Evenings in the Garden - Summer 2018 Series

Date: June 28, 2018
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, 248-347-0269 ext. 229, newtons5@msu.edu

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

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.

Cost: $20 per class
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET
light snacks provided

Advance registration is required

See registration link below class descriptions
Space is limited - please register early

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June 28Kim Roth - Michigan Native Plants & “Nativars”

 July 12Rosina NewtonBasic Sustainability: Composting & Organic Gardening 

August 23Will Jaquinde - Home Gardening Success Using Farming Techniques

 September 6Beth Clawson - Household Pests & Backyard Wildlife Management


June 28 – Kim RothMichigan Native Plants & “Nativars” - Most gardeners now know the value of planting native plants: they are better adapted to our local climate and soils, have evolved to be resistant to the common pests and diseases, and support the native pollinators. However, have you ever tried natives and failed? Kim Roth, Perennial Department Manager at Christensen’s Plant Center, will enlighten us on why natives naturally perform better in the wild; what issues they have when we plant them in our yard; and gives us the remedies, too. She will tell us why selected cultivars of native plants – a.k.a. “nativars” – might be better choices. Find out about successful natives and nativars for your home, along with features and bloom times of each, so that you can choose a successful, well-adapted landscape with continuous beauty throughout the growing season.

July 12 – Rosina Newton—Basic Sustainability: Composting & Organic Gardening - Some beginning gardeners want to go organic, but don’t know where to start. Some long-time gardeners are comfortable using weed and feed and synthetic bug killers, and fear if they stop using them, their home will be overrun with pests. How do we “go green” in our landscape and gardens, and still maintain a beautiful yard and garden? Rosina Newton will share the what, where, why, and how of organic gardening and composting so that everyone can achieve the greatest success – whether starting new or transitioning to “green.” She has a B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University, and has over 15 years’ experience advising gardeners from all walks of life how to be successful using sustainable methods. Rosina is currently wearing several hats at Tollgate, including Evenings in the Garden Coordinator and being one of several educational leaders for Youth Programs.

August 23 – Will Jaquinde—Home Gardening Success Using Farming Techniques - When we are solving problems in our home gardens, it would help to get some pointers from the professionals. Enter Will Jaquinde, Sustainable Agriculture Instructor and CSA Coordinator of MSU Tollgate Farm. He will be sharing tools and tricks from sustainable farming that can be applied to make home gardens more efficient, pest-resistant, and healthy. These include tips on pest control, using mulch, row covers, cover cropping and more to make your home gardens more successful. Weather permitting, we will also see these methods in action at the CSA Farm onsite. http://tollgate.msu.edu/csa Will Jaquinde 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.

September 6 – Beth Clawson—Household Pests & Backyard Wildlife Management - Join Beth to discover ways to identify and manage backyard and household pests.  Learn techniques that can help keep those loveable and pesky wild critters from damaging your home and gardens. Wildlife management practices to control birds, bugs, bats, rodents, moles, and more will be covered. Beth received her Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Environmental Studies, and her Masters of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. She has been a Michigan State University Extension Educator for 17 years, currently working on the Michigan Clean Boats Clean Waters program statewide; Natural Shorelines Landscaping for Homeowners; and onsite waste water treatment system maintenance for homeowners.

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