July 20, 2019.
It’s time to mark your calendars for our annual Garden Tour on Saturday, July 20th and the pre-tour for volunteers on Friday, July 19th.
This year our tour will be based in the Yale Area with: one country garden, an organic farm with hoop house, and residential gardens. Tickets will be available at MSU extension, Mosher’s Jewelers, Lexington Gardens, Silks Flowers, Wiegand’s, Ameriscapes and Yale Feed.
Vantage Point (AV) Garden: When the 1024 sq ft bed along the Black River
(where it meets the St. Clair River) was converted from an annual to a
perennial garden in 2009, the City of Port Huron asked Master Gardeners to
design the bed. MGs have not only designed, but also hand-picked plants,
planted them and continue to maintain the bed. Over 200 perennial plants
were planted the first year and in the fall of 2012, an additional 50 were
added to fill in some of the spaces.
Vantage Point is now maintained by the "Friends of the St. Clair River" stewards.
This was the eighth year for our Community Garden at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 3790 West Water St., Port Huron, MI, and it turned out to be our best and most productive year yet. This year we donated 10,800 pounds of produce to Mid-City Nutrition.
We rent out 10’ x 10’ plots for a deposit of $10.00 per participant. If a participant wants more than 1 plot they can have more. We rented out a total of 70 plots to a total of 29 participants. If the participant took care of their plot(s) and cleaned them up at the end of the season, their $10.00 deposit was returned. Some participants have told me to keep their deposits and that money will be donated to Mid-City Nutrition.
Every year we try some new things in the garden. The electric fencer was updated this year and is the best way to keep the deer out. This year we added a honey bee hive and did some improvement to the drainage. If anyone has questions about the Community Garden, how to start a Community Garden or how we do certain things, please feel free to call Don Strauss at 810-434-2380.
The Master Gardeners of St Clair County support the community through cash grants that have been awarded to a variety of organizations within our county.
In recent years the following groups have received grants:
4-H/Urban Gardens, Roosevelt School in Port Huron, Earth Learning Adventures, St Clair County Earth Fair, Pine River Bee Keepers, The Honey Festival and Special Dreams Farm.
Spring Plant Swap
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
Spring Symposium 2018
This is the 11th year of our annual Spring Symposium.
We have been privileged to host such wonderful speakers as David Culp, Marta McDowell, Tony Avent, Dan Hinkley, Ken Druse, Tovah Martin, Fergus Garrett and so many more.
The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County continue to provide the very best educational opportunities. The attendees have supported our Symposium by attending with such enthusiasm they have made our program the success it is.
This year the Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Landmark Academy on Lapeer Rd. Doors open at 8:00 am and the program runs until 4:00. The cost of the symposium this year will be $90.00, for 4 lectures, vendors, breakfast and lunch.
We will again have vendors and the best food we can find. The volunteers work so hard to make this event something everyone who attends can’t wait to attend again!
In November, the Master Gardeners come together at Goodells Park, to celebrate another year of volunteerism, community, friendship and to recognize those Master Gardeners who have achieved a milestone of volunteer hours.
Members, their families and friends share a Pot Luck Dinner and enjoy catching up with old friends.
Later our Silent Auctions provides fierce competition for some well-loved garden items.
Goodells County Park is located in Wales Township on Lapeer Rd. Once the site of the St. Clair County Poorhouse and Farm, it’s rural expansive acreage is well suited to the many large events held there each year including the Earth Fair in April and the 4-H fair in July.
St. Clair County Master Gardeners tend many of the beds on the park grounds, including: the Castor Rd. and Lapeer Rd. entrance, bordering the parking lot accessed from County Park Drive, the bridge slopes by the children’s play structure, the beds around the Garden House, four pairs of beds surrounding the Visitors Center, an ornamental grass bed, and a large bed devoted to wildflowers native to St. Clair County.
Master Gardener volunteers are busy throughout the season, planting, weeding, dividing, pruning, edging and answering many questions from curious park visitors who wish to know more about the park and its plantings.
Bring a picnic and make a day of relaxing in this country park. You may find you even want to become a volunteer supporting this lovely place!
Contact Jeanne Mackay at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Medilodge of Yale
Once a month, a crafty group of Master Gardeners prepare and present a plant-based craft to the residents of the Medilodge of Yale. Projects vary from decorating grapevine and pine cone wreaths to arranging vases of flowers for the residents' rooms.
When we arrive a half hour early to set up, some of our "regulars" are already waiting for us. Several residents have given us craft materials to help us in our projects. Heartfelt thanks and lots of smiles make it a worthwhile endeavor.
Donations of craft materials are always welcome.
Contact Arlene at email@example.com for more information, or to volunteer. Non-master gardeners are welcome to join us!