Projects by County

Master Gardeners connect to community through service.  We grow as Master Gardeners through volunteering, for we are each journeyman gardeners learning more each season.  We also teach others through empowering ourselves and others to strive towards a verdant, vibrant horticultural community.  Our volunteers lend their energies to help achieve mission goals of valued partners across Northwest Michigan. Explore our friends’ websites to discover how you can better make their missions a part of your own.

 There are many horticultural education opportunities in our area. The volunteering and horticultural educational programs may count toward your Extension Master Gardener certification. Please refer to the website of the host organization for full event details, and always HAVE FUN!

Don’t see your favorite organization listed? Get working, and report your hours!

Grand Traverse County


  • Brickways
  • Boardman River Nature Center Native Display Gardens (website)
    • Green Roof at the Boardman River Nature Center (link)
  • The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park (website)
  • Munson Cowell Family Cancer Center 
  • Central Grade School Garden
  • Clinch Park pollinator garden (contact Barbara Backus)
  • East Bay Township Community Garden
  • Elberta Beautification Gardens
  • Ezekiel Memorial Garden at PEACE Ranch (website)
  • Friendly Garden Club (website)
  • Garden of Remembrance-First Congregational Church
  • Grand Traverse Conservation District (website)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions (website)
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indian gardens
  • Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center native demonstration gardens
  • Hull Park gardens
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts Botanical Lab & Gardens
  • John Frederixon Memorial Garden
  • Lake Ridge Condo Community Shoreline protection gardens
  • Michael’s Place Kid’s Food Garden
  • Mill Creek Elementary Native Garden Restoration
  • Mission Peninsula Library Garden
  • Munson Hospice House rose & perennial gardens (contact Gayla Elsner)
  • Noah’s Ark Daycare (website)
  • Saint Joseph Vineyard
  • Teddy Bear Daycare Children’s Food & Native Gardens
  • Timberlee Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project 
  • Traverse Area District Library Learning Gardens (website)
  • Traverse Area District Library Children’s Garden (website)
  • West Side Church Community Garden (website)

Leelanau County


  • Leelanau Christian Neighbors Food Pantry Garden
  • Leelanau Conservancy Wildflower Rescue Project (website)
  • Leelanau County Government Center: Native Plant Landscape & Rain Garden
  • Leo Creek Preserve Interpretive Trail
  • National Park Service – Historic Apple Orchard Point Oneida
  • Northport Township Library (website)
  • Pathfinder School (website)
  • Port Oneida Garden Restoration
  • Saving Birds Thru Habitat (website)
  • SEEDS Educational Garden
  • Suttons Bay District Library Children’s Garden
  • Suttons Bay Rain Gardens (managed by The Watershed  Center of GT Bay)

Antrim County 


  • Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church Food Garden (website)

Benzie County 

One of the homes from the 2015 Garden Walk. Photo courtesy of The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City

One of the homes from the 2015 Garden Walk. Photo courtesy of The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City


  • Community Garden at Grow Benzie (website)
  • Lake Shores Garden Club
  • Mills Community House
  • Periwinkle Garden Club of Frankfort
  • Plant it Wild (website)
  • Poor Farm Garden (Buckets of Rain)
  • Seeds-2-Save Manistee
  • Village of Benzonia Roadside Flower Beds

Other ways we engage the public

MG Trainees Peg Burman and Judy Reich enjoying some sidewalk chalk action (photo by MG W. Miller)

MG Trainees Peg Burman and Judy Reich enjoying some sidewalk chalk action


Master Gardeners also aim to educate the public about the scientific knowledge gained through the program. Below are additional ways to gain certified hours, and contributions count toward your annual Master Gardener certification.

  • The Real Dirt newsletter (link)
  • Squash Bee EMG Citizen Science Project
  • Diagnostics: Ask an Expert 
  • Diagnostics: State Hotline
  • Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Program Support
  • Michigan Master Gardener Association (MMGA) Statewide Organization (website)
  • Junior Master Gardener Program
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