Smart Vegetable Gardening Series focuses on urban gardening for homes, health and communities

Register by Feb. 16, 2017, for the Smart Gardening Vegetable Series at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show and get a 20 percent discount. All registrants receive a free pass.

Elizabeth Slajus, Advanced Master Gardener, helps youth harvest the fresh greens they helped grow. Photo: Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension.

Elizabeth Slajus, Advanced Master Gardener, helps youth harvest the fresh greens they helped grow. Photo: Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension.

Anyone interested in learning more about growing their own vegetables or improving current gardening methods is invited to attend the Smart Vegetable Gardening Series at the 2017 West Michigan Home and Garden Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Register for one or all of these sessions being held throughout Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017. Topics include:

Some sessions will include demonstrations showing what supplies, steps and care are needed to be successful vegetable gardeners. Attendees in each session will have the opportunity to win garden-themed door prizes related to the session topic.

Register early! If you register by Feb. 16, you will receive a 20 percent discount. If you register for all five sessions, one of the sessions is free. All registrations receive a free pass to the West Michigan Home and Garden Show, which features other free gardening educational sessions, 12 feature gardens and 350 different exhibitors.

Michigan State University Extension’s Smart Gardening booth is one of the exhibitors. MSU Extension consumer horticulture staff and Extension Master Gardeners trained in Smart Gardening outreach are on-hand to provide free, educational resources and information on sustainable garden practices.

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, be sure to check out Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 Webinar Series being offered in March through April. Search the Gardening in Michigan events at the MSU Extension website for upcoming information on this series. You can also register for the 2017 Grand Rapids Smart Gardening Conference on Saturday, March 4, held during the West Michigan Home and Garden Show.

For more information on a wide variety of smart gardening topics, visit the Gardening in Michigan website or call the MSU Extension Lawn and Garden Hotline at 1-888-678-3464. You can also visit us at the following 2017 winter shows and programs: Cottage and Lakefront Living Show Feb. 23-26 in Novi; West Michigan Home and Garden Show March 2-5 in Grand Rapids; Smart Gardening Conference March 4 in Grand Rapids; and Lansing Home and Garden Show March 16-19 in Lansing.

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