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May MGANM PresnetationA Pest Resistant Landscape – Plant Choices that are Work Horses

May 4, 2021 – 6:30-8:00 PM EST

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Learn How to Select Hardy and Pest-Free Plants for Your Garden

Ever wonder which plants are the best choices for hardiness and pest resistance in our area? Our guest speaker Robin Smillie will present a program highlighting tough plants that can withstand insects, pests, disease and environmental challenges. Robin has extensive plant knowledge and experience working as the Manager at Garden Goods nursery in Traverse City where she answers hundreds of gardening questions each season. Robin says she is “always helping the customer select the right plant or product for the right place, including questions about the space, light and pests in the area.”

Please join us to learn more about resilient plants on May 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm at a virtual meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan. This meeting is free to Association members and $5.00 donation is suggested for non-members/the public.

Top Plants for Insect Habitat

June 1, 2021 – 6:30-8:00 PM EST

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Providing for Beneficial Insects

Helping beneficial insects thrive is the topic of the upcoming virtual meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan.   Dr. Duke Elsner will present an inspiring presentation about providing a sound backyard environment to promote beneficial insects.

Beneficial insects have all of the needs of other animals-sources of food, sites for shelter, and a stable environment free of toxins and hazards. You will hear how thoughtful selection of plants is a part of the picture. Equally important, providing a physical habitat that allows insects to find or construct nesting sites that won’t be disturbed. Keeping landscapes and gardens free of pesticides also contributes to strong populations of beneficial insects.

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 May 30. All those who register will receive a link to the meeting via email.

About the Presenter: Dr. Elsner, also known as the ‘bug doctor’, grew up in southwest Michigan, where he started his fascination with insects as a young child. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University, and a PhD. in Entomology from Pennsylvania State University. From 1990-2019, Dr. Elsner was on staff at the Leelanau MSU Extension. 

Past events

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

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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