Evenings in the Garden - Spring 2017: May 11

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Contact: S. K. Rosina Newton at newtons5@msu.edu or 248-347-0269 ext. 229

Tollgate Farm and Education Center

Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes on a wide variety of topics for novice and seasoned gardeners, taught by local and regional experts in their field. Classes are held in the Conference Center, except as noted.

Advance registration is required - Registration begins below descriptions.
Space is limited - please register early.

 Saturday, April 15 – Two Special Events in One Day! 
Pruning Trees and Shrubs 
with Janet Macunovich
Sign up for the first class only, or both segments. Each segment is $20.

If you have ever wondered how and when to prune your trees and shrubs to ensure beautiful bloom, good shape, manageable size, and healthy plants, here are two classes for you. Garden designer and writer Janet Macunovich will cover:
         • Simple, proven techniques for keeping plants within the bounds you set
         • How well popular landscape plants hold up to pruning.
Early spring is the time to take charge of these plants, and these two classes are a great way to learn with an expert. 
Morning class: 9 – 11 a.m. – The first class is a two-hour presentation in our Conference Center, covering everything you need to know about the basics of pruning. You do not even have to know the names of your target plants: Janet Macunovich encourages you to “Bring a branch!” Clip a limb from each of the plants you want to trim; bring them to class; and Macunovich will include some of these plants in her talk. - $20
Afternoon workshop: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The second two-hour class is outdoors on the grounds of Tollgate – an intimate, hands-on workshop led by Janet where you will get the opportunity to practice what you’ve just learned. Dress for the weather, as the workshop is conducted outdoors unless it is raining. Bring your hand clippers and a small pruning saw if you have one. - $20

Please note: The afternoon workshop is only available to those who attend the morning class, and limited to the first 20 to register. Those who wish to attend the afternoon workshop: please sign up for the afternoon workshop in addition to the morning class on the registration form. Registering for the morning class does not automatically enroll you in the afternoon class.

About Janet: Since 1990, Janet has written nine books and hundreds of how-to articles, reaching thousands of gardeners throughout the U.S., Canada, and England. She is a regular contributor to Michigan Gardener magazine and her website, www.GardenAtoZ.org. Her education in horticulture includes extensive coursework through botanical gardens, professional associations, and universities. She completed 25 years as an Advanced Master Gardener through MSU, and since 1981 has been the owner-operator of the garden design and maintenance company Perennial Favorites, serving clients in Michigan and several other states.



Thursday, April 27 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jan Bills - How to Garden with Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity

Learn how to garden for all seasons beginning with basic design principles, sustainable gardening tips, and right plant/right place concepts. Enjoy interesting, invigorating, and FUN new approaches to gardening in 2017! 
About Jan: Jan Coppola Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener, entrepreneur, and contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening magazine. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart. She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area landscape design company Two Women and a Hoe®. http://twowomenandahoe.com/. Jan shares her gardening philosophy of comfort, ease and simplicity with her clients and her large online community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.



Thursday, May 11 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Dave Roberts – Ten Important Tree Problems in Michigan

Michigan’s trees are afflicted by a range of issues, from disease and pest problems to human-induced maladies such as herbicide toxicity and poor health care. The diagnosis and management of these problems can be challenging. Some of the topics covered in this informative session will include Oak Wilt, the newly introduced Pear Trellis Rust and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Tar Spot and anthracnose diseases, herbicide toxicities, and other human-induced stressors.
About Dave: Dr. Dave Roberts is the Senior Academic Specialist in the Deans office at MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has worked on many plant issues over 40 years, including research leading to the discoveries of the first bacterial wilt disease of turf grass in North America, a bacteria leading to several MSU patents relating to weed control, and the Emerald Ash Borer. We will learn from The Tree Doctor how better to identify several potential problems before they get out of hand, and how to prevent many problems in the first place. 



Thursday, May 25 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mary Gerstenberger - Container Gardening Workshop

Gardening in containers may be a necessity for those who live in apartments or condos, or for those with mobility limitations. It can also be a way to accent a landscape or home interior with beautiful pottery and interesting specimen plants. Find out what you need to know to choose the correct type of plants and successfully design and grow a container garden. This class will include a lecture and presentation, along with a tour of our Tollgate Enabling Garden, and a hands-on portion where you get to create your own container to take home! If desired, please bring gloves, apron, and a take-home bag. This class will be held in Tollgate’s historic barn. A materials fee of $20 is included in the charge to cover the cost of pot, soil, and plants.

About Mary: Mary Gerstenberger earned her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University. She began working with MSU Extension in 1997 as a Program Assistant in 4-H and Natural Resources, and then as Environmental Education Programs Coordinator. She worked on youth programs for water conservation, groundwater, and the Great Lakes Education program, and adult programs for water quality, wetlands, conservation, and the Master Composter program. In 2012 she became the Consumer Horticulture Coordinator, handling plant and insect diagnostics, the garden hotline, the Master Gardener program, and other garden-related educational programming.

Thursday, June 8 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Robert Schutzki – How to Succeed in Landscape Planting
Beginning gardeners are often discouraged to see their newly planted specimens wilt and wither after planting. Even the best gardeners endure the grief of lost plants. In this class, we learn the necessary steps to creating a successful planting project, including plant selection, and proper planting techniques and care during the first few years of establishment. We will learn the best techniques to help our plants adapt to their new home. With Dr. Schutzki’s instruction, we can save money, eliminate the guilt of planticide, and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

About Robert: Dr. Robert Schutzki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. He oversees the Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum and is actively involved in educational outreach for both professional and consumer audiences.

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337 - 248-347-0269 ext. 229

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