Master Gardener Training Class

When

Thursdays 5pm-9pm; March 9, 2017 through June 15, 2017

Where

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station

6686 S. Center Hwy

Traverse City, MI  49684

Who

Anyone interested in learning more about gardening

What

About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course and Volunteer Service

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU‘s faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session practical training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training classes and complete all (open book) quizzes and final exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes (up to two) may be made up by attending class lecture on the same topic offered in other locations. Viewing approved recorded sessions is another make up option but is less engaging for course participants. 

An Opportunity to Serve.  After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of approved horticulture-related service within one year to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training. 

After your initial certifying year, you will be required to annually complete and report 5 education and 15 volunteer hours as well as complete a 3-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).

More information can be found on the event registration link HERE.

More Info

Cost: $300, including 1,000-page training manual. There are no other out-of-pocket costs.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the class is full, or Feb. 23, whichever comes first. Please follow this link for details and to apply.

Partial scholarship funds ARE available. If you need financial assistance to make the course accessible, here is the link to the scholarship application

Which of your FRIENDS are interested in becoming Master Gardeners?  

For more information, contact:

Michelle Ferrarese, Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor
Leelanau MSU Extension office
phone: 231-256-9888
email:  ferrares@msu.edu

February 2017

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.

March 2017

Photo from Proven Winners

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 the official event page

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! Refreshments will be served starting at 6pm and the program will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

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.

During the program, Heidi will show off some of her favorite Proven Winners plants that she was able to trial in the summer of 2016. She will share tips on how to incorporate these exciting new plants into your garden.

There is no fee for this class. Free will donations are greatly appreciated and will support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

This class is open to the public but advance registration is requested. To reserve your spot, see the official event page.

March 2017

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, March 2nd 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

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

Master Gardener College 2017

2016 Gold Badge Club at MG College: 1,000+ hours of volunteering as Master Gardeners. Our very own Lillian Mahaney is a Gold Badge wearer! Photo by Michele Worden

When

June 23-24, all day

Where

University Club Complex (home to the MSU University Club, MSU Henry Center, and Candlewood Suites)

http://www.universityclubofmsu.org/

The entire event will take place at one location, featuring easy access to lodging, FREE Parking and lots of meeting spaces. 

Who

All certified Master Gardeners

What

The dates have been set for the 2017 Master Gardener College. Mark your calendar! The 2017 Master Gardener College will be held June 23-24, with the theme, From the Ground Up. While the conference will return to East Lansing in 2017, it will take place entirely at the University Club Complex (home to the MSU University Club, MSU Henry Center, and Candlewood Suites). This complex, conveniently located at the southern end of campus, provides easy access to local expressways and provides ample, onsite parking. Details regarding workshops, sessions and keynote speakers are still being determined, so be watching for more information to be released as details are finalized.

Questions? Contact Betsy Braid at (517) 884-7081, braidbet@anr.msu.edu or visit the link for updated information: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/master_gardener_volunteer_program/master_gardener_college

April 2017

Photo by Deborah Stephenson, publicdomainpictures.net

Wild Harvesting

When

Tuesday, April 4th 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

This event will be presented by Clay Bowers of Northern Michigan Foraging

May 2017

Newly certified Master Gardeners for 2016

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, May 4th, 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

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

June 2017

Photo by Breeze Hill Greenhouse

Succulent project at Breeze Hill Greenhouse

When

Tuesday, June 6th 2017, 6:00pm

Where

Breeze Hill Greenhouse

7230 E Harrys Rd

Traverse City, MI 49684  

231-941-7295

Who

This is a paid event for members, and reservations are required.

What

Succulent project at Breeze Hill.   This is a Master Gardener field trip and a fee is required.  Space is limited and reservation is secured with your check.  The fee covers materials for the project you will create as you propagate succulents.  Choices will include a wreath, terrariums, etc.

July 2017

Photo by Light of Day Organics

Tour and Tasting at Light of Day Organics

When

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 6:00pm

Where

Light of Day Organic Tea Farm

3502 E. Traverse Hwy

Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

This is a paid event for members, and reservations are required.

What

Tour the only camellia sinensis (tea plants) grown under hoop houses, on an organic and biodynamic farm.  This is a Master Gardener field trip, there is limited in space and a fee will be required.  It will be partially underwritten by MGANM a partially by attendees.  The cost will be a significant reduction in price from public tour rates.

July 2017

Plant prizes for our 2016 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, July 13th, 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

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

August 2017

Finch on a coneflower; Photo by MG Judy Reich

“Smart Plants for Pollinators”

When

Tuesday, August 1st 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

Details are coming!

September 2017

Dr. Duke Elsner presenting about Monarch butterflies at our 2016 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Board Meeting

When

Thursday, September 7th, 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

Any Master Gardeners who attend MGANM Board meetings may count their time toward their annual certification requirements.

October 2017

“Plants Deer Don’t Eat”

When

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017; 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00

Who

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

What

Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery will discuss plants that deer “don’t” eat. Details are coming!

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