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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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April 26, 2014:  Gardening and All That Jazz! Conference
Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming "Gardening and All That Jazz!" conference for new and experienced gardeners.  Keynote speakers include nationally known writer Allan Armitage, as well as speakers discussing garden photography, native plants, and the seasonal use of shrubs.  Pre-registration is required; registration at the door is not available.


May 3, May 17, May 31, June 7, 2014:  Garden Design 1-2-3
This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds. Questions? Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/  This workshop will be repeated on June 10th in Macomb County.
The 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at White Lake Oaks Banquet Center, 991 N. Williams Lake Road, White Lake, MI 48386 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  There will be a pianist and a cash bar. The sit down dinner will include your choice of roast top sirloin au jus (9 oz.), breast of chicken over wild rice or vegetarian kebobs.  All dinners will include a fresh garden salad, vegetable, potato, hot rolls and butter.  Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and pop. Sherbet and cookies will be served to cap off dinner.  Tickets are $26.50 per person.  Registration deadline is May 8th.   You have the option of paying by check or credit card.  For banquet details, a list of Master Gardeners being honored and the registration form, click on the link above. 
June 10, 2014:  Creating Eco-Friendly Landscapes in Your Yard
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the MSU Extension Assembly Room, VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, 48036. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/
June 24, 2014:  The Busy Gardener
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich.  Tips for the gardener who wants to make the best use of precious time and money.  Janet will present ideas and answer questions to help you get your garden, shrub and lawn work done in the spring that will make summer more relaxing and beautiful.   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.
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.
August 26, 2014:  Never Stop Growing: In Pursuit of Low Maintenance, All the Years of Our Lives
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Here’s a look at what you can do to reduce the work you do in your yard and how to keep it up even as your physical abilities change. Although there isn’t any such thing as a no maintenance garden, there are low maintenance gardens and yards and different approaches that reduce work by making tasks simpler or physically easier. You may be surprised at how much difference you can make with design modifications, variations in tools and timing and more. These tips come to you from 30-year professional gardener and writer, Janet Macunovich with lots of input from those with even more seniority.   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.

Online Learning

April 22 to May 27, 2014:  Vegetable Gardening 101 webinar series
Join us on Tuesday nights, 6:00-7:00 pm for a 6-week online introductory course on vegetable gardening.
 
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.