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MGANM Meeting Review, May 3, 2016  Butterfly House and Bug Zoo
by Nancy Denison, MG

Nancy Denison summarizes MGANM Membership meetings.  Read here to keep in to loop on educational opportunities you may have missed and important Association business discussed.  May 3, Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo and June 7, Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

President’s Letter
by Michele Worden, AMG, MGANM President

Michele Worden keeps you up-to-date on the business of MGANM in her President’s Letter here.  Read about Master Gardener College, MGANM’s 20th Anniversary Event, and the good work volunteered by Master Gardeners across the State.

Master Gardener College 2016 Recap
by Michele Worden, AMG

MGANM had at least TWO attendees at the 2016 Master Gardener College.  Michelle Worden summarizes her experience and recommends MG’s consider attending in 2017 here

Judy's loaded califlower is always a hit at our meetings


Loaded Cauliflower

Judy Reich brought a fabulous dish to one of our recent potluck/meeting. Sharing it here as a way to nourish a crowd with Cauliflower

Companion Planting for Vegetable Gardening
by Jamie Guenther, MG

Mother nature offers us many opportunities to work with her plants and insects to save our produce plants.  We can avoid the use of many pesticides by allowing plants to work well together.  Get your tips on companion plants here.

Watering Woes
by Bethany Thies, MG in Training

There are numerous ways to water a garden, but which is the best for your yard or project?  Learn about different styles of watering and their effectiveness here.

Michelle, pictured right

The Leelanau County Office has a new Master Gardener Coordinator!  Michelle Ferrarese introduces herself here!

News & Events

Friendly Garden Club's Annual Garden Walk

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016; 11am-6pm
Where: In an around Traverse City’s historic Slabtown district
Who: The Garden Walk is open to the public-bring your friends!

More information is available directly from The Friendly Garden Club’s website, including ticket information. 

20th Anniversary Celebration & Garden Party

When: Tuesday, August 2nd 2016; 6:00 pm
WhereThe Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685
Who: All friends of MGANM, past and present, are invited to attend. We are celebrating everyone who helped the association thrive for 20 years. RSVP is requested at for planning purposes. Program will start in the meeting room, then move outside for the garden tour, and end under the pavilion for a BBQ, awards presentation, silent auction and cake.
What: Happy 20th Anniversary MGANM! 
Learn about the Extraordinary Master Garden project – the Green Roof demonstration garden – presented by Whitney Miller and Nate Griswold of Inhabitect, Green Business of the year.

Experience a guided tour by Martha Dively and Becky Mang of the extensive native plant gardens circling the Boardman River Nature Center, from butterfly gardens to rain gardens and more.

Partake of a BBQ, herbal delights, and cake! Enjoy a Silent Auction and toast the Extraordinary Service Awards presentations. We hope you can make it!

Volunteers working in the walled garden at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park (photo by same)


What's new at the Botanic Garden . .
by Terry Harding

Our friends at the Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park are busy.  Plants are growing along with visitors and events.  Read here to keep up with the latest.

Coreopsis verticillata, a native plant. Photo by I Chrumps on wikimedia


Michigan Native Plants, NOW!  
by Cheryl Gross, AMG, President Plant It Wild

The data on bird and bee decline is fairly depressing and what we don’t know and haven’t yet figured out is likely significant.  What we do know with certainty is that Michigan native plants are good for our soils, our climate, our insects, our pollinators, our bees, and US.  Read about it here.

Hand Care for the Gardener
by Judy Reich, MG

Gardeners are exceptionally good at taking care of plants.  Themselves? well, maybe not so much.  Read here for clear and concise directions for gardener hand care.

Smart Watering
by Bethany Theis, MG in Training

Irrigation is an important tool for successful gardening.  While in our region, ‘normal’ rainfall may be sufficient, when it isn’t knowing HOW to water appropriately and in a manner best for the plant and best for the environment is important. Read all about it here.

How to identify a Native Plant
by Whitney Miller, AMG

So, you are ready to Go Native! in your yard to support pollinators, butterflies and insects, how do you know which plant in the garden center is a native?  All is explained here.  Stick with a Michigan native and avoid a cultivar by knowing how to read a plant tag/label.

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