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West Michigan Master Gardener Association Used Book Sale - Save the Date!!
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Presentation by Rebecca Finneran at 7 p.m. (1 education hour)
Held at the Kent/MSUE Extension Office, 775 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Gently used gardening books can be dropped off a the Kent/MSUE office (address above) during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Books will be priced at $1.00 and up so in addition to donating your books, it will be great fun to find some new (to you) books at very low cost. Hope to see you there!
Grand Ideas Garden - Wednesday Evening Volunteer Work Sessions
Come and join us on Wednesday evenings in the Grand Ideas Garden as each week we will be working from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. You do not need to attend the entire 4 hours. Come when you are available. If only for an hour or four we would love to have you join us as we work on keeping the garden looking clean and sharp for the season.
Support the Grand Ideas Garden with a Brick Donation (Brick Order Form)
If you are interested in supporting the Grand Ideas Garden, you can order them by downloading the brick order form. Inscribed bricks are available in two sizes:
$50 - 4"x8” (up to three lines, 13 characters each line)
$100 - 8"x8” (No Logo, up to 78 characters, up to three lines, 13 characters each line
Growing Great Gardens
Are you interested in creating a showstopping garden at your home?
Would you like to: learn how the cultural and soil requirements affect sun & shade loving plants? Learn how containers can offer a wide variety of colors, forms and textures? Learn how tropical plants can be incorporated to create a truly great garden? Learn why garden design is SO important in creating a showstopping garden?
The 2013 Fall Series - Growing Great Gardens: Planting and Designing a Showstopping Garden is sponsored by MSU Extension. The Fall Series will focus on Shade (Wednesday, October 9), Sun (Wednesday, October 16), Tropicals & Containers (Wednesday, October 23) as well as, Design (Wednesday, October 30).
The Growing Great Gardens series will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the main conference room at the Ottawa County MSU Extension office in the Fillmore Complex at 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, Michigan.
Growing Great Gardens is open to the public. The entire Fall Series (4 sessions) cost is $100.00 or each individual session can be purchased for $35.00 each.
Please download the registration form and brochure and mail it with your check made payable to: Michigan State University to the Kent/MSU Extension Office, Growing Great Gardens series, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
2014 MSU Extension Master Naturalist program in both Ottawa and Kent counties.
If you are interested in the Master Naturalist program in Kent or Ottawa counties, please ask to be placed on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting List. (Two of the class topics in Kent County Master Naturalist program are different than two of the class topics offered in the Ottawa County Master Naturalist program.)
In case you are not familiar with the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program, it is similar to the Master Gardener program only with a focus on conservation and the environment. To earn Master Naturalist certification, participants must attend 25 hours of education (six classes), complete 30 hours of volunteering in an approved conservation setting and then pass a take home final exam.
The Master Naturalist program is composed of a series of six classes which are offered on six different Saturday mornings. (In 2013, the classes were offered once a month from April through September.) The 2014 classes will be offered on Saturday mornings from 8:00-12:30 PM, but the actual dates have not been determined.
The titles of the six classes in Kent County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Michigan Wetland Habitats, Invasive Plant Species and Prairie Environments. The six locations vary, but all locations are considered nature settings around the Grand Rapids area.
The titles of the six classes in Ottawa County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Native Plants &Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Lakes & Rivers, Invasive Plant Species and Dune Ecology. The six locations vary, but all locations are Ottawa County Parks and Open Space properties.
In 2014, the1st class in both programs will be held on Saturday, April 12 due to the fact Easter is on April 20, 2014.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the 2014 Master Naturalist program in either Kent or Ottawa Counties, then download the correct 2014 Waiting list registration form. Fill out the form and mail it back to Ginny Wanty at 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Once placed on the waiting list, you will receive the 2014 Master Naturalist brochure and registration materials earlier than the general public (around the beginning of March.)
For those individuals not on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting list, details and registration materials for the 2014 Master Naturalist program will be available to the general public after March 25, 2014.
- Kent County Master Naturalist Waiting List Brochure and registration form
- Ottawa County Master Naturalist Waiting List brochure and registration form
Prairie Class Handouts
2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities
We currently have scheduled Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.
North Kent Community Services - Creating a Community Garden
Visit Rebecca Finneran’s blog at MyFavoriteGardenShops.com
The fall 2013 W. MI Master Gardener class held in Kent County is now full and registration is closed.
The next Master Gardener class offered in the W. MI area will be in the fall of 2014.
Stay tuned to this website for class dates, time and location.
If you would like to visit the Grand Ideas Garden you may use one of the following links for a map.
775 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503