Vol. 12 No. 4 April 2008
THE GREEN SCENE
Newsletter of the
MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 6:30 PM. **** WE WILL START AT 6:30 SHARP ****
Location: Midland County Building, The Commissioners‘ Room, ground floor
Program: As agreed last month, the program will start PROMPTLY at 6:30. Please arrive a little
early to give yourself time to pick up materials and be seated to start on time.
Our guest speaker this month is Marty McGuire, Executive Director of Dow Gardens to speak about ―The
Ten Myths of Dow Gardens‖. The balance of our program will be about several of our projects that
need additional volunteers and will be led by a group of the project coordinators. Please come with
your calendars and be prepared to sign up for projects.
A word from the President
It was great to see almost 50 people at our March meeting. Between the two Master Gardener classes of last
fall and this spring, we now have many more members and have the potential of making an even greater
impact on the community.
In fact, at our upcoming April meeting, we will all get to know the fellow who is now heading up The Dow
Gardens, Marty McGuire. He brings a business background to the operation of the Gardens and will be able
to tell us about new ways of including Master Gardeners as volunteers. At our April meeting, we will also try
to point out to new members in particular, opportunities to earn volunteer hours in established projects.
There are a lot of them and requests come in all the time for members to head up new ones.
You will see that the summer meetings are usually times to go out and about to visit gardens and garden-
related venues. So, these spring meetings are when you should make some plans about where you might like
to volunteer. Mentors – don‘t forget your role as guide on the side.
Advice to all: Keep track of your hours, so it‘s not an ordeal at the end of the year. Some of you have
education hours (such as the Know and Grow) that you can record online right now. No need to wait ‗til
Like you, I‘m more eager than ever to see Midland in bloom,
Cheryl Weeks-Rosten, President MCMGA
Midland County Master Gardener Association, Executive Committee:
Cheryl Weeks-Rosten, President, 631-5126, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Krause, Vice-President Programs, 631-1050, e-mail: email@example.com
Chris Hays, Vice-President Projects, 631-5956, e-mail: BandCAntiQ@aol.com
Nancy Stark, Secretary, 835-2394, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Evans, Treasurer, 832-0023, e-mail: email@example.com
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MIDLAND COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS SUMMARY OF ASSOCIATION MEETING
MEMBERSHIP MEETING, MARCH 11, 2008 ON MARCH 11, 2008
President Cheryl Weeks-Rosten called the meeting to The program for the evening featured Dawn Zuengler,
order at 6:45 p.m. at the Midland County Building. a member of the Midland Chapter of Wild Ones. Wild
Forty-eight members, trainees, and guests were Ones is a national, not-for-profit organization with a
present. Trainees and guests were introduced. Jean mission to educate and share information with
Krause, Vice President, handed newly certified members and community at the ―plants-roots‖ level
master gardeners their membership notebooks. Since and to promote biodiversity and environmentally
there weren‘t enough for all the new members sound practices. Wild Ones was founded in the 1970‘s
present, Jean will have more notebooks ready at the in Wisconsin and has 50 chapters in 12 states.
So what is a ―native‖ plant and why do we landscape
There were many handouts for various volunteer with it? A native plant is defined by geography—one
projects in the back and members were asked to take that is indigenous to the area from 200 or more years
what they need. Len Szymanski announced this ago. There is a cactus native to Michigan—we know it
year‘s ―Ask The Master Gardener‖ volunteer project as Prickly Pear. It grows quickly when picked and
at Lowe‘s. He needs more volunteers for all the planted.
Saturdays in May. Please contact Len for your spot.
He reviewed what is required of the volunteers and What are the benefits of using native plants in your
for your time spent, Lowe‘s gives you 10% off plants landscape?
you buy the day you work. The master gardeners are They don‘t require a lot of water, fertilizer
paid for this effort at the rate of an hourly worker or pesticides.
and the money goes to our MG Extension account. They reduce our level of maintenance.
They reduce pollution and erosion.
After the speaker, we discussed the time for our They replace non-native invasive species.
monthly meetings. It is still the request that we They provide food and shelter for wildlife.
gather and begin our meetings at 6:30 p.m. If you They add genetic biodiversity with their
want to hear the speaker‘s presentation, plan to species rather than cultivars.
come no later than 6:20 p.m. to sign in and pick up They allow us to reconnect with nature.
handouts. Generally our business meeting will be
Cultivars provide a ―sense of place.‖
held after the presentation unless otherwise noted.
Why plant natives?
Chris Hays presented certificates and awards. They
Natives have deep roots as opposed to our
included: Awards for initial Master Gardener
Kentucky bluegrass that has very shallow
Certification, Recertification, Advanced Master
Gardener Certification, Recognition of volunteer hour
milestones and Excellence in Volunteering Awards. They take three years to grow —the first
Chris noted that our members recorded year you might mistake a native as a weed
approximately 5,000 hours of volunteering last year in so don‘t be too hasty to pull it out.
our projects. This is an outstanding amount of effort They are fire proof.
given by all our members. They are drought proof.
They allow storm water to infiltrate the
The door prizes won this month and for February soil and not run off—so much better deep
were Sue Dunn and Ann Adam. Jean Krause watering.
announced that for the April meeting Marty McGuire, They fight pollution and erosion and are
Dow Gardens Executive Director, will be joining us to outstanding plants for a rain garden.
talk about the ―10 Myths of Dow Gardens‖. Also,
several project leaders will be on hand with Some non-native groundcovers that we often see in
descriptions of their projects and signup sheets. landscapes are invasive and not always the prettiest,
such as Myrtle, English Ivy and Pachysandra. Also,
The meeting was adjourned. these plants don‘t support insects and wildlife.
However, there is a place for them and some of us do
Nancy Stark, Secretary like them.
There are natives such as Virginia Creeper, Wild
Ginger, Wild Strawberry, Bunchberry or Crackerberry
that add great interest to the landscape. The Virginia
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Creeper is a deep-rooted vine that spreads and has SOW SIMPLE
pretty foliage. The Wild Strawberry is low growing
with blossoms and fruit that spreads through runners. Now that the sun is shining a little stronger, it is time
The Bunchberry is a common name for two species of to add fertilizer to your houseplants. They should
dwarf Dogwoods that are beautiful in the landscape. have been on a lean diet for the winter since they
were not growing. With sun and warmer weather you
The Chippewa Nature Center has 20 species of non- can start to slowly enrich your plants‘ diet.
native plants that weren‘t around 200 years ago.
There is also a rain garden at the CNC that was I do not add the recommended amount of soap to my
designed by a local high school student several years washing machine because I find it is usually too much.
ago. This area takes advantage of rainwater that I do not add the recommended amount of fertilizer to
would normally run off the roof and waters the native my mature houseplants either, since I generally do
plants. not want them to grow too fast or become leggy.
However, they have been living hydroponically and
Dawn had a wide collection of photos showing plants need a little food. Start feeding your plants with a ¼
that add native color, such as the Rough Blazing Star. dose and bi-weekly increase the amount. They know
More natives that add color and beauty to the when to grow, and they know if it is spring. They will
landscape include Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Trillium, respond with new growth and after you give them
Dutchman‘s Breeches, Violets and Wild Ginger. their spring bath they will look great.
Why have natural landscaping? We can attract more Later, in May, you can take them outdoors for the
insects, birds and wildlife to the area and provide summer by placing them in the shade for a week,
food and habitat for them. We can reduce our then semi-shade for a week, then to the chosen place
workload of lawn mowing, fertilizer and pesticide for the summer. Two weeks is the minimum
use. Natives provide diversity and can be recommended time for plants to adjust to the
incorporated with seeds and plants from suppliers in outdoors.
Michigan. The Michigan Wildflower Farm in Portland,
MI sells seeds and Wild Type Nursery in Mason, MI sells The wind is the real enemy of new houseplants as
plants. The Chippewa Nature Center will have their they are not used to the stress. It takes time for the
third annual native plant sale Memorial Day weekend. stems of all plants, especially seedling plants, to
Keep an eye out for more information. harden up and build cells to protect them from the
sun and wind.
If you are interested in more information about the
Midland Chapter of Wild Ones, go to www.for- Ann Adam
wild.com and link to the Midland Chapter. Dawn
Zuengler is also available to answer questions you
might have and you can reach her at MASTER GARDENER MARKETPLACE
firstname.lastname@example.org. GREAT SUCCESS
Jean Kraus, Program Chairman With two new vendors this year, the marketplace at
the ―Know & Grow‖ Seminar was better than ever! A
total of $630.00 was given to our MG Association
education fund for scholarships. My special thanks to
all the Master Gardeners who came at 7:00 a.m. to
help set up. The process went very smoothly and the
vendors really appreciated your help. As usual, many
Volunteer Corner of us bought our gardening items as we helped set up
the vendors. First come to help, first to buy the
products – a real plus to get up early.
My special thanks to our president, Cheryl Weeks-
Stratford Village - Contact Cindi Hartz (687-7873) or Rosten, for writing thank you notes and helping direct
Sue Dunn (687-6296) if you would be interested in activities due to my recent broken wrist and
helping to care for the flower beds at Stratford surgeries. Next year, many of the vendors will
Village. Dates to be determined. return. If you have other ideas, please let me hear
from you. Again thanks for all your wonderful help.
Nancy Stark, Marketplace Coordinator
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MIDLAND COUNTY MG AWARDS PRESENTATION The MG Board chose the following recipients from the
MARCH 11, 2008 nominations that were submitted by the membership.
This has been a great year for Midland County Master Award winners received a certificate documenting the
Gardener Volunteers. We had a total of 59 Master award. Each also received a letter that captured
Gardeners who logged volunteer hours into the some of the words from the nomination. They also
database in 2007 and received their re-certification received a Master Gardener Pin and each was also
and another 35 Master Gardeners who received their presented a gardening book.
certification or are working on their certification. We
had over 70 approved projects in 2007 and Master Ann Adam – for her efforts on the MG Class Steering
Gardeners donated 4,928 hours to the community. Committee as well as for her contributions to the MG
Class as a teacher.
We had several people who were recognized for their
volunteer efforts in 2007. Many received their re- Donna Dolinski – for her willingness to work on several
certifications. projects and her contributions to the community
through her work on the Midland Garden Council.
Master Gardener Volunteer – Basic Certificates: The
following ten people received their Basic Certificates. Dan Draves – for his contributions to the MG Class as a
These people completed the MSUE Master Gardener teacher of two subjects, vegetables and tree fruit.
class requirements and a minimum of 40 hours of
volunteer work. Ben Franklin – for his contribution to the MG Class as
a teacher of Plant Health Care.
Karen Brecht Connie LaClair
Linda Duffy Karen Mills Chris Hays – for her leadership of the MG Class
Kim Evans Pat Nelson Steering Committee as well as her contributions to
Janet Hickman Loraine Reese the MG Class as a teacher and facilitator.
Carol Krosovic Nanette Toups
Sherry Kalina – for her efforts on the MG Class
Advanced Master Gardener Volunteer – Certificates: Steering Committee as well as her contributions to
The following six Master Gardeners earned their the MG Class.
Advanced Master Gardener Certificates in 2007. They
completed an additional 50 hours of volunteer after Jean Krause – for her efforts on the MG Class Steering
the original 40 and 25 more hours of education. Committee.
Kim Evans Janelle Steckley Nancy Stark – for her leadership on the Marketplace
Jean Krause Janet Weaver project at the Know & Grow Seminar; for her efforts
Judy Page Sharon Worthington on the MG Class Steering Committee and for her
contributions to the MG Class as a teacher.
Volunteer Hours Milestones: The next exciting
category of awards was for those people who reached Alan Syverud – for his contribution to the MG Class as
key milestones in their volunteering careers. These a teacher of Soils for Plant Growth.
people received pins in recognition of their
milestones. Len Szymanski – for his contribution to the MG Class
as a teacher of Turf.
Jackie Prevost Sherry Kalina Cheryl Weeks-Rosten – for her contribution to the MG
Class as a teacher of Composting.
Marian Cimbalic Nancy Stark Sue Wilber - for her efforts on the MG Class Steering
Ann Adam Chris Hays Congratulations to all the Master Gardeners who were
Terri Bickmore Sue Wilber recognized during the 2007 annual awards meeting.
All the volunteers in Midland County certainly made a
Excellence in Volunteering for 2007: The final difference to the community. Each of you deserves a
category of awards presented at the annual awards special ―Thank You‖ for all your efforts.
meeting was the Award for Excellence in Volunteering
for 2007. Eleven Master Gardeners were recognized. Chris Hays
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ON MY BUCKET LIST
Have you been to a garden worth visiting? Tell us
I had always heard about the Philadelphia Flower about it. ―The Green Scene‖ is the perfect place to
Show and thought it would be fun to go, so when the reach an interested audience.
opportunity came along, I went in early March, along
with about 15 other gardeners from Midland. By the Cheryl Weeks-Rosten
time our coach reached Ypsilanti, we had picked up
the last passengers and headed east. On the day we
arrived, we were able to take in some historical DO YOU TALK TO YOUR PLANTS?
sights, such as Independence Hall, but the whole next
day was dedicated to the show. What would you do if your plants were able to talk
with you? I‘m serious!!
Known as the largest indoor flower show in the world,
it is the U.S. counterpart to the Chelsea Garden Show Four graduate students at New York University have
in the U.K. Nurserymen compete to put on displays invented a system that enables your plants to
that follow a theme; this year‘s was ―Jazz it Up.‖ communicate with you. The system is called
Clusters of musicians were playing live jazz and the “Botanicalls”. This system has been designed for a
displays followed a New Orleans look. This included a plant to make a phone call to their caretaker when
whole side of a two-story house with wrought iron they need human intervention.
balconies, spilling with flowers. My favorite was a
working fountain, with water cascading from the bell In the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of The American Gardener
of a trumpet down a sculpture piece of welded brass this article describes the newest technology for caring
instruments. One winning entry was designed by a for your plants. It works like this. A type of sensor is
garden landscaper from Dexter, Michigan, and the placed in the pot with the plant. When sensors
whole concept is going to Singapore next. detect that your plant requires water or more light, a
message is sent via a radio signal to the Internet,
In addition to the large competition plots, window which communicates with an open source telephone
boxes, archways, pressed paper designs, topiaries and system to generate a call. When the call is answered
flower arrangements were entered and judged. by the gardener, a pre-recorded message informs the
There‘s nothing like seeing a mass of daffodils or caretaker of the plant‘s needs.
amaryllis – especially after coming from the tundra of
Michigan. We had forgotten how much further south After the need is met, then your plant will call you
Philadelphia is. Just walking around the city in 65- back and politely express its gratitude for your care.
degree weather was a thrill. And did I mention the Now, why would we need such a system? Well, these
vendors at the show, selling all things related to innovative grad students say, ―Because the project is
gardening! My bouquet of curly willow made it home meant to educate people about the habits and needs
in the hold of the bus. of plants so their owners might better understand
how to care for them.‖
Only an hour to the west is Kennett Square, the home
of Longwood Gardens, the avocation of Pierre du So far, the plants being given this special system are
Pont. Knowing we‘d only see the conservatory, I spider plants, prayer plant, and Pothos and they have
pictured a small building kept at 85 degrees with given each plant a different plant ‖voice‖ that
tropical plants. Instead, the large oblong correlates to each plant‘s botanical characteristics.
conservatory enclosed a lawn with flowerbeds, which As part of this educational effort, people can also call
are changed seasonally and probably duplicate the in to Botanicalls and be connected to the different
look of the rest of the grounds in later seasons. An plants to learn more about them.
adjacent section enclosed 90,000 orchids and
included huge areas of hibiscus and roses in full Currently the students are working on a do-it-yourself
bloom. kit and enabling the plants to talk to one another. To
learn more, visit www.botanicalls.com
The Philadelphia Flower Show is always in early
March, but I recommend that any trip east, any time Now I‘ve heard it all. Check out the web site and see
of year, could take in Longwood Gardens. If you if you can talk to a spider plant.
really want to make it a thematic vacation, there are
the Hershey Rose Gardens in Hershey, PA. and also Nancy Stark
the 1,000 acre country estate and gardens of Henry
Francis du Pont in Winterthur, Delaware.
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GETTING AMARYLLIS TO BLOOM ANOTHER YEAR
Many of us buy, give or receive Hippeastrum during In January 2007 the bulbs were planted in pots. When
the winter holidays. Hippeastrum is commonly known the flower stem or leaves appeared the plant was
as amaryllis but are not plants of the true genus placed under lights (a well-lit window will also do).
Amaryllis. For this article, I will refer to the
Hippeastrum as amaryllis even though it is not the There was minimal flower production but the plants
proper name. were watered regularly and fertilized about once a
month. In June, after all danger of frost, the bulbs
The flowers of the amaryllis are spectacular with were transplanted into soil that had been amended
their large blossoms at the top of their leafless stems. with compost and supplemented with Osmocote®.
The speed with which the flower stem emerges and The area received partial sun, mainly late afternoon.
grows is amazing. Generally, the large, strap-like The bulbs were fed with additional flowering plant
leaves emerge and grow after the first flower stem fertilizer every two to four weeks as recommended by
has bloomed. Once the plant is through blooming, several sources. (The large, strap-like leaves
the large leaves can become ungainly and it can be a provided an attractive, textural contrast to Heuchera
challenge to find a good location for the plant. and Aconitum.) A couple of weeks before frost, the
However, proper treatment will insure that the bulbs were gently dug up, excess soil was gently
amaryllis will bloom again next year. removed and the bulbs were placed on an elevated
screen for a few days for additional drying. The
How to grow amaryllis in Zone 5. Treat as remaining soil was removed and the bulbs were then
houseplants. After receiving or purchasing an stored in a cool place. In January, the bulbs were
unpotted amaryllis bulb, plant in potting mixture (1 planted. Eight of the largest bulbs were placed in a
part each of peat moss, potting soil and vermiculite) large, lined rectangular basket and the smaller bulbs
with the top third of the bulb above soil surface. in another container. The bulbs were watered and
Leave a space of two inches between bulb and edge watched carefully to see how many flower stems
of pot. Water bulb thoroughly and wait for flower would emerge. In the basket with eight bulbs, ten
stems to appear. When the first flower stem appears, sturdy flower stems emerged. Each stem had
place plant in an area receiving at least 4 hours of multiple flower buds from two to a maximum of six!
direct sunlight each day. Keep plant moist and The blossoms were large and spectacular! There
fertilize regularly every 2-4 weeks with standard were red flowers, various combinations of red and
flowering plant fertilizer. Pot may be placed outdoors white, and some flowers that had multiple layers. It
during the warmer months. Feed regularly until was exciting to have gone from lackluster results to a
leaves yellow in late summer. Remove yellowed fantastic show! After results like these I am looking
foliage. Reduce water and omit fertilizer until one forward to continuing the ‗amaryllis‘ project in future
month before flowers are desired. Then remove one years.
third of soil and replace with fresh soil. Restart
process. Repot every three to four years. Judy Page
The Type ‗B‘ gardener. (a Type A gardener would
Previous version of the Type „B‟ gardener. Do some have been doing this all along!)
of the above, enjoy the flowers, and get absent-
minded about water and fertilizer. When weather
warms up, set pot outdoors or plant directly in soil in
some inconspicuous place. Water and fertilize Remember the Birds
sporadically until fall. Just before frost, or a day or
few after, move the bulb (now smaller than it was Springtime is here, bird migration has already
originally) indoors, cross fingers and hope it will started. Many of are feathered friends are already
bloom again. The results are usually disappointing starting to prepare for their young. Consider
with maybe one or two flowers on a single stem if a converting one of the basket-like suet containers to a
flower stem even appears. container for nesting material. Any small bit of
material, string, yarn, Easter grass, dryer lint, and
Type B gardener‟s “reformed” version. After ten such would be welcome finds for the birds. Just
years of accumulating amaryllis bulbs, resulting in gather them up and put them in the suet container
sixteen bulbs of varying size (some were offshoots of and hang it out for the birds.
larger bulbs) it was time to see if following directions
would give better results. Nanette Toups
The Green Scene April 2008
WILL WE SEE A LOT OF WINTER
INJURY THIS SPRING?
Next to ―Will we have good fall color this year?‖ this facing roadways. Eastern white pines are particularly
question on winter injury is the one I dread the most. sensitive to salt exposure. For broadleaved trees and
In both cases, we usually don‘t know the final answer shrubs, salt damage often appears as stem or branch
until the event is actually upon us. So far, the winter dieback. In some cases, trees may also form ―witches‘
of 2007-2008 has been the closest thing we‘ve had to brooms‖ or clumps of adventitious shoots
an ―average‖ winter since I moved to Michigan in near the branch terminals.
1999. Granted, things have been chilly the past
couple of weeks, but we‘ve not had any record- A variety of mammals such as deer, mice and rabbits
setting cold temperatures this winter. This winter has can cause browse damage. Because of the greater
also been relatively free of wide temperature snow depths this year, you may be surprised at the
fluctuations that are usually associated with winter height of plants where damage occurs. Physical
injury to our landscape plants in Michigan. If we barriers (fencing, netting, wire cages) are the best
compare daily minimum and maximum temperatures way to prevent animal browse damage. Reducing
recorded by the Michigan Agricultural Weather weeds and eliminating cover can help to reduce
Network (MAWN) site at the MSU Horticulture damage from mice and rabbits. Deer repellants vary
Teaching and Research Center in East Lansing for this in effectiveness from very effective to not at all. This
winter (see figure), we see that temperatures bulletin from Colorado State University provides tips
generally tracked along with the average for the last on reducing deer damage and effectiveness of
ten years. We had some sub-zero weather right after repellants:http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natre
New Year‘s, which is not unusual and shouldn‘t cause s/06520.html
any freezing injury. Landscapers and nursery folks
that attended the Great Lakes Trade Expo in January The last thing to note about winter injury is, to quote
will recall we had a warm-up the second week of Yogi Berra, ―It ain‘t over ‗til it‘s over.‖ Late winter
January, but this was followed by a gradual cool- injury (freezing injury that occurs in late winter/early
down that should have resulted in a ―soft landing‖ for spring) is probably the most common form of winter
most of our plants. damage that we see in Michigan landscapes year in
and year out. In mid-Michigan, late winter injury
Based on temperature patterns so far, we wouldn‘t usually occurs in late April or May once trees and
expect to see major issues with freezing injury. Heavy shrubs have begun to break bud and then
snowfall, on the other hand, could raise some temperatures dip back below freezing. For most
concerns. Some parts of the state experienced near- landscape plants, late winter injury is usually mild
record snow-fall totals this winter. This raises the and plants are able to resume normal growth. In some
possibility of several other forms of winter-related cases, flowers may be lost from magnolias and other
problems including broken limbs on trees and shrubs early-flowering plants or terminal shoots may be
from heavy snow loads, salt damage and animal damaged and require corrective pruning to maintain
damage. tree form.
Most trees and shrubs are best pruned when they are So, will we see a lot of winter damage this year? We
dormant so snow-broken limbs can be pruned will certainly see some. How much? Ask me again in
whenever weather permits and it‘s safe to do so. June.
Large, hanging limbs are extremely dangerous and
may best be handled by a professional arborist. Bert Cregg, MSU Horticulture and Forestry
Remember that trees such as maples and birches are MSU Landscape Alert Newsletter, March 21, 2008.
―bleeders‖ and will produce a lot of sap from the
pruning wound. The U.S. Forest Service has a nice
―how to‖ guide on pruning trees at:
Butterflies in Bloom
Salt damage to trees and shrubs may also appear this Through April 20
spring. Studies have shown that salt spray can travel At Dow Gardens
over a quarter of a mile, especially from roadways
with high-speed traffic. For conifers, look for
scorched or dead needles, mainly on sides of trees
The Green Scene April 2008
NEW BENEFITS FOR MIDLAND MASTER GARDENERS
There‘s a benefit to being a Midland County Master
Gardener this year. In recognition of the contribution
Upcoming Events Master Gardeners bring to the community, the
following local businesses are offering discounts to
current Master Gardeners. You must show your re-
certification card at the time of purchase. Now you
**Saturday April 5, 2008 Construction and can save some money when you, in turn, support
Calculations, Mt. Pleasant these local businesses.
* Thursday April 10, 2008 IPM Overview, Dow
Dow Gardens – 1899 Eastman Ave. – 10% off Gift shop
items (excludes registration and entry fees)
Saturday April 19, 2008 Green Gardening Day,
Chippewa Nature Center Kleinhans – 5200 Isabella St. – 10% off everything
Tuesday April 22, 2008 District VI Meeting, Kutchey‟s Greenhouse – 3535 N Eastman Rd. – 10%
Sandusky, MI Contact: NStark1801@aol.com off vegetative plant items only (excludes special price
* Thursday May 8, 2008 Monitoring/Scouting, and promotional items and hardscape)
Dow Gardens Maple Hill - 2672 N. Eastman Rd. – 10% off everything
Monday May 19, 2008 Annual Michigan Garden in the store
Clubs Convention, Ann Arbor. Mary Pulick, Mount Hope Herb Farm – Midland Farmers‘ Market –
Convention Chairman email@example.com save 10%
* Thursday June 12, 2008 Cultural Control, Dow
Randi‟s Green Thumb – 899 Poseyville Rd. – 10% off
everything in the store
* Thursday July 10, 2008 Chemical Control,
Dow Gardens Reder – 3505 Rockwell Dr. – 10% off all potted
* Thursday August 14, 2008 Panel Discussion on perennials potted evergreen shrubs and potted
IPM with Experts, Dow Gardens flowering shrubs. 10% off all bulk bark mulch. Cash
Mon.-Tues., September 22-23, 2008 Gardening & carry only. (Excludes all balled and burlapped
Study - Course I Co-Chairs Bethany Goodman, items and all potted ornamental trees)
BGGoodman@aol.com and Sue Wilber,
CSWilber@yahoo.com Chris Hays
* These classes are part of the IPM Walk & Talk
Series sponsored by Dow Gardens and take place on IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE APRIL
designated Thursdays from 6-8 pm. You can receive GREEN SCENE, THE DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE
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while learning IPM with Chuck Martin, Elly Maxwell ACCEPT YOUR ARTICLE ANYTIME. SEND YOUR
and Dan Veresh. Cost: $10/class or $40/series. ARTICLE TO CHRIS HAYS AND JANET HICKMAN.
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