Evenings in the Garden 2021

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

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 or $35 for the entire series. Preregistration required. Recorded lectures available to paid registrants* except where noted.

February 25 - Ana Heck - Getting Started with Beekeeping *LIVE lecture only, will NOT be recorded
Are you curious about what it takes to become a beekeeper? Learn about the many factors to consider before deciding if beekeeping is right for you. This presentation will cover the first steps for getting started with beekeeping, basic honeybee biology, and steps everyone can take to support pollinators.

March 11 - Jan Coppola Bills - Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity
Gardens should be our love, not our labor of love! Discover how sustainable gardening includes a variety of practices that respond to environmental concerns. These practices are used in every stage of gardening including design, planting and maintenance. Together we will develop a shift in perspective as we explore how to garden with comfort, ease and simplicity. Jan Coppola Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener and entrepreneur. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart: She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area landscape design company Two Women and a Hoe® (twowomenandahoe.com).

April 15 - Dr. Bert Cregg, Professor of Horticulture and Forestry - Christmas Tree Production in Michigan 
Michigan ranks third in the US in Christmas tree production and Christmas trees are grown in nearly every county in the state. Michigan’s Christmas tree industry is diverse and ranges from small-scale choose-and-cut operations to some of the largest wholesale producers in the country. In this presentation, Dr. Bert Cregg, Professor of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University and Christmas tree Extension Specialist, will discuss the current state of the Christmas tree industry in Michigan and the challenges that growers face in growing a conifer seedling to the 8’-tall Christmas tree in your living room.

April 29 - Dr. Wynne Wright, Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Sustainability - A New Way to Farm: Why is Lavender Farming Growing in Michigan?
Dr. Wright covers the growth and popularity of lavender farming in Michigan from an agri- sociological perspective. With personal experience as a lavender farmer herself, Dr. Wright includes guidance on how to get started growing and marketing the popular aromatic plant. 


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.