February 2018

Angie Lucas of GTLC

Wildflower Identification with Newcomb Key

When

Tuesday, February 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 “Wildflower Identification with Newcomb Key” featuring guest speaker Angie Lucas from the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm. Using her education and vast field experience in the field, Angie will cover the various ways to identify wildflowers using the Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Join us for this interactive discussion on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd. Refreshments are served at 6:00pm followed by the program.

With a flower guide, it may be straightforward to identify a plant.  However, some plants have dopplegangers and look like others.  Some plants may not be in bloom and need to be identified by leaf or stem characteristics.  This type of identification is best accomplished through using a ‘key’ system to identify ‘key’ characteristics of the plant, insect or bird and narrowing the possibilities till you find the ‘best fit’.  

Angie Lucas is a Senior Land Steward for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancey Conversancy and project manager for the Dryhill Grassland Project at Arcadia Dunes. Lucas assists volunteers with invasive species removal efforts, vegetation monitoring, and rare plant surveys on GTRLC Nature Preserves. After graduating from Northern Michigan University she worked at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Hiawatha National Forest, Pinnacles National Monument always with a dedication to protecting natural areas from non-native invasive plants.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the permanent protection and care of land. It has worked for more than 25 years to protect significant natural, scenic, and farm lands and to advance stewardship in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Antrim Counties. https://www.gtrlc.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. http://mganm.org/

February 2018

MG Judy Reich hosting our table at the Alice Waters event, 2017

Board Meeting

When

Wednesday, February 7th 2018, 6:00pm

Where

Horizon Books, lower level

243 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Who

All Master Gardeners are invited to attend

March 2018

Presenter Advanced Master Gardener Cheryl Gross

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

Wednesday, March 14th 2018, 7:00 pm

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

WEST MICHIGAN GARDENING EXPERT TO PRESENT

Proven Winners™:  Hot Plants of 2018

Heidi Grasman, co-owner of Garden Crossings retail and mail order garden center in Zeeland, Michigan, will present Proven Winners: Hot Plants of 2018 at the Visitor’s Center at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park on March 14th at 7:00 pm. The Visitor’s Center is located at 1490 Red Drive in Traverse City.

The presentation, hosted jointly by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, will focus on new and unique annuals, perennials, and shrubs from Proven Winners. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required and can be made online at thebotanicgarden.org/events. 

Grasman left a medical career 25 years ago to follow her love of horticulture.  Since then she and her husband Rob have been fostering their love of plants and in 2002 they established Garden Crossings in Zeeland, Michigan.  Garden Crossings is a key partner with Proven Winners and is known for their extensive line of over 1,000 of the best varieties of annuals, perennials and shrubs. 

“We’re very excited to have Heidi visit us and show us the newest plants from Proven Winners for 2018,” says Michele Worden, President of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan.  “By March every gardener I know is anxious for the spring gardening season.   Proven Winners is the best of the Michigan Green Industry and a real resource for gardeners, which makes this an eagerly awaited presentation.

“Gardeners will tell you that Proven Winners plants are well known for their exceptional blooming, their structure and their vigor,” Worden adds.  “The plants are grown by an exclusive consortium of Michigan annual, perennial and shrub nursery growers, are field tested and are known among gardeners for providing superior performance.”

The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City is 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.

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) furthers the horticulture education activities of MSU Extension.  Meetings 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

thebotanicgarden.org

www.gardencrossings.com

www.provenwinners.com

More Info

To reserve your spot, please visit the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park’s event website at http://thebotanicgarden.org/events/, and scroll down to the event. 

April 2018

Presenter Julie Krist

Growing and Cooking with Herbs

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 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

Presenter Rebecca Krans

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/

June 2018

Dr. Nate Walton, MSUE Coordinator for Leelanau County, and the 2017 Benzie MG of the Year Sue Warren

Smart Pest Management for Vegetable Gardens

When

Tuesday, June 5th 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

June 2018

Photo by Breeze Hill Greenhouse

Terrarium Workshop

When

Tuesday, June 12th 2018, time TBD

Where

Pinehill Nursery at Village Corners

1126 Carver Street, Traverse City, MI 

Who

Members Only. Fee applies. Reservation required.

What

Join us at the Traverse City location of Pinehill Nursery as we make terrariums with Jeanine Rubert. Look for more details in your email, and make sure to reserve your slot early!

August 2018

Photo courtesy of Leelanau Conservancy

Tour of The Edible Trails Project at DeYoung Farm

When

Tuesday, August 7th 2018, 6:00pm

Where

DeYoung Farm

9509 East Cherry Bend Rd, Traverse City, MI 

Who

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

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/

October 2018

MGANM members with Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery

Designing with Natives for Fall Color

When

Tuesday, October 2nd 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

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