Garden Tour

Saturday, July 15, 2017   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Master Gardeners of St. Clair County’s annual garden tour will be held on Saturday July 15th, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. 

We have 6 beautiful gardens located in Algonac, Marine City, and East China Township. 

Tickets purchased prior to the tour are $10 each, or $15 on the day of the tour. 

Tickets will be available for purchase after May 10th, 2017.  Please check the website again for locations to purchase tickets.

AV Garden

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.

 

Community Gardens

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.  The weather was not ideal, but was excellent for growing vegetables.  We made it through the dry period with no watering.  Instead of watering we kept the bare soil tilled to act as a mulch.  This forced the roots to go deeper to find the moisture they needed.

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.

 

Grants

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


Spring Symposium

This is the tenth 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 we will be hosting Rick Darke, Doug Tallamy, Mark Weathington and Larry Cornelis, they will be speaking on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Landmark Academy on Lapeer Rd. Doors open at 7:45 and the program runs until 4:30. The cost of the symposium this year will be $90.00, for 6.5 hours of lecture, 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!

Any questions please feel free to email Lisa Sharrow at bloomin@4wbi.com

Here is the brochure and registration form.

 

Harvest Dinner

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 Park

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 jmackay1956@gmail.com 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 arlenemarcetti@yahoo.com for more information, or to volunteer.  Non-master gardeners are welcome to join us!