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.