Established by volunteers in 1984, the Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC) is dedicated to distributing current research-based gardening information, increasing environmental awareness, promoting gardening activities, and supporting volunteerism in southeastern Michigan with affordable and accessible activities.
New and Returning Members Welcome
The MGAWC membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. Members enjoyed a program on raptor migration over the Detroit River in September and learned about the history of the UM-D Natural Areas from pre-Henry Ford to the present using areal photographs in October. In November, members enjoyed a presentation on annuals and perennials that reliably live up to their promise. Members got together for food, fellowship and fun in December. We started 2018 with a fascinating program on the ecology and geology of the Shetland Islands. Hot perennials for 2018 will warm up February. The March topic is owls. The annual spring opener with Dean Krauskopf, PhD, is in April. Later we will learn about rhododendrons and azaleas, and other topics. Members also enjoy a few special shopping invitations, refreshments at every meeting, door prizes, learning about volunteer opportunities, and receiving four issues of Grow Info.
Let's Go Gardening!
On Saturdays in May, MGAWC volunteers will be at the point of sale to answer questions about gardening. The goal is to set gardeners up for success. Throughout the year, please let Barson's Greenhouse, English Gardens, and Ray Hunter Florist know that MGAWC appreciates their participation.
Barson’s Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Road, between Ford & Warren, in Westland, https://www.barsons.com/
English Gardens, 22650 Ford Road, at Outer Drive, in Dearborn Heights, http://www.englishgardens.com/locations/dearborn-heights-mi
Ray Hunter Florist & Garden, 16153 Eureka Road, between Allen & Dix Toledo, in Southgate, http://www.rayhunter.com/
Take on a Volunteer Job to Get Involved & Stay Involved
Recent graduates of MG training classes may wonder how to get their hours and how to stay involved in the program. The best way to get involved is to hang out with MG volunteers who will show you the way to meaningful and efficient projects and educational programs that make good use of your valuable time. Many MGAWC members are long-time community volunteers. They found that by taking on a seasonal or on-going volunteer job, they meet people and stay engaged.
Educational Presentations Nine Months a Year
To take advantage of a year of networking with gardeners and nine educational programs, please consider joining MGAWC for $15 including quarterly newsletters and refreshments at meetings on the second Thursday evening, September-June, at the Environmental Interpretive Center at The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. All interested gardeners, environmentalists or those supportive of MGAWC’s mission related to education, gardening and volunteerism are encouraged to join.
- Click the gray button below to sign up on-line (or print a form to mail with a check).
- Click the orange button further below to see some of what's already planned for 2018.
UM-D Visitor Parking Free after 7 p.m. on Thursdays
UM-D visitors are charged $0.50/hour for parking until 7 p.m. on weekdays. Those who arrive early for networking and refreshments at 7 p.m. may have to park on the third floor and pay $0.50. Parking after 7 p.m. is still free. Details on the parking policy are at https://umdearborn.edu/about/visit-campus/parking-and-transportation/visitor-parking.
MGAWC membership meetings
Second Thursday evening, September through June
In 2018, members will learn about topics including the ecology and geology of the Shetland Islands, plants that are hot for 2018, owls, the annual spring opener with Dr. Dean Krauskopf, rain gardens and native planting projects with Detroit Public Schools, and rhododendruns and azaleas.
For 2017, membership meeting topics included determining credible sources of gardening information, urban conservation, bird migration, learning from past years of gardening, native plants, green roofs, raptor migration across the Detroit River, the history of the UM-D natural areas, and plants that really perform.
In 2016, membership meeting topics included garden tools, eight months of color in the garden, maple syrup, the annual spring opener with Dr. Dean Krauskopf, plantings to attract beneficial insects, the ecological revival of the Detroit River, the Migratory Bird Treaty centennial, plants for tough spaces, and a cooking demo.
Follow up info
Select notes and links from outstanding presentations are in "Summaries & Follow-up Info from Meetings" under "Education" along the top.
The December potluck was a fun night of eating, socializing and enjoying music together. Everyone went home with at least one gift.
Volunteers are welcome to tend the UM-Dearborn Natural Areas on the third Saturday afternoon of each month.