HISTORIC TIMELINE

Each year we achieve major milestones and enjoy experiences that have created us to be the organization that we are today. The following is a highlight of those events.

1983

  • Grow Info was the winning title for the Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC) newsletter 

1984

  • Alumni from Master Gardener classes form the Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC)
  • Trip to Hidden Lakes in July
  • Trip to Cranbrook in October

1985

  • MGAWC members visit Niagara Falls and Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Let’s Go Gardening program first discussed
  • First annual holiday party held at Moross House, Detroit, MI
  • MGAWC becomes a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

1986

  • MGAWC members planted knot herb garden at Venoy Center, Wayne, Michigan, 173 ½ volunteer hours including cleaning perennial beds
  • MGAWC volunteers begin growing plants in small greenhouse and use sale proceeds to purchase misting system

1987

  • MGAWC members visit Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, PA, and Baltimore, MD harbor
  • MGAWC members attend first national Master Gardener conference in Washington, DC

1988

  • MGAWC volunteer arranges for Let’s Go Gardening program to take place at six Frank's Nursery stores
  • MGAWC commits to $10,000 donation to support trial gardens at MSU

1989

  • MGAWC members attend second national Master Gardener conference in Portland, OR
  • Half-day Basic Gardening Seminar, predecessor to Growing with Master Gardeners, held in Wayne, MI

1990

  • Gardening in the 90’s:  Basic Gardening Seminar expands to all-day event
  • MGAWC donates $10,000 to MSU Display Garden at Plant and Soil Science Building, East Lansing

1991

  • Gardening in the 90’s educational program held in Plymouth, MI
  • MGAWC and Windsor, Ontario co-host International Master Gardener Conference in Detroit, MI

1992

  • Growing with Master Gardeners (GMG) name first used for annual educational program

1993

  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in San Antonio, TX

1994-1996

  • MGAWC collaborates with Oakland Master Gardener Society and Oakland MSUE to bring local Advanced Master Gardener classes to southeast Michigan

1994-2003

  • Annual Garden Walks for MGAWC members to visit public and private gardens in southeast Michigan

1995

  • Gardening in the 90’s held at Mill Race Historical Village in Northville, MI
  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
     

early / mid-90’s

MGAWC purchases tables for MSU Extension Temple office for Master Gardener classroom

mid-90’s

  • MGAWC creates Leo Blum Memorial Scholarship for college students working toward botanical or environmental degrees

1995-1999

  • Gardening in the 90’s name used again for annual educational conference

1996

  • First annual August picnic for members and guests
  • Gardening in the 90’s held in Dearborn, MI
  • MGAWC members attend Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference in Portland, ME 
  • MGAWC volunteers originate Junior Master Gardener program in Wayne County

1996-2003

  • MGAWC organizes and funds Junior Master Gardener programs in Wayne County

1997

  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in Sacramento, CA

1998

  • First annual February Feeding Frenzy
  • First annual Christensen’s Plant Center Night
  • Gardening in the 90’s held at Henry Ford Community College with addition of second keynote speaker
  • Butterfly Program at Detroit Zoo’s new Wildlife Interpretative Gallery
  • Field trip to Westcroft Azalea Gardens, Grosse Isle, MI
  • MGAWC members attend Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference in Hartford, CT 
  • Tenth annual Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Barry Burton and Janet Macunovich held at Henry Ford Community

1999

  • Tree Day educational program held at 5454 Venoy, Wayne, MI
  • Picnic for Bob Bricault, Jr., held at Mill Race in Northville, MI
  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in San Antonio, TX
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Bob Bricault, Jr and Nancy Szerlag held at Henry Ford Community College

2000

  • Growing with Master Gardeners moves to U of M Dearborn in collaboration with the Natural Areas Department, now the Environmental Interpretative Center
  • February Fun Day educational program held at 5454 Venoy
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Herbarium Tour with Anton Reznicek, PhD
  • MGAWC members attend Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • MGAWC sponsors Search for Excellence Awards at NE Master Gardener Conference
  • Annual GMG Above and Beyond Conference Helper of the Year award initiated
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Dean Krauskopf, PhD and Scott Kunst held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
     

2001

  • GMG sells-out with over 300 pre-registered participants
  • Presentation Skills Workshop for Speakers Bureau at 5454 Venoy
  • Earth Day educational program with Marion Jarvie from Toronto held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in Orlando, FL
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Dean Krauskopf, PhD and Janet Macunovich held at University of Michigan-Dearborn
     

2002

  • First volunteer orientation for GMG
  • MGAWC members attend Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
  • GMG Volunteer Recognition Tour of Jens Jensen Landscape, Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Susan Gruber and Nancy Szerlag held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

2003

  • First annual Spring Day, educational program on native plants, a collaboration with the Henry Ford Estate
  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Fred Case and Dean Krauskopf, PhD held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • MGAWC participates in Adopt-A-Highway

2004

  • MGAWC monthly meetings moved to Environmental Interpretative Center on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus
  • Second annual Spring Day, educational program on herbs, a collaboration with the Henry Ford Estate
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Nancy Lindley and Dan Ballnik held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

2005

  • Third annual Spring Day, educational program on trees and shrubs in the garden, a collaboration with the Henry Ford Estate
  • MGAWC members attend International Master Gardener Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Janet Macunovich and Ralph Heiden held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

2006

  • Fourth annual Spring Day, educational program on the travelling gardener, a collaboration with the Henry Ford Estate
  • Growing with Master Gardeners conference with keynotes by Kim Roth and George Papadelis held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
     

2007

  • Fifth annual Spring Day educational program on gardening for the young at heart, a collaboration with the Henry Ford Estate Gardens
  • MGAWC awards two college scholarships and introduces three free Intro to Gardening sessions
  • Volunteers answer questions on Saturdays in May at quality garden centers for the twentieth year of Let's Go Gardening
  • MGAWC members attend the International Master Gardener Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Nineteenth annual Growing with Master Gardeners conference held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for the eighth year with keynotes by Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D., and Norm Lownds, Ph.D., and several tours including the newly planted rain garden at the Environmental Interpretive Center