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.

Welcome Back

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 November, we will enjoy a presentation on annuals and perennials that reliably live up to their promise. In December, members will get together for food, fellowship and fun. In 2018, we will learn about hot science topics in the annual spring opener with Dean Krauskopf, PhD, rhododendrons and azaleas, and other topics, plus enjoy a few special shopping opportunities, as well as four issues of Grow Info.

Let's Go Gardening!

On Saturdays in May, MGAWC volunteers were at the point of sale to answer questions about gardening. The goal was 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.

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

MGAWC membership meetings

Second Thursday evening, September through June

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.

What we're up to

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.

Stewardship Saturdays

Volunteers are welcome to tend the UM-Dearborn Natural Areas on the third Saturday afternoon of each month.

Where and when we meet

MGAWC members at the International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The next IMGC in Portland, Oregon.

MGAWC members at the International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The next IMGC in Portland, Oregon.

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