Curious Gardener

The MSU Horticulture Gardens’ staff offers exciting educational opportunities for homeowners each Spring and Fall. Join us for one (or more) of this season’s classes! Members of the MSU Horticulture Gardens receive a discount on all workshops. For more information on becoming a member, please visit

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B109 Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St.
East Lansing, MI 48824

Spring 2017 Workshops:

Dormant Pruning

Tuesday February 28th 3:00-5:00PM

Are you finding yourself twiddling your green thumbs this winter? Come experience the art and benefits of dormant pruning; a wonderful excuse to get yourself outside to shape up your garden! We will review the tools used, discuss techniques and vocabulary, and train the eye to best perform your pruning tasks. Dress appropriately to go outdoors and practice some pruning in the gardens! Presented by Bethany Troy, Perennial Garden Manager.

$15 for Members/$20 for Non-Members, parking not included.


Native Bee HotelBuild a Native Bee Hotel

Wednesday April 5th, 3:00-5:00PM

Over 80% of wild plants require insects for pollination, as well as close to 100 major food and fiber crops. As colony collapse disorder continues to kill American honeybees, native bees are becoming increasingly important as pollinators. Because most native bees are solitary, they do not swarm, and rarely sting. You can attract native bees to your garden by creating nesting sites for them called bee hotels. Join us for this hands-on workshop where you will learn about native bees, then build and customize your very own native bee hotel. Presented by Daedre McGrath, Trial Garden Manager.

$30 for Members/$35 for Non-Members, parking not included.



Exotic Flavors: Capture the World in Your Garden!

Tuesday May 23rd, 6:00-8:00PM

Learn to grow plants in your garden that will lend exotic flavors in your kitchen. Yes, even in Michigan, we can grow lemongrass, coriander, ginger, and of course several types of basil and mint. Based on experiences gained while traveling the world, Art and Marlene Cameron will cover plant selection, describe tricks for plant propagation and culture, and present cooking techniques for a range of plants used in cuisines from around the world: Thailand to Vietnam, and India to South America. Each attendee will plant a container of flavorful herbs to grow at home.

$20 for Members/ $25 Non-Members, parking not included.