Projects by County

Master Gardeners connect to community through service.  We grow as Master Gardeners through volunteering, for we are each journeyman gardeners learning more each season.  We also teach others through empowering ourselves and others to strive towards a verdant, vibrant horticultural community.  Our volunteers lend their energies to help achieve mission goals of valued partners across Northwest Michigan. Explore our friends’ websites to discover how you can better make their missions a part of your own.

Don’t see your favorite project listed or for more information on a project? Contact your Extension Master Gardener Coordinator. Get working, have fun, and report your hours!


Updated March 27, 2021

Grand Traverse County


  • Brickways
  • Boardman River Nature Center Native Display Gardens (website)
    • Green Roof at the Boardman River Nature Center (link)
  • The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park (website)
  • Munson Cowell Family Cancer Center 
  • Central Grade School Garden
  • Clinch Park pollinator garden (contact Barbara Backus)
  • Downtown Traverse City Pollinator Planters Committees
  • East Bay Township Community Garden
  • Elberta Beautification Gardens
  • Ezekiel Memorial Garden at PEACE Ranch (website)
  • Friendly Garden Club (website)
  • Garden of Remembrance-First Congregational Church
  • Grand Traverse Conservation District (website)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions (website)
  • Hull Park gardens
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts Botanical Lab & Gardens
  • Lake Ridge Condo Community Shoreline protection gardens
  • LaFranier Loops
  • Michael’s Place Kid’s Food Garden
  • Mill Creek Elementary Native Garden Restoration
  • Mission Peninsula Library Garden
  • Munson Hospice House rose & perennial gardens (contact Gayla Elsner)
  • Saint Joseph Vineyard
  • Teddy Bear Daycare Children’s Food & Native Gardens
  • Timberlee Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project 
  • Traverse Area District Library Learning Gardens (website)
  • Traverse Area District Library Children’s Garden (website)
  • Traverse City East Middle School Garden
  • West Side Church Community Garden (website)

Leelanau County


  • Leelanau Conservancy Wildflower Rescue Project (website)
  • Leelanau County Government Center: Native Plant Landscape & Rain Garden
  • Leo Creek Preserve Interpretive Trail
  • National Park Service – Historic Apple Orchard Point Oneida
  • Northport Township Library (website)
  • Port Oneida Garden Restoration
  • Saving Birds Thru Habitat (website)
  • SEEDS Educational Garden

Antrim County 


Benzie County 

One of the homes from the 2015 Garden Walk. Photo courtesy of The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City

One of the homes from the 2015 Garden Walk. Photo courtesy of The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City


  • Community Garden at Grow Benzie (website)
  • Good News Garden
  • Lake Shores Garden Club
  • Mills Community House
  • Periwinkle Garden Club of Frankfort
  • Poor Farm Garden (Buckets of Rain)
  • Village of Benzonia Roadside Flower Beds

Other ways we engage the public

MG Trainees Peg Burman and Judy Reich enjoying some sidewalk chalk action (photo by MG W. Miller)

MG Trainees Peg Burman and Judy Reich enjoying some sidewalk chalk action


Master Gardeners also aim to educate the public about the scientific knowledge gained through the program. Below are additional ways to gain certified hours, and contributions count toward your annual Master Gardener certification.

  • Become a Garden Mentor
  • Diagnostics: Ask an Expert 
  • Diagnostics: State Hotline
  • Junior Master Gardener Program
  • Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Program Support
  • Michigan Master Gardener Association (MMGA) Statewide Organization (website)
  • Smart Gardening Outreach
  • Squash Bee EMG Citizen Science Project
  • The Real Dirt newsletter article contributions or MGANM website support (link)
Michigan Gardening Hotline

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