Consumer Horticulture

Programs and Events

Smart Gardening: Veggie 101, an introduction to growing your own produce. This class will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $50. 

Smart Gardening: Raised Beds & Container Gardening will be held on Monday, May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverview Launch site.  Flyer.  Free to attend, please pre-register.

Plant Sale sponsored by Kalamazoo Master Gardeners will be May 8 & 9, 2015 in the Kalamazoo County building located at 3299 Gull Road (Nazareth complex).  Everyone is welcome to shop; a beautiful selection of perennials, hanging baskets, annual flowers, vegetables, herbs and gardening gifts will be available.  Daily drawing for a free hanging basket.  A wonderful opportunity for Mother’s Day shopping!  Flyer.

From the 2014 Tomato Taste-off competition, here are the winning varieties of tomatoes.  Watch for details of the 2015 competition, coming September 12, 2015.

1st – Sungold

2nd  place tie – Early Ssubakus Aliana  &  Sugar Snack

3rd place – Purple Dragon

1st – Big Boy 

2nd place – Beefmaster 

3rd place – Texwine

1st place – Pink Ping Pong

2nd place -  Georgia Sunrise


Digging Deeper - Gardening Resources

Be alert for these invasive pests and deadly diseases:

 Please report sightings of these invasive pests to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

Other pests you may encounter:

Diseases and insects affecting evergreen trees:


Still have a gardening question? Contact the Master Gardener Helpline at 269.384-8056, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or at 888-678-3464 for answers.


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