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


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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. 


April 16, 2016:   How Does Your Garden Grow: Urban Gardening in the City
MSU Extension Tollgate Farm & Education Center's own William Jaquinde is a featured guest panelist at this free community event to be held from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Henry Ford Health System's Gilmour Center located at One Ford Place in Detroit. Sample snacks from local gardeners and participate in a questions and answers session after learning about gardening options, local urban gardening projects, maintaining a healthy garden, and the therapeutic benefits of gardening for caregivers. There is no cost for attending this class but participants must RSVP online at https://urbangardens.eventbrite.com or via email at shiffmanoutreach@wayne.edu.


May 14, 2016:  Spice Up Your Garden With Herbs
Janet Downey will show you how fresh herbs are easy to grow, beautiful, versatile, and add so much more than flavor to our meals. If you’ve been wanting to incorporate them into your garden but not sure how to go about it, then this is the class for you! Class will be at the Executive Office Building at 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Register now by clicking the link!

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.