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Yard & Garden Classes & Activities

Many of our summer classes are held in Novi at the Tollgate Education Center gardens.

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May - October 2014:  Farmers Markets in Oakland County
Many Oakland County communities have farmers markets, and some combine the market with other activities or special events, including flower days, art fairs and flea markets. (You will need to check their websites for future events.)  If you have yard or garden questions, be sure to look for Oakland County Master Gardeners for assistance.  Master Gardeners can be found volunteering their time and expertise at many farmers markets in Oakland County.
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Put that best foot forward by making your entry gardens truly grand. Janet tours the audience through many beautiful dooryards, courtyards, side passages, and main entry ways, explains what makes them great and tells how the best features from each can be transplanted to a place of honor outside your front door, gate, arbor, patio steps or other entry.  Location:  Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887. Advance registration required. Click here to register online.   REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

August 1, 2014:  Webinar - All Bugs Good and Bad, Minimize Mosquito Problems
Late summer is prime time for mosquitoes and the time of year when West Nile usually peaks.  Learn how to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes by reducing breeding sites, resting sites and avoiding them altogether.  During this 2:00 pm webinar we will cover the basics of mosquitoes, what they need to survive and how you can eliminate them, how mosquitoes spread disease, information on insect repellents, and tips on how to minimize mosquitoes in your backyard.  More information
August 2, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  By placing daisies in colored water kids will discover how plants take up food through their root and stem to produce flowers, fruits and leaves.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.

August 16, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Watch radish seeds develop into mature radishes that we eat. Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.

September 6, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Teach your children about easy gardening with these head sprouts.  You don't need to buy trays or pots to start seeds -- use eggshells instead!  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. 

September 13-20-27, 2014:  Advanced Garden Design 4-5-6
This Saturday morning series takes the participant through a successive series of training stages from simple to advanced garden design planning techniques.  Develop skills in the layout of garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of floral harmony, balance and color for formal and informal gardens.  Contact:  Linda Smith, 248-858-0887.  Click here to register online. 
September 20, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Plant two to three small plants in a see-through container to watch them grow.  This terrarium will teach kids what plants need to survive and thrive.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.
October 4, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Soil, food (compost), air and moisture are required for a plant to live.  Kids can create an ecosystem-in-a-cup to take home.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.
October 18, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Attracting birds to our yards is fun and educational.  Using cardboard paper rolls, honey and bird seed, kids will make a bird feeder to take home.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.
November 7, 2014:  Webinar - All Bugs Good & Bad Series, Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?
Why do we have fewer honeybees these days?  What caused the decline?  What can we do to help?  These questions and more will be answered in this 45 minute webinar at 2:00 pm.  More information
January 22 - April 30, 2015:  Master Gardener Program
This class series will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:00-10:00 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford.  Cost of the 13-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000 page training manual.  Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality.  After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Click for further information and to register

Online Learning

 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy Online
Looking to learn more about integrated pest management (IPM)?  Then check out the Integrated Pest Management Academy Online.  These series of on-demand webinars, created by Michigan State University Extension, are designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics.  Registration is not required and they are available for free.  Simply visit http://bit.ly/ipmwebinars at your convenience and view one or all of the prerecorded webinars.  Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits.  A computer with Internet connectivity, a web browser and speakers are required.

 
For further information about gardening classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.