Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Dean Krauskopf, PhD, rescheduled MGAWC Annual Spring Opener, moved to Tollgate this year

  • Tollgate Farm

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments, networking and announcements

7:30 p.m.  Dean Krauskopf, PhD, with Gardening Info Updated for July

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.

Tollgate Farm is on the northwest corner of Meadowbrook and 12 Mile Roads in Novi, near Twelve Oaks Mall, but a world away. Tollgate volunteers meet in the conference center adjacent to the eastern-most barn and silo, by garden #4 on the map from the link below.

The meeting begins at 7ish. MGAWC members are invited. There is no fee. There is plenty of parking in the main lot off of Meadowbrook Road. You may want to come early and visit the many gardens, http://tollgate.msu.edu/gardens/Brochure%20darretta%202016.pdf.

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • Environmental Interpretive Center

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 a Treasurer to monitor bank accounts and pay expenses

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 meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June

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.

Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

October Membership Meeting

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Speaker and topic pending

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.

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

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.


Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

June Membership Meeting and Green Roofs

  • Environmental Interpretive Center

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Robert E. Grese (pronounced “GRAY-see”) will talk about Green Roofs. He will include his own home green roof in the presentation.

Bob is the director of The University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, MBGNA, http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/.

A sampling of activities at Matthaei include Azalea bonsai in bloom, the Gateway Garden of New World Plant buzzing with pollinators, Great Lakes Gardens for various habitats such as dune, limestone plain and prairie, http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/see/glg/, and the Medicinal Garden, nature’s pharmacy, http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/see/medgarden/.

A sampling of activities in the Arb include peony garden season, Shakespeare in the Arb, specifically The Tempest, and the Grandmother Tree Walk, a living exhibit that celebrates the beauty of trees and the U of M’s bicentennial, https://umich.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=44fe7dee2cfd47d0acf0571bbe78eea6.

Bob is also a Professor with The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Theodore Roosevelt Chair in Ecosystem Management. He has taught landscape architecture at U of M since 1986. In 2006, he was recognized as Michigan Leadership Advisor of the Year. Bob studied landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Georgia earning master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

The author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, Bob also wrote the introduction to the reprint of O. C. Simonds’ Landscape-Gardening. Bob edited The Native Landscape Reader, http://lalh.org/the-native-landscape-reader/, a collection of articles on nature-based landscape design and conservation by significant 19th and 20th century landscape architects, horticulturalists, botanists, conservationists and others who emphasized native plants.

Recognized for his work in ecologically-based design, ecological restoration, and careful stewardship of cultural and natural landscapes, Bob was made honorary director of Wild Ones, an organization that advocates restoring native plants, http://www.wildones.org/contact-us/honorary-national-directors/bob-grese/. The Ann Arbor chapter of Wild Ones named an award after him. In 2003, he received the first Bob Grese Deep Roots Award.

Bob presented at the Henry Ford Estate Gardens/MGAWC Spring Day and in 2007 he spoke at an MGAWC membership meeting about the MBGNA centennial.

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.

Jun
3
1:30 pm13:30

Wholesale Shopping at Christensen's Plant Center, Plymouth

  • Christensen's Plant Center

MGAWC -- Promoting Gardening Activities -- Since 1984 -- $15 Annual Membership

Saturday, June 3, 1:30-4 pm, is our annual visit to Christensen’s Plant Center, 6282 Gotfredson Road on the southeast corner at North Territorial Road in Plymouth Township. 

Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC) members, supporters, friends and guests are invited to shop at Christensen’s Plant Center, a major wholesale supplier to landscape professionals. Located west of Plymouth, Christensen’s sells quality perennials, conifers, trees and shrubs. One of our favorite speakers, Kim Roth, Perennial Department Manager, and other extremely knowledgeable Christensen’s staff will help us select great plants. 

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, arrive between 1:30 and 3 pm. Please do NOT come early and interrupt the workers on their well-deserved lunch break. There will be plenty of plants for everyone. Bring the big car with an empty trunk because purchases cannot be held or delivered. This one-day-only shopping wraps up at 4 pm sharp. Christensen's accepts cash, checks, MC and Visa.

Depending on road construction, from many parts of Wayne County, take I-96 west beyond I-275 where I-96 transitions to M-14. Take exit 15 (Gotfredson Road), head north on Gotfredson for a half mile. Christensen’s is on the corner with North Territorial. Turn in the gates off Gotfredson or North Territorial. Map available at http://www.christensensplantcenter.com/contact.html

Jun
1
7:30 pm19:30

Board Meeting CONFERENCE CALL

  • 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 a Treasurer to monitor bank accounts and pay expenses

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 meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June

May
11
7:00 pm19:00

May Membership Meeting with The Beauty of Native Plants

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Drew Lathin with The Beauty of Native Plants: Their Function in Supporting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Landscapes

Native plants can withstand sub-zero temperatures, summer heat, drought, and insect predation without supplemental water, fertilizers, or sprays. Native plants coevolved relationships with native insects, and together, form the foundation of the food chain that supports butterflies, bees, birds, and predators.

Gardeners can use native plants to create beautiful landscapes that increase habitat, reduce resource inputs, and build healthier outdoor living areas. Learn the principles of sustainable landscaping.

The General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes, LLC, http://www.creatingsustainablelandscapes.com/, Drew Lathin is a sustainable landscapes consultant who creates ecologically restorative urban and suburban landscapes for residential, commercial, and public spaces. Drew utilizes native plants in beautiful landscapes that support wildlife, reduce resource inputs, and create healthy outdoor living spaces. He serves on the board of the Wildflower Association of Michigan, http://www.wildflowersmich.org/index.php?menu=20.

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.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

April Membership Meeting with Learning from Past Gardening Experiences

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Gail Morrell with Learning from the Past

Start your gardening season with observations from the past. Every year professional gardener Gail Morrell learns new things, both good and bad, about plants, pests and tools. Gail will share insights on both problems to avoid and successes to build on, along with her extensive knowledge of gardening. MGAWC members will remember Gail and her passion for garden maintenance, especially weeding. Gail always shares practical tips and suggestions for optimum results.

In 1991, Gail became a Master Gardener and established a garden maintenance company. A professional gardener for twenty-some years, she has worked as the head gardener on several estates and is currently the landscape manager for a gated community in Bloomfield Hills. She was an instructor and Practical Gardening Trainer at the Michigan School of Gardening, active in the Association of Professional Gardeners, and a past president of the Troy Garden Club.

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.

Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

February Membership Meeting on Bringing Conservation to Cities

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  John Hartig, PhD, with Bringing Conservation to Cities

Learn about environmental and political success stories related to the Detroit River. Dr. John Hartig’s most recent book, Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society, 2014), is about how the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is making nature part of everyday urban life by inspiring and developing the next generation of conservationists in cities where 80% of U.S. and Canadian citizens live.

John Hartig is a limnologist with 30 years of experience in environmental science and natural resource management. He is the Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, North America’s only international wildlife refuge, https://www.fws.gov/refuge/detroit_river/ and https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/refuge%20fact%20sheet.pdf.

John is also a board member of Detroit River Front Conservancy. He wrote Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire, as well as authoring or co-authoring over 100 publications on the Great Lakes. John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2003 Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research and the 1993 Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership from Global Tomorrow Coalition.

Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

January Membership and Annual Meeting

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Annual meeting and project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D., on Questions Gardeners Should Ask

Dean Krauskopf, Ph.D., host of The Gardening Show on News/Talk 760 WJR, has been handling gardeners questions for decades. But do we know all the questions that we should be asking? In a presentation originally planned for the September conference, Dean shares his thoughts on what questions should have been asked and when. Join MGAWC members to learn from Dean's extensive experience. He will 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.

Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

December Volunteer Night

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m.                        Arrivals (with dishes to share), Socializing

  • 7:00-7:30 p.m.                        Dinner

  • 7:30-8:00 p.m.                        Entertainment/Games

  • 8:00-9:00 p.m.                        Awards, Pictures, Socializing

    Everyone is invited to participate. Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, salad, vegetable, casserole, dessert, beverage or other item). Contributions can be homemade or store-bought.

    Bringing a new/unused item to donate as a doorprize is optional. Donated items can be wrapped or unwrapped.

    Those helping Val with set-up will work beginning at 6 p.m. Others will stay after the event to help with clean-up. To support any aspect of an evening of food, fellowship and fun, please contact MGAWC President Val Maczko at 586-758-5904.

Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

November Membership Meeting with Cooking Demonstration

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Mary Spencer and Cooking with Flavored Vinegars

Wind down a great year in the garden with a cooking demonstration using flavored vinegars including those that you can create from herbs in your garden. Enjoy the fragrance and samples of interesting recipes as culinary instructor Mary Spencer provides inspiration and instruction for dishes that include flavored vinegars. Mary will provide recipes you might use for your holiday celebrations.

Mary Spencer has a cooking school, Taste: A Cook’s Place, in the one-year-old Village Workshop in Northville, www.tasteacooksplace.net, where she teaches a variety of classes for home cooks. Topics for upcoming evening classes include South of France, Key West Cuisine, Spanish Tapas and Paella, various Meatless Monday themes including Italian Garden, Grilling Seafood, Chinese Take-out at Home, Sliders, the Sophisticated South, Cooking with McClary Brothers Drinking Vinegars, Panini, Autumn Grilling, High Tea at Downton Abbey, Indian Harvest, Fall Baking, Pressure Cooking Made Easy, Food of Rome, Italy, as well as cookbook nights focusing on a particular chef or trend.

A frequent presenter at garden clubs and a culinary instructor at ABC Warehouse, http://www.abcwarehouse.com/Content_Pdfs/2016%20Fall%20Classes.pdf, Mary conducts food tours, does menu planning and researches heirloom recipes. She has been teaching cooking for 17 years including demonstrating pumpkin and squash dishes, Mexican cuisine, casseroles, seasonal canning, authentic Polish cuisine, pressure cooking, holiday cookies and festive desserts. Mary’s goal is to make people better cooks.

Oct
13
7:00 pm19:00

October Membership Meeting with Kim Roth, Right Plant, Right Place

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Kim Roth on Right Plant, Right Place

Kim returns with a new presentation, Right Plant, Right Place. This program will include discussion of plantings around black walnut trees, in particularly wet or dry areas, for bees and butterflies, that deer might not eat, and for other situations, all building on Kim's incredible knowledge of perennials and botany.

Kim Roth is the perennial guru and buyer at Christensen’s Plant Center, a major wholesale supplier of quality nursery stock (perennials, conifers, trees and shrubs). Christensen’s is located in Plymouth and South Lyon and serves landscape professionals throughout the Midwest. A popular speaker at MGAWC, Tollgate and Growing with Master Gardeners, Kim is also the host of one-day-a-year Master Gardener shopping at Christensen’s. Her recent topics for MGAWC include ornamental grasses in 2005, plants to avoid in 2008, hydrangeas in 2009, silver sensations in 2009 (for MGAWC’s silver anniversary), container gardening in 2011, botanical Latin in 2013 and green roofs in 2015.

Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

September Membership Meeting on Migratory Birds Treaty

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Holly Vaughn Joswick and Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty

Holly Vaughn Joswick will talk about the genesis of the bird conservation movement, the 1916 Migratory Bird Treaty, and fourteen Michigan birds with great conservation stories.

The year 2016 is the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain—on behalf of Canada—for the Protection of Migratory Birds, also known as the Migratory Bird Treaty, which was signed on August 16, 1916. Shortly after, treaties were signed with Japan, Russia and Mexico. The Migratory Bird Treaty, the three additional treaties and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. To learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty centennial, visit www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100.

Holly Vaughn Joswick is a Wildlife Outreach Technician with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She is based out of the Detroit Metro Customer Service Center on Atwater in Detroit. Holly loves to educate people about Michigan wildlife. She has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MS in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources from MSU. Holly is an avid birder. For two years, she served as President of the Grand Traverse Audubon Club in her hometown of Traverse City.

Sep
1
7:00 pm19:00

Board Meeting

  • Environmental Interpretive Center

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.

Jun
25
12:00 pm12:00

Conference Organizing Team

  • Environmental Interpretive Center

Seeking March to September Conference Organizing Team Volunteers to plan the event

Leadership Roles available for efficiently organizing:

  • Classroom Monitors
  • Doorprizes
  • Garden Market of Vendors
  • Gifts
  • Lunch
  • Publicity
  • Refreshments
  • Registration
  • Signage
Jun
18
1:30 pm13:30

MGAWC Shopping at Christensen's

  • Christensen's Plant Center

Wholesale Shopping at Christensen's Plant Center in Plymouth

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1:30-4 p.m.

Master Gardener Association of Wayne County (MGAWC) members, supporters, friends and guests are invited to shop at Christensen’s Plant Center, a major wholesale supplier to landscape professionals. Located west of Plymouth, Christensen’s sells quality perennials, conifers, trees and shrubs. One of our favorite speakers, Kim Roth, Perennial Department Manager, and other extremely knowledgeable Christensen’s staff will help you select great plants.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, arrive between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Please do not come early and interrupt the workers on their well-deserved lunch break. There will be plenty of plants for everyone. Bring the big car with an empty trunk because purchases cannot be held or delivered. This one-day-only shopping wraps up at 4 p.m. sharp. Christensen's accepts cash, checks, MC and Visa. 

Christensen’s Plant Center is at 6282 Gotfredson Road on the southeast corner at North Territorial Road in Plymouth Township. From many parts of Wayne County, take I-96 west beyond I-275 where I-96 transitions to M-14. Take exit 15 (Gotfredson Road), head north (right) on Gotfredson for a half mile. Christensen’s is on the corner with North Territorial. Turn in the gates off Gotfredson or North Territorial. Map available at http://www.christensensplantcenter.com/contact.html

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

June Membership Meeting

  • Environmental Interpretive Center

7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and networking

7:30 p.m.  Project announcements

8:00 p.m.  Gerry Wykes with A Beaver Tale: The Castors of Conners Creek

Gerry Wykes wrote and illustrated A Beaver Tale: The Castors of Conners Creek, a book being published by Wayne State University Press in March.

The book is about the beaver in Michigan and how a family of beavers returned to the Detroit River after a 150 year absence.  His June 9 presentation will cover the story and the ecological revival of the river. It will also put us up close and personal with Castor canadensis, the beaver.

An Interpretive American and a Renaissance man, Gerry Wykes educates with humor and stories combining natural science with regional history and geography. Retired curator and supervising interpreter of the Lake Erie Marshlands Museum and Nature Center, Gerry is the author of Naturespeak: A Naturalist's View of the World, http://www.blogsmonroe.com/nature/ and a contributor to Michigan History magazine. He will sell and sign copies of his new book at the meeting.