2016 Evenings in the Garden
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Contact: S. K. Rosina Newton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-347-0269, ext. 229
$25 each class
Refreshments will be served
See registration below the descriptions…
Classes begin in our Conference Center and continue outdoors - weather permitting - to enjoy and learn from our extensive gardens and grounds. Please dress for the weather. Arrive early for best seating.
Sign up for one or more classes.
Advance registration is required. Space is limited - register early!
If cancellation is needed, please be prompt. Cancellations fewer than 10 business days to the start date of the class will result in a $10 cancellation fee.
Tuesday, June 28
Gardening Made Easy
Gardens are meant to be enjoyed. The work is fun and satisfying, but the best part is sitting back and relishing the view. This class will offer some plant choices, garden tips, and ideas to help make the labor easier, giving us more time to enjoy the results (or perhaps more time to pick up more plants)! Kim Roth comes to us from Christensen’s Plant Center www.christensensplantcenter.com. We will take advantage of Kim’s extensive knowledge of the plant world to make our home the oasis that it can be.
Pollinator Preservation Strategies for the Home Garden: Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects
Thursday, August 4
Improving Your Soil Naturally & Prepping the Vegetable Garden for Winter
During this end-of-the-summer class, we will cover strategies for improving your soil using organic methods - including amending, composting, mulching, and cover cropping. These techniques will be tied into how to get your vegetable garden ready for the winter, so you can protect your soil and get even better production out of your garden next season! MSU Tollgate’s Sustainable Agriculture Instructor and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Coordinator, Will Jaquinde http://tollgate.msu.edu/csa is a Southeastern Michigan native who studied Environmental Studies and Biology at Denison University. Since then, he has worked at a number of small organic farms in the Midwest. He has an avid interest in growing and preparing (and eating) local, sustainable food, with a focus on crops and techniques that conserve and improve the soil.
Thursday September 8
Come discover the usefulness of native woody plants in the landscape. Gardeners 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 the lecture. Mary has been an MSU Horticulture Educator for 30 years with a focus on environmental horticulture. She has worked with green industry and consumers in her roles as County Horticulture Educator, Emerald Ash Borer Education Coordinator, Southeast Regional Consumer Horticulture Educator, and State Coordinator for the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program. Her Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture is from MSU with an emphasis on landscape plants, and her Master of Science degree in horticulture is from University of Wisconsin with a specialization in woody ornamentals. She is also a member of the MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Team working to meet the increasing statewide demand for gardening information through technology and highly-trained volunteers.
Thursday September 22
Basics of Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Clay E. Ottoni
Bees have been in the spotlight lately – for good reason. So many food crops depend on bees and other pollinators for production – including our vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Clay Ottoni will introduce us to the fascinating world of honey bees and beekeeping. We will also learn what we can grow in our yard to support and encourage these industrious insects. One lucky attendee will win a bottle of honey! In addition to being an attorney, beekeeper, and farmer, Clay is current president of SEMBA (Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association) http://www.sembabees.org/ and a long time beekeeper. He has been a long-time volunteer at Tollgate, winning Tollgate’s Ginger Meyer Award and Golden Shovel Award. He has also been a Master Gardener, Advanced Master Gardener, and Master Gardener of the Year. He is Tollgate’s own beekeeper, and for eight years has been teaching the beekeeping course at Tollgate. He speaks about beekeeping to several community groups and such beekeeping organizations as the Michigan Beekeepers Association, Michigan Honey Festival, Monroe Bee Club, Oakland Bee Club, Pine River Bee Club, and SEMBA. He also volunteers with, and has been a speaker/presenter for, several local wildlife and habitat groups including the Bower’s Farm, Michigan Nut Growers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and Quality Deer Management Association.