Evenings in the Garden 2020

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held digitally. A video link will be sent prior to the session. 

Evenings in the Garden is a lecture series on a wide range of gardening and environmental topics hosted by regional experts. 

$10 per session, $35 for all four sessions. Preregistration required. Recorded lectures available to paid registrants.

September 10 - Dr. Tyler Bassett - Native Grasslands of Michigan: Acting in the Interest of Prairies and Savannas
The tallgrass prairie and savanna grasslands of North America are among the most critically imperiled ecosystems in the world. Dr. Bassett will discuss efforts to restore the remnant examples of these ecosystems in Michigan which provide habitat for the many rare species that depend upon them. Dr. Bassett is a botanist and plant ecologist and works for MSU Extension and on the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 

October 15 - Jae Gerhart - The impacts of Covid-19 on Local Food Systems
Food systems are made up of many interconnected businesses and processes which support our food supply. The elements of food systems include agricultural production, food transport, processing, distribution and commerce to consumption and many others. Jae Gerhart, the Food Systems Coordinator at MSU Extension - Washtenaw County, will discuss how Covid-19 related closures and mobility restrictions have led to disruptions to the regions economy and food supply. 

October 29 - Angie Lucas - Ferntastic!
Learn some fascinating facts about ferns of the NW Lower Peninsula by joining us for a presentation by Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward and botanist at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, as she presents an overview of the native fern species found in the Grand Traverse region and how land protection and stewardship efforts benefits rare and declining species, as well as some identification tips and resources to use while exploring the northern forest and wetland trails of northwest lower Michigan. Additionally learn how GTRLC uses various tools like floristic quality assessments to prioritize restoration, protection and other nature preserve projects. 

November 12- Will Jaquinde - Integrative Pest Management for Home Gardens
Tollgate's own Sustainable Agriculture Instructor Will Jaquinde leads this session on pest management. You will learn how to identify common pest problems in your garden and determine the best control with the least harm to non-targeted species.

Registration for Evenings in the Garden 2020 is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 11, 2020.


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, please contact Katie Gallagher at galla301@msu.edu.