MGANM Events

February 06, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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From the Fields to Front Yard

Join The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park Executive Director, Matthew Ross for an evening presentation that highlights the value of understanding how best to expand your native plant palette. For those of you seeking plants to integrate into an existing landscape or if you are looking to install a new native garden; a wide range of plants and their ecosystem services will be discussed. In addition to getting lists of versatile plants native to the Great Lakes, you will get a chance to see how field botany and learning more about the role plants play in the ecosystem can be of assistance in your own home garden.

About Your Speaker: Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is the Executive Director of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City Michigan.



November 6, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Lunch/Dinner



September 6, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Planting Native Trees and Shrubs in Neighborhood Places

“Planting Native Trees and Shrubs in Neighborhood Places” with Dr. Josh Shields, Ph.D. Dr. Shields is a Certified Forester and Wildlife Biologist with the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) in Michigan. He will discuss planting native trees and shrubs in neighborhood places, with an emphasis on those that provide the aesthetics that people often look for. He will also discuss the important considerations when planting trees and shrubs in the urban and suburban landscape (from the official Certified Arborist handbook and standards) and how this differs from planting such trees and shrubs in “natural areas”. He will have some slides about the risks associated with planting exotic species, as well as some information on climate change.


August 2, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Gardening for Butterflies

The August 2nd Zoom presentation by Cheryl Gross, AEMG, and President of Plant It Wild, will take the listener from thinking of butterflies and nectar plants to the lifecycle of the butterfly.  Where are the eggs laid?  What do caterpillars eat?  What happens to butterflies in winter?  



July 19th, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Field Trip Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers

The MGANM will be hosting a field trip to Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers on Tuesday, July 19th at 6:30 pm. Michelle Shackelford, owner of LSCF will walk us through her outdoor and indoor gardens of cut flowers and explain to us what she grows, how she grows and how she goes to market with her flowers. Michelle has been farming flowers for 9 years at her Cedar, Michigan location. Tickets to this event will be limited to 30 spaces and will be $20.00. All proceeds will be split between LSCF and MGANM.

Because parking at LSCF is limited we will be coming up with a car pool plan.


June 7, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Forage Sustainably

Wild Foraging is a growing practice. Kirk Waterstripe, adjunct Instructor of Plant Biology, speaks to the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be accessible via Zoom.

Kirk Waterstripe M.S.-ecology, is currently the Science Lab Manager and adjunct Instructor of Plant Biology at Northwestern Michigan College. He has been an active organic gardener and composter since 1990. He has several plant videos on YouTube, is active in the local Audubon Society, and is currently interested in the possible of Biochar.

The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone — and to no one.

— Edward Abbey (American writer and naturalist)

The idea of foraging promises food available simply for the taking. However, the very act of foraging reduces the ability of the land to produce forage. Learn the top ten plants and methods for reducing environmental stress. Through mapping and creating your own forage areas, learn methods for saving this important Natural Resource.

The virtual meeting is open to the public. The event is free to MGANM members and a $5.00 donation is suggested for non-members. To register go to All those who register will receive a link to the meeting via email.

Past events

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

May 03, 2022 Starting a Cut Flower Garden with Michelle Shackelford
April 05, 2022 Choosing Shrubs for 3 Seasons with Brian Zimmerman
March 01, 2022 The Importance of Natural Shorelines
February 01, 2022 Improving Soil Health in Your Garden
January 04, 2022 Invasive Insects of Michigan Trees
November 07, 2021 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Event
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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