Garden Day 2010 slated for Aug. 6

posted on May 27, 2010 9:22am


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EAST LANSING, Mich.—Gardeners interested in everything from floral design to using herbs in landscaping can get their fill on August   6, when Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Horticulture sponsors its annual Garden Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to 11 gardening workshops, the event will feature keynote speakers Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home,” and MSU Horticulture Garden Director Art Cameron.
The following workshops will be available:

  • Beneficial Insects in Your Garden,  presented by John Stone, will show you a number of beneficial insects that live andforage in your garden and list some of the plants that are good for attractingthese “good guys” so that you’ll always have them around.
  • Hostas and Their Shady Friends,  presented by Grey Gitzen, will show you a number of excellent companions for your hostas that will make them shine even more.
  • Native Plants for the Shade Garden,  presented by Bill Schneider, owner of WildType Nursery, will show you the wonderful variety available for your shade garden.
  • Gardening Now for Winter Interest Later,  presented by DeLapa Perennial Garden horticulturist Ann Hancock, will help you learn what kinds of flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses you can plant now to brighten your garden during those cold, gray months.
  • Using Herbs in the Landscape,  presented by Master Gardeners Sylvia and Gary Colles, will help you explore which herbs are good choices for your garden and the landscape, no matter what look you’re going for.
  • Controlling Plant Invaders,  presented by Laurie Kaufman and Leslie Kuhn, will show you the best ways to control invasive plants such as mustard and common reed. This class also includes an optional walk to an invaded site one block away. 
  • Floral Design: The Wild Cutting Garden,  presented by Tim Latimer, MCF will show you how to make anarrangement using cut flowers accented with easily found wildflowers and plant materials.
  • In the Rain Barrel Workshop, presented by Captial Area Master Gardner Association President Carey Lockwood, you’ll learn how to construct a rain barrel step by stepusing materials that you can find easily at any hardware store.
  • Herbal Appetizers and Tonics,  presented by The dynamic mother-daughter duo of Val and Jessica Albright will demonstrate how to create fancy herbal fare and cocktails to use at your next garden party. Samples and recipes will be provided to all participants.
  • Dividing Perennials, presented by Specialty Growers Owner Karen Bovio, will show you the various types of perennial root systems and how to divide them. This will be a hands-on demonstration.
  • Saving the Bees, One Garden at a Time,  presented by entomology professor Rufus Isaacs, will introduce you to the fascinating world of bees and all that they do in the wild as well as in our gardens. He will then tell you what you can do to help these amazing insects,  one garden at a time.

Additionally, a Garden Day Marketplace will feature many varieties of plants and gardening accessories available for purchase.
  Registration for Garden Day costs $85, which includes parking, lunch, two keynote addresses and two workshops.
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