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Programs and Events

  • Fall Garden Affair is a program celebrating local foods that is free and open to everyone. Join us on Saturday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. in the Kalamazoo County building located at 3299 Gull Road (Nazareth). Included will be a Tomato Taste-off competition, a Pepper Taste-off competition, a cooking demonstration by Shaun Robinson, Chef for Kalamazoo Public Schools, a demonstration on creating ‘food art’ by Susan Lane and more. Program is co-sponsored by MSU Extension Master Gardeners in Kalamazoo County and Kalamazoo in Bloom.
  • Restock the Garden Shed fundraiser to help the Giving Garden replace the items stolen recently from the garden’s shed. The garden coordinators would welcome donations of used garden equipment, tools or monetary donations. You may also view the list of items stolen.

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 also sponsors summer garden walks in the community showcasing a variety of gardens, both public and private.

2015 General Membership Meeting Dates:

May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church on Milham Avenue in Portage. We will begin with a potluck at 6:30 p.m., speaker will follow at 7 p.m. and meeting will close with a plant exchange.

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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