6:00 PM18:00

Wildflower Walk and Monthly Meeting

On Tuesday, May 21st, the Master Gardeners of St. Clair County will hold their monthly meeting at Columbus County Park on Bauman Road in Columbus Twp.

The public is invited to join us at 6:00 p.m. on a guided wildflower walk led by our own Mary Kay Weber on one of the beautiful park trails.  Mary Kay, a frequent walker at the park, is an expert on the spring ephemerals that will be blooming at this time.  Meet in the parking lot in front of the lodge.

Members will hold their monthly business meeting at 7:00 following the walk.  Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while seated outside the lodge during the meeting.

NOTE: The park is accessed from Bauman Road off of Gratiot in Columbus Twp.  Googling the address will NOT get you to the lodge, but will direct you to the park offices on Kronner Road instead, which is quite a distance from the lodge.

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10:00 PM22:00

Volunteer hours available


On Saturday, May 18, (during the Plant Swap), volunteers are needed at Vantage Point to dig and pot perennials to be sold at the Garden Tour.

If you are available, there are:

·        standing digging jobs,

·        kneeling digging jobs, and

·        sitting potting jobs.

There is some sitting space, but bring a chair if you are a serious sitter (like me!)

Show up at 10:00 am with gloves, trowel, and 1 gallon pots.

Contact Jeanne Mackay for more info or to sign up.

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker "Using Goats to Eliminate Invasives"

April 16th, 7:00 PM              “Using Goats to Eliminate Invasives”

Amy McIntire of City Girls Farm

City Girls was started in 2011 making hand crafted soap and lotion using milk sourced from their small herd of dairy goats.   By 2015 the herd had expanded to 10 goats, 6 of them being male.

Determined to use the "whole goat", City Girls decided to move into conservation grazing.  This is the practice of using livestock (sheep and goats) to rotationally graze on invasive plants that are threatening and prohibiting native plants from thriving.

Located at Goldner Walsh Nursery, in the Historic District of Pontiac, City Girls Farm uses their team of dairy goats to tackle invasive species in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw counties and beyond. City Girls Farm can graze on private property, public lands and municipalities.

8:00 Membership meeting

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker from Indigo Farms (Lavender Farm)

Tuesday, March 19

7-8 pm

Donald Dodge Auditorium-County Building

Meet the Farmer!  TRISH DENNIS

has owned and operated the farm established in 2015.  Trish was an USAF Captain and a corporate attorney before turning to farming.  The brainchild of her husband, Greg Dennis, and funded by an investor, Midwest Commercial Construction, the farm is a family-owned farm that is more than a hobby - it's a lifestyle. 

In 2015, they began planting lavender plants. In their first year, they had just under 4,000 plants. Now, they have over 14,000 plants spread over 20 beautiful acres on gently rolling hillside in Imlay City, MI. They grow their plants without pesticides or other chemicals. Lavender is naturally drought- and pest-resistant, however, they must weed and nurture their plants by hand to ensure their health and productivity.

Trish will discuss her background and the making of the farm, the history and uses of lavender, and the care and maintenance of lavender including pruning, harvesting, processing and a little about distilling into essential oil. There will be time for Q & A and sampling of the farm's own lavender honey!

Trish will be selling homemade lavender products between the presentation and the business meeting, as well for a short time after the business meeting.

Indigo Lavender Farms

Trish Dennis


8-9 pm

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County Business Meeting


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7:30 AM07:30

Spring Symposium 2019

Add the Spring Symposium 2019 to your calendar.

The date is March 16, 2019.

Titled   “Turning Over a New Leaf”, featuring Bobbie Swartz, Jacqueline van der Kloet, Andrew Bunting, and Kelly Norris.

Go to the heading “About Us” and scroll down to “Spring Symposium 2019” for more information, or to “Spring Symposium 2019 ticket” to purchase a ticket.

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker on "Butterfly Monitoring"

Speaker open to the public

7-8 pm

The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County will be hosting a talk on butterfly monitoring on February 19th at 7 p.m. in the Donald Dodge Auditorium of the County Building.  The speakers, mother and daughter, Melanie Chandler and Halley Bolt are passionate about this citizen science activity.  They will share their experiences and how you too can contribute to the data base of the Michigan Butterfly Network while learning about our beautiful local butterflies.

 Halley Bolt is a lifelong lover of the outdoors.  From raising her own rabbit (“Clover”) at a young age to bird watching with her father and growing veggies with her mother, there is no part of being outside that she doesn’t want to be a part of.  She is equally comfortable with anything having to do with water and loves swimming, sailing, and snorkeling.  Discovering nature as she goes along is one of her passions.  Her mom did not have to convince her to help with the butterfly monitoring.  As soon as the activity was described to her she said, “I’m doing that with you!”

Melanie Chandler is Halley’s mom.  She grew up in Ruby and spent most of her childhood outside as well. Living on Mill Creek, there was no part within a one mile distance from her home that she did not know intimately, having spent many a summer (and winter) day down on its banks or directly in it.  Melanie taught preschool for many years and strived to pass on her love of nature to all her students.  This includes a butterfly garden planted by the children just outside her classroom at the St. Clair City Building.  She is now a recreation coordinator for the City of Port Huron and loves integrating nature programming whenever possible for the city residents to enjoy.

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County business meeting will follow at 8:00 pm.


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6:00 PM18:00

Member Christmas Party & Business Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Reminding all Master Gardener members that our December Meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday this month, December 11.  We will start one hour earlier, at 6:00 with appetizers/finger food and some socializing.  This will be followed around 6:30 with our membership meeting. Then if you wish to participate, a gift exchange game.  This is our annual celebration of the Holidays!

So, bring an appetizer/finger food to share, a wrapped gift of around $10 to pass (note, it will move around the room a bit, so keep in mind that breakable or heavy gifts may not survive unharmed) and note the day and start are earlier than normal!

See you Tuesday December 11 at 6:00 pm at the Dodge Auditorium.

Mary Ann

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5:00 PM17:00

Membership Harvest Dinner

The Harvest Dinner will be on November 3 at the Community Building at Goodells County Park.  We will gather at 5:00 pm.  Family and friends are welcome.  This is a nice evening of gathering, sharing and having dinner with our fellow Master Gardeners and their friends and family. 

We will be providing chicken, coffee, tea, water, plates and utensils.  Please bring a dish to share and any other beverage you wish to have with your dinner.  Also, please bring any items you wish to place in the auction.

Note, if there are more than two people in your party, please contact Evelyn Carl at 810-367-7888 or 810-990-9718 to let her know for food ordering purposes.

See you there.

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11:00 AM11:00

Members only picnic

Our Annual Picnic will be held on August 21, at 6:00pm at Fort Gratiot County Park. 3325 Metcalf Road, Fort Gratiot Township, MI 48059.

We will be serving chicken. Please bring a dish to pass, and your own plates, utensils and beverages. 

You are welcome to invite family, friends to join us. This is not a regular meeting, but an opportunity to share. 

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10:00 AM10:00

Spring Plant Swap

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County


SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

LOCATION:  Vantage Point Farmer’s Market

 MASTER GARDENERS ONLY: 10-11 AM                 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 11 AM - 1 PM



·        Healthy, labeled plants only

·        Annuals, perennials, houseplants, bulbs, seeds

·        Swap Plants for Plants (or seeds)

·        Swap Seeds for Seeds only

·        NO invasive species such as: Lily of the Valley, Violets, Ivy, etc.

·        NO shrubs or trees        

                            For more information, contact: Cathy Bourgeois 810-395-2851

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7:00 PM19:00

Speaker cancelled due to weather. Guest Speaker, Amy McIntire, "Using Goats to Manage Invasive Species"

Amy McIntire, of City Girls Farm, will speak on her method of using goats to manage invasive species on her customers’ properties.

City Girls was started in 2011 making hand crafted soap and lotion using milk sourced from their small herd of dairy goats.   By 2015 the herd had expanded to 10 goats, 6 of them being male.

Determined to use the "whole goat", City Girls decided to move into conservation grazing.  This is the practice of using livestock (sheep and goats) to rotationally graze on invasive plants that are threatening and prohibiting native plants from thriving.

Located at Goldner Walsh Nursery, in the Historic District of Pontiac, City Girls Farm uses their team of dairy goats to tackle invasive species in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw counties and beyond.

City Girls Farm can graze on private property, public lands and municipalities.

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County Business  meeting will follow at 8:00 pm.

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker "Wetlands: Now and Forever?"

  • St. Clair County Administration Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Everyone is invited to a free speaker.

On Tuesday, March 20, Mary Gerstenberger will be presenting, ”Wetlands: Now and Forever?” at 7:00 p.m. in the Donald Dodge Auditorium of the St. Clair County Administration Building.  Her presentation will explain how wetlands are defined, what types of wetlands we find in Michigan, their functions and .importance, and how to protect them.

Mary received her degree in Biology from Wayne State University, took time out to raise a family and then spent 20 years working for MSU Extension in Macomb County.  During that time she worked with the Great Lakes Education Program, 4-H, served as Environmental Education Coordinator and then as Consumer Horticulture Coordinator.  She retired in December of 2017.

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County will conduct their monthly business meeting following the presentation.

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker "Rooftop Farm Detroit at the Green Garage"

The RoofTop Farm Detroit was conceived in 2012 and built in 2013 on top of an office building in Midtown Detroit. Began as an experiment and demonstration project in urban agriculture, this project has allowed us to connect with thriving food and farm scenes in the Motor City's rapidly evolving DIY ecosystem. Why and how do you start a farm on a building? What is a plate-to-farm process, and how is that different from farm-to-table agriculture? How do we measure success on a small scale, triple-bottom-line basis? How do we make sure our customers are truly a part of what we're doing? These are some of the questions that Sarah and Kirsten will explore with you as we look at how the RoofTop Farm came to be and how it has grown and impacted our lives and communities.


This fall, the RoofTop Farm was featured in TBD Magazine.


Kirsten Lyons, Master Gardener Volunteer, Class of 1998

In her career, Kirsten has served in many capacities in retail management, sustainability consulting, landscape design, habitat management and horticulture. Her work takes a systemic and ecological approach to site design and management. She has also taught a wide range of college and adult education classes, and is currently the stewardship director for Friends of the St. Clair River, a local environmental nonprofit. Kirsten holds an M.Arch. degree from Lawrence Technological University and a B.F.A. from Wayne State University with a concentration in design. A lifelong learner, Kirsten recently achieved certification as a Michigan Conservation Steward. Kirsten led the design and implementation of the RoofTop Farm project at the Green Garage in Midtown Detroit.


Sarah Schnell, RoofTop Farm Manager, 2015-present

Thanks to her family’s encouragement and a natural green thumb, Sarah has been cultivating her curiosity and gardening all her life. She first learned about the RoofTop Farm when she visited the Green Garage with a friend. Beginning as a volunteer herself, Sarah now manages the RoofTop Farm with the help of several occasional volunteers. Sarah is studying environmental science at Wayne State University, just down the street from the Green Garage and RoofTop Farm. Sarah also works at the Green Garage in a variety of capacities to help ensure the co-working community's sustainability. Among her many successes and challenges met, Sarah’s leadership, experience and pragmatism carried the farm through the hottest, and one of the driest, summers on record in 2015.

The business meeting will follow the presentation.

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7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker "Clematis"

Cheryl M. English will be speaking on “Clematis.”

She is a long-time resident of the metropolitan Detroit area, who has traveled as far as Singapore and Turkey, only to return to her childhood dancing grounds. Having earned a BA in Art History from Michigan State University and an MA in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University, she realized she much preferred making art to dissecting it.

A lifelong autodidact, Cheryl first began her ceramics studies with Gene Pluhar through Grosse Pointe Community Education. Taking advantage of Mr. Pluhar’s classroom at Grosse Pointe South High School, she reveled in the pleasures of propane torches, sand blasters and drill presses while investigating the potential of slab rollers, extruders and the wheel.

Cheryl’s work is a reflection of her “other” passion: gardening. As an Advanced Master Gardener (certified through Wayne County Extension), her abiding interest in things natural – and indigenous – is reflected in her unique designs. Cheryl’s work has been featured in The Detroit News Homestyle Section and Handmade Business Magazine. Contact Cheryl at

The business meeting will take place after the speaker.

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6:00 PM18:00

Membership Meeting and Christmas Party

Here is a reminder of our December Master Gardener's Meeting.
Remember that we will be meeting one week early and start one hour
earlier.  This means that we will gather at the Donald Dodge
Auditorium on December 12 at 6:00 pm.  Bring finger food to share.

We will start with socializing, followed by membership meeting.  Then,
our gift exchange.  This year, should you wish to participate, bring a
wrapped gift that is $5 - 10, wrapped and can withstand being passed
around.  Also, consider bringing a gift that is "green", or
consumable, etc.

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9:45 PM21:45

Tour of Tapper Gardens for Master Gardeners and their guests

Through the work of Beverly Kobylas, Master Gardeners of St. Clair County is having a road trip on July 27. She has arranged for members and friends to have a tour of Tapper Garden near Romeo. Here are the details:

Thursday July 27, 10:00 am formal tour, that lasts an hour, with ability of walking around on your own afterward. There is a free will donation at the end. Let's gather there at 9:45 am.

The garden is located at 4700 Raap Road, Bruce Township, MI 48065.

RSVP to Maryanne Herrmann. Let her know that you are coming and the number in your party.

Hope to see you there!

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