Master Gardener Society of Oakland County 

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Mission Statement
The Mission of the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc. is to enrich the lives of those who love gardening. We are volunteers who fulfill our commitment to community outreach by providing hands-on gardening and research-based horticultural education. Members of the Society are Master Gardeners certified by
Michigan State University.

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News and Events

2018 MGSOC Educational Conference - SOLD OUT
"Gardening and All That Jazz – Life Lessons From the Garden”

   - 2018 Full-Color Brochure

18th Annual Garden Bus Trip - Finger Lakes Region of New York State
July 12-15, 2018
Click here for more details.

Announcing our new webstore for Master Gardener Merchandise!
- Flyer of items for sale

Upcoming MG Meetings

April 10 - “Intimate Portraits- the Artwork of Laurie Tennent”
According to Laurie being a photographer is synonymous with being a collector, by gathering images, recording moments and cataloging events. Creating art for her comes from a deep interest in science and biology. She values plants as total artistic architectural structures and their elements; cell shapes, fractals and vibrancy intrigue her. With an acute sensitivity to today’s persistent bombardment of digital noise, her observations and collection of subject matter returns her to a serene space. There she can breathe, meditate and reconnect with simple beauty.

She believes that the subjects find her, presenting their energy in every detail, dancing in the light and bending before her lens. While on a walk or in her garden the patterns in nature distract her. The apparent sensuality of a flower beguiles, their delicate smells entice, their fragility and strength captivate, and ultimately reminding her of how short life can be.

Enormous digital files are produced in the studio setting, allowing her to print large scale; enveloping the viewer in the intimacy and vulnerability of nature. Her prints on aluminum can be “planted” back into the garden as sculpture amplifying their importance. “Winter in Bloom” an installation at Cranbrook Gardens during the winter of 2014; reminded the visitor of what lies beneath the snow, and the inevitable cycle of life returning in spring. In her latest exhibition at Oakland University Museum the spectator is presented with an installation of live plants framing and interacting with the photographs. A musical score was created to invite the visitor to sit, listen, and experience the works. By creating a multi-sensory exhibition that will travel to botanic gardens worldwide, she hopes to create a catalog of plants bringing attention to rare and unusual specimens and endangered species. Working with scientists, musicians, conservationists, horticulturists, and galleries local and around the world, she hopes to push the boundaries of what has traditionally been considered part of the botanical illustration genre.

Lauire Tennent grew up in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan, where she maintains an active studio. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Detroit Institute of Arts; Detroit Public Library; The Gap Corporate Contemporary Art Collection in San Francisco; University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor; Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; Beaumont Hospital; St. John Hospital; and St. Joseph Hospital; and numerous private collections. Lauire will bring some of her art for sale to the meeting.

May 8 -(location change) - “New Annuals and Perennials for 2018”
- George Papadelis -  Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R, Troy - 6:30pm
George is the owner of Telly’s Greenhouse. As he has done in years past, George will review some of the new annuals and perennials that will work well in our Michigan gardens. The Greenhouse will be open for shopping both before and after our meeting. There will only be snacks served at this meeting, no dinner due to limited space.

June 12 - “Four Season Organic Farming in Michigan”
- Lisa Jaroch

July 10 - Climate Change, Weather Safety & Effects for the Southeast Michigan Gardener”
- Richard Pollman

August 14 - “ How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity”
- Jan Bills

September 11 - TBD

October 9 - “Growing Orchids”
- Joe Petersen

November 13 - “Up With Vines”
- Sue Grubba

December 11 - Holiday Potluck
-no speaker

2018 Membership Application

2018 Membership Application
Application approval will be verified by the Membership Team Leader.

Michigan State University Extension materials and programs are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or family status. MSU is an affirmative-action equal opportunity institution.


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