Keynotes

Janet Macunovich, Owner, Garden A to Z

Perennial Combinations
Most perennial gardeners aim for continuous bloom in the garden - but is it enough to think about color? Don’t overlook the power of flower form, and foliage selected to “pick up” flower colors. Take a look at some terrific perennial combinations, what makes them shine so bright, and how you can develop your own variations.

Continuous Color in the Garden
It’s not just the combination of plant species and varieties that make for April through October bloom in a garden. What counts are the gardener’s tricks for extending, stalling, and coaxing repeat shows from flowering plants. This class covers both plant combinations and practical techniques that add up to a really long show.

Janet Macunovich is a professional gardener, designer, author and educator. Known as “the lady at the flower house, the one with no lawn” she began designing for others in 1980, teaching a college garden design course in 1987, and published her first book in 1990.

In 1985 Janet establishedPerennial Favorites, a garden and landscape design firm. In 1988 she expanded the business from part-time to full-time.

Janet’s formal education in gardening and design includes hundreds of hours of seminars and workshops at botanical gardens and educational institutions in several States. She has completed the Michigan State University Extension gardening program and is active in the community as an Advanced Master Gardener. She sees education as a lifelong process and continues it for herself in formal classes, industry seminars, Agriculture Department programs, books, videotapes, articles, and discussions with students in her classes.

Janet is a dynamic instructor and presenter. She offers talks and classes, developing material to fit specific needs of organizations, such as the Perennial Plant Association, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Niagara Falls School of Horticulture Alumni and the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. Her classes cover a wide range of topics, including Perennial Garden Design, Garden Care, Rock Gardening, Landscape Design, and Controlling Pests and Disease. She established The Michigan School of Gardening, where she was a director and senior instructor. The school provided classes and a two year horticultural curriculum to over 2,000 students in southeast Michigan from 1996 to 2008.

Dr Art Cameron, Director, MSU Horticulture Gardens

Creative Gardening!

Looking for some new creative ideas for your garden? You’ve come to the right place! Art will share tips on selection of superior annuals and perennials plants that can create impressive combinations over extended seasons. He will also promote the use of creative elements such as garden art, bamboo trellises, woven willow fences, and hand-made stepping stones. Finally, Art will cover how to put it all together in spaces large or small and how to match this process to your own strength and endurance. After all, this is all part of the creative challenge!

Art Cameron is renowned for his exuberant personality and his passion for plants!!  Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Horticulture Gardens, Art also loves to garden with his wife Marlene. In fact, their home garden has been on the “circuit” the last few years and is known for combining edible and ornamental plants with creative touches in a small space. Both Art and Marlene love to photograph gardens from around the world so he can share these new ideas with audiences for inspiration and education.

Daedre McGrath, Annual Garden Manager, MSU Horticulture Gardens

Creating Colorful Combos

Annuals are vigorous and dependable plants to add color to the garden. Take a quick review of the color wheel and learn how to combine colors to create various moods and effects. We will explore the garden design principles of color, texture, and form while learning about mixing annual flowers, foliage plants, vegetables, and herbs in stunning combinations. Containers are the perfect opportunity to try out new combinations on a small scale, so we will also take a peek at some unexpected and imaginative container ideas. In addition, each attendee will plant a small combination planter of spring annuals to take home!

Daedre McGrath completed her Master’s Degree in Horticulture at Michigan State University, where she researched the use of light-emitting diodes as an energy-efficient alternative to incandescent light bulbs for greenhouse lighting.  For the last four years, she has been the Annual Trial Garden Manager at the MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens where she is responsible for growing and evaluating new annual and vegetable varieties.  In her personal life, she greatly enjoys growing heirloom vegetables, cooking with homegrown produce, and canning homemade jams and pickles.