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DIG IN!! EMGs of West Michigan

Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m. EST
Jan. 13, 2021
Feb. 3, 2021
March 3, 2021
April 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Online via Zoom  


Join MSU Extension Horticulture staff for these hour-long events. Each online session will feature an educational Smart Gardening topic, discussion and sharing that will help you stay connected while exploring new topics. Register separately for each event and attend any or all as you would like.

TOPICS featured:
January 13
: Seed Starting-To Windowsill and beyond! Presenter: Dr. Lori Imboden, MSU Extension Horticulture Educator
Get a jump on your spring garden by learning more about indoor (and outdoor) seed starting. Many of us have had less than perfect results with starting seeds inside and then transferring them to the outdoor garden. Dr. Lori Imboden will impart her expertise, tips and tricks to getting this enjoyable activity off to a great start.

February 3: Smart Shorelands (Part 1) Michigan's Water Resources-Exploration of Shore Plant and Practices Presenter: Erick Elgin, MSU Extension Water Quality Educator
Kick off our Smart Shorelands series, and learn from Erick Elgin how, as gardeners, we are ALL responsible for Michigan's water resources and how our actions can impact for generations to come. Erick will explain how plants grow in, along, and just outside water and the important role they play in protecting water quality.  Find out more about upcoming water resource programs too!  

March 3: Smart Shorelands (Part 2) Storm Water is Everyone's Problem! Presenter: Bindu Bhakta, MSU Extension Water Quality Educator
No matter where you live, storm water is everyone's problem. Join Bindu Bhakta to learn more about storm water and the impact of hard surfaces and how you can landscape to recharge the water system naturally.

April 7: Smart Shorelands (Part 3) Cool Critter-that live near the shore plus Impactful Rain Gardens Presenter: Paige Filice, MSU Water Resource and Aquatic Invasive Educator
Protecting Michigan's natural water resources has far-reaching benefits including providing safe shelter for many amphibians, turtles and birds. Paige Filice will provide insight on the correct methods for maintaining your own water feature to benefit these beneficial critters.

May 6: Smart Lawn Alternatives - Sedges and much more!! Presenter: Barslund Judd, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor
Join Barslund Judd for a close up look at the many species of plants that can be good replacements for input-intensive lawns. With robust shades of green, gray and chartreuse - these plants will augment any landscape palette.

Cost: FREE! All participants must register online in advance.  We recommend you register once and select the events you wish to attend.    

How to Connect: The day prior to each event, registrants will receive an email message which will contain the virtual event link and Zoom instructions. (Be sure to check your Inbox and Spam folders for this email.)

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendation for the optimal interactive online learning experience:
   *  A computer, laptop or tablet with the latest version of your browser
   *  A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
   *  Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USP plug-in
   *  Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in

First time Zoom users: Never used Zoom before? No worries. Registrants will be emailed an overview of how to get started, complete with screen shots. Plus, there’s a help line to contact if you encounter any difficulties.

Registration for DIG IN!! EMGs of West Michigan is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 4, 2021.


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 Deb Gulick at