Yard & Garden Classes & Activities
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Yard & Garden Classes & Activities

 

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February 8, 2016:  Pesticide Certification Exam

Oakland County is hosting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's pesticide certification exams at the Oakland County Executive Office Building's Conference Center in Waterford.  To schedule a session, please call 1-800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.

1) Only accepted form of payment is check or money order payable to the State of Michigan.

2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.

3) Walk-ins are not taken; all applicants must schedule an appointment.

4) Processing applicant paperwork begins at 8:30 am for morning sessions and 12:45 pm for afternoon sessions.  Please arrive at those times and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please call 248-521-0501 (for this situation only), and they will work with you.

5) If a morning and afternoon session are scheduled on the same day, the online reservation system will only show the afternoon session once the morning session is full.

6) Online scheduling for this region closes 3pm the day prior to the session.


February 13, 2016:  Seasonal Interest in Your Garden

Many of our gardens have a definite time of year when they are spectacular and then the rest of the growing season not much is happening.  In this workshop, we will showcase plants with multiple seasons of interests or are so glorious they deserve a spot in your garden even with a short period of interest.  Start planning now to make your garden beds interesting the whole growing season and beyond!    


February 27, 2016:  Captivating Combinations

In all of our flower beds there are plant combinations that really pop and others…not so much.  Often the addition of just a plant or two can change the look of a drab bed  to one that is very pleasing to the eye.  Come to this class to explore the world of captivating combinations to help you achieve the gorgeous flower beds you’ve been dreaming about.    


March 14, 2016:  Pesticide Certification Exam

Oakland County is hosting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's pesticide certification exams at the Oakland County Executive Office Building's Conference Center in Waterford.  To schedule a session, please call 1-800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.

1) Only money orders OR checks are accepted, made payable to the State of Michigan.

2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.

3) Walk-ins are not taken; all applicants must schedule an appointment.

4) Processing applicant paperwork begins at 8:30 am for morning sessions and 12:45 pm for afternoon sessions.  Please arrive at those times and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please call 248-521-0501 (for this situation only), and they will work with you.

5) If a morning and afternoon session are scheduled on the same day, the online reservation system will only show the afternoon session once the morning session is full.

6) Online scheduling for this region closes 3pm the day prior to the session.     


March 26, 2016:  Garden Tool Cleaning and Sharpening

Join us for a hands-on workshop on cleaning and sharpening garden tools on March 26.  We gardeners invest a significant amount of our hard earned on garden tools and at most we may get the soil off them at the end of the season.  Come and learn how to properly maintain and clean your hand tools.  Sharp tools make all the difference in the amount of effort needed to cut and dig! If you bring a few of your hand tools to class you will have hands-on experience in cleaning and sharpening them!


April 11, 2016:  Pesticide Certification Exam

Oakland County is hosting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's pesticide certification exams at the Oakland County Executive Office Building's Conference Center in Waterford.  To schedule a session, please call 1-800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.

1) Only money orders OR checks are accepted, made payable to the State of Michigan.

2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.

3) Walk-ins are not taken; all applicants must schedule an appointment.

4) Processing applicant paperwork begins at 8:30 am for morning sessions and 12:45 pm for afternoon sessions.  Please arrive at those times and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please call 248-521-0501 (for this situation only), and they will work with you.

5) If a morning and afternoon session are scheduled on the same day, the online reservation system will only show the afternoon session once the morning session is full.

6) Online scheduling for this region closes 3pm the day prior to the session.    


August 16 - November 15, 2016: Fall Master Gardner Class

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.

If you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP), the last day to register online is Friday, July 29, 2016. This class will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 am. to 1:00 p.m. at the MSUE Tollgate Education Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi 48377, on August 16 to November 15, 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 grounded 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.


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.