Smart Gardening presentations at Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show, April 8-10, 2016

Attend any or all free Smart Gardening presentations to learn about more earth-friendly and sustainable practices for your garden and yard.

Learn about smart gardening for pollinators at the Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show. Photo by Rebecca Finneran, MSU Extension

Learn about smart gardening for pollinators at the Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show. Photo by Rebecca Finneran, MSU Extension

Want to learn how to garden in small spaces or vertically? How about how to garden smarter for pollinators? Do you want to learn about tools of the trade and season extenders? Are you interested in gardening with children? Then you should plan to attend the free Smart Gardening presentations offered at the Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show/Pancake Days in Escanaba, Michigan, April 8-10, 2016. Presentations will be given by Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch staff and other gardening professionals. Admission to the show is free.

The Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show will be held at the Ruth Butler Building, 2401 12th Ave. N, Escanaba, MI 49829. This is on the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds. The show hours are Friday, April 8, from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. MSU Extension’s Smart Gardening informational booth will be open throughout the show. Home gardeners will be able to pick up any of the 25 free Smart Gardening tip sheets that focus on smart soils, smart plants, smart lawns, smart vegetables and new for 2016, smart gardening for pollinators. MSU consumer horticulture staff and Master Gardener Smart Gardening volunteers will be on-hand to provide resources and information. Attendees at the booth will have the option of creating a bee hotel to take home. When mounted outside and properly cared for, this hotel can provide a yearly home for native mason bees, which are non-stinging and an important pollinator.

MSU Extension will also be highlighting a number of Smart Gardening presentations at specific times during the show. Check out the complete presentation schedule below. Various garden-themed door prizes will also be given away to attendees during each of the presentations; you must be present to win. Check out the schedule below to see what specific door prizes will be given away during each presentation. Many businesses have sponsored and donated garden-related items that will either be used in demonstrations or be given away.

Friday, April 8

  • 5-5:45 p.m. – Smart Care and Selection of Hydrangeas, Dave Gafner, horticulturist (door prizes: Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 5:45-6:30 p.m. – Smart Gardening Vertically with Pallets, Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension (door prizes: Lakestate Industries vertical pallet garden, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 7:30-8:15 p.m. – Smart Gardening with Compost, Brad Morgan, Morgan Composting (door prizes: kitchen compost bin, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 8:15-9 p.m. – Smart Gardening for Pollinators, Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension (door prizes: spring bulb planter, $25 gift certificate for daylilies, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)

Saturday, April 9

  • 9-9:45 a.m. – Starting Small (Smart Gardening with Children), Liz Slajus, Upper Peninsula consumer horticulture support, Master Gardener (door prizes: seeds, weeding rake, hats, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 11-11:45 a.m. – Smart Gardening with Worm Castings, Brad Morgan, Morgan Composting (door prizes: seeds, garden hoe, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Smart Tools of the Trade, Collin Thompson, farm manager, North Farm (door prizes: garden hoe, set of three tools, one cultivator, hand files, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 3-3:45 p.m. – Smart Gardening with Youth, Brad Morgan, Morgan Composting (door prizes: hand trowel, seeds, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 5-5:45 p.m. – Smart Gardening with Season Extenders, Collin Thompson, farm manager (door prizes: hand files, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)
  • 6-6:45 p.m. – Smart Gardening Vertically with Pallets, Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension (door prizes: Lakestate Industries vertical pallet garden, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket)

Sunday, April 10

  • 9-9:45 a.m. – Garden Hoe Demonstration, Matt Hansen (door prizes: linseed oil, rust remover, hand files, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket
  • 11-11:45 a.m. – Get the ‘Smart’ Mix for your Growing Needs, Brad Morgan, Morgan Composting (door prizes: peony certificate, Michigan bulb certificate, wine/cheese/sausage gift basket, free mix from Morgan Composting)
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Smart Gardening for Pollinators, Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension (door prizes: $25 gift certificate, hydrangea, seeds)

All Smart Gardening presentations will focus on earth-friendly and sustainable practices that gardeners can use in their own yard and gardens. For more information on a wide variety of Smart Gardening topics, visit the Gardening in Michigan website or contact MSU’s toll-free garden hotline at 1-888-678-3464. You can also visit us at the 2016 Smart Vegetable Gardening Conference at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan, May 21, 2016 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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