Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Dean Krauskopf, PhD, with the Annual Spring Opener

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Dean Krauskopf, PhD

Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D., host of The Gardening Show on News/Talk 760 WJR, will put weather conditions into a broader context, share the latest information about the top problems he expects gardeners to deal with this year, and provide links to accurate information you might use or pass on to others. He will also answer your gardening questions.

Dean retired from MSU as the Integrated Crop Management Agent for Southeastern Michigan. He taught many Master Gardener training classes, often spoke at Growing with Master Gardeners, and is the inspiration for MGAWC's Dean Krauskopf Award for volunteer contributions to community education. His doctorate in horticulture is from North Carolina State University.

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Jennie Braatz on Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Annual Meeting and Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

Naturalist Park Ranger with the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Jennie Braatz will discuss the history of the refuge, what makes it a refuge, what is currently going on with the wildlife refuge, and the plans for the future. Jennie includes lots of photos in her presentation. She is passionate about connecting people to nature. MGAWC members and guests are looking forward to learning about this amazing resource in our community including specific places and ways to enjoy more time in nature.

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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

June Membership Meeting

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Kyle Kandilian on Critter-Resistant Native Plants

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Native Nocturnals, the After-hour Inhabitants of Your Garden

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

Amanda Felk of Night Nature Alliance, https://www.nightnature.org/about, will share information about the creatures of the night. Native Nocturnals includes information on a variety of Michigan animals that are active at night and how they may be beneficial to humans, covers what nocturnal really means, the special adaptations these animals have, how to find them in the wild, what threats they face, and how we can help mitigate those threats.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c09983_8c0960fdbcb6469798ccb827902168f2.pdf

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Andy Torvinen on Container-Grown Hosta

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

The Hosta guy, Andy Torvinen will provide a short introduction to Hosta before talking about his latest passion, container-grown hosta.

The Perennial Accents spring plant sale in Royal Oak is at Andy’s house. Learn more as the date nears, http://www.perennialaccentsofroyaloak.com/sale-dates.html.

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Early Maple Sugaring in Michigan

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation on Early Maple Sugaring in Michigan

Learn about the history, process, tools and uses of maple sugar by Native Americans, European colonists and early Americans in Michigan. An avid historical re-enactor, Jeff Pavlik will showcase his reproduction tools and maybe provide a taste of traditionally made maple sugar. The discussion will cover why the presentation is about maple sugar, rather than maple syrup.   For centuries, this time of year, people in Michigan have headed into forests of maple trees, also called sugar bushes, to collect sap to make sugar. Native Americans introduced colonists to this tradition. Colonists introduced tools to make the process simpler. Learn how these two cultures interchanged ideas and technology to maximize this natural resource. 

Jeff Pavlik has a degree in history from the University of Missouri. He is the author of Common Questions about Maple Sugaring; Answered using Documentation from the Colonial Era, a guide used by many museums and nature centers across the country, http://colonialbaker.net/Common%20questions%20about%20maple%20sugaring.pdf.   Jeff has been teaching colonial-style maple sugaring for many years, most recently at Tollgate Farm during the Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast. When not studying and reenacting Michigan history, Jeff spends his time as the owner and baker at the Sunflour Bakehaus in downtown Farmington, http://www.sunflourbakehaus.com/.

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

Annual Meeting and Sue Grubba on Vines

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Annual Meeting and Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

Professional gardener Sue Grubba returns on short notice due to the extended government shutdown preventing the long-scheduled speaker from presenting.  Sue will talk about vines and provide a plant list of ideas to add vertical interest to your garden.

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Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting at UM-D's EIC or conference call

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get involved. Learn about MGAWC and community projects. Find ways to help.

Participate in person at the U of M-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) or participate in a conference call

Seeking individuals or a team to handle various Volunteer Engagement activities such as:

  • Follow up with enthusiastic recruits and build on their interests

  • Contact people interested in various areas and get them connected to the right person or activity

    • Refer those interested in Stewardship Saturdays to Marion and send them a reminder email before the third Saturday

    • Find out who wants to invite members to their gardens for a garden walk in July or August and then organize and publicize the event

    • Invite people interested in the newsletter to write an article and send it to Nancy

    • Determine who is interested in organizing a field trip for the members

    • Invite people to attend a board meeting to get involved and stay involved

  • Follow up with non-member guests at monthly meetings and invite them to become members, send them a reminder about a few upcoming meetings to see if they return

  • Keep a lookout for regularly attending members who stop showing up at meetings and send a card or make a call to let them know they were missed

  • Prepare an up-to-date membership directory

  • Interview members and write short articles for the GrowInfo newsletter

  • Seek out new members and introduce them to the group

Contact board@mgawc.org to learn more

Most years, the board usually meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, starting at 7 or 7:30 PM.

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

December Volunteer Night

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Evening activities to be determined.

Historically, MGAWC has celebrated another year of gardening, learning and volunteering with a meal--banquet hall, restaurant or potluck--as well as some combination of music, games, other entertainment, gift exchange or door prizes, and/or awards for volunteer service plus a group photo.

A new or returning volunteer to take on organizing and executing the evening would be greatly appreciated.

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Detroit's Flower House
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Detroit's Flower House

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Detroit’s Flower House

Lisa Waud will talk about the planning and installation of the Flower House and her love of flowers and Detroit/Hamtramck. https://www.theflower.house/

The mission of the Flower House:

  • Sharing the flower house experience rooted in a love of art

  • Building an exhibition that brings visitors awe and joy

  • Creating an opportunity for florists to participate in an innovative floral installation

  • Pursuing a passion for sustainability and responsibility to American-grown flower farms

  • Showing respect for the City of Detroit’s history through the reuse of one abandoned house

  • Enriching as many lives as we can

In 2015, Lisa Waud turned an abandoned house in Hamtramck into a huge floral display and sold tickets to cover the cost of the house's planned demolition to make room for a park that was planted in early October of 2018. Her presentation is a heartwarming story of following a somewhat crazy dream, making it a reality, meeting some interesting people along the way, loving the neighbors, and believing in the power of beauty and hope.

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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

David Susko, Ph.D., on Campus Pollinator Garden with Insect Hotel

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

Dr. David Susko, Director of the Environmental Interpretive Center at The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, and Chair of the Earth and the Environment Discipline, will talk about the campus pollinator garden and its insect hotel.

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Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Dennis Groh on Rhododendrons & Azaleas

  • Environmental Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Rhododendrons & Azaleas: What You Should Do & Not Do to Have Success

The lecture will include a review of the botany and differences among rhododendrons and evergreen and deciduous azaleas; a discussion of their specific cultural requirements; an outline of success factors in plant selection, planting and care; and specific recommendations on varieties suitable for this area.

Dennis Groh has been a garden enthusiast since childhood, and an avid plant collector for over 40 years. He has learned from his many failures. He is a voracious reader and has an extensive library of books on plants. He has been blessed to be able to network over the years with some generous and knowledgeable plant mentors. He has traveled the world to study those plants and talk with those most knowledgeable about growing them. Thus his contacts in the horticultural world have grown right along with the plants. Dennis does all he can to advance knowledge in the horticultural field. A scientist by profession, he brings an incisive perspective to his gardening, asking "why" and demanding explanations for "how", supported by fact.

Working with his wife, Carole, they have developed an amazing and stunning plant collection in their one-acre garden. Photographs of their garden have been featured in the Detroit Free Press, the American Conifer Society magazine, and in Adrian Bloom's publication, Gardening with Conifers. In 2005, Rebecca's Garden (HGTV) filmed a segment on the Japanese Maples grown in their garden. His garden has become a destination for horticultural luminaries including Professor Emeritus (University of Wisconsin) Ed Hasselkus, the late great conifer expert Chub Harper, and one of England's premier gardeners, Adrian Bloom.

Dennis has lectured on conifers, fall color, rhododendrons & azaleas, woody plants, and Japanese Gardens in an attempt to pass on his mentors’ legacy of plant knowledge and to help others avoid his mistakes.

Please note:  In an effort to encourage gardeners to sign up for annual MGAWC membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board has decided to charge guests $5 with the hope of incentivizing guests to upgrade to become members. UM-D students are exempted from the guest fee.

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Tour & Shopping at Duvall's Nursery & Gardens, South Lyon

MGAWC and Tollgate volunteers are excited to be invited to a special day of learning and shopping at Duvall Nursery and Gardens.

Andy and Carol Duvall invite members of the Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC) and Tollgate garden volunteers to visit Duvall Nursery and Gardens on Saturday, September 8, 2018, between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. They are located at 9950 N. Dixboro Road, South Lyon, Michigan,  just south of Eight Mile Road and one mile west of Pontiac Trail.

Duvall Nursery and Gardens is a small specialty nursery open only by special arrangements. Their focus is dwarf and miniature plants suited to today’s compact gardens. They offer many plants that are unavailable elsewhere, both cutting edge introductions as well as tried and true heirlooms.

They are not set up for credit cards. Please bring cash and/or checks. You may want to bring a folding chair to rest between touring and shopping.

Duvall Nursery and Garden has introduced a number of new plants, including Pine (5), Ginkgo (1), Redbud (1), Spruce (2) and Asian Maple (2). Most of Duvall's introductions will be available.

All plants are produced in-house. Nothing is bought in for resale. Andy does all of the plant propagation at Duvall Nursery and Garden. This allows them to both control the quality and select unique plants. With no middlemen, they offer plants below wholesale prices.

All plants are container grown in easy-to-carry sizes less than three gallons. The roots are pruned regularly from the initial graft to the final size to produce a strong dense root system.

Duvall Nursery and Gardens trial all their plants either onsite or in nearby gardens to insure the plants are adapted to local conditions. If a plants does not perform well, they do not offer it for sale.

Andy and Carol enjoy what they do (most of the time). It is exciting to discover, propagate and offer new and unusual plants. But the best part is meeting people with similar interests and making new friends. They welcome our visit.

Those interested in learning about Andy's work should arrive at 11 AM for resourcing sharing and a short talk about Duvall Nursery including a demonstration of their grafting practices and information about introductions and coming attractions before a tour of their gardens. 

Ample parking will be available at Andy and Carol's or their next door neighbors. An attendant will help direct guests. Besides Andy and Carol, there is be additional knowledgeable friends to assist with questions, plant lore, and check out.

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Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

DIA Behind the Seen Talk: In the Garden

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  In a Garden Presentation by Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Speaker's Bureau Member Wendy Evans

This talk explores the hidden meanings associated with images of flowers, plants and gardens in some of our favorite works of art.

Wendy Evans was raised among the museums of London, England.  She has advanced degrees from Oxford University in England and Wayne State University in Detroit.

She taught Art History at Wayne State University and elsewhere and is a long-time volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She gives presentations on a variety of art subjects in libraries, senior centers, country clubs and to many groups around Michigan. She gave an invited lecture on American Art at the Anhui Sanlian University in Hefei, China.

Wendy received the United Way Community Services Heart of Gold Award, the DIA Volunteer Council Distinguished Service Award, the 2014 Birmingham-Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award and a 2015 Esteemed Women of Michigan award from the Burnstein Community Clinic.

Known  for her English accent and crazy socks, Wendy loves to share her passion for art with audiences. More at www.art-talks.org.


 

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May
26
9:30 AM09:30

Let's Go Gardening at Barson's in Westland, English Gardens in Dearborn Heights, & Ray Hunter in Southgate

Established by MGAWC volunteer Leo Blum in the mid-1980s, Let’s Go Gardening is an annual outreach effort to set gardeners up for success. MGAWC volunteers will be available to answer plant and gardening questions from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the following locations:

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May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Let's Go Gardening at Barson's in Westland, English Gardens in Dearborn Heights, & Ray Hunter in Southgate

Established by MGAWC volunteer Leo Blum in the mid-1980s, Let’s Go Gardening is an annual outreach effort to set gardeners up for success. MGAWC volunteers will be available to answer plant and gardening questions from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the following locations:

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May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Let's Go Gardening at Barson's in Westland, English Gardens in Dearborn Heights, & Ray Hunter in Southgate

Established by MGAWC volunteer Leo Blum in the mid-1980s, Let’s Go Gardening is an annual outreach effort to set gardeners up for success. MGAWC volunteers will be available to answer plant and gardening questions from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the following locations:

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May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Rain Gardens at Schools in Detroit

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments & Networking

7:30 p.m.  Project Announcements

8:00 p.m.  Educational Presentation

Former MGAWC scholarship recipient and UM-D Environmental Studies graduate, John Deslippe will talk about installing and maintaining rain gardens, his work with the students and teachers at Detroit Public Schools, the value of native plants, dealing with invasive species, and the grant project that MGAWC is contributing to. John is currently a Water Resource Specialist at OHM Advisors.

To encourage gardeners to sign up for an annual membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board is testing a $5 guest fee for non-members attending individual MGAWC programs. The non-member guest fee does not apply to current U of M-Dearborn students.

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May
5
9:30 AM09:30

Let's Go Gardening at Barson's in Westland, English Gardens in Dearborn Heights, & Ray Hunter in Southgate

Established by MGAWC volunteer Leo Blum in the mid-1980s, Let’s Go Gardening is an annual outreach effort to set gardeners up for success. MGAWC volunteers will be available to answer plant and gardening questions from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at the following locations:

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Board Meeting

Monthly meeting--September through June--of the all-volunteer board of directors to discuss business matters. We are always seeking new or returning board members.

Guests are welcome. Please contact any board member (or the entire board at board@mgawc.org) ahead of time to confirm the meeting start time of 7 or 7:30 pm, to be notified in case of a cancellation, or to be placed on the agenda with sufficient time for preparation and discussion.

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Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Volunteer Recognition Night

 Food, Fellowship & Fun

Appetizers & Desserts with Musical Entertainment

In December, instead of the usual business and education meetings the rest of the year, MGAWC members enjoy some social time in our usual meeting room at EIC. At the November meeting, Val Maczko will ask members to sign up to bring either an appetizer or a dessert, to help with set-up or clean-up, and if there is interest in bringing optional doorprize donations (new items, <$10 each). The evening will include music and a group photo. (No alcoholic beverages allowed.)

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

November Membership Meeting with The Hits Just Keep Coming

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Sue Grubba on the Hits Just Keep Coming, annuals and perennials that really perform with outstanding flowers or extended bloom time

The Hits Just Keep Coming is a great opportunity to work on your 2018 planting wishlist of annuals and perennials that do not disappoint. New annuals and perennials are advertised to outperform old varieties in some way:  better blooms, color, longevity, disease resistance and other factors. But does newer automatically equal better? Sue Grubba will report on how new plant varieties are performing in Metro Detroit area gardens. 

Join MGAWC members to hear Sue Grubba cut through the hype about new plants to let us know which plants are worth the investment and which ones to avoid as we plan purchases for our gardens. Sue will discuss the plants that she and other professional gardeners continue to use because of their reliability in living up to their potential and gardeners' expectations.

The owner of Creative Scapes since 1991, http://www.mycreativescapes.com/, Sue Grubba specializes in landscape design, garden maintenance and night lighting. She is the President of the Association of Professional Gardeners, www.associationofprofessionalgardeners.org. Sue has a BS from CMU, a certificate in Landscape Technology from OCC, and certificates in Gardening Fine Arts and Landscape and Garden Design from the Michigan School of Gardening. A landscape designer since 1985, she has taught at Schoolcraft College, Growing with Master Gardeners, Tollgate, the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Morton Arboretum. She assisted in the development of the curriculum and worked as a senior instructor at the Michigan School of Gardening. Sue became an Advanced Master Gardener and has taught MG candidates and MG volunteers in several counties.

Please note:  In an effort to encourage gardeners to sign up for annual MGAWC membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board has decided to charge guests $5 with the hope of incentivizing guests to upgrade to become members. UM-D students are exempted from the guest fee.

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

October Membership Meeting with a Birdseye View of UM-D Natural Area

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Rick Simek on From Henry Ford's Backyard to the UM-Dearborn Environmental Study Area: A Birdseye View

Rick Simek will present a pictorial story of a changing local natural landscape. It involves the land space now designated as the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Study Area (ESA). He'’ll guide us along using a past-to-present series of aerial photographs, some of which were taken long before there was an ESA. Along the way, you’ll find out how human land-use decisions strongly influenced, and were influenced by, the changing natural character of the ESA, leading to the present.

Rick Simek is the Program Supervisor and Manager of the Natural Areas at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC). Rick supervises, coordinates, and develops EIC's educational programs for schools and the public. Rick also oversees student interpreters, activities at the campus Community Organic Garden, and stewardship of the Environmental Study Area.

Please note:  In an effort to encourage gardeners to sign up for annual MGAWC membership ($15 US a year, October 1-September 30), the board has decided to charge guests $5 with the hope of incentivizing guests to upgrade to become members. UM-D students are exempted from the guest fee.

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

September Membership Meeting with Fall Raptor Migration

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Dorothy McLeer with Fall Raptor Migration:  A River of Raptors

Did you know that the Detroit River mouth is one of the premier hawk watching sites in North America? Naturalist and raptor freak Dorothy McLeer will reveal this unique aspect of our region and explain why and where this annual phenomenon occurs--and how you can "catch the wave" of fall migration nearby.

Dorothy McLeer, MALS, CIT, CIG is the Program Coordinator and Interpretive Naturalist at the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. One example of her many articles is on violets, Flower Power on page 3 of Natural Explorations, http://umdearborn.edu/eic/Newsletters/archive/summer2015.pdf.

Dorothy is an encyclopedia of environmental knowledge that she presents in an engaging and humorous manner. She works with many community non-profit organizations on environmental and educational activities. She develops and conducts programs interpreting the ecology of southeast Michigan. Dorothy is a certified interpretive guide (CIG) and a certified interpretive trainer (CIT) who helps students to secure CIG credentials through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

Please note:  In an effort to encourage gardeners to sign up for annual MGAWC membership ($15 US a year, Oct. 1-Sept. 30), the board has decided to charge guests $5 with the hope of incentivizing guests to upgrade to become members. UM-D students are exempted from the guest fee.

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