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News & Events

January MGANM Board Meeting
When: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: Horizon Books lower level, 243 East Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Who: All MGANM members are invited
What: Join the Board as we finalize our exciting 2016 schedule of events

Watershed Presentation and February Membership Meeting
When: Tuesday February 2nd, 2015, 6:30pm, with a potluck at 6:00pm *see notes on our website
Where: The Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI 49685
Who: Educational meetings are open to the public, and a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated
What: Enjoy an evening learning about The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, as presented by Program Director Sarah U'Ren. Check our Upcoming Events page for more details.
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Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Recertification
by Elise Carolan, MSU Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

January 11th-29th is the Time to Re-certify as an Extension Master Gardener! CLICK HERE to learn more about this process.

Ring out the old, ring in the new….President’s Letter
by Michele Worden, Advanced Master Gardener

Michele has ideas for and a spirit of MGANM in 2016.  Read here to understand what she means by “a learning community of gardeners” and join-in the fun of MGANM.

MGANM Board Members Biographies

Read here for introductions to four new Board Members: President, Michele Worden; Vice President, Cheryl Gross; Treasurer, Glynis Waycaster; and Secretary, Judy Reich


Congratulations to Rick George for being awarded Leelanau County Master Gardener of the Year for his dedication to the Leelanau Community Garden and local, hands-on vegetable gardening education! Thank you to Mike Davis for the nomination.

Make sure to re-certify for 2016!

M/V H. Lee White on Lake Huron in 2014. Photo by Adv MG W. Miller


Keeping Watch Over Our Water
by Cheryl Gross, Advanced Master Gardener with Karen Haas, The Watershed Center

Water, water, water... it's everywhere in northern Michigan. However, how knowledgeable are we about its safety and security?  As a community, I’d say, not much. 
Our water needs protection and The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is ‘on the job’.  Read here to learn about our "Baykeeper" and the work of water protection in our region.

Now that Christmas is Past...What do I do about the tree?
Many of us treasure our fresh Christmas Trees.  Family tradition and fond memories are all a big part of our Christmas Trees. But when Christmas is past, what can I do with the tree?  Read here for a couple ideas.


What To Do with Winter Veggies
by Bethany Thies, Master Gardener Trainee

Farm to table is a well known topic in our region.  However, there is a break in the link between what the farmer produces and how we use it.  Read here to learn a simple straight forward method to prepare the farm’s winter bounty and expand your dining options!
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, photo by Adv MG Cheryl Gross


To Prune or not to Prune
by Nancy Denison, Master Gardener

Pruning is both an art and a science.  Well managed plants shine in the landscaping for decades.... overgrown plants must be removed.  Read here to learn all about pruning from The Pruning Book review.

Soapwort and Other Saponins
By Rebecca Carmien, Master Gardener

Our gardens can be full of hardworking plants.  What is growing in YOUR garden?  Soapwort has been hard at work for centuries as humans harnessed its chemicals. Read here to uncover old world and new world uses for Soapwort and Saponins!

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory
by Cheryl Gross, Advanced Master Gardener

Conservatories are zoos for plants.  They introduce us to exotic plants from around the world.  Escaping the winter weather in Michigan can be as close as your nearest conservatory.  Read here about the Matthaei Botanical Garden Conservatory in Ann Arbor.  Additionally, check out the Gifts of Nature we receive from plants in this article!
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