Consumer Horticulture Programs: Gardening in Michigan
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Consumer Horticulture team members collaborate on the following statewide initiatives to maximize impact and deliver environmentally-friendly, science-based gardening practices.
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Consumer Horticulture team members collaborate on the following statewide initiatives to maximize impact and deliver environmentally-friendly, science-based gardening practices. These initiatives provide gardeners increased accessibility to MSU Extension resources.
Master Gardener Program
- Extension Master Gardener volunteers undergo a rigorous 14-week training program that provides in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture:
- Plant science, soil science, trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, integrated pest management, diagnostics, indoor plants, lawns, household and nuisance pests, and protecting water resources through environmentally-friendly gardening practices.
Participants who complete the training showcase what they learned by educating others through community volunteer projects.
- Focus areas include environmental stewardship, improving food security, and improving community and youth development through gardening.
- Annual recertification of volunteers ensures high caliber volunteers equipped to provide solutions for today’s gardening public.
Toll-Free Lawn and Garden Hotline – 1-888-678-3464
- The state toll-free hotline operates five days a week through collaboration of six MSU Extension offices to provide assistance to all Michigan residents.
- Education is delivered through multiple communication methods including web, video, print, radio and in-person classes.
- Volunteers are equipped and taught how to engage local communities, which exponentially multiplies impact.
- Smart Gardening messages continually adapt to statewide and community needs.
- In 2015, smart gardening for vegetables and gardening to protect and enhance pollinators messages were added.
Gardening in Michigan – http://www.migarden.msu.edu
- Complete set of downloadable Smart Gardening tip sheets.
- Michigan Fresh tip sheets for using and preserving fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ask an Expert
- Gardeners can search our database, upload pictures and ask University experts a wide variety of questions.
- Users can be confident that research-based solutions are accurate and unbiased.
Soil Test Self-Mailer and Nutrient Interpretation – http://www.msusoiltest.com
- Tapping into our unique, home gardener, soil test self-mailer and soil test interpretation website allows easy access to affordable soil testing with customized fertilizer recommendations.
- Equipped with this information, an educated gardener can have a healthy, productive garden without over-applying nutrients that may pollute streams, lakes and groundwater.