Master Gardener

Programs and Events

  • The 2016 Master Gardener class in southwestern Michigan will meet from January 21 through April 28 in Portage.  More information is available at  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/master_gardener_program_portage or call 269.383-8815 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).   Registration deadline is January 8, 2016. 

Learn More About the Master Gardener Program:

Michigan Master Gardener Association information:

  • Website: www.michiganmastergardeners.org  
  • Facebook:  Michigan Master Gardener Association, Inc.
  • Email.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)      

Kalamazoo Master Gardener Association (KCMGA)

The Kalamazoo County Master Gardener Association (KCMGA) is a group of certified Master Gardeners who meet throughout the year for community service, education and social networking. The KCMGA sponsors summer garden walks in the community showcasing a variety of gardens, and sponsors a bus trip each summer that is open to members and the public.

2016 General Membership Meeting Dates:

Membership meetings are held the third Monday of November, January, March, April and May.  Meetings begin with speaker at 7:00 pm followed by networking and a business meeting.  In May, there is a potluck beginning at 6:30 pm and a plant exchange following the meeting. 

Officers:
President:  Flo Friender  329-3275 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Vice President (Programs):  Patti Pittman  366-4554 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
Secretary:  Leslie Mars  425-2036 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Treasurer:  Shawn Willis 720-5712 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Membership:  Kathy Bielecki  352-5924 or  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Newsletter:  Bob & Miriam Bauserman 353-3280 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Director: Arleigh Smyrnois 375-8267 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)                                                                                                                                                                           
Master Gardener Program Coordinator: Linda Whitlock, 383-8815 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)                                                                                                                       

Master Gardener Support

Kalamazoo Master Gardeners thank their generous community partners. If your non-profit would like the assistance of  Master Gardener Volunteers, please download a request form.

Donations are welcomed to offset the costs to operate the Kalamazoo County Master Gardener program. Donation forms are available online or you may contact Linda Whitlock, Coordinator, for more information.

Digging Deeper - Gardening Information

Be alert for these invasive pests and deadly diseases:

  • Spotted wing drosophila, a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops.
  • Oak Wilt, a potentially deadly disease of red oak trees.
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, causing feeding damage in high value specialty crops including tomatoes, sweet peppers, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears and cherries as well as damage in corn and soybeans.
  • Thousand Cankers Disease, which primarily affects black walnut trees.
  • Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was first spotted in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and has since spread through the Midwest. It is deadly to untreated ash trees.
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle, a serious pest of hardwood trees.

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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