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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.

Upcoming MGSOC General Meetings

MGSOC General Meetings are free to MGSOC members. Members are REQUIRED to wear their Master Gardener badges. Visitors are always welcome and pay $5 at the door. Please sign in at the welcome table by 6 PM with Julie Bird. Our business meetings begin at 6:30 PM and our speakers begin shortly after.

 In 2024, we are excited to announce that we have a new meeting place for our General Meetings. They will be held on Wednesday’s at the Rochester Community House. Several of us toured this beautiful facility which will be perfect for our meetings! It is a warm and comfortable room, they will be able to book our meetings for a year in advance (critical for us to hire our speakers!), there is lots of lighted parking and we think it is convenient to most of our members. January’s meeting will be Zoom and some other offsite meetings will be held but all regular meetings will be at the new location. Check it out! https://rochestercommhouse.org/

Wednesday,
February 14, 2024

6:30 PM

Gary Eichen – Healthy Trees for the Home Landscape

Choosing the correct trees and shrubs is also key. This class lists good and bad trees, why you should choose tree "A" over tree "B". It also explains micro-climates (environmental conditions). Finally, Oak Wilt is a devastating disease of Oaks. learn how to recognize it, and what you can do to help prevent it.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
March 13, 2024

6:30 PM

Sue Grubba - Bursting into Spring

Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year. For a gardener, it can also be a time of great uncertainty. Wondering which plants survived the winter and which ones will need to be replaced, can make a gardener very anxious. Join Sue Grubba as she shares her insights on the season of spring and how you can maximize the potential of your gardens.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
April 10, 2024

6:30 PM

David Lowenstein - Emerging Pests

David will discuss some of the emerging pests affecting our area including the lily leaf beatle and box tree moth.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
May 8, 2024

6:30 PM

George Papadelis - New Annuals and Perennials for 2024

George will present the new annual and perennial varieties for the 2024 season.

*Held at Telly's Greenhouse

3301 John R Rd, Troy, MI 48083

Wednesday,
June 12, 2024

6:30 PM

Julia Hofley - Topic to be determined

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
July 10, 2024

6:30 PM

Speaker and Topic TBA

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
August 14, 2024

6:30 PM

Grazyna Cummings - Nitchy to Normal: Natural, Native Gardening

How to adjust your gardening practices to be more natural, support native plants and insects and have more fun! We will discuss natural gardening using natural mulches, cold composting and why natives are an important part of the garden.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
September 11, 2024

6:30 PM

John Blair

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
October 9, 2024

6:30 PM

Caitlin Splawski - Perennial Propagation

Caitlin will discuss how to multiply the perennials in our gardens.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Wednesday,
November 13, 2024

6:30 PM

Ed Blondin – Monastic Gardens: Begged, Borrowed and stolen

Part 2 of a two-lecture series: Much of the Western gardening tradition starts here, 900 years before the black plague, and owes its aesthetics to Ancient Persia. Throw aside all of your preconceived notions of the dark ages and explore a period of time that is steeped in eroticism, sensuality and strict religious dogma, all of which influenced the European agricultural economies.

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

December 2024

6:00 PM

Date to be determined – MGSOC Silent Auction and Holiday Event

*Held at Rochester Community House

816 Ludlow Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

We are excited to announce that “Gardening and All That Jazz,” the BEST Educational Garden Conference in the State, will again be LIVE in 2024, and we will be back at Oakland Schools Conference Center on April 20, 2024.

Past Meeting Recordings

Recordings from Past Meetings 2020-2022

Past Meeting Handouts and Websites

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