CAMG 2019 Membership  After you complete your Extension Master Gardener recertification through the VMS, print off your receipt and include it with your completed CAMG membership application. (Please note that our membership fee includes both local CAMG and MMGA, Inc. dues.) Mail your completed application, the receipt from your 2019 recertification, and your check to: CAMG / P.O. Box 4941 / East Lansing, MI 48826.


Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 – CAMG Member Meeting, “Spreading the Word, Not the Species,” with Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator for the Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

As usual, we will meet in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building,
1066 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824


Congratulations to Diane Brown-Rytlewski upon your retirement!

This information pertains to our regular monthly meetings:
As usual, we will meet in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building.
1066 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824

The parking pay system is now in effect until 10 p.m. for lot 54 (for the 4-H Children’s Garden & Horticultural Gardens). Faculty lots are available after 6:00 p.m. in two places at no charge.
1) One is located in the Large Animal Vet Clinic (Parking Area 27) across Bogue Street on the east side of the Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.
2) The other is in Parking Area 46 which is the lot on the west side of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building. (It’s the first lot entrance west of Bogue Street on Wilson).
3) You can see both lots by clicking on the map below and zooming in.


The meetings are free to CAMG members. Anyone may attend, but there is a $3.00 non-member fee for our visitors. Snacks start at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Map: Map showing the location of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building

Smart Gardening tip sheets: So far, three new Smart Gardening tip sheets are now available. They are designated with a “New for 2019”  label at the Gardening in Michigan website (off the “Smart Gardening Resources” link). Be sure to check out the whole site as things continue to change!

Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes for the U.S. Central Region (MSU Extension bulletin  E3314). The following people from MSU contributed: Dr. David Smitley, Diane Brown-Rytlewski, Erwin Elsner, and Joy N. Landis. Click here to go to an article where you can download it.

Think Environmentally, Plant Responsibly: Three new videos. Three new videos highlight how gardeners and landscapers can protect and foster the environment through their landscapers. The titles are:
Right Plant. Right Place.
Responsible Plant Maintenance
What Should We Know About Invasiveness?

Be informed of the latest research news and events happening in Michigan so you can advise the public. Stay current on topics in:
Lawn & Gardens

MSU Extension’s Website – Educational Resources on Lead


Capital Area Master Gardener (CAMG) MEETINGS AND EVENTS Membership meetings are generally held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month (except in January). See the Events link for a schedule. They are generally held in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building on the MSU campus (map) in either Room A149 or Room A155 (in the same hallway next to each other). The speaker will begin at 6:45 p.m. The Plant and Soil Sciences building now has a physical address: 1066 Bogue/Michigan State University/ East Lansing, Michigan 48824. NOTE: You should enter from the Bogue Street entrance (on the East side of the building).

__________________________________________________ Mission of the Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program  from the introduction to the Master Gardener Core Manual, 2009. “Biological environments are essential to life. Michigan State University is a primary provider of plant research and education, dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of life. The Master Gardener Volunteer Program, available to to all citizens of Michigan, is designed to develop a cadre of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) volunteers trained in horticulture. Their knowledge and skills related to basic plant science and home gardening enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.” Purpose The purpose of the Master Gardener Association Capital Area Chapter is to bring together active Master Gardener Volunteers to serve as an educational resource to the MSU Extensions of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Shiawassee counties in their common goal of providing horticultural education to the citizens within the community. It will provide its members with up-to-date horticulture information through a variety of educational programs and activities. Program Objectives  from the state Master Gardener website

  • To provide instruction in basic horticulture science to motivated active gardeners
  • To provide Michigan State University Extension with trained gardeners who will educate others in the community through horticulture-related volunteer activities.

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