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church food garden 8/9/15, photo property of same

A place to pray. Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church food garden 8/9/15, photo property of same

Watershed Center Presentation and Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday February 2nd, 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm *see notes below

Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685

Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated

What: MGANM Presents Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay Program Director, Sarah U’Ren, at the Boardman River Nature Center at 6:30 on February 2, 2016.

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is an advocate for the health and well-being of the entire 1,000 square mile watershed. The “Baykeeper” monitors the watershed and reports on conditions. The Watershed Center staff provide education and outreach on water quality, watershed environmental work and restoration and acts as the advocate or ‘voice’ of the watershed.

Sarah U’Ren, Program Director at the Watershed Center will present a program on the work of the Center. Her presentation will include the Suttons Bay Stormwater Project which was installed to protect the Bay from pollutants carried by runoff. In addition to new storm water drains, the project includes 18 small rain gardens which capture street run-off and filters the pollutants through Michigan native plants.

U’Ren will also discuss the Center’s large-scale Kids Creek Restoration Project.  The project focuses on improving and restoring Kid Creek, an urban stream that runs through the west side of Traverse City, by reducing stormwater runoff into the creek and improving water quality.  The project also highlights the use of green infrastructure and the use of plants to naturally infiltrate water into the ground rather than letting it run off into the creek.

U’Ren has been with the Watershed Center for 13 years. She holds a BS from Alma College and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Maryland. Her work includes creating partnerships with other agencies and individuals to advocate for water shed protection.

**The program begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend a pre-meeting potluck at 6:00 pm. Bring your table setting and a dish to pass. Beverages are provided.

January 2016 

Putting in the plastic barrier  for our green roof, 10/18/15

Putting in the plastic barrier for our green roof, 10/18/15

Special Board Meeting

When: Thursday, January 7th, 6:30pm

Where: Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who: All MGANM Members are invited

What: Join the board as we finalize our exciting 2016 schedule of events

 

December 2015

The frozen tundra of Lake Michigan, a prelude to the "ice caves" off of the Leelanau Peninsula. Taken Mar 5, 2014 by MG Whitney Miller

The frozen tundra of Lake Michigan, a prelude to the “ice caves” off of the Leelanau Peninsula. Taken Mar 5, 2014 by MG Whitney Miller

Board Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 1st 2015, 6:00pm

Where: The home of one of our board members-call us if you’d like to join!

Who: All MGANM Members are invited

What: Join the Board as they finalize the 2016 events schedule as well as the 2016 MGANM budget. 

November 2015

Volunteer Dinner

Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

When: CHANGE** November 15th, 2015 at 1:00pm

Where: Twin Lakes Park Gilbert Lodge, 6800 North Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who: All Extension Master Gardeners and guests

What:

The EMGV Recognition Luncheon is November 15! 

Invitations have been mailed for our annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Sunday, November 15th at 1 pm at the Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Camp located at 6800 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685 (http://www.twinlakespark.org). 
 
All family, friends, and supporters of the Master Gardener Program in NW Mich are welcome! Please return RSVPs by Nov. 6th. Looking forward to spending an afternoon reflecting on EMG’s dedication to our community this past year and gathering inspiration for the next one. Please call the MSUE Leelanau office with any questions regarding this event: (231) 256-9888.

Our Annual Recognition Luncheon serves to recognize all of our volunteers and supporters. Please join us as we welcome new EMG 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. 

October 2015

Image property of Inhabitect, LLC

Raise the (Green) Roof!

We need your support for our educational green roof garden shed!

When: October 18, 2015 1:00pm

Where: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who: The shed is part of the outdoor educational area of the Boardman River Nature Center, and is open to the public 24/7. We invite you to become a sponsor of this innovative project.

What: The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan is installing a green roof garden shed at the Boardman River Nature Center 4 miles south of Traverse City. The shed will be both functional and educational: not only will it store tools and supplies used to maintain the education center, it will also be a resource for visitors interested in learning about green roof technology. 

Construction is already underway, with NMC students building the structure as part of their curriculum. We are educating the public before the roof is even on!

The final phase of the project will be the installation of the green roof on October 18, 2015 (rain or shine). The installation of the green roof and plants will be conducted as an educational exhibition open to the public, and provide valuable information about green roof technology to an increasingly conservation-conscious Northern Michigan.   

Pricing is as follows:

   -Sponsors of $200 or more (Lupine level and up) may bring 2 attendees for free.
   -Teachers, kids,  and MGANM members are $5
   -The general public will be $15
 
For photos of our progress, check out our GALLERY page.
 
For more information about the partners of this project, visit:

Inhabitect, LLC (green roof): inhabitect.com

MSU Extension: msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/Leelanau

Grand Traverse Conservation District: natureiscalling.org

Northwestern Michigan College: nmc.edu

Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan: mganm.org

Grand Traverse County Stewardship Initiative: natureiscalling.org/grand-traverse-stewarship-initiative

Ekocite (Architect): ekocite.com

Sponsorship:

Phlox: $5-$199

Lupine: $200-$499

Milkweed: $500-$999

Coneflower: $1000+

Lupine, Milkweed, and Coneflower sponsors will all have their names/logos printed, in scaled format, on educational signage at the site. Coneflower sponsors will also have their name/logo etched on a brick which will be displayed on the walking path at the Nature Center/Conservation District. 

Our current sponsors include:

Phlox:

Daniel and Lillian Mahaney

Oryana: oryana.coop

Rare Earth Hardwoods: rare-earth-hardwoods.com

Lupine:

Cheryl Gross and Gary Richardson

Linn Energy: linnenergy.com

Marathon Automotive: marathonauto.com

Mike and Marina Deering

Milkweed:

The Concrete Service, Inc: theconcreteservice.com/

Tim McGrew

Coneflower:

Master Gardener Terry Harding

If you are interested in sponsoring our project, please contact us at info@mganm.org.

 

 

the benefits of a tour at a honey farm and meadery? samples! Sleeping Bear Farms tour 6/2/15 photo by MG W. Miller

the benefits of a tour at a honey farm and meadery? samples! Sleeping Bear Farms tour 6/2/15 photo by MG W. Miller

MGANM Board Meeting

When:  Tuesday, October 6th 2015, 6:00 pm

Where: Left Foot Charley, 806 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 

Who: All MGANM Members are invited

What: Join the Board as they discuss the 2016 events schedule as well as the 2016 MGANM budget. This meeting is critical, so participation is encouraged!

September 2015

Tour of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

When:  Tuesday, September 1st 2015, 6:00pm

Where: The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park Visitor’s Center 1500 Red Drive, in Traverse City, Michigan 49684 (see map). We will meet upstairs to begin our meeting.

Who: Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What: Get an insider’s look at the changes in Traverse City’s very own Botanical Garden! 

August 2015

photo via wikimedia commons

photo via wikimedia commons

 

Let’s Talk About Hops!

When:  Tuesday, August 4th 2015, 6:00 pm

Where: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC), 6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684 (see map)

Who: Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What: Learn all about the plant that gives life to beer! Humulus lupulus is a fast growing crop for local farmers, but how does it differ from other crops? And with vertical growth, how do you harvest it? MSU Extension has a hop variety planting trial at this location, and they will show us how a hop-picking machine works. This tour and talk will be hosted by Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension Educator Please bring comfortable clothing and shoes based on the weather, as we will be doing light walking in the planted area.

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July 2015

 

937 Wood Ave, TC Photo by Whitney Miller

937 Wood Ave, TC
Photo by Whitney Miller

 

Friendly Garden Club Walk

When:  THURSDAY, July 16th 2015, 11am-7pm

Where: In and around Traverse City, MI

Who: Open to the public, tickets available through The Friendly Garden Club

What: Ever wonder what the yards look like behind those beautiful homes downtown Traverse City? This is your chance to see! A select group of homes are chosen every year by The Friendly Garden Club to be on this tour.

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June 2015

Image via Sleeping Bear Farms

Image via Sleeping Bear Farms

 

Tour of Sleeping Bear Farms

When:  Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 6:00 pm

Where: Sleeping Bear Farms, 971 South Pioneer Road, Beulah, MI 49617 (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What:  Learn about our most important pollinators, bees! We will tour the farm and learn about the beekeeping process, as well as the process for harvesting honey.

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May 2015

Image courtesy of http://www.blackbirdartstc.com/373/greenspire-pilot

Image courtesy of http://www.blackbirdartstc.com/373/greenspire-pilot

 

Tour of Greenspire School in Traverse City

When:  Tuesday, May 5th, 2015; 6:00 pm

Where: The Greenspire School, 1026 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684 (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What:  Join us to tour this innovative middle school, featuring LEED-designed collaborative educational spaces, greenhouse and kitchen.  Learn how nature, environmental science and horticulture are woven into the curriculum to promote student stewardship.  Last but not least, take home some flowers, herbs and veggies from the student plant sale!

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April 2015

Update from the Michigan Master Gardener Association

When:  Tuesday, April 7th, 2015; 6:30 pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6:00 pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What: Hear what is going on with the Michigan Master Gardener Association, and learn what our state representatives are working on.

*MGANM T-shirts and lanyards will be available for purchase at each of our monthly meetings. T-shirts are $12 and lanyards are $3.

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, April 15th 2015, 6:00pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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March 2015

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Meet our new MG Coordinator! and Botanical Garden Update

When:  Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 6:30 pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6:00 pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What:  Meet our new volunteer coordination with MSU Extension, and hear her vision for the Master Gardener Program. Also hear from Karen Schmidt of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, who will provide an update on all of the work that has been completed at the garden over the past year, and all of the projects on schedule for 2015.

*MGANM T-shirts and lanyards will be available for purchase at each of our monthly meetings. T-shirts are $12 and lanyards are $3.

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, March 18th 2015, 6:00 pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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February 2015

Photo via The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Photo via The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

 

Botanical Garden Update

When:  Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015; 6:30 pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6:00 pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What:  Karen Schmidt of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park will provide an update on all of the work that has been completed at the garden over the past year, and all of the projects on schedule for 2015.

*MGANM T-shirts and lanyards will be available for purchase at each of our monthly meetings. T-shirts are $12 and lanyards are $3.

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Board Meeting

When:  *CHANGED TO TUESDAY, February 17th 2015, 6:00 pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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January 2015

BRNC 2013

Update from the Boardman River Nature Center and Grand Traverse Conservation District

When:  Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 6:30pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)6pm

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $5 suggested donation for the public

What:  The new executive director of the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Marsha Clark, will be providing information regarding changes at the GTCD/BRNC, and things to look forward to in the new year. Additionally, Kristin Grote, Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative Coordinator will be discussing upcoming citizen science projects for our county, including vernal pool monitoring and the Michigan Butterfly Network. Your next volunteer project could be mentioned!

*MGANM T-shirts and lanyards will be available for purchase at each of our monthly meetings. T-shirts are $12 and lanyards are $3.

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, January 21st, 6pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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 December 2014

The frozen tundra of Lake Michigan, a prelude to the "ice caves" off of the Leelanau Peninsula. Taken Mar 5, 2014 by MG Whitney Miller

The frozen tundra of Lake Michigan, a prelude to the “ice caves” off of the Leelanau Peninsula. Taken Mar 5, 2014 by MG Whitney Miller

 

Enjoy the holidays!

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November 2014

2013 table decorations made with leftover lumber from MG Sue Sensenbaugh-Padgett's new home, and engraved by her.

2013 table decorations made with leftover lumber from MG Sue Sensenbaugh-Padgett’s new home, and engraved by her.

 

Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Celebration & Luncheon

When: SUNDAY, November 9th 2014, 1:00pm

Where:  Gilbert Lodge6800 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 items to donate, please contact Lillian Mahaney at racoonmama@gmail.com or 231-256-8844 BEFORE November 1st. Also, let her know if you can help with set up or checkout. And remember to BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK OR CASH to purchase auction items (no credit cards accepted).

REMINDER: PLEASE get your volunteer hours and educational hours recorded in the MG Volunteer Management System THISFRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 so we can recognize your accomplishments at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on November 9th.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Misty Sheehan at 231-499-9488 OR Annette Kleinschmit at kleinsc7@msu.edu.

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October 2014

Green Roof by Inhabitect LLC

Green Roof by Inhabitect LLC

 

 Roofs Alive! Green (Vegetated) Rooftops for Northwest Michigan

When:  Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 6:30pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)6pm

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

What:  Nathan Griswold, ASLA, GRP the President of Inhabitect, LLC has played a role in the design and development of nearly 1,000 green roofs across North America. He will walk attendees through what a green roof is, why they are beneficial and how they are utilized. He will also provide examples of what to consider when designing or building a green roof of your own.

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Large poster

Special Event!

Chickens at the Opera House

When:  Sunday, October 19th 2014, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where:  City Opera House, Traverse City, MI
Who:  This will be a ticketed event, and is open to the public. Tickets will be available through the City Opera House’s website, or through an MGANM member.
Ticket prices: $15 General Public; $12 MGANM/BGS members and seniors; $5 for Youth;*****Free for children ages 6-17 that submit a chicken joke, and a discounted ticket of $10 for each of their parents.
What:  The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan is hosting a fun and educational event celebrating the latest trend in backyard gardening…chickens! Adults, children and families are invited to celebrate the backyard chicken on Sunday, October 19 at 3 pm at the Traverse City Opera House. Doors open at 2:15. Program will run from 3-5 pm.  The afternoon will include:

  • A featured speaker, Jessi Bloom, author of “Free-Range Chicken Gardens” published by Timber Press. She will present *What the Cluck?!” which will address the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken raising myth busters, on to designing beneficial habitat for them and you. She will also share her favorite top 10 chicken garden plants! Bloom is an award-winning landscape designer whose work emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. She is a certified professional horticulturalist and certified arborist, as well as a long-time chicken owner with a free-ranging flock in her home garden.
  • Jen Strauss of Story Be Told Productions will tell chicken stories such as “An Appalachian Tale of Two Chickens” and “The Chicken Who Thought She Was an Eagle”.
  • The finalists of a “chicken joke” contest with entries from local school children will be featured. The top 10 joke entries will be invited to the event to tell their joke. Children (with parental permission) can submit their jokes here.
  • Leelanau County’s 4-H’s “Synchronized Chickens” will perform.
  • Merchandise table with specially made “chicken aprons” and books for children/gardening; and a Chinese Raffle will be available.

Chickens have burst upon our landscape as an easy and inconspicuous barnyard animal readily adapted to urban and suburban life. Chickens are omnivores who love pecking through the yard for leftover food scraps, bugs and feed. In return they give the feeder wonderful fresh eggs full of nutritious protein and fats. Free range eggs are the rage and owning the chickens that produce them is a popular activity for adults and children alike.

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan celebrates home gardens, landscaping, soil quality, pollinator gardens, tree fruit and small fruit, food preservation, lawn care, water quality and now, CHICKENS! Our goal is to share quality, researched-based practices and knowledge with the community. Having fun is always an added benefit. Please join us.

For further information, read the updates on our official Chickens at the Opera House page.

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, October 15th 2014, 6pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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September 2014

Photo by UGA College of Agriculture

Photo by UGA College of Agriculture

 

Hands On Pruning Workshop!

When: Tuesday, September 2nd 2014, 6pm-9pm

Where:  Four Season Nursery, 7557 Harry’s Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

Presented by:  Brian Zimmerman of Brian Zimmerman & Associates Landscapes

What: Join us at this hands on workshop to learn or sharpen your shrub pruning techniques. Brian will give a brief discussion and demonstration, then allow us to break into smaller groups for hands on experience. Bring your pruners!!

*If you plan to attend, please RSVP using this form: 

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 6pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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August 2014

Submitted by Sonia Clem

Submitted by Sonia Clem

 

Preserving the Harvest

When:  Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 6:30pm (Master Gardeners will hold a potluck at 6pm with a chance to meet and discuss their projects with one another prior to the program)

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI (see map)

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

Presented by:  Jennifer Berkey, Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension

What:  Learn about how to safely preserve foods this summer with an overview of all the different preservation methods.  Boiling water canning, pressure canning, freezing and drying principles will be discussed.  Research-based materials and how to utilize safe recipes will be shared along with best practices to preserve the wonderful Northern Michigan bounty.

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July 2014

937 Wood Ave, TC Photo by Whitney Miller

937 Wood Ave, TC
Photo by Whitney Miller

 

Garden Walk with The Friendly Garden Club of TC

When:  THURSDAY, July 17th 2014, all day

Where:  In and around Traverse City

Who:  Open to the public! This is a ticketed event. Please visit the hosts website for ticket information.

Presented by:  The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City

What:  Have you ever driven by homes in downtown Traverse City and wondered what their yards look like? This is your chance to see for yourself! Details on this event will be hosted on The Friendly Garden Club’s website (click the link above), and will be added here as they are updated.  Keep your eyes peeled for this one-of-a-kind event, which is also a great way to meet gardeners from other groups.

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June 2014

Photo via Morganic Farm CSA

 

Small Farms Tour with the Master Gardener Association (Monthly meeting and educational opportunity)

When:  Tuesday, June 3rd 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where:  Start at Great Northern Organic Farm (6245 Hodge Rd, Kingsley, MI-see map), and then move four miles to the Morganic Farm (8040 M 113 E, Fife Lake, MI 49633-see map) at 6:45pm.

Who:  Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

What:  We have the opportunity to tour BOTH Great Northern Organics and the Morganic Farm, which are only a few miles apart and both run by current MG trainees who are excited to volunteer and share their work.

Great Northern Organic Farm – features a 72’ x 30’ seasonal high tunnel that is part of a study on extending the local growing season, plus a variety of on-going soil, water and wildlife habitat projects. Possible production run of organic meat chickens.

Morganic Farm – features a 1/6th of an acre CSA garden, laying chickens,pastured heritage pork, broilers, turkeys, meat & fiber rabbits, and dairy goats, with exciting plans for growth this coming season into firewood production, MAEAP certification, and more. The farm is slowly shifting over to a design built on topographical contour lines.

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Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, June 18th 2014, 6pm
Where:  Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Who:  All MGANM Board members as well as any MGANM members who wish to join
What:  Standard board meeting following “Roberts Rules of Order

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May **Rescheduled from January**

Parasitoids by Duke Elsner, PhD

Parasitoids by Duke Elsner, PhD

 

What a Way to Go – A Look at How Natural Enemies Kill Insects

When: Tuesday, May 5th, 2014 6pm

Where: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. in Traverse City

Presented by: Dr. Duke Elsner, PhD. Entomologist and Agricultural Educator for Michigan State University Extension

Imagine hundreds of tiny grubs slowly eating you from the inside out, and then emerging to use your withered carcass as an anchor for their cocoons.  Join us for a gripping evening exploring the many gruesome ways that insects do each other in.

Almost all of the insects in our gardens and landscapes have numerous natural enemies that regulate their populations through some form of predation or parasitism.  Some of natural enemies have very special adaptations and behaviors that allow them to locate and consume their prey.

If you have ever watched a praying mantid capture and eat an insect, you have seen basic predation in action.  Even this behavior is far more complicated than it looks once you know the mechanisms involved.  At the other end of the spectrum there are parasitoid species which have unique relationships with a single species of primary host and obligatory relationships with intermediary species to complete their life cycles.

This program will feature some of the most interesting predators and parasitoids found in the Grand Traverse region, and help you recognize the valuable natural enemies which are in action on your properties.

Hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and Michigan State University Extension – Leelanau.

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April 2014

"Compost" Photo by May Farm

“Compost” Photo by May Farm

 

“Compost Happens!” Composting for the Home Gardener

When:  Tuesday, April 1 2014, 6pm

Where:  Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI

Who:  $10 for the public, free for members of the Master Gardener Association

Presented by:  Mike Davis, Certified Master Gardener

Healthy plants start with healthy soil. This session will provide an overview of how enrich your garden soil with compost created from waste from your kitchen and yard. Learn about different techniques for composting, what to include, and how to use it in your garden. It is easy – compost happens! No RSVP required.

This event is hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan, whose mission is to further the horticultural educational activities of MSU Extension and provide horticultural knowledge and experience to members, enabling them to share this knowledge with others through gardening projects, educational programs and activities.

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March 2014

Lets get growing poster

Season Kickstarter: “What a Way to Grow!”

When: Tuesday, March 4th 2014, 6pm-9pm

Where: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road Traverse City, MI 49686. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Who: No charge for MGANM members, a suggested donation of $10 for the public attendance.

What: Join the Master Gardener Association for four exciting talks, one for each of our focus areas. Get yourself pumped for an exciting season of hands in the soil, and connect yourself with an active, engaged community of gardeners.

Select from:
Growing Food
Improving Community
Environmental Stewardship
Youth Gardening

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February 2014

Am Waste group photo

American Waste Recycle Facility Tour

When: Tuesday February 4th, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: American Waste Recycle Facility, 280 Hughes Drive, Traverse City

Who: Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

What: The recycling facility is an industrial operation.  There are important safety precautions to note:

  • All visitors must wear closed toe and closed heel shoes with hard rubber soles.  Tennis shoes are accepted.  Some of the tour will be on concrete floors where residential trash is processed.
  • Safety glasses and vests or hats will be provided. Earplugs will be available upon request.
  • Equipment is elevated.  Be prepared to climb perforated industrial stairs. The Tour is not handicapped accessible.  Accommodations can be made for a floor tour with advanced notice.
  • The recycling facility is not heated.  Dress appropriately.
  • Be prepared for natural or synthetic odors and industrial machinery sounds.

Hughes Drive is just east of Garfield Road off Hammond.  Turn onto Hughes Dr. from Hammond at McCardel Culligan. For further information, read their tour pamphlet.

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January 2014

**Meeting cancelled due to bad snow storm**

What a Way to Go – A Look at How Natural Enemies Kill Insects

When: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 6pm

Where: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. in Traverse City

Who: Free for MGANM members, $10 suggested donation for the public

Presented by: Dr. Duke Elsner, PhD. Entomologist and Agricultural Educator for Michigan State University Extension

Imagine hundreds of tiny grubs slowly eating you from the inside out, and then emerging to use your withered carcass as an anchor for their cocoons.  Join us for a gripping evening exploring the many gruesome ways that insects do each other in.

Almost all of the insects in our gardens and landscapes have numerous natural enemies that regulate their populations through some form of predation or parasitism.  Some of natural enemies have very special adaptations and behaviors that allow them to locate and consume their prey.

If you have ever watched a praying mantid capture and eat an insect, you have seen basic predation in action.  Even this behavior is far more complicated than it looks once you know the mechanisms involved.  At the other end of the spectrum there are parasitoid species which have unique relationships with a single species of primary host and obligatory relationships with intermediary species to complete their life cycles.

This program will feature some of the most interesting predators and parasitoids found in the Grand Traverse region, and help you recognize the valuable natural enemies which are in action on your properties.

Hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and Michigan State University Extension – Leelanau.

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