January 2019

Photo from https://natureiscalling.org/isn/

Status: Invasive species in Northern MI

When

Tuesday, January 8th 2019, 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

Presented by Emily Cook of the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

Emily Cook is an Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network. She will speak on Status of
Invasive Species in Northern Michigan at the January 8 meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest
Michigan. The meeting will be held at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Refreshments will be served
at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.
Emily Cook received a degree in Natural Resources Management in 2010 from Grand Valley State University. Before that
date and since, she has held positions with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and several non-profit
organizations. Her experience ranges from hands-on invasive species treatment to outreach and education for all ages.
Emily joined the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) in June 2015 as their Outreach Specialist. In that
position she coordinates all public and partner events, recruits volunteers, and manages social media and outreach efforts.
Additionally, she spearheads ISN's Go Beyond Beauty program, working with garden professionals in an effort to prevent
the sale of high-priority invasive ornamentals. When not combating invasive plants, she can be found running, mountain
biking, gardening, or painting near her home in Arcadia, Michigan.   
“We’re looking forward to having Emily Cook talk with us because of the excellent work the Invasive Species Network
has been doing, and her stellar contribution to that effort,” says Michele Worden, President of the Master Gardener
Association of Northwest Michigan. “Key to the protection of our local areas are public awareness of the invasive species
issues, and help with their eradication.”
The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) furthers the horticulture education activities of
MSU Extension through monthly educational presentations. Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month
and are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. For certified master gardeners meeting
attendance earns credits toward volunteer and education hours. For more information visit mganm.org

February 2019

American Chestnut. Photo by Timothy Van Vliet 2004, New Jersey USA

American Chestnut & Hypovirulence

When

Tuesday, February 5th 2019, 6:30pm with a potluck at 6:00pm *please check back for dates, we are confirming with our speaker

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

Presented by Dr. Carmen Medina, MSU. Joint event with Grand Traverse Conservation District

February 2019

Board Meeting

When

February 12, 2019

Where

TBA

Who

All Extension Master Gardeners are invited to attend

March 2019

Photo of Suttons Bay Rain Gardens, 2015. Photo by The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Make a rain garden with native plants

When

Tuesday, March 5th 2019, 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

Presented by Carolyn Thayer of Designs in Bloom

April 2019

Flowers AND food! Photo property of Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church

Growing Together Initiative

When

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 6:30pm with 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

Learn about local Extension Master Gardener projects, with a focus on food gardens

April 2019

Board Meeting

When

April 9th 2019

Where

TBA

Who

All Extension Master Gardeners are invited to attend

May 2019

Blood root by Doug Sherman

Spring Wildflowers of the Forest, Joint program with Plant It Wild

When

WEDNESDAY, May 15th 2019, 7:00pm

Where

Trinity Lutheran Church

955 James Street

Frankfort, MI 49635

Who

This event is open to the public-bring your friends!

What

Enjoy an educational talk with local wildflower expert Paula Dreeszen about spring ephemerals and their benefits of the spring landscape. 

June 2019

Sphinx Moth Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

Supporting our Pollinators

When

Tuesday, June 4th 2019, 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

Learn about local Extension Master Gardener pollinator projects

July 2019

2019 Garden Walk

When

TBD

Where

In an around Traverse City

Who

Open to the public, tickets required.

What

Enjoy the annual Garden Walk, hosted by The Friendly Garden club of Traverse City. Please refer to their website for further information, including ticket sales locations. 

August 2019

lavender by Harbor View Lavender Farm

Tour of Harbor View Lavender Farm

When

Tuesday, August 6th 2019, 6:00pm

Where

Harbor View Lavender Farm, 17770 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Who

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

What

Learn all about lavender, and enjoy a group dinner afterward at Old Mission Tavern

September 2019

Big Bluestem

Designing with Native Grasses

When

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, 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

Presented by Garrett Noyes of Deisgns by Nature North

October 2019

Photo by Plant Masters

Houseplants in Winter

When

Tuesday, October 1st 2019, 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

Presented by Crystal VanThomme of Plant Masters of Suttons Bay

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