CAMG Membership  –
 After you complete your Extension Master Gardener re-certification 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 the completed application, the receipt from your 2017 re-certification, and the check to: CAMG / P.O. Box 4941 / East Lansing, MI 48826.

Master Gardener Class
Do you have an “enthusiasm for gardening and a willingness and commitment to volunteer?” Find the qualifications, steps to become an Extension Master Gardener and Benefits here.

There is a class scheduled in Mason, Michigan, at the Ingham County Fairgrounds on Mondays from 6-10 p.m. starting August 21, 2017. For information and registration, click here. If you have questions, call (517) 676-7207 or email msue.ingham@county.msu.edu.

July 11, 2017  CAMG Member Picnic, at the Meridian Township Central Park Pavilion (behind the municipal Building). It is located at:
5151 Marsh Road
Okemos, Michigan 48864
The registration form (which was emailed to you and available at the last two meetings) and payment are due by July 5th, 2017. If you didn’t pay at a meeting, please mail it to:
P.O. Box 4911
East Lansing, MI 48826

Aug. 1, 2017  MDOT Sunflower Project with Amanda Novak, MDOT Bay Region Resource Analyst. In an effort to fight invasive species and support pollinators, a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Saginaw County Conservation District was formed. In 2016 they planted sunflowers at the I-75/M-46 interchange to research their use in MDOT right of ways. Come and find out about the success of this research project!

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


Smart Gardening tip sheetsThree new and one updated Smart Gardening tip sheets are now available. They are designated with a “NEW” or “Updated” 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!

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 held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, Room A149, on the MSU campus (map).  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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