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News & Events – Sep ’16

Eat Your Yard!

September 10th, 11th, 12th, Daily 10am-4pm

Location: Grow Benzie

Presented by Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology and Grow Benzie. Learn more about it and buy your tickets here:


Events from The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park:

Photo by The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Photo by The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

Native Plants in Landscape – Plant It Wild

Monday, September 12th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Location: Botanic Garden Visitor Center

$25 class fee (proceeds support The Botanic Garden)

This insightful class on native plants will be led by Cheryl Gross of Plant It Wild. The class will focus on the importance of the use of native plant species in our own gardens and landscapes. Learn the countless benefits of the use of native plants in landscaping and how to create a beautiful and sustainable environment outside your front door.

MI Garden Club Flower Arranging Guild

Thursday, September 15, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Botanic Garden Visitor Center

$20 class fee

Arrangements taught emphasizing creative American design. Must be a Dist. V Garden Club Member to participate. Class limited to 10. Registration information coming soon!

Hort and Hops Program

Sunday, October 2, 1:00-4:00 PM

Location: Botanic Garden Visitor Center

$20 class fee

Growing hops and beer tasting. Registration information coming soon!



Programs from Plant It Wild:

Native Plants in the Landscape, photo by Plant It Wild

Native Plants in the Landscape, photo by Plant It Wild

Grow a Birdfeeder

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30pm potluck, programming begins at 7:15pm

Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church  955 James St., Frankfort, MI on James Street between 9th and 10th Streets.

It’s our famous Potluck Dinner!   Bring your appetite, a dish to pass, your table service, and your friends. After dinner  Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat will tell us about the essential importance of native plants to birds and other wildlife.  Find out why non-native vegetation is contrary to conservation at all levels.  Kay will share her effort to grow a prairie habitat to save migrating birds.

Field Trip: Visit Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Saturday,  September 24,  10am

Location:  5020 N Putman Rd.  Omena, Michigan 49674

Take a walk with Kay Charter to see the variety of eco-areas at the preserve.  Learn how creating a grassland habitat benefits bird species.  The Little Bluestem should be spectacular at this time of year!

Programs from the Grand Traverse Conservation District:

BRNC Gardens (monarda & rudbeckia)

BRNC Native Gardens (monarda & rudbeckia)

Native Garden Workbee

August 31, 8:30am-11am

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

Woody Invasives Work Bee

September 10, 9am -11:30am

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

Join the Invasive Species Network for a free landowner workshop to learn more about invasive species identification and management! This is a great opportunity to talk to professionals about the best approach to manage species on your own property. After the workshop, we will be venturing outside to practice ID and remove some plants on the Natural Education Reserve. Catered refreshments will be provided. Please visit for more information. To register, contact Emily Cook at or 231.941.0960×20.

Forest Management Workshop and Tree Farm Field Day

September 17, 10am-4pm

Location: Misty Acres: The Borwell PreserveConference Building in the Misty Acres Farm Area

During this workshop you will learn about different factors to consider when making management decisions in your forested property. Specific topics will include defining your objectives, tree species and what they require, revenue from harvesting trees, wildlife habitat, diversity of species and structure, environmental quality, and invasive species. The field day will also introduce the American Tree Farm System, a voluntary forest certification program for family forest owners. “Tree Farm” is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016. Read more about this workshop and field day here.



News & Events – Jan ’15 Real Dirt

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Meet our new Coordinator

MGANM 2015 Proposed Budget

Meet our new Coordinator


by Lillian Mahaney

I had the pleasure of meeting our new Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor, Elise Carolan recently. Elise has been in the applied horticulture field in both public and private sectors in Northwest Michigan since 2011. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Horticultural Science and a minor in Entomology.

Some of Elise’s responsibilities in her new position will include the coordination of Master Gardener Program Volunteers, serving as the MSUE liaison with the Master Gardener associations in northern Michigan, coordinator of the Leelanau Community Garden and Government Center Landscape, and other special projects and gardening groups.

Other duties will be answering horticulture questions and providing advice to Leelanau County residents, both at the office and online. She will work with key partners to develop and deliver consumer horticultural workshops, provide technical assistance to the Leelanau County Community Garden and provide plant diagnostic support for District 3 County MSUE offices within the consumer horticulture program area.

Elise is the administrator of the Benzie/Grand Traverse/Leelanau County Volunteer Management System (VMS) pages. She will be working diligently to update various aspects (projects, homepage, roster, calendar, achievements, etc.) to make the system as user-friendly as possible. Elise is currently working on this project and hopes to send out further information on the VMS system in the next few weeks.

Elise will speaking at the March MG general membership meeting and will be giving more details regarding her goals for the MGANM. I hope everyone is able to attend and welcome her as our new coordinator. I was impressed with Elise from our first meeting and I continue to be impressed whenever we have spoken either through emails or telephone conversations. During our conversations it is evident that she is open to suggestions and welcomes new ideas.

Her office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. I know that Elise looks forward to meeting everyone. Please don’t hesitate to call her or email her at 231-256-9888 or .

MGANM 2015 Proposed Budget

Sara Sokolnicki

Click on the link for a PDF image of our proposed budget.

2015 MGAMN Proposed Budget

News & Events – Nov ’14 Real Dirt

Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Celebration & Luncheon

When: SUNDAY, November 9th 2014, 1:00pm

Where:  Gilbert Lodge, 6800 North Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684 (follow link for map & directions)

Who:  Invitations are being mailed. Feel free to bring a friend, spouse, or special guest!

Ticket Prices: $15 for MGANM members and their guests; $20 for non-MGANM members

What: Please join us as we welcome new MG Trainees and newly certified members, as well as thank and congratulate our hard working Master Gardener Volunteers – all of you! This is an event you won’t want to miss; hosted by the Master Gardener Association of NW Michigan and MSU Extension. And you are welcome to bring a friend, spouse or special guest. All Master Gardeners are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring friends and family members. Awards are given for outstanding service for Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties, as well as other special awards. Newly certified Master Gardeners are recognized, as well as those who have achieved Advanced Master Gardener status.

We will enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon catered by Grandview with creamy broccoli cheese soup, chicken and wild rice soup, delectable assorted wrap sandwiches (cherry chicken salad with white cheddar and lettuce, chicken fiesta wraps with salsa, cheddar & pepper jack and vegetarian), tortilla chips and avocado-ranch, and to top it off, scrumptious apple and pumpkin pie for dessert.

For current MGANM members, elections will be held for the 2015 Board members. If you are interested in becoming a board member or assisting with the organization of this event, please contact our Board here.

And as an added bonus, we will have a lively presentation on “Practicing Phenology” by Chuck Martin, Horticulturalist at Dow Gardens in Midland. Have you noticed that gardening addicts also have an obsession to the weather channel?  Experienced gardeners know that gardening tasks and responsibilities cannot be determined by the calendar. Plants and insects speak the same language when it comes to growing—temperature is the key ingredient! As we get better at being “smart gardeners,” learning the clues that the garden provides will help us predict biological events such as a pest outbreak. Phenology is as simple as noticing when these events coincide. Join horticulturist Chuck Martin (Dow Gardens, Midland Michigan) in a lively session to learn more about how you can put the “fun” in phenology!

There will also be a Silent Auction with lots of great items; that may even fulfill your holiday shopping needs. Proceeds benefit the MG Scholarship Fund – used to financially assist someone who is  interested in taking the Master Gardener Program. If you have any questions about the silent auction or would like to help set it up, please contact Lillian Mahaney at or 231-256-8844. And remember to BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK OR CASH to purchase auction items (no credit cards accepted).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Master Gardener Misty Sheehan at 231-499-9488 or Annette Kleinschmit at

News & Events – July ’14 Real Dirt

Looking for Education Hours for your recertification?  We are too.  Do you know of a Conference or a speaker coming to a garden club?  Let us know so we can share the opportunity with the readers of Real Dirt.


Botanic Garden Classes and Workshops

Plant it Wild Classes and Workshops

Botanic Garden Classes and Workshop

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park—Classes and workshops 2014:

Located in the Botanic Garden Visitor Center Classroom

Register at the Visitor Center or on line at:


July 14-18    10am to noon daily—JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER CLASS

This class is for students going into fourth grade through sixth grade. The week long class is taught by retired elementary teacher and Advanced Master Gardener Karen McClatchey. This program is modeled after the highly successful Master Gardener Program and offered by MSU Extension. Horticultural, environmental science education, leadership and life skills development are all a part of this program accomplished through fun and creative activities.

Students enrolled can earn the title of JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER with lessons covering plant growth and development, soils, ecology and environmental Horticulture, insects and diseases, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Cost is $50 which includes a 4-H membership, gardening supplies, home materials and a snack at each session. (15 maximum number of students)


July 16    7pm to 9pm (Monday)– MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM EXPLAINED

Matthew Bertrand will present an introduction to the Master Gardener course for Adults. This program is a volunteer program made up of people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who want to learn about growing plants, and who are willing to share their knowledge with others. This course brings new horticultural information and gardening methods that students learn how to disseminate to others. Matthew’s presentation is sure to inspire you to become a Master Gardener. There is no cost for this seminar.



Join Cathy Hamilton for a wonderful demonstration and background in the Buddhist approach to creating stunning, minimalist floral arrangements using shape, line and form. Cost is $15 for BG members and $20 for non-members.


August 4       7pm to 9pm (Monday)—COMPOSTING—THE ULTIMATE RECYCLING!

Alex Campbell of Bay Area Recycling presents a program on composting.  He will demonstrate a variety of ways a homeowner and gardener can create and sustain a compost system that works.  He will even provide a hands-on experience with the Historic Barns Park’s center.  Cost is $15 for BG members and $20 for non-members.


August 11     7pm to 9pm (Monday)—GREEN ROOFS – A GREAT GREEN             SOLUTION

Nate Griswold—one of the nation’s first individuals to achieve Green Roof Professional Accreditation with a background in landscape architecture, plant science and alternate energy solutions will present a program on green roofs.  If you are interested in a green roof for your doghouse, shed or your whole house, this experienced young man will walk you through the steps that are necessary to create a green solution.  He will be working with the Botanic Garden on one or more green roofs at The Historic Barns Park.  Cost is $15 for BG members and $20 for non-members.


August 23     9am to 3pm (Saturday)—BIM WILLOW FURNITURE WORKSHOP — ANYTHING CLASS

In this class Bim will teach the basics of building with natural materials.  Many of the designs are historical Americana.  Completed projects will be ready to take home within the times estimated to complete—which are based upon no building experience.  Anyone can do this!  A list of projects will be available at the Visitor Center as well as a registration form to complete.  Prices include all materials.  Students need only bring a hammer and pruning shears.  Look at the website for more information:


September 17         7pm to 9pm (Wednesday)—CASTING CALL—VERMICULTURE IN NORTHERN MI.

Corey Oakley, owner of Mossy Tree Landscaping Services will present a fascinating seminar on the role and importance of worms in the soil.  He will talk about building your own garden’s soil for peak plant performance.  Cost for BG members is $15 and $20 for non-members.


October 15   7pm to 9pm—BONSAI 101

Dean Bull, a Bonsai artist and past president and vice-president of Sakura Bonsai Society, Michigan, will demonstrate how he strives to replicate miniature trees through the art of Bonsai.  Bonsai plants are, in essence, little trees but in perfect miniature form.  Cost for BG members is $15 and $20 for non members.

Plant It Wild Classes and Workshops

Programs held at Trinity Lutheran Church Frankfort. Field Trips as Noted. Check out their website at
Program:  July 23, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  “Ferns, Sedges, and Grasses”

Join Vern Stevens, owner of Designs by Nature, as he discusses how to use     native ferns, sedges and grasses in your landscape.    There’s more to a native    plant garden than just flowers.

Also: Native Plant SALE by Designs by Nature.


Program:  August 27, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  “Master the Art and Science of Composting”

Gary Michalek, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will divulge the best     methods to re-use nature’s bounty through composting.  Gary will explain different composting methods, composting set-up and troubleshooting, and using compost in gardens.


Program and Celebration:   September 24, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.  “Wild Food Foraging & Feast”

6:30 p.m. — Celebrate the end of the summer season with a potluck dinner and brief annual meeting. Bring a dish to share, place settings, family and friends.

7:15 p.m. — Kirk Waterstripe, NMC Science Lab Manager and Plant Biology adjunct     professor, will explain that there really IS such a thing as a “free” lunch.  Learn to    identify edible wild plants and how to forage like our ancestors.  Foraged foods will be available for tasting.

Board Meeting dates changed!

We would like to extend an open door for all memebers to join us at our monthly board meetings. This year we have decided to change things slightly, and hold the board meetings on the THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month. This change was implemented as an effort to accomodate our ever-changing schedules, and hope that you can join us. We are always happy for member input!

Let’s Get Growing! March 4th, 6pm

Lets get growing poster

Join the Master Gardener Association for its first annual Spring kick-off. Snacks and refreshments provided.

When: March 4th, 2014, 6pm-9pm
Where: Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd (see map)
Costs: Free for MGANM members, a suggested donation of $10 for the public attendance.
What: Join the Master Gardener Association for four exciting talks, one for each of our focus areas. Get yourself pumped for an exciting season of hands in the soil, and connect yourself with an active, engaged community of gardeners.
Parking @ Let’s Get Growing; Your Help Needed!
We may have an excellent turnout for Let’s Get Growing. You may have heard me on WTCM on Monday promoting the event. Since parking may be tight at the Boardman River Nature Center, please carpool if you can, and be ready to use our backup parking options. Please plan to park farther away, to ensure room for any guests from the community who may attend.
Backup parking (Please stop at either location and carpool from there to the BRNC)
1. Hartmann & Cass Rd., @ the Bible Baptist Church, 1/2 mile north of the Nature Center. (click for map)
2. TCAPS Bus parking area (click for map)

We are fortunate enough to have help from Mike Deering and Gary Clous in guiding traffic for the event. Please give them your thanks!


Growing Food: 

Cultivating Your Eden
by Greg Hart, Seeds

Whether you have room for one raised bed or a 1/2-acre garden, you can produce food from your home and enjoy the benefits of arm’s-reach freshness!  Greg Hart of Seeds will discuss some of the strategy involved in cultivating your Eden.

Improving Community:

Successful Landscape Design for the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner
By Brian Zimmerman, Brian Zimmerman & Associates.

Learn from Brian’s 25 years of design experience about how to achieve a landscape that functions well and encourages you to be in the garden. We will discuss the many common mistakes and how to avoid them. A portion of the program will focus on how to minimize irrigation and fertilizer use to grow stronger plants.

Environmental Stewardship:

Habitat Matters: Gardening for Wildlife in Northwest Michigan
by Katie Grzesiak, Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

Learn more about the complicated and inspiring relationships between plants and insects, how these links impact other wildlife, and the challenges these relationships face in northwest Michigan. Find out about how to make your garden a better place for the wildlife with which we share our region.

Youth Gardening: 

Getting Kids (and their adults) Going in the Garden
By Lilly Mahaney and Sue Sensenbaugh, Master Gardeners

Want to garden more with kids? Whether with your kids at home, for an after school program, or for an existing club, this workshop will help you get started. Learn about existing opportunities to get involved, or find out how to get something new started. Either way, tap into a network of support within the community to help you find success.

And remind yourself what it means to have fun in the garden!

News & Events – Nov ’13 Real Dirt


Volunteer Recognition Dinner
September MG Meeting: Ciccone Vineyard and Winery
October MG Program: The Revolutionary Gardens Conference

Volunteer Recognition Dinner

November 6, 6:00 pm

All Master Gardeners, Trainees, Spouses and Friends are invited to join in our Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

The Event includes a dinner of heavy hors d’oeuvres, socializing, Silent Auction to raise funds for scholarships, celebrating the accomplishments of 2013, Awarding hours and MG of the year,  Association Election, and more.  It is a warm and wonderful event and we are inspired by our Master Gardener Community.

The Events will be held at the Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Camp, 6800 N. Long Lake Road.

Reservations are required, invitations have been mailed.  Click here to register online.  Call Matthew Bertrand 231-256-9888 for a last minute seat.

September MG Meeting: Ciccone Vineyard and Winery

Sue Sensenbaugh-Padgett

On September 3rd, the Master Gardeners’ met at Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.  Starting with the vines nearest the tasting room the owner, Tony Ciccone, led us through the many and diverse aspects of viticulture.

The vines closest to the tasting room showed symptoms of Powdery Mildew.  Tony explained the process of detection and treatment. First, Tony discussed the need for knowledge of the types and timings of diseases that affect grapes.  When asked about treatments, I found his answer most interesting.  Tony proceeded to explain that to treat properly, vigilance is the key.  The vines and the weather are observed daily. If the vines are showing any problems, he goes straight to the treatment records.  These records include dates and times for spraying and weather.  Using this information, he determines whether the problem is new, improper spraying, or a weather change.

Moving on through the vineyard, we learned about the importance of microclimates for specific grape varieties, the difference between European and New World varieties, and the process of veraison.  Veraison of the grapes is commonly called ripening, but Tony added a much deeper understanding.  As the grape ripens, the levels of sugar rise and the acidity decreases. The increase in sugar levels provides food for the yeast allowing for the creation of alcohol.

Tony led us through the banquet facilities and the magnificent views.  A deep love of viticulture became clear when asked about his children working at the vineyard. He said “I told them don’t come to get rich.  It’s all about work.  The big vineyards buy grapes to make more wine.  I make wine from the vines I prune myself. Our grapes are picked by hand.  It’s not the most efficient, but it makes for the best wines.”

Finally, we retired to the tasting room to enjoy samples of the wines created by the Ciccone Family.  It was an all-around pleasant time of learning and linking with fellow Master Gardeners.  Thank you to the Ciccone Family for hosting and especially to Tony for being our guide.

October MG Program: The Revolutionary Gardens Conference

Kristine Drake

The Revolutionary Gardens, Past, Present and Future Conference was held at the lovely and historic Fountain Point Resort on Lake Leelanau as a fundraiser for the Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan on September 29 – October 2, 2013.

The morning began with a warm welcome, complete with a thoughtful gift bag filled with goodies such as tulip bulbs.  Educational handouts were provided on a number of topics.  A delightful continental breakfast was served.  It was a casual atmosphere, time to chat with old friends and meet new ones.  After the morning lectures there was a delicious buffet luncheon and we dined outside on the veranda.  The lecturers, Andrea Wulf, Peter Hatch and Warren Byrd, all gave excellent presentations.  Ms. Wulf’s lecture has piqued my interest and has prompted me to order her book “Founding Gardeners, The Revolutionary Generation, Nature & Shaping of the American Nation”.  The fact local fauna was used in our forefather’s gardens as a statement of national pride, appeals to my sense of planting native so I want to read more about it.  It was a wonderful conference.

RSVP here for the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Dinner

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New Board Positions!

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Open board positions!

Open board positions!

The MGANM board is pleased to roll out several new board positions in the interests of better sharing the volunteer work load and in having more energy (and fun!) at the board level. There are three new full board positions, and four advisory positions (non-voting, board meeting attendance optional but encouraged). Most of these positions will work by supporting existing committees or groups of volunteers in their efforts, though as first year positions you’ll also have freedom to define your roles. Please contact a board member or our coordinator, Matthew Bertrand, with any questions about these positions.

If you’re interested in fulfilling any of the positions or would like to nominate someone, please try to let us know by Sunday, November 3rd. We expect to hold elections at the annual Volunteer Celebration on November 6th.

Position Descriptions

  1. President – The President will preside over meetings of the general membership and the Executive Committee. The President will oversee the enforcement of the by-laws and policies as adopted by the membership of the Association.
  2. Vice President – In the absence of the President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the Vice President shall assume the duties of said office. The Vice President shall oversee all standing committees.
  3. Secretary – The Secretary shall take minutes of all Executive Committee and Association general meetings. At each meeting the secretary will have published or will read the minutes of the previous meeting. A copy of all minutes will be forwarded to the Advisor at the MSUE Leelanau County office. The secretary shall be responsible for maintaining complete records of all Association minutes attendance and correspondence.
  4. Treasurer – The Treasurer will be responsible for managing all Association income, expenses and bank accounts(s) according to the policies and procedures of the Association.
  5. Education/Events – Chairperson will be responsible for the initiation, planning and public relations for educational and other events.
  6. Communications – The Chairperson will be responsible for all internal communication amongst MGANM members and external communications with the public, including the Real Dirt newsletter, the Association website, and other opportunities as they arise.
  7. Development – The Chairperson will be responsible for strategies leading to increased membership and funding opportunities for MGANM and its activities
  8. Advisor – Master Gardener Coordinator – The Advisor will serve as a non-voting, ex- officio member. The Advisor is responsible for assuring the Association carries out its stated purpose in accordance with the educational mission and policies of Leelanau County MSUE and the Michigan Master Gardener program. The Advisor is the liaison between the Association and MSUE.
  9. Advisor – Environmental Stewardship — The Advisor will serve as a non-voting member. The Advisor will serve as a community liaison between the board, association members, community partners, and the public with the goal of improving Environmental Stewardship outcomes in the community.
  10. Advisor – Youth Gardening — The Advisor will serve as a non-voting member. The Advisor will serve as a community liaison between the board, association members, community partners, and the public with the goal of increasing support for Youth Gardening activities in the community.
  11. Advisor – Food Security and Hunger — The Advisor will serve as a non-voting member. The Advisor will serve as a community liaison between the board, association members, community partners, and the public with the goal of meeting community needs for Food Security and Hunger.
  12. Advisor – Beautification/Social Benefit — The Advisor will serve as a non-voting member. The Advisor will serve as a community liaison between the board, association members, community partners, and the public in order to meet community goals for Beautification and other Social Benefits that our gardens provide.

News & Events – Sep ’13 Real Dirt


September 3rd MG Meeting at Ciccone Vineyards
Geothermal Dedication
October MGANM Meeting
Revolutionary Gardens Benefit Conference
November Recognition Dinner

September 3rd MG Meeting at Ciccone Vineyards

Ciccone Vineyards

6:30-8:00  Technical program on small fruit (wine grapes) at Ciccone Vineyards.

We are excited to bring this program to you.  Tony Ciccone may address any and all factors related to planting and growing small fruits(grapes), such as variety selection, site and soil, trellis system, training and pruning, and more.  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the vineyard may be uneven and rocky.  Park in front of the tasting room and follow the pathway to the patio behind.  No food or beverages will be served.

Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, 10343 E. Hilltop Rd, Sutton’s Bay, 231-271-5553.  Hilltop road is about 9.5 miles north on M-22 from the M-22 and M72 junction.  Winery is about .7 miles west on Hilltop from M-22

Suggested donation of $5-10 to cover speaker expenses.

As a thank you to Master Gardeners for their involvement with the Botanic Garden, on September 3 at Ciccone’s MGs can enjoy a one day Revolutionary Gardens registration discount opportunity of 10% on individual lectures, the 1-day package or the full conference, a savings of up to $40. MGs unable to attend the regular September 3 meeting may call Fountain Point at 231.256.9800 to reserve tickets and pay by credit card. Otherwise, bring a check to the meeting. Peter Hatch was just in town and interviewed by Ron Jolly. So was Warren Byrd. For those who cannot go themselves because of weekday lecture times, this series makes an extraordinary gift to any lover of gardens, horticulture and history and is a doubly rewarding way to make a contribution to your community botanic garden.

Geothermal Dedication

Tuesday, September 17th at 10 am there will be a geo-thermal dedication at the Historic Barns Park in the Botanic Gardens. The BGS will be giving tours of the grounds and buildings.

October MGANM Meeting

Choose your topic and sign-up for the Revolutionary Gardens Conference. September 29-October 2, at Fountain Point Resort.  A benefit for the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City. Tickets available from Mynorth tickets.  Discounted tickets available ONE DAY ONLY, September 3 at the MG meeting or by calling Fountain Point Resort.


Revolutionary Gardens Benefit Conference

A benefit for the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
A 3 Day Conference: Monday, September 30 – Wednesday, October 2

Programs start at 9:30 am, check the website for schedule
Fountain Point Resort
990 S Lake Leelanau Drive
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

A world-class trio of award-winning garden designers and authors will be guest speakers at the Revolutionary Gardens Conference, to benefit Traverse City’s new Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, September 29 through October 2 at the Fountain Point Inn & Club, 990 S Lake Leelanau Drive, Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Andrea Wulf (author of Founding Gardeners, The Brother Gardeners, and Chasing Venus), Peter Hatch (the author and plantsman who spent 35 years carefully restoring Thomas Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello) and Warren Byrd, (internationally known landscape architect) will present a series of lectures that will provide an unforgettable experience for gardeners, historians and others. You can sign up by individual lecture, single day (4 lectures) or the entire 3-day conference.

November Recognition Dinner

We hope you’re looking forward to the annual Recognition Dinner coming up in November. If you’d like to be a part of the planning committee who puts on this event, please e-mail Matthew Bertrand to express your interest. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments!

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