December 5, 2015:
Garden Tools for Your Wish List
Do you have to keep replacing your pruner because it breaks when you try to prune a branch that’s too large for it? Gardening is hard enough when you use the correct tool for the job! It becomes much harder when you use the wrong tool. This is the class to take if you find yourself wondering what the best tool would be for your next garden project. We’ll learn about all the different garden tools and the attributes of each tool to guide you when shopping for them. A perfect class for you (or even your gift-giver) just in time for the holidays!
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities.
We’re pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328 running from January 21 to April 28, 2016. The cost of the 14-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000-page training manual. Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. Contact: Lynne Shull at 248-858-0887.
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