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.
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.
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.
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County
SPRING PLANT SWAP
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
LOCATION: Vantage Point Farmer’s Market
MASTER GARDENERS ONLY: 10-11 AM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 11 AM - 1 PM
RAIN OR SHINE
· 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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The business meeting will take place after the speaker.
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
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!
SPRING PLANT SWAP
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
SET UP: 9 – 10 AM
OPEN TO MASTER GARDENERS ONLY: 10 – 11 AM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 11 AM – 1 PM
CLEAN UP: 1 – 2 PM
LOCATION: South side of Acheson Ventures Maritime Center, Vantage Point where Black River meets the St. Clair River, at the end of Water Street
RAIN OR SHINE – DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
Healthy, labeled plants only
Annuals, perennials, houseplants, seeds, bulbs
No shrubs or trees (no woody plants allowed)
Swap Plants for Plants (or seeds)
Swap Seeds for Seeds only
No invasive species such as lily of the valley, violets, ivy, etc,
For questions or to volunteer, contact:
Cathy Bourgeois 810-395-2851