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Grants and Scholarships

Due to budget constraints, the Society did not award Grants and Scholarships for the year 2023. The Executive Board will be determining 2024 soon.

The 2022 Grants were awarded to the Blue Heron Headwaters (photos) and Gilda’s Club (letter, photos).

Please contact Julie Fromm with any questions at [email protected] or by phone at 248-681-0858.

The MGSOC Grants & Scholarship Committee will be accepting 2023 applications for projects sponsored, supported, or led by MGSOC members. Projects must be in Oakland County and align with our MGSOC mission statement which is: 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.

Please note that the deadline for submission will be March 31, 2023, and projects will be reviewed, selected and announced by June 1, 2023.

The 2022 Grants were awarded to the Blue Heron Headwaters (photos) and Gilda’s Club (letter, photos).

Please contact Julie Fromm with any questions at [email protected] or by phone at 248-681-0858.

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

MGSOC General Meetings Are Held At

Charles L. Bowers School Farm

1219 E. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

When arriving from Square Lake Road (which is the only place you can come in), enter at Gate C (this is NOT the entrance by the barn where EMG’s arrive, it is to the WEST of the building). Our meeting will be held on the first floor in the Bowers Academy Classroom (there is a sign above the door that says Bowers Academy). You must wear your Master Gardener name badge to enter. Please arrive no later than 6 p.m. to find your way and sign in.

MGSOC General Meetings are free to MGSOC members and MGSOC members are required to wear their Master Gardener badges. Visitors are welcome and pay $5.00 at the door. Members and visitors, please sign in at the welcome table. Our business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and our speakers begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Route Map to Oakland County Complex

1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac

Oakland County Complex and Extension Office 

North Office Building – 26 East

Bowers Farm in Bloomfield Hills

1219 East Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

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.

Watch our General Meetings on our YouTube channel

Recordings from Past Meetings 2020-2022

Past Meeting Handouts and websites

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