Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$20 each class
January 26 – Janet Macunovich – Four-Season Landscapes
Gardens and landscapes don't have to look like moonscapes during the off season! Perennials have a lot to offer - even from October to April. To reap four seasons of interest from your landscape, start right now to choose plants that will fill seasonal gaps. But that's only part of the answer! How you place and maintain those plants and other garden features is even more important. Here are design techniques, plant suggestions, and maintenance tips from beloved garden designer, author, and educator Janet Macunovich.
Janet loves to see more people garden and enjoy their landscape, and helps them to do just that by transforming design and planting mysteries into practical, productive fun. Since 1990, Janet has written nine books and hundreds of how-to articles, answered a broad spectrum of questions on radio shows and internet forums, and addressed thousands of gardeners both amateur and professional throughout the U.S., Canada, and England. She has been a regular contributor to Michigan Gardener magazine and her website, www.GardenAtoZ.org.
Rock gardening focuses on using plants from mountainous areas of the world - above the tree line or from rocky, open habitats at lower elevations. These plants are small, often have large flowers in proportion to their size, and may need different cultivation than standard perennials. The small size and showiness of these plants makes them a perfect choice for smaller garden spaces, for placement as a striking feature in larger gardens, and even for certain types of container planting. So how to get started? This class covers a brief introduction to the plants, a look at soil needs, and how to design, use, and plant rock garden plants in your home landscape.
Anton (Tony) Reznicek is the curator and assistant director of the University of Michigan Herbarium. His interests cover the entire flora, while his research focuses on sedges, especially Carex. He is also interested in the biogeography of the northeastern North American flora, concentrating on the Great Lakes region. This includes plant migration and colonization, the origin and persistence of relict plant species and communities, and what makes a plant community rich in species diversity. Tony conducts numerous workshops on plant identification, and is interested in rare plant conservation. He is also an avid gardener with many interests, including native plants and ecologically sustainable gardening, rock gardening, and woodland plants, both native and from other areas of temperate forest, especially temperate Asia. He presents numerous lectures on these topics to natural history societies, garden clubs, and other groups.
March 30 – Dr. Norm Lownds – Gardening with Children: Finding Magic in Your Garden
Join Dr. Norm on a journey into the garden, and discover the magic that will interest and engage kids. We will explore the Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens to find the enchantment in plants there, and how the garden excites kids of all ages. Explore ways to create fascination in your garden, and how to engage kids in planning, growing, and enjoying the garden all year long. Join us for a special evening in the magical place that is a garden for kids.
Dr. Lownds holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Horticulture from Michigan State University. He has been Curator of the Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens for the past 19 years. He has been actively working with teachers, students, and school gardens for over 25 years, first in the desert climate of Southern New Mexico and more recently at MSU. Lownds works to create numerous interactive computer experiences and elegantly integrates digital technologies into the 4-H Children’s Garden. The 4-H Children's Garden Kidstour website (http://4hgarden.msu.edu) has won numerous awards. Over the past year, Lownds has created Collaborating Classrooms, a program where classes, their school gardens, experiments and more are connected to the 4-H Children's Gardens. “Dr. Norm” is most interested in promoting curiosity and wonder in children of all ages. He is “just a big kid at heart” and loves to work with teachers and students, reminding everyone to “always ask questions about everything!” Dr. Lownds is the 2007 recipient of the American Horticultural Societies JL Taylor award for inspiring and nurturing future horticulturists through efforts in children’s and youth gardens.
MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center
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Novi, MI 48337
248-347-0269 ext. 229
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