January 2018

Oak Wilt and Tree Diseases on Horizon

When

Tuesday, January 9th 2018, 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 presents “Oak Wilt and Tree Diseases on Horizon” with Kama Ross from The Grand Traverse Conservation District on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30pm. Kama will address Oak Wilt and other tree diseases, how to diagnose problems, how to treat the problems, and how each of us can be better stewards of our trees and forests. With her field expertise and education Kama will answer questions you might have about your own trees. Join us for this important topic on Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

Kama Ross began her position as the Forestry Assistance Program Forester for Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts in October 2013. Prior the this position, she served as the FAP Forester for Wexford and Missaukee Conservation Districts and earlier in her career for Otsego County. She also enjoyed a career as an outdoor environmental educator at Kettunen Center, Michigan’s 4-H Conference Center, in Tustin. Kama has been a co-owner of two Northern Michigan Certified Tree Farms since 1990.

For more than 70 years, the Grand Traverse Conservation District staff and volunteers have been modeling sustainable land management practices as they care for and provide public access to more than 3,000 acres of the region’s treasured landscapes. They are headquartered at the Boardman River Nature Center. http://natureiscalling.org/

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) 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 hardening projects, educational programs, and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

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March 2018

Landscape Design With Native Plants

When

Tuesday, March 6th 2018, 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 presents an evening of “Landscape Design With Native Plants” with Cheryl Gross from Plant It Wild on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30pm. Cheryl will use her knowledge to teach us how to integrate native plants into our landscape and help us to understand why it’s important to do so. Join us for an informal and educational evening on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Preserve, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

The native plant movement has moved from “it is a good idea” to match the plant to the soil and climate ten years ago to “native plants are essential” to support pollinators and our native ecosystems to support insects, birds, and wildlife today.  This leap forward represents the research ongoing at MSU, across the US and the globe.  The presentation will cover plants in different plant communities and ways to add value and diversity to your home landscape.

Cheryl Gross is an Advanced Master Gardener and has been the Editor/Team Leader of the Real Dirt since 2013. Gross was in the 2011 Master Gardener Training class and was awarded Master Gardener of the Year for Benzie County in 2012 and 2014. In addition to the MGANM, she has been active in Plant It Wild, a Michigan native plant club, since the fall of 2007 and is currently serving as the PIW President.

Plant It Wild is a native plant group based in Benzie and Manistee counties. They offer educational materials and events on native plants. Their volunteers work to preserve, protect, and promote native plant species’ usage in home gardens and landscapes as a low maintenance and ecologically responsible solution to plant selection.

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) 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 hardening projects, educational programs and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours. http://mganm.org/

March 2018

Proven Winners: Hot Plants of 2018

When

Tuesday, March 13th 2018, 6:30pm

Where

Visitor’s Center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Who

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

What

MGANM and Botanical Garden Society are joining together to present “Proven Winners:  Hot Plants of 2018” with Heidi Grasman of Zeeland, Michigan’s Garden Crossings on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30pm. Grassman will share information about new and unique annuals, perennials, and shrubs. This will be a opportunity to see what changes and improvements that have made to plants we love. This meeting is open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot see the official event page listed below. Join us for this exciting presentation on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30pm at the Visitor’s Center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Heidi Grasman received her certification as a medical assistant from Davenport College and had a 10 year career in the medical field before she returned to her roots and followed her passion. She and her husband Rod opened Garden Crossings in 2002 as a family owned and operated business and haven’t looked back.  Garden Crossings https://www.gardencrossings.com/ is a family-owned Michigan greenhouse that started in 2002. They focus on growing high quality plants and making sure that each plant you order online has met their standards for delivery.

Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan works directly with the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City, a 25 acre sanctuary of environmental preservation, recreation and education. With an emphasis on plant species native to Northwest Michigan, it creates and enhances habitats for various forms of wildlife. http://thebotanicgarden.org/

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) http://mganm.org/ 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 hardening projects, educational programs and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

April 2018

Herbs: Propagation, Culinary, and Medicinal Uses

When

Tuesday, April 3rd 2018, 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 presents “Herbs: Propagation, Culinary, and Medicinal Uses” with guest speaker Julie Krist of Herbal Renewal of Omena on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm. With decades of experience to share, Julie will discuss the ins and outs of growing herbs along with ideas on cooking with herbs. Join us for this fun and flavorful topic on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

Julie Krist has a long time love for cooking and gardening. She cofounded Herbal Renewal where she served as President for several years and currently is co-program chairperson. She has been active in the MGANM and in 2009 received volunteer of the year award for Leelanau County. She continues to be a member of Michigan Herb Associates and volunteers as a docent at the Botanical Garden in the Historic Barns Park.

Herbal Renewal is a Leelanau County organization of women interested in growing and using herbs. One of their volunteer projects is maintaining the garden across the road from the Omena public beach.

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) 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 hardening projects, educational programs, and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours. http://mganm.org/

May 2018

Planting a Smart Vegetable Garden

When

Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 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 presents “Planting A Smart Vegetable Garden” with special guest Rebecca Krans from MSU Extension Upper Peninsula on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30pm. With her extensive educational background, Rebecca will talk about partner planting, do’s and don’ts, and common misconceptions of vegetable gardening. Join us on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

Rebecca Krans is a member of the statewide MSU Extension’s Consumer Horticulture team.  She is housed in Iron County in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and provides programming across the UP and the state.  She is the Extension Master Gardener program coordinator in the UP and has worked in the green industry as a perennial grower, greenhouse manager, and grounds manager.  Before working for MSU Extension, she worked as a high school agri-science teacher/FFA advisor for 10 years where she helped to develop a school greenhouse, school garden, and grounds beautification where students practiced hands-on horticulture skills and knowledge.

MSU Extension http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/leelanau helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities, and businesses. It is also host to the Master Gardener Training Program, a 14 week course on plant science and home gardening.

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) 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 hardening projects, educational programs, and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours. http://mganm.org/

September 2018

Smart Gardening For Soil Health

When

Tuesday, September 4th 2018, 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 presents “Smart Gardening For Soil Health” with special guest Dr. George Bird from Michigan State University on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30pm. Dr. Bird will share best practices in the garden to keep your soil healthy. Join us for an interactive discussion on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30pm at Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

George W. Bird is a professor in the Department of Entomology at MSU and former Research Scientist, Agriculture Canada and Associate Professor, University of Georgia. Dr. Bird became a faculty member at MSU in 1973; where he teaches and does research/Extension outreach on sustainable and equitable development in regards to food systems, with special reference to soil health biology. Dr. Bird is a recipient of the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, a 19-year member of the Rodale Institute board of Directors and the first National Director of the U.S. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

The MSU Department of Entomology has a long tradition of research excellence with internationally recognized areas of strength in insect physiology, medical entomology, integrated pest management, forest insects, pollination, systematics and landscape ecology. Emerging areas of excellence include ecosystem services, chemical ecology, insect microbe interactions and development of novel pest management technologies. http://www.canr.msu.edu/ent

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) 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 hardening projects, educational programs, and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours. http://mganm.org/

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