May 29

Perennial Accents of Royal Oak (Andy Torvinen's Hosta & More Sale)

  • 1322 Catalpa Drive Royal Oak, MI

Annual Plant Sale on 3 weekends in May

"On the days of our sales our garden is open for touring, you don't have to buy anything just come by and see our garden.

  • Mother’s Day Weekend:  Sat., May 13, 8 am – 5 pm and Sun., May 14, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 8 am – 5 pm and Sunday, May 21, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Memorial Day Weekend:  Sat. May 27, 8 am – 5 pm, Sun., May 28, 9 am – 5 pm, Mon., May 29, 9 am – 3 pm

1322 Catalpa Drive (11.5 Mile), East of Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak

Plant list at Prices $5 - $75, cash or personal checks. 

Perennial Accents of Royal Oak,



Jun 8

Evenings in the Garden, Novi, $20-40/class

  • Tollgate Farm

Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes for beginner and experienced gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, and outdoor enthusiasts, that brings experts in to share their expertise on a variety of topics.
Advance registration is required. The cost of most classes is $20, which supports paid staff at MSU Tollgate. More information at

Thursday, May 25 Mary Gerstenberger's Container Gardening Workshop - $40
6:30 – 8:30 pm
We garden in containers for a variety of reasons – for beauty and out of necessity. This class will include a lecture and presentation, along with a tour of our Tollgate Enabling Garden, and a hands-on portion where you get to create your own container to take home!

Thursday, June 8 – How to Succeed in Landscape Planting with Dr. Robert Schutzki – $20
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Even the best gardeners endure the grief of lost plants. In this class, we learn the necessary steps to creating a successful planting project, including plant selection, and proper planting techniques and care during the first few years of establishment.

Jun 24

Master Gardener College, East Lansing, $70-$245

Are you sick and tired of Michigan’s gloomy weather? Can’t wait for spring to finally arrive? The Master Gardener Volunteer Management System is happy to brighten your day with more information about the keynote speakers who will be presenting at the 2017 Master Gardener College, to be held June 23-24 in East Lansing: Janet Draper, Smithsonian Institution Horticulturist, and Dr. Dan Herms, Ohio State University Entomology Specialist. 

Master Gardener College is an annual event hosted by MSU Extension designed to support and enhance the research and science-based knowledge of re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and current Trainees. Master Gardener College will also be open to the public, so bring friends!    

MG College will be held at the MSU University Club Complex (home to the MSU Henry Center, MSU University Club and Candlewood Suites) on south campus. The entire event will take place at one location providing a convenient and relaxing experience. The MSU University Club Complex offers easy access to lodging, lots of meeting spaces, and FREE onsite parking. 

In addition to keynote addresses, there will be hands-on workshops and tours on Friday as well as 15 breakout sessions on Saturday with plenty of opportunities to visit the Garden Marketplace and pick up gardening and garden-related supplies and gifts, from great books, gloves, pruners/nippers, shirts, lotions, soap, garden art, plants and much more. 

Plan to attend June 23-24 for 2017 MG College at the MSU University Club Complex in East Lansing. The cost to attend Master Gardener College will vary based upon the activities you elect. Visit the Master Gardener College website to keep apprised of developments for this exciting event! 

10:00 am10:00

Livonia Garden Walk, $9/10

  • Greenmead Historical Village

28th Annual Friends of Greenmead Garden Walk

Five privately owned gardens will be open for touring as well as the Simmons- Hill House Gardens.

Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 day of event. Tickets available at Greenmead, Civic Center Library and 5th floor City Hall - Community Resources.

Maps are available day of the event only at the Simmons - Hill House and Civic Center Library.

6:30 pm18:30

Adrian Bloom, Dearborn, $35/40/45

  • Dearborn Inn

Dearborn Inn's Alexandria Ballroom, 20301 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124

Two-page info & registration flyer for Adrian Bloom at Dearborn Inn Th eve 13 July 2017

Widely-acclaimed British gardener Adrian Bloom will speak on “Designing Drama in The Year-Round Garden: Making the most of Trees, Shrubs, Conifers, Perennials, Grasses, Ferns and Bulbs.” Adrian Bloom is the former president of the legendary Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Norfolk, England, developer of Britain’s superb Foggy Bottom garden, television personality, author and world traveler in the service of horticulture. In addition to his illustrated presentation, he will autograph your copy(ies) of his books and pose for photos. (Bring books you already have, or order them.)

Gardening with Conifers, updated and published in paperback in 2017, will be available at the very special price of $20 (retail $29.95). Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, published in 2010, will be available for $23 (retail $34.95). Order one or both, for delivery at the lecture.

Tickets: $35 per person if postmarked before May 1, 2017; $40 per person between May 1 and July 1. No mail registrations accepted after July 1, 2017. Registration at the door will be $45 if space is available. Tickets include admission, book signing, and lecture.

Sponsored by the American Conifer Society and Michigan Gardener Magazine. Qualifies as one continuing education credit/hour for Michigan Master Gardener Program.

Please make checks--for ticket(s) plus any book(s)--payable to American Conifer Society Central Region and mail to: David Speth, ACS Central Region Treasurer, N3596E, CTH A, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085. For questions only — contact Dennis Groh,

5:45 pm17:45

Rouge Cruise Narrated by Orin Gelderloos, Ph.D., Detroit, $50/$55

  • Stroh River Place

On Tuesday evening, our March speaker, Orin Gelderloos, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will be narrating the Rouge Cruise on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This Friends of the Rouge event begins with boarding the Diamond Belle at 5:45 p.m. at Stroh River Place in Detroit to explore an urban river from 6-8:30 p.m.

After departing from Stroh River Place, we will travel downstream and under the Ambassador Bridge before turning to head up the Rouge River. We will travel upstream in the Rouge as far as the turning basin at the Ford Rouge Complex before returning to dock at Stroh River Place.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $50 per person before July 11 ($55 after July 11) and include dinner with soft drinks. There is a cash bar on the three-level boat with interior and exterior space. The Stroh River Place dock is at the end of Joseph Campau Street, just past where it intersects with Atwater Street. Parking near the dock is $5.

More information and on-line ticket sales at or 313-792-9900.

1:00 pm13:00

Stewardship Saturday at U of M-Dearborn Natural Areas

MGAWC members and friends are welcome to volunteer with Stewardship Saturdays at UM-D to assist in any once-a-month afternoons doing invasive plant removal in the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Study Area. Pick one or more days to come out and help. This year-round, ongoing effort will help address the many threats posed by various invasive plants to the continuation of habitat health and quality. Each month will bring opportunities for optimal removal of various invasive plants according to current best management practices.

All equipment for removing invasive plants will be provided by the Environmental Interpretive Center. But, if you have a sturdy pair of long-handled branch loppers that you can bring, please do. Also, please bring your own drinking water and work gloves for use while we are out in the field.

This activity involves moderate physical activity in off trail natural habitat areas. Wear suitable work clothes that can be scraped and poked by twigs and/or the occasional thorny plant, or have contact with sticky bur seeds. A good pair of sturdy work shoes/boots is also a must. For additional info,

May 6

Central PARC Spring Pottery Sale at Graye's Greenhouse, Plymouth, Free

  • Graye's Greenhouse

Central PARC Art Studios Spring Pottery Sale at Graye's Greenhouse

10am-5pm on Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6

Family owned and operated by the Graye family since 1918, Graye's Greenhouse stocks the hard-to-find plants and flowers that the larger "box stores" won't. If you are looking for something specific that you cannot find anywhere else, call or stop in to Graye's and see if this location has it.

Large selection of succulents, houseplants and other items. Cash or check only, no credit cards, no website. Interesting to explore.

8:00 am08:00

Creativity in Bloom, East Lansing, $70-90

  • MSU Horticulture Gardens

Featuring Janet Macunovich, Art Cameron and Daedre McGrath

Online Registration

Parking & Directions
Overnight Accommodations

$70 for 2017 MSU Horticulture Garden members (through 4/21)
$80 non-member (through 4/21)
$90 all registrations beginning 4/22
Registration includes four keynote presentations, coffee, lunch, parking and materials

For special accommodations or questions, please contact Jennifer Sweet at 517-353-0443 or .

1:00 pm13:00

Garden Pop-up Visit!, Ann Arbor, $5

  • Private Garden

Spring has Sprung! 
Join us for a Garden Pop-up Visit!
Sunday, April 9, 1 - 5 pm, $5
Pop-Up Garden: 1835 Arlington, Ann Arbor

Explore David Baker’s spectacular hillside garden at its peak performance!  This is the 3rd time (summer 2016; fall 2016) visiting one of Ann Arbor’s most splendid collections of spring perennials, including a large collection of hellibores, water features, and garden art.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit this garden, now is your opportunity. If you have seen it before you will want to see it in this beautiful spring phase. 

Parking on Arlington. Please do not park in the driveway

Proceeds benefit local non-profit horticultural projects

www.annarborfarmandgarden. org

6:30 pm18:30

Evenings in the Garden, Novi, $20

  • Tollgate Farm

Norm Lownds, Ph.D., on Gardening with Children:  Finding Magic in Your Garden -- Journey into the Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens and discover the magic that will interest and engage kids of all ages.

Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi

Questions:  248-347-0269 extension 229,

More Information and Registration:

Mar 19

Ann Arbor Orchid Festival, Matthaei, Free

A two-day orchid extravaganza with orchid displays, orchids in bloom, and regional commercial vendors. Tropical and hardy orchids and orchid-growing supplies and related items for sale. Free informational talks and demos. Info: Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

At  "This event runs two days and is open 10 am-4:30 pm both days." In the 2017 Matthaei-Nichols Member Guide, the Saturday hours are noon-4:30 pm.

Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

8:45 am08:45

Be the Educated Naturalist, Port Huron, $90-100

  • Landmark Academy

Master Gardeners of St Clair County Present

Lecture Topics

Mark Weathington: Slave to the Goddess Flora; Plants and Plans from a Lazy Gardener. Gardening is easy – don’t let the experts tell you otherwise! Find out shortcuts and techniques to take some of the work out of gardening as well as some foolproof plants for even the brownest thumb.

Rick Darke: Looking at the Layered Landscape. The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. An illustrated discussion of the living layers in local and regional landscapes, both as they occur naturally and as they are often modified by human culture. This exploration will provide a basis for understanding the essential characteristics of healthy layers and how they can be conserved and enhanced in home gardens and shared landscapes.

Doug Tallamy: A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening. In the past we have designed our landscapes strictly for our own pleasure, with no thought to how they might impact the natural world around us. Such landscapes do not contribute much to local ecosystem function and support little life. Using chickadees and other wildlife as guides, he will explain how plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. In the process he shows how creating living landscapes sharing by our spaces with other living things will not reduce our pleasurable garden experiences, but enhance them.

Rick Darke: Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscape. Rick will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes. Strategies for employing "organic architecture" in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

Larry Cornelis: "The History of Our Local Forests". Larry's presentation looks at both the ecological and cultural impacts on our regions forests over the last 15,000 years, which includes climate change at both ends of that time frame, native land care, a great rewilding and European exploitation. He will finish up with a focus on our indigenous "Carolinian" tree species.

9:00 am09:00

Outdoor Living Extravaganza, Shelby Township, $80/95

  • Cherry Creek Golf Club

Saturday, March 11, 2017, registration opens at 8 AM, presentations begin at 9 AM

Early Bird Registration - $80 per person through January 31
General Registration - $95 per person February 1 through March 11

Tickets: 2017 Detroit Outdoor Living Extravaganza 

Includes: Catered Luncheon • Free Plant • 4 Lectures • Goodie Bag

Speakers and Topics

  • Jessica DeGraaf, Retail Account Manager with Proven Winners, as emcee
  • John Gaydos, Director of Product Development and Promotion with Proven Winners, on Only the Best for Your Garden
  • Heidi Grasman, Owner/Sales & Customer Service with Garden Crossings, on Container Gardening
  • Stacey Hirvela, Horticulturist & Author with Spring Meadow Nursery, on Pruning and Shrub Care
  • Laura LeBoutillier, Gardening Personality with Garden Answer, on Outdoor Gardening Project
9:00 am09:00

Growing Great Gardens, Taylor, $45

  • Wayne County Community College - Downriver Campus

Taylor Conservatory Foundations' annual conference.

Save the Date!  March 11, 2017.  Mark your calendars and join us the 9th annual GGG event next spring. Celebrate all things GREEN and GROWING with a full day of fun, learning, lunch, networking and shopping with garden friends. It’s a great way to for Master Gardeners to get Education hours, too.

8:30 am08:30

Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association Conference, E. Lansing, $40-105

The Versatility of Gardening for Both Recreation and Treatment

Conference details, theme, program, schedule and fees at Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association's (MHTA) Annual Conference

Keynote Speaker Lesley Fleming, HTR

MHTA Conference Brochure

Gardening activities are currently being used to achieve specific and documented health benefits. Nature-based activities including gardening are utilized as both recreational activities and therapeutic interventions in a broad spectrum of disciplines; horticulture, social work, oncology, recreational, occupational, and physical therapy, psychology, geriatrics and rehab medicine. Practitioners in these fields should find the conference sessions informative and relevant to their work. Defining therapeutic horticulture and contexts in which it and nature-based therapies are used will be presented. Adaptive gardening techniques and tools, programming ideas and therapeutic gardens will also be presented.

Fee includes keynote, two breakout sessions, lunch in the conservatory and e-book, Therapeutic Horticulture: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Books, Education, Vendors, Networking and CEUs

More info at and

6:30 pm18:30

Evenings in the Garden, Novi, $20

  • Tollgate Farm

Tony Reznicek, Ph.D., on Rock Gardening:  A Look at Plants for Small Spaces -- Discover how to create an authentic rock garden with the curator and assistant director of the University of Michigan Herbarium.

Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi

Questions:  248-347-0269 extension 229,

More Information and Registration:

8:15 am08:15

Know and Grow Seminar, Midland, $75

  • Bullock Creek High School

Dow Gardens,

“Growing and Cooking the Year-Round Harvest”

“Achieving the Holy Grail - Epic Tomatoes from your Garden”

“Designing Edible and Ornamental Small Space Gardens”

Shop the Garden Marketplace! 

The Midland Master Gardeners will again host an array ofvendors from across the state to create a one-of-a-kind gardening marketplace. You never know what treasure you’ll find at the Master Gardener Marketplace.  Get ready to shop!   

Lunch is included!

9:00 am09:00

Plants of Distinction, Novi, $80

  • Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel

Registration is open for the 2017 Plants of Distinction program scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st and features the following palette of topics and speakers:

·  The Three Dimensional Landscape, Andrew Bunting, Director of Plant Collections, Chicago Botanic Gardens

· Color Spots in the Landscape for Punch, Pizzazz and Pollinators, Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

· Dwarf and Unusual Conifers for Midwest Gardens, Paul Pfiefer, Managing Director, MSU Hidden Lake Gardens

· Belvidere: Evolution of a Plantsman’s Garden, Andrew Bunting, Director of Plant Collections, Chicago Botanic Gardens

· Plantus mustus…Plants You’ve Gotta Have!, Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens,

The event has moved to The Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel and Conference Center, 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi. The registration price will remain $80.00 per person.

 Visit for full details and registration. Registration closes February 14th.

6:30 pm18:30

Evenings in the Garden, Novi, $20

  • Tollgate Farm

Janet Macunovich on Four-Season Landscapes -- Explore design techniques, plant suggestions, and maintenance tips from beloved garden designer and author.

Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi

Questions:  248-347-0269 extension 229,

More Information and Registration:

Feb 28

Smart Gardening Vegetables 101 Webinar Series, Internet, $30/40

Six week on-line introductory course on start-to-finish vegetable gardening on Tuesday evenings, 6-7 p.m., January 24-February 28, 2017.

Early registration of $30 through January 10. Regular registration of $40 through January 20. High speed internet is required.

Details, registion and payment at

Mar 13

MG Training, Monday evenings, WCCC Belleville, $300

Master Gardener Training Course, 14 weeks, at Wayne County Community College District, Western Campus, 9555 Haggerty, Belleville

Monday evenings, 6-10 p.m., January 23-April 24, 2017

Cost:  $300 includes 1,000-page training manual (check or credit card accepted)

Class requirments include attending all training sessions, completing all open book quizes and final exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Trainees may be required to undergo a criminal background check before volunteering.

After completing the training, trainees must complete 40 hours of approvedhorticulture-related volunteer service within one year to earn certification. After the initial certifying year, MSU Extension requires paying a $20 annual recertification fee, reporting of 5 self-funded education and 15 voluneer hours, and completing a three-step on-line recertification process.

Contact:  Deirdre Hope,, 734-546-8657

Details, On-line Registration and Scholarship Application:

7:00 pm19:00

Hardy Plant Society Meeting, Bloomfield Hills, $5 Non-members

Hardy Plant Society ~ Great Lakes Chapter meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, 1000 Cranbrook Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

HPS Annual Membership 2016: $15 per person, $20 per household (Non-member guests: $5 per meeting) All are welcome!

Chuck Martin, Senior Horticulturist at Dow Gardens in Midland will present “Phenology and Garden Rhythms”

Phenology: all plant and nature lovers realize that the calendar and its dates are not always reliable. We can trust that each year biological events occur at different dates. Weather patterns change and can’t be predicted for the long term. We have tools that aid us in the timing to scout for biological events. One of the best tools is nature’s calendar based on the principal of phenology. Come and learn about phenology and how it can help you better observe and appreciate the natural world and the rhythms of your garden.

Chuck Martin, Senior Horticulturist-The Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan since 1984, and garden journalist for the Midland Daily News, has expertise in the areas of woody plants, perennials, rose care and culture, native plants of Michigan, vines, invasive plants, ground maintenance and pruning. 

Chuck received his Bachelors Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Michigan State University. After a few years as a caretaker of an estate garden, he went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and obtained a Master Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. During his time in Wisconsin, Chuck was selected to do an internship at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts. Later he added an MBA from Northwood University. A weekly article on plant varieties and culture for the Midland Daily New is penned by Chuck and edited by his wife Beth, who also has a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture. Working with the public and volunteers brightens up the days for Chuck.

12:00 pm12:00

Explore the Rouge, Holliday Nature Preserve, Westland, Free

Join president of the Holliday Nature Preserve Association and Friends of the Rouge member, Bill Craig, on a guided hike through Holliday Nature Preserve in Westland highlighting Tonquish Creek. No dogs. Meet at Cowan entrance, off Central City Parkway west of Wayne Road, north of Warren. Limited parking, additional at Westland Shopping Center.

The Rouge River watershed drains 466 square miles in southeast Michigan through 48 communities. Many people are unaware of its many parks and natural areas just waiting to be explored. Join us once a month to get to know a unique part of the watershed.

Explore the Rouge activities are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and encouraged.

2:00 pm14:00

Great Dixter and Designing with Plants, Detroit, Free, Tickets Required -- Sold Out

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Per the website:

1)  This event is sold out. For further information, or to be added to our waitlist please call 313-833-4005.

2) Due to the M-1 rail construction, various exits/freeways/streets near the DIA will be temporarily closed until the project is completed. Click here for the latest construction updates and directions on how to get to the museum.

The DIA Friends of Art & Flowers is sponsoring an upcoming presentation by Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter on Saturday, Oct. 15 and it is free to residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties.

Friends of Art & Flowers proudly presents The Betsy Campbell Lecture  

Great Dixter and Designing with Plants

A talk by Fergus Garrett, Chief Executive Officer, Great Dixter Charitable Trust

Known throughout the horticultural world for his brilliance in gardening, his prolific garden writing and his passion for training the next generation of great gardeners, Fergus Garrett was for many years Christopher Lloyd’s head gardener at the amazing Great Dixter. A decade after Lloyd’s death, Fergus comes to the DIA to present what is happening in the ever-changing gardens at Great Dixter and to provide information on what Michigan gardeners can do to artfully change the design of their gardens. Prepare to be awed by the beauty of Great Dixter and by the experience and enthusiasm of its charismatic CEO.

Following the lecture, attendees are invited to a reception and book sale/signing. The lecture and reception are free with museum admission. To guarantee a seat, reserve a free ticket online at or through the DIA box office 313.833.4005. This lecture is sponsored by the DIA's Friends of Art & Flowers.

12:00 pm12:00

Explore the Rouge, Lower Branch by Canoe or Kayak, $10-35

Followed by Rouge-a-Palooza at Wayne Rd in Goudy Park

Grab a partner and set off on a fun paddle through the Lower Branch of the Rouge River with Heavner Canoe Rental. The paddle ends at Rouge-a-Palooza: a festival celebrating the river!

Meet behind 3759 Commerce Court, off of Michigan Avenue, east of Hix Rd, in Wayne.

$10/boat for shuttle if you bring your own; rent canoe+shuttle for $35/canoe (2 people per canoe), call 248-798-7434.

The Rouge River watershed drains 466 square miles in southeast Michigan through 48 communities. Many people are unaware of its many parks and natural areas just waiting to be explored. Join us once a month to get to know a unique part of the watershed.

Explore the Rouge activities are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and encouraged.