Consumer Horticulture

Programs and Events:

  • Raised Bed Gardening workshop - Saturday, July 15 - beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Master Gardener Giving Garden, at the corner of Sprinkle & Kilgore Roads.  More details here.
  • Tomato Taste-off - Saturday, August 12 during the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., Taste-off begins at 10:30 in Kalamazoo County Expo Center.  Enter the competition & win prizes, or attend and help pick the most winners!  Free admission to the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair if you bring entries for the competition.  More details about this event may be found in this flyer.  Rules for the competition may be found Rules_for_entry_2017.pdf       The 2016 winning entries were: 
    • Heirloom Tomato: ‘Hughs’ grown by Jeff Fleming 
    • Slicer Tomato: ‘Chef’s Choice Orange’ grown by Natasha Vukasinovic
    • Cherry Tomato: ‘Sweet Hearts’ grown by Julia Schmitt
    • Sweet Pepper: ‘Jimmy Nardello Sweet Frying Pepper’ grown by Tammy Vispi
    • Hot Pepper: ‘Emerald Fire’ grown by Gary Roys
  • 2017 Tour of Community Gardens, sponsored by Common Ground Kalamazoo, will be held on July 20 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  Trolley tour and bike tour available.  Tours begin at Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo.  Tour is free, pre-registration is requested by contacting Karma Hassell at 269-743-6318 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Flyer

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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