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2024 Bare Root Plant Sale and Free Online Class

Pickup in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 27, 2024
MSU Kent County Extension Office
775 Ball NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

Get Planting with Bare Root Plants!!!!

This Bare Root Event features both a free virtual class coupled with a plant sale to get the jump on your spring garden. Plant orders must be picked up in Grand Rapids. Proceeds from this event will help keep the MSU Extension Grand Ideas Garden (GIG) growing!   

Michigan gardeners patiently await local frost-free dates in anticipation of planting colorful perennials in their gardens. MSU Extension is offering a fee online class to help you get a jump on spring planting by learning the many attributes of bare-root plants. Fully dormant, bare root perennials will acclimate naturally to your soil type and growing environment and are never jeopardized by excess organic media left on the root ball. During the online class, we will also explore a rich pallet of perennials to add interest, seasonal color and pollinator resources in your perennial garden.

Friday, April 5, 2024, from 10-11:30 a.m. ET  
*  You do not need to purchase plants to attend this class.
 For those who cannot attend the online class, you may register for the class and then will receive the recording link to view at a later date.
*   After the class, if you wish to purchase plants or modify your current order, please contact Diane Brady who can add the items and email you an invoice containing a credit card payment link. Please do not re-register and create a second order.
MSU Extension Master Gardeners may report 1.3 hours of education for this class.  

Class registration deadline:
Register by April
4th at noon to receive the Zoom meeting link.
*  A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to all class registrants on the afternoon of April 4th. Please be sure to look for this email in your inbox or trash/spam folders.  
Technology Requirements: Below are recommendations for the optimal interactive online learning experience:
       * A computer, laptop or tablet with latest version of your browser
       * A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
       * Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
       * Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
       * Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Plant sale registration and payment deadline: April 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET
Plant order payments: Credit Card payments at the secure MSU payment site must be made within 5 days of the order date or the order will be cancelled. Items are not reserved until payment in full is received. All payments must be received by April 22, 2024.   

Plant pick up date/time: Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. - Noon ET. 
Plant orders will not be held or shipped. If you are not able to pick up your order during this time frame, please make arrangements for another person to pick up your order.

Pick up location:  MSU Kent County Office, 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Refund policy on plant orders
*  A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any plant order cancelled before April 14, 2023.
No refund will be issued for any plant order cancelled on or after April 14, 2023.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Diane Brady at