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.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019  It’s All About…The Ins & Outs of Gardening – The CAMG Annual Winter Symposium
Link to Brochure/Registration Form

The following Topics/Speakers will be part of the conference:

–Perennial Plant Geek–Top Picks for the Michigan Garden (Bethany Troy)
–Smart Planning for Your Vegetable Garden (Rebecca Krans)

–The Top 10 Things Affecting Trees
(Dr. David Roberts)
–Toxic Plants and Their Friends (Dr. Peter Carrington)
Seating is limited so register early!

Hotel Information–A block of rooms has been reserved at:
TownPlace Suites
2855 Hannah Blvd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
$109.00 per night
Last day to book at that rate is: January 11, 2019
Book your room for the Capital Area Master Gardeners Symposium

Vendors: We have a number of new vendors this year!

The Camel’s HumpDecorated windows, mosaics, garden flowers, etc.
Chickadee Goat Milk Soap – Goat milk soap & gardener’s soap
Earth-n-Hands PotteryNature’s designs on vessels and yard & home art
ETC Designs – Adornments: insect & creature pins, earrings, pendents
Master Gardener Association of Genesee County MIMaster Gardener Stones & plant identification signs
Master Gardener Society of Oakland CountyMaster Gardener Merchandise & Apparel
Michigan Eco DecorOne-of-a-kind handmade hypertufa planters
Michigan Master Gardener Association – Gardening books
M’Lady’s Jewels & Luxury LeggingsUnique leggings, tunics, and cardigans
North Shore Jewelry – Great Lakes beach glass and sterling silver jewelry
PresentabilityBejeweled copper plant hangers & copper trays, fan pulls & bird feeders

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

Smart Gardening tip sheetsFour new Smart Gardening tip sheets are now available. They are designated with a “New for 2018”  label at the Gardening in Michigan website (off the “Smart Gardening Resources” link). Be sure to check out the whole site as things have changed again! (2019 sheets have not been released, yet.)

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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