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  • Advanced Diagnostics Workshop: A Smart Gardeners Guide (June, July, August 2018)

    Dates:

    Three part series: Fridays, June 22, July 20, and August 24, 2018. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    Hone your gardening skills and gain confidence during this three-part, hands-on diagnostic series! Classroom sessions coupled with hands-on learning in a garden setting will help participants use science-based resources to diagnose many types of plant problems.

  • 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 (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm.
    • Friday, April 20, 2018: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    • Thursday, May 10, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

    Location:

    April 12 and May 10 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).  The April 20 presentation will take place in the Hollander MakeCentral, Main Library 2 West.

    Description:

    The 2018 Library Environmental Series includes:

    • April 12: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: The Earliest Spring Flowers: Ephemerals and the Coming of Spring Foliage
    • April 20: Earth Day Upcycling
    • May 10: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Salad Days: The Edible Raw Greens of Spring
  • 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.

  • Native Pollinator Workshop (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 18, 2018. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    Come and learn about providing habitat for pollinators with KBS scientist, Dr. Nick Haddad, during a fun and informative workshop at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. The class will explore the pollinators currently in the Sanctuary’s native plant gardens during this workshop.

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