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  • Composting Workshop (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 22, 2017.  9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kent/MSU Extension 775 Ball Avenue, NE Grand Rapids 49503

    Description:

    Compost will benefit your garden by providing essential nutrients for your plants and improve the quality of your soil.  It is so much more than grass clippings and leaves! Learn the techniques for cold composting and hot composting. Class will also include a demonstration of maintaining a compost pile and how to incorporate the finished product into your soil, so wear suitable clothing and bring work gloves.

    Coffee and donuts will be provided during check-in along with a 30-minute break between the classroom presentation and outdoor demonstrations.  Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener attendees will earn 4 continuing education hours (selecting the VMS project of Environmental Stewardship: Composting).  Cost is $40.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories, campus horticultural facilities for teaching and research, and a professional internship.  The 48-credit East Lansing based program is 3- 4 semesters of classroom instruction and a semester off-campus in a professional internship. It couples academics with hands-on field practice and also offers study abroad opportunities.

    Students will benefit from a core set of classes in applied plant science, soil science, entomology, irrigation systems, pruning, career development, and plant pathology.  The core required courses lay the foundation for understanding the best practices in fruit and vegetable production.   Through a wide range of elective courses in agribusiness, agricultural technology, and horticulture students can then tailor their studies to individual preferences.  Examples of elective areas include agri-food systems, sales, agricultural finance, organic farming, greenhouses, plant propagation and much more in the management of plant production.

  • Garden Day Workshop (August 2017)

    Dates:

    Saturday, August 5, 2017.  8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

     

    Location:

    Plant & Soil Sciences Building on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Join us for Garden Day 2017 and add a little spice to your life with Helen Yoest!  In Helen’s first presentation, Plants with Benefits, find out how 50 plants got their hot reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. You’ll learn how to grow these plants in your home garden and take away some delicious recipes! In her second presentation, My Forever Garden, find out how to make your garden managable and more desierable than ever, leading to years fo future enjoyment! Additionally, you’ll enjoy your choice of two engaging workshops, Garden tours and perusing our Green Garden Marketplace for plants, garden accessories and other great buys! Also included is morning coffee, lunch, materials and parking.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over 75 educational sessions and workshops are offered on such topics as organic production, integrated pest management, and water use issues. Past activities have included a banquet, a reception, a pageant, a showcase, and a full-day bakery workshop. All three days will include educational programming that can be used for education credits and certification.

  • Hidden Lakes Gardens (Tipton, MI)

    Location:

    6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI, 49287. (Approximately 70 miles from MSU's campus).

    Description:

    MSU's Hidden Lake Gardens is Michigan's best kept secret! It covers 755 acres of meadows and oak-hickory woodlands filled with an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Gardens are open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Self-guided tours are a great way to see the Gardens at your own pace and to suit your personal interest. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty that the Gardens provide.

    Audience: Horticulturalists; general public.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Muskegon, MI)

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Muskegon Community College (MCC) are working together to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with most courses delivered in Muskegon, Michigan, the home of MCC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associates degree from MCC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the fruit and vegetable industry.

    The 48-credit Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Sidney, MI)

    Location:

    Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Sidney and Greenville, Michigan.

    The 48-credit Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

     

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Traverse City, Michigan, the home of NMC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from NMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.

    The 48-credit Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

  • Library Environmental Series: Spring Ephemerals of the World (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 20, 2017.  12:10 pm - 12:50 pm.

    Location:

    Tours begin near the shed in the garden.  In case of severe weather, join us for a virtual tour of the garden in the Main Library's Reference Instruction Room (first floor).

    Description:

    The spring ephemerals constitute some of the most eagerly awaited flowers of the year.  Join Beal Botanical Garden assistant curator Peter Carringon as we examine the beautiful earliest spring flowers that we have imported from all over the temperate world.  Some temporarily dominated the economies of Europe, but they all have interesting stories.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

    Location:

    Applicants attend classes in their county.

    Description:

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by MSU Extension. It provides home gardening information to Michigan citizens through a network of trained volunteers. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites. Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide volunteer leadership and service to their community through a variety of gardening-related activities. The program objectives are to provide instruction in basic horticultural science to motivated active gardeners and to provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.

  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/ August 2017)

    Dates:

    July 24 - August 4, 2017

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan.  Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    This annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings. Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

  • MSU Diagnostics Services Laboratory

    Location:

    578 Wilson Rd, Room 107, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1311.

    Description:

    The MSU Diagnostic Services Lab assists a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests. There are many things that cause plant problems. This laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), and nematodes.

  • MSU Plant Trial Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 25, 2017.  8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, MSU Campus, Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Commercial growers, landscapers, and advanced gardeners are invited to this annual event to learn about some of the superior new plants and how they have performed in the MSU Trial Gardens. Plant performance, ornamental characteristics, and special needs of plants will be covered by MSU Horticulture Gardens staff. Presentations will also be delivered by MSU faculty that focus on electronic grower resources, lighting plants with LEDs, pollinator-friendly plants, and the European Flower Trials.

    The $42/person registration fee (by July 19) includes morning refreshments, lunch, parking, trial booklet, and the program.  On-site registration is possible with a $10/person surcharge.

  • Native Pollinator Workshop (September 2017)

    Dates:

    September 16, 2017.  9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Are you interested in learning about our native pollinators, and what can be done to improve habitat? Workshop participants will learn about our native bees from an expert and will use the Sanctuary’s Pollinator Garden as a classroom tool. Join us in making a new nesting structure for ground nesting pollinators out in the garden. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty! Participants will receive educational materials to take home with them.

  • Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 9 - 11, 2017

    Location:

    Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Second National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place October 9-11, 2017 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with plants and pollinators in urban landscapes.

  • Spring Gardening Program: Creativity in Bloom (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 29, 2017.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    North end of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Spring Garden 2017 program includes discussion on: Creating Colorful Combos; Perennial Combinations; Continuous Color; and Creative Gardening.  Registration includes the four keynote presentations, coffee, lunch, parking, and materials.  All attendees will get to create and take a combination planter of spring annuals!

  • W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens (MSU's Campus, East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    Located on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI.

    Description:

    MSU's W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens is a unique display of more than 5,000 different kinds of plants that can be found on a five-acre on-campus site. Although the Gardens serve as an outdoor laboratory for students, the general public is warmly invited to make use of the garden to learn about and enjoy plants in a beautiful setting. The Gardens are open at all times throughout the year without an admission charge, serving as a wonderful experience for children who are encouraged to come, learn, and enjoy.

  • W.K. Kellogg Manor House Tours, Programs, and Events

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    The historic Kellogg Manor House, a beautiful example of Tudor Revival architecture, represents an important and fascinating time in Michigan's history. The Manor House offers field trips, tours, programs, and public events throughout the year.

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