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  • Grand Rapids Smart Gardening Conference (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 3, 2018.  8:45 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    Gardeners will be inspired by talks and topics that will make their gardens the best they can be.  Topics include: Designing the Resource-Responsible Garden; Finding Garden Inspiration with Smart Perennials for Michigan Gardens; Cultivating Success from your Garden Soils--Might Not be What You Think; and Flowers and Foliage for Smart Gardeners.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    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 three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Introduction to Landscape Design Concepts (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 6, 2017.  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location:

    Kent MSU Extension Office located at 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI

    Description:

    Great garden design combines the science of horticulture with basic artistic principals to create a harmonious living space.  Rebecca will demonstrate through a presentation and interactive discussion how you can use basic design concepts such as repetition, scale and unity along with common artistic principals of color, texture and line to enhance any size garden.

    Price: $20

  • 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 Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as: fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and special interest topics for growers. The Expo also offers tours to area greenhouses and gardens.  The trade show has more than 380 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • 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!

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