Pest Management in the Organic Vegetable Garden

with Will Jaquinde March 10, 20214 Will Jaquinde discusses techniques for pest management in the organic vegetable garden. .PDF Flyer for notes / presentation. The presentation was 1.25 hours under the VMS Category Food: General Gardens


with Noah Goldstein Noah Goldstein from Michigan Aquaponics will discuss sustainable food systems related to aquaponics and how to implement a functional aquaponics system. The field of aquaponics was created through the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, in which animals and plants live skymiotically in a recirculating system wher water flows in a closed-loop. This …

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Sustainable Landscaping

with Holly Kaiser October 13, 2020 Holly Kaiser will discuss sustainable practices that can be used in landscape design. VMS category is Community: Beautification: Public Areas

Butterflies in your backyard

with Mary Ellen VanSlembrouck September 8, 2020 Mary Ellen is an Advanced Master Gardener and Smart Gardener with Macomb County.  Her yard is certified as a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, a Butterfly Garden through the North American Butterfly Association and a Pollinator Habitat with the Xerces Society. She is also a volunteer at the …

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Designing your garden

With Jan Bills Jan Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener, entrepreneur, and contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening magazine. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart: She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area …

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Smart Gardening from a Commercial Greenhouse Point of View

Presented by Greg Michalak The June meeting was recorded – you may watch it on YouTube. There was no handout for this meeting but here is the link referenced.

New Annuals and Perennials for 2020

Presented by George Papadelis3301 John RTroy, MI 48083(248) 689-8735 The May Meeting was recorded and we have a handout for you to use so you don’t have to take notes. HANDOUT Winners from 2019: Alstroemeria MulanThese spectacular plants were bred for pot culture but make outstanding bedding plants and cut flowers…sometimes perennial. Full Sun …

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Stu and Michele Eddy, who own James Creek Sutlery, presented a program on spices. They import 100 spices from all over the world, grind them and mix them together in many ways to enhance the flavor of food. The spice regions of the world are tropical and sub-tropical with lots of rainfall and humidity. The …


Hugelkultur gardening

By Sheri Trout | January 18, 2019 What do you do when you have a small wooded area with lots of fallen branches and dead wood, three horses that poop a lot and a desire for raised garden beds? You build a Hugelkultur garden. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. It’s literally …

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Joe Peterson, who has grown orchids for 30 years, gave our October educational talk.  He says they are easy to grow! There are 30,000 species of orchids and 100,000 hybrids, and they grow on every continent except Antarctica in a wide diversity of climates from sea level to 12,000 feet. Hybrids are easier to grow …



LaVere Webster began his September talk on daylilies with a droll dramatization of God talking to St. Francis in which he satirized the mindset of typical suburbanites with regard to yard care. We raise boring grass instead of wild flowers (“weeds”), we pay to haul away our grass clippings (which could be used as hay) …



Richard Pollman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac, gave us a talk on climate change and gardening. His specialty is providing forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property. “Weather” is our daily precipitation/sunshine/temperature. Climate is the long-term trends, long-term averages. The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon which makes …


“Heirloom Vegetables” – Mary Gerstenberger

The VMS Category for presentation is: Food – General Gardens. Mary Gerstenberger is the retired Consumer Horticulture Coordinator for MSU Extension in Macomb County.  She writes the “Vegetable Patch” section for the Michigan Gardener Magazine.  Her degree from Wayne State University is in Biology with her core studies in Botany.  Her experience in gardening began with helping her grandfather …

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