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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.

October 18, 2014:  Captivating Combinations
Stunning plant combinations are the building blocks of a great garden. Join us to:
    Explore the basics of successfully combining plants
    Discover how creative plant combinations can “perk up” an existing garden or provide the foundation for a new garden
    View many captivating combinations appropriate for a wide variety of Michigan garden conditions
Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.
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   Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.

February 9-March 16-April 13, 2015:  Michigan Pesticide Applicator Exams
Michigan Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator examinations will be held in Oakland County at 8:30 a.m.on February 9, March 16 and April 13, 2015.  Exam sessions generally run 9am-12pm.  The location is the Oakland County Service Center Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford.  Go to  for more information and to register.  Advance registration is required.
1) Only money orders or checks made payable to the State of Michigan are accepted.
2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.
3) We do not take walk-ins; all applicants must schedule an appointment.
4) We generally begin processing applicant paperwork at 8:30 am.  Please  arrive at that time and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please contact Molly Mott at 248-521-0501 (for this situation only).

 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 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.