It’s a Michigan winter, blizzards are howling outside and gardeners are starting to forget what a garden is. Renew your gardening spirit at a winter-early spring gardening class. Below is a compiled list of garden classes and contact information. If you know of a class that’s not mentioned here feel free to add it to the comments at the bottom of the page.
DOW GARDENS KNOW & GROW SEMINAR Saturday, March 5, Midland Michigan. Melinda Myers will be speaking about “Affordable Eco-Friendly Landscape Makeovers” and “Flavorful Landscapes” and Jeff Gillman will be speaking about “The Truth about Garden Remedies” and “The Truth about Organic Gardening”. $60 advanced registration, $75 late, NEW location this year – Central Middle School in Midland, MI call Toll Free Phone:1-800-362-4874 Local Phone: 989-631-2677
St. Clair Garden Symposium, March 19, 2011 at the Cornerstone Church in Clyde, MI. “Tools of the Gardener”, sponsored by the Master Gardener Association of St. Clair County. Speakers include Ken Druse “Secrets of the Garden”, Lee Reich “Special Pruning Techniques” and “My Weedless Garden” and Ian Adams “Ohio and Pennsylvania’s Public Gardens” a road trip. Advance registration is required.
Seminar fee of $70.00 (after March 1, $80.00) includes continental breakfast, lunch and snack break. Registration and payment by check or money order only must be done by mail to Alicia Cannon, 7200 Drexler Rd, St. Clair, MI 48079. Seating is limited, and this event has always sold out. There will be gardening books for sale, various gardening vendors as well as plant sales by Earthly Arts. http://msue.stclaircounty.org/. For more information call Lisa Sharrow (810) 329-3722, or Alicia Cannon (810) 367-6966.
Michigan Organic Conference, Keeping the Local in Organic March 4-5 Kellogg Conference Center, MSU, East Lansing Michigan. This is a conference open to anyone interested in organic farming and gardening. Most of the classes will be on Saturday. There is an organic, local meal on Friday evening and again on Saturday. Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute will be the keynote speaker. Pre-registration is $70 for the conference. More information can be had by calling 248-262-6826 or going to Moffa.org
Michigan Wildflower Conference– Building Arks- Learning Skills for Saving Native Species – March 6-7, Kellogg Center, Big Ten Wing- MSU – East Lansing, Michigan. Concurrent educational classes both days on woodlots, invasive species, frogs, soils, moths and butterflies, native plant landscaping, shorelines, and much more. There is a workshop on Sunday for educators interested in teaching about native plants in schools. Registration is $95 for one day or $185 for two days. More information and registration forms can be found at www.wildflowersmich.org or phone Jean Weirich at 517-627-7927
Healthy Woods for People and Wildlife- March 7, 9:30 am to 4 pm.- Kellogg Conference Center – MSU- East Lansing, Michigan. Join MSU and MDNR experts for a fun day of learning how to care for and manage forest areas, and protect animal habitat. $30 registration fee includes lunch. For more information contact Debra Huff [email protected] or call 517-335-3355.
Michigan Herb Associates Annual Conference March 9, 10, 8:15 am – 5 pm – Eppley Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan. Everyone interested in herbs is invited to attend the conference filled with interesting classes for beginners and expert herb growers. $70 for one day, $100 for both, advance registration. Lunch available each day for $12. Walk-in registrations are $10 additional each day if space permits. To get a registration form go to http://miherb.org
Michigan Gladiolus Conference – March 10-11- Holiday Inn, Battle Creek Michigan. All aspects of growing glads will be discussed but there will also be information presented on Iris, hosta and daylilies. Pre-registration required, cost $20.00. To obtain a registration form email Dr. Ewart at [email protected]
Horticultural Therapy Program – Connecting People and Plants- March 11- 8:30-4:30 March 12- 8:30-12:30, Veterinary Medicine Center and plant and soil sciences building- MSU East Lansing, Mi. The first day features classes about using horticulture as therapy, displays, vendors and door prizes. Cost is $75, includes lunch. The second day is a class on practical applications featuring hands on activities and group discussion. Cost $40. For more information go to www.michiganhta.org or contact Cathy Flinton 517-332-1616
GROWING GREAT GARDENS, Saturday, March 19, in Taylor, MI, 8am to 4pm, held in partnership with Taylor Garden Club, the Taylor Conservatory Foundation, and Wayne County Community College. Coleen French, Janet Macunovich, Cheryl English, Chuck Martin, and several others. For more information, call Patty Donahue @ 313-295-1736
HURON COUNTY 7th Annual SPRING INTO GARDENING CONFERENCE: Saturday, March 26, at Ubly Heights Country Club, 2409 E Atwater Rd, Ubly, MI, just south of Bad Axe, MI.
Janet Macunovichwill present Naturalized Gardening. Herbs: In The Kitchen And Around The Housewill be presented by Coleen French. The Keynote Speaker, Janet Macunovichis also scheduled to present Perennials For The Collector. Cheryl Englishpresents It Is Easy To Be Green. Mark Torregrossa, will be talking about Weather And Your Garden. $40 per person includes lunch, $50 per person after March 5. For more information, call Carol Holtrop at 989-269-9949. Registration flyer here http://www.msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/item_id.59…
HARTLAND GARDEN CLUB: Wednesday, April 13, 6pm, at the Hartland Senior Center, 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell, MI 48353. “Herbs in the Kitchen and Around the House” by Coleen French PLUS! Each person will be custom scenting an herbal lotion to take home. Guests are asked to pay the $2 materials fee for the lotion, otherwise: Guests are free. You must pre-register by contacting [email protected]
Ray Wiegands Nursery Winter Seminar Series, 47747 Romeo Plank road, Macomb Twp., Michigan Birds February 12th at 2 p.m., Orchids, February 19th at 2 p.m, Indoor Gardening & Seed Starting February 26th at 2 p.m These seminars are free. Space is limited. Reserve your seat now. (586) 286-3655
Birding expert, Roger Taylor from Wild Bird Radio will share his wealth of bird knowledge, Feb 12.
Carolyn Butcher from the Michigan Orchid Society has traveled around the world and will be at Wiegand’s to share everything she’s learned on Feb 19. Get the facts you need to start your garden indoors ( seed starting)from Denny Snell visiting from Thompson Morgan Seed Company Feb 19.
Intensive herbal medicine course– – all season – Upland Hills Ecological Center, Oxford, Michigan. Jim McDonald will lead this 10 month herb course which places its emphasis on forging a deep and inter-dependant relationship with the land here in Southeast Michigan. Topics discussed include the medicinal uses of herbs, how to make relationship with the plants that grow around us, and about the nature of health, of imbalance, of the different organs and systems that make up our bodies, and how herbs affect all levels of our being; the physical, the mental, the emotional, the spiritual.
Dates are Saturdays… February 26th / March 12th / April 2nd & 30th / May 21st / June 4th / July 9th & 23rd / August 13th & 27th / September 10th / October 1st & 15th / November 5th & 19th
Cost is $875. If you are interested, the fine details are here: www.herbcraft.org/intensive.html