April 2017

Photo by Deborah Stephenson, publicdomainpictures.net

Wild Harvesting: Sustainably Harvest Wild Foods

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

MGANM is pleased to present Clay Bowers from NoMi Foraging, as he explains how to start being a participant in the forests and fields of Northern Michigan.  Learn how to sustainably harvest free and bountiful supplies of delicious, healthy, all organic food. The presentation is on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Boardman River Nature Center on 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City….Refreshments are served at 6:00 pm, and program begins at 6:30 pm.

NoMi Foraging operates classes in wild harvesting monthly in the wild areas around the Grand Traverse Bay.  Wild harvesting or foraging is a great way to learn to identify, and understand the functions, of plants in the forest, meadows, and stream-side ecosystems.  It is part of understanding and interacting with the sustainable eco-system.  Wild foods are part of the new foodie culture of northern Michigan as well as a great way to keep edible invasive species in check in our wild areas.  Foraging can be a tasty way to practice conservation.  A blog with more information can be found at http://www.nomiforager.com/#intro

Clay Bowers is a plant nerd living in Northern Michigan.  He has studied wild harvesting since 2003 and has been teaching classes in it for 6 years.  He operates the blog called Nomi Foraging.  

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 gardening projects, educational programs and activities.”  Meetings are open to the public.  A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated.  Attendance also counts toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

April 2017

Learning about native gardens during the August 2016 MGANM Anniversary Party, Boardman River Nature Center

Native Garden Clean Up

When

Monday, April 24 2017, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Where

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

Who

Any members of the public, and Master Gardeners needing hours to maintain their certification

What

This will be the first meeting at the Native Display Gardens for the season. It will be a major cleanup of all bedding areas. This is a great opportunity to kick off the season and find your niche!

Limited numbers of tools are available on site. Please consider bringing your own.

These gardens promote healthy ecosystems of all kinds. While we strive for a safe area, stinging insects and a variety of animal life may be present. Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves, and any other items you may need to keep you safe. 

If you have any questions, please contact project leads: Extension Master Gardeners Becky Mang-Nye or Martha Dively.

April 2017

Tom of Four Season Nursery teaching MGs pruning techniques at a past workshop

Pruning Workshop

When

Friday, April 28th 2017, 8:30am-12:30pm

Where

Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (see map)

6686 S. Center Highway

Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

This workshop is geared toward homeowners and gardeners

What

This workshop is geared towards homeowners and gardeners, and will help you master the science (and a bit of art) of pruning.  MSU Extension Sr. Educator, Rebecca Finneran, will lead this workshop.  Participants will spend time in the classroom learning best pruning practices and the best equipment for each job, and then move outdoors to apply the learning with hands-on pruning.  Participants should bring their own hand-held pruning shears if available, and wear weather-appropriate clothing to be both indoors and outdoors; rain or shine.   The cost is $35 per person, and includes education, instruction and light refreshments.  Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.   Register online at:  http://events.anr.msu.edu/pruningworkshop .  For more information, contact Annette Kleinschmit at MSU Extension – Leelanau at 231-256-9888 or kleinsc7@msu.edu.

Recurring event: May 2017

Master Gardeners Judy Reich (L) and Becky Mang (R) pose with a Wild Columbine at the Boardman River Nature Center Native Display Gardens

Workbees at Boardman River Nature Center Native Gardens

The dates for these events are as follows:

Monday, May 1 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, May 3 2017, 9:00am-11:30am

Monday, May 8 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, May 10 2017, 9:00am-11:30am

Monday, May 15 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, May 17 2017, 9:00am-11:30am

Monday, May 22 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, May 24 2017, 9:00am-11:30am

Monday, May 29 2017, Holiday

Wednesday, May 31, 9:00am-11:30am

Where

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

Who

Any members of the public, and Master Gardeners needing hours to maintain their certification

What

Native gardens are just like any other garden: they need tender loving care. Join garden curators Becky Mang-Nye and Martha Dively in their weekly maintenance of the gardens. You will learn how to maintain different styles of gardens such as rain gardens and butterfly gardens. Bonus: you will learn how to identify native plants!

Limited numbers of tools are available on site. Please consider bringing your own.

These gardens promote healthy ecosystems of all kinds. While we strive for a safe area, stinging insects and a variety of animal life may be present. Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves, and any other items you may need to keep you safe. 

If you have any questions, please contact project leads: Extension Master Gardeners Becky Mang-Nye or Martha Dively.

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

We are excited to offer this exciting and fun workshop for members of MGANM. In this workshop, learn how to propagate a garden form with hardy succulents. RSVP’s and project form selection are required in advance. If you wish to attend, please submit your payment and the attached form to RSVP: SucculentWreathRSVP

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

Friday and Saturday, 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

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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