MGANM Events

Garden Preparation for Winter

October 05, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Garden Preparation for Winter

Gardeners interested in preparing your garden for winter can learn more at the October 5, 6:30 pm virtual meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan. Brian Zimmerman and Tom Ford will present tips for garden preparations for winter.

Both Brian and Tom have extensive gardening and landscape knowledge. Together they will present many tips to tidy up your garden including doing a soil test, amending the soil, adding organic compost, growing a cover crop, mulching, and general maintenance. The presentation will conclude with the importance of reflecting and planning for gardening in 2022.

The virtual meeting is open to the public. The event is free to MGANM members and a $5 donation is suggested for non-members. To register go to by September 30. All those who register will receive a link to the meeting via email.

About the Presenters:

Brian Zimmerman has worked in the nursery business his entire life. He’s the third generation to carry on this profession. He enjoys helping gardeners to see the beauty that nurturing plants can bring to their lives. He’s owner of Four Season Nursery and welcomes everyone to walk through the big garden. It is complete with water features, beautiful walkways and stone benches to sit down and take in the views of Leelanau County.

Tom Ford has an education background in biology and fine arts. He’s passionate about gardening with native plants. For 11 years, he has worked with Brian Zimmerman at Four Season Nursery. He genuinely gets great satisfaction from gardening. His gardens attract pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife. They were featured during the 2007 Friendly Garden Club walk.

Past events

Recordings, when available, are only available for current MGANM members or event registrants.  It is a benefit of membership.

September 07, 2021 Seed Collection and Germination
August 03, 2021 Viticulture 101 Presentation and Vineyard Tour at Shady Lane Cellars Winery
July 06, 2021 Labyrinth Tour at the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
June 1, 2021 Top Plants for Insect Habitat
May 4, 2021 A Resilient Garden
April 06, 2021 Backyard Conservation
March 02, 2021 Plants Used by Native Americans
February 02, 2021 Seed Starting
January 05, 2021 Composting and Biochar
November 08, 2020 2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Event
October 06, 2020 Designing with Woody Ornamentals
September 01, 2020 Eyes on the Forest: How to be the Best Steward of Your Trees and Forest
August 04, 2020 Citizen science, bees, and biochar in downtown Traverse City
June 17, 2020 Ferntastic
June 16, 2020 June Board Meeting
May 05, 2020 Gardening for Water Quality
April 07, 2020 Hot Plants for 2020
March 03, 2020 Growing Herbs
February 04, 2020 Invasive Species in the Garden and On the Horizon
January 07, 2020 Plant Diagnostics
November 03, 2019 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Dinner
October 08, 2019 Board Meeting
October 01, 2019 Houseplants in Winter
September 03, 2019 Designing with Native Grasses
August 13, 2019 Board Meeting
August 06, 2019 Tour of Harbor View Lavender Farm
July 18, 2019 Friendly Garden Walk
June 04, 2019 Supporting Our Pollinators
May 15, 2019 Spring Wildflowers of the Forest
April 02, 2019 Growing Together Initiative
March 05, 2019 Creating a Rain Garden with Native Plants
February 05, 2019 American Chestnuts and Hypovirulence
January 08, 2019 Status: Invasive Species in Northwest Michigan
November 04, 2018 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
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