Workshops

1. Exploring the Weird and Wonderful Garden

Come take a tour on the wild side in our “Weird and Wonderful Garden”. This garden features botanical oddities from around the world, including culinary curiosities for your kitchen garden, painful and poisonous plants for your wicked garden, and even X-rated varieties for your adults-only garden. These are plants that will truly make you say “Wow!” Join Daedre McGrath, trial garden manager, for this indoor/outdoor tour; we will start inside learning about and tasting plants, then head outside for a guided tour of the garden. DaedreMcGrath, Annual Trial Gardens Manager, MSU Horticulture Gardensdens

2. Going Native- Using Native Plants in any Landscape

Native plants add beauty, interest, and attract wildlife to the garden. Learn how you can incorporate native plants into any location- large or small, rural or urban. Tom Smith, Institute of Agricultural Technology, Michigan State University

3. Herbaceous Perennial Garden Tour

Join retired Perennial Garden Manager Renata Reibitz, who will introduce you to the new Perennial Garden Manager of the MSU Horticulture Gardens. Together, they will guide a tour of the Judith DeLapa Perennial Gardens and the new hosta collection. Each will discuss some of their favorite plants as well as share thoughts on design, maintenance and proper horticultural practices. Bring your plant questions and wear comfortable shoes for walking, rain or shine! Renata Reibitz and Perennial Garden Manager, MSU Horticulture Gardens

4. The Perfect Pair: Herbs and Chocolate 

What more needs to be said! Come and learn how to pair your favorite herbs with our favorite indulgence, chocolate. Recipes and samples will be provided to all attendees. Jessica Wright, Education Coordinator, Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and Val Albright, Program Associate, MSU Extension

5. Medicinal Plants

Many medicinal plants are not just from folk lore, and have proven effects that can be quite safely explored. This workshop introduces the participants to several that can be grown in the Mid-Michigan climate. Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator, W. J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University

6. Small Spaces: Designing with a Personal Touch

Is your garden small on space? Explore various design concepts, as well as plant selection tips, to help maximize your available space. You will leave with big ideas to create an outdoor sanctuary! Bob Schutzki, Associate Professor and Arboretum Curator, MSU Department of Horticulture

7. Garden walk with the Director! 

Join Dr. Art Cameron, Director of the MSU Horticulture Gardens and self-proclaimed plant geek, on a private tour of his favorite plants and places in the MSU Horticulture Gardens. Learn straight from the Director about some of the superior herbaceous perennials, grasses, natives and more during this informative walk through our diverse gardens. We’ll talk a little about plant selection, plant care and garden design. Come prepared to walk, rain or shine! Dr. Art Cameron, Director, MSU Horticulture Gardens

8. Plant it Well, Enjoy it Forever

A complete how-to for planting every type of plant! This workshop will provide advice to help you decide what to plant where and how to plant it right. Includes important new information about correcting woody plant root packages. Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila, professional gardeners, writers.

9. Organic Gardening Essentials: Composting and Effective Weed Control

Organic gardening can be intuitive and fairly easy. Learn successful small-scale methods for composting common household “wastes” and controlling weeds in the most comfortable manner! Denae Friedheim, Manager and Instructor, MSU Student Organic Farm/Organic Farmer Training Program