Yard & Garden Classes & Activities
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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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August 20-November 19, 2015:  2015 Fall Master Gardener 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.

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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, Michigan 48317 running from August 20 to November 19, 2015. The cost of the 14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. The registration deadline for this training class is August 4, 2015 for payment by check and August 18, 2015 for payment by credit card. Contact:  Lynne Shull at 248-858-0887. Click here to register


September 10, 2015:  How To's of Renovating a Perennial Bed

Perennials don’t last forever.  Beds that are six or seven years old benefit greatly from a partial or total renovation.  If some of your plants have gotten too large and others have disappeared or you’re just tired of the looking at the same plants year after year, don’t miss this class!  Janet Macunovich will guide us with a step-by-step approach to take apart what’s there, give old plants and soil new life, and change the design to rekindle it’s faded glory.  Registration deadline is September 1, 2015 (sorry, no walk-ins). 


September 19-20, 2015:  Tollgate Fall Fair
Join us at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center on September 19th and 20th for the annual Fall Fair!  This is a free family-friendly event that includes children’s crafts, activities, and educational presentations on site.  Garden tours, hay rides, fishing, and many more activities will be set up for the public to enjoy.  Local organizations and vendors will be present as well.  MSU Tollgate’s garden volunteers make this event possible, acting as guides, conducting activities, offering refreshments, and sharing information.   MSU Tollgate Farm is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, but the Fall Fair is an opportunity to get a unique and guided experience on the farm.


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.