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2024 Plant Quest

Cost: $40 - Early registration until Jan. 7th or
$50 - Regular registration from Jan. 8th - Jan. 27th

This interactive virtual series will be presented 
(instructions and a meeting link will be sent to registrants prior to each workshop for which they have registered)

If you love gardening, you will be thrilled with PLANT QUEST 2024!
Join nationally known experts to explore a vast selection of native plants for the residential landscape, exciting new plants, trees and shrubs for the forward-thinking gardener and colorful, show-stopping plants that have leaves that will light up your landscape!!

Attendance:  Can't attend all live webinars? Register and pay for the 4-part series to attend the webinars or view via the recordings which will be made available for you after each session. This series is easy to access when it is most CONVENIENT for you! And the ZOOM platform is user-friendly.

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendations 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
Sessions:  (All sessions 6 - 7:15 p.m. ET)

Jan. 8, 2024 - 15 Plants You Wish You Had Planted this Year!  Presenter:  Matthew Ross, Horticulturist and Executive Director, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City, MI
Looking for the latest and greatest new addition to your landscape or home garden?  Join Matthew Ross, Executive Director of the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park as he takes you on a journey through the nation's top botanic gardens, private gardens, nurseries and natural areas in search of the latest, the greatest and the most durable plants.  Ross will inspire you with an abundance of plants that you may have never heard of.....yet that can dramatically impact your garden.  We look forward to having you expand your plants collections as this talk is every plant nerd's dream.

Jan. 15, 2024 - New and Exciting Trees and Shrubs for Forward-Thinking Gardeners  Presenter: Vinnie Simeone, Horticulturist, Author and Director of Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York
Each year hundreds of new species, varieties and cultivars of plants are introduced into commerce.  These choice specimens offer superior flowers, foliage, fruit, improved vigor and cultural adaptability.  At the same time, there are many underutilized mainstays that are exceptional for the landscape.  Join horticulturist Vincent Simeone (Vinnie), Director of Planting Fields Arboretum to explore some of the newer and most promising selections of trees and shrubs available on the market along with old favorites that offer exceptional garden merit.  These plants offer a lot to the professional horticulturist and designer as well as the home gardener with a true appreciation for the best and brightest plants available. 

Jan. 22, 2024 - Foliage, Foliage, and More Foliage - Using Leaves to Light Up the Landscape!  Presenter: Bryce Lane, North Carolina State University (retired) Department of Horticultural Science, Emmy winning UNC TV's "In the Garden with Bryce Lane".
One of the most popular trends in gardening is using plants with colorful foliage to accent and highlight the landscape.  Whether they are woody, herbaceous perennial or annual, there are some fantastic plants whose leaves add color, texture and boldness to the garden.  Lane will tap his 40+ years of gardening experience to focus on scintillating foliage plants you might consider adding to your garden! His dramatic combinations of plants will knock any garden lover's Crocs off!

Jan. 29, 2024 - Taming the Wild - Native Plants for the Residential Landscape  Presenters:  Nikki Melin and Shannon McEnerney, Horticulture Specialists at Midwest Groundcovers, St. Charles, IL.
The movement to support the environment with native plants continues to gain momentum every year.  While natives are often considered "wild" or "unwieldy", Nikki and Shannon will share examples from the Midwest Native Gardens showcasing options for low profile native plants that can be used in a traditional garden setting.  Learn about manageable native plants that are aesthetically pleasing, making them perfect when in residential garden combinations. 

Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener and Trainee attendees will earn 1.25 continuing education hour for each session attended or viewed via recording.

Register anytime until Jan. 28th at midnight.  With registration and payment for the 4-part series, you will receive the webinar invitations as well as the recordings of each session. 
Register early by Jan. 7th at midnight and save $10!

Payment by Credit Card only please (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted) via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Your registration is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Refund Policy - for the Plant Quest series
  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the first workshop on Jan. 9th.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of Jan. 9th.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the first workshop on Jan. 9th.


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 information contact Diane Brady at