2013 Evenings in the Garden

Date: June 6, 2013 - September 12, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Location: MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi 48377
Contact: Linda Smith at smithlin@oakgov.com or 248-858-0887

These classes are held at the MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi 48377 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes on various topics for the home gardener.  Topics are Organic Vegetable Gardening, Indoor Pest Control, Garden Design- An Exercise in Personal Expression, Wonderful Native Grasses and Wildflowers, Conifers for Michigan Landscapes, Shade Gardening- a Practical Approach, Raising Chickens, Native Shrubs and Trees.  You can choose which classes you would like to attend.  Advance registration is required.


Indoor Pest Control  
Tuesday, June 6, 2013

Instructor: Gretchen Voyle

Learn about the unwanted six and eight-legged house guests you might meet. They are called household pests for a reason.  Find out who they are and how you can control them.

Garden Design: An Exercise in Personal Expression
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Instructor: Robert Schutzki

Landscape design is often described as an exercise in personal expression.  How that  expression unfolds reflects the personality of its owner.  It transforms ideas and expectations into a physical reality.  Dr. Robert Schutzki, Associate Professor MSU Department of   Horticulture, will explore how design principles drive the creative process and build our landscape spaces with plants, wood, pavers, stones, water, and other accessories. We spend time in lecture and outside observing the qualities that help gardens take shape.

Wonderful Native Grasses and Wildflowers
Monday, July 15, 2013

Instructor: Vern Stevens, owner of Designs Nature
Discover how to use native grasses and wildflowers in your landscape. He has been growing native plants  and using them in designs for years.  Come prepared to learn, as Vern is eager to share his vast knowledge of Michigan native plants with you.  He can help you determine which plants will be the most attractive and will perform best in your garden.

Conifers for Michigan Landscapes  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Instructor: Bert Cregg
Burning out on blue spruce? Pining for something different?  Here’s a chance to expand your horticultural horizons. Dr. Bert Cregg, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University, will lead a fascinating discussion of the amazing diversity and variety  of conifers from the tiniest miniatures to the largest forest giants.  Dr. Cregg will discuss his favorite conifers in all size and form classes recognized by the American Conifer Society (ACS).  Don’t miss this chance to learn how conifers can add year-round interest to your landscape.

Raising Chickens

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Instructor: Sharon Bergman
Learn about the World of Chickens from a Poultry Champion!  Alair Bergman and family will take you on a journey about poultry breeds and showing, poultry as product (meat and eggs) and backyard flocks. Alair and her Mom Sharon will also briefly, share their story from the book they authored; “My Best Friend Goldie”;   a chronicle of how a special friendship   occurred with Goldie the Chicken, as Alair struggled with Autism.  Gain strength and inspiration.  Bring your enthusiasm and questions!

 Shade Gardening, a Practical Approach 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Janet Macunovich
Here’s how to be successful when you garden in the shade. This class covers the critical points, from plant selection through shade-specific design and maintenance  strategies, plus techniques for preparing a bed and planting among tree roots. Instructor  Janet Macunovich lends 25 years professional gardening and training experience to you to explore all of those  topics.

Native Shrubs & Trees

September 12, 2013

Mary Wilson
Come discover the use of native woody plants in the landscape. Gardners wishing to include more natives in their plantings have lots of beautiful options. Natives look good, often require less care and can be more beneficial to native insects and other creatures than are non-native ornamentals. A component of this class will be a walk around the Tollgate grounds to view some of the plants discussed in lecture.  Come join us in this class and benefit from Mary’s many years of experience.


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