Come see us: Upcoming classes, talks and workshops

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Our schedule is in chronological order below. Or click here for a calendar where you can pick-a-date then zap straight to the listed details.

To learn more about any topic you see coming up here or all the topics we can present, download our complete catalog of talks and workshops (55 pages) or the titles-only list (5 pages).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Renovating to Simplify the Landscape, Troy, MI

Free with registration required at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, 48043

Renovating to Simplify the Landscape
Want to improve an existing landscape and reduce the work you do in your yard? This presentation will help you meet those goals, whether you're continuing a long-term landscape project or just starting in on the plantings you acquired in buying a home. Although there isn't any such thing as a no maintenance yard, you can greatly reduce and simplify the work needed via design modifications, informed plant choices, and variations in your approach to garden care. These tips come to you from 35-year professional gardener and writer Janet Macunovich. *Brought to you by the Friends of Troy Seniors.

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Pruning Trees and Shrubs,
Saginaw, MI

At Saginaw Valley State University. Requires registration. Call 989-964-4310 for more information

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
How and when to prune your trees and shrubs to ensure beautiful bloom, good shape, manageable size, and healthy plants. In this class garden designer and writer Janet Macunovich covers:
            • Simple, proven techniques for keeping plants within the bounds you set.
            • How well and how long popular landscape plants hold up to pruning.

 Macunovich encourages you to "Bring a branch!" Clip a limb from each plant you want to trim and bring them with you to be sure they are included in the "how to."

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Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Saving Time and Money on Yardwork
, Youngstown, OH

A talk by Janet Macunovich at The D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center (Fellows Riverside Gardens), 123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44509. Phone: 330.740.7116.

Saving Time and Money on Yardwork: Low maintenance yards and gardens
Now is the time to plan what you will do, when and how, to reduce the work you do and money you spend on your yard. Although there isn't any such thing as a no maintenance garden or no-cost yard, there are low maintenance gardens and yards. This presentation is full of back-saving, budget-easing tips from a professional gardener and garden writer. Every one has proved its worth in real gardens. You may be surprised at how much difference you can make, looking with professional gardener and educator Janet Macunovich at everything from design modifications to variations in tools, timing and even perspective.

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Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25, 2018
Lore and Lure of Plants: Growing Kids into Gardeners
, at English Gardens stores, southeast MI

Professional gardener and writer Janet Macunovich has been around long enough to see and help three generations of gardeners develop. She knows you, too, love not only planting seeds but growing new gardeners. In this talk she shares her bag of tricks for engaging kids to pass on our love of the natural world. Come gather ideas for the youngsters in your life... and for your own inner child. Free. No registration necessary.

At the Dearborn Heights on Ford Road at Outer Drive, Saturday, 10 am
At the Royal Oak store, on Coolidge Road between 14 Mile Road and Maple Road, Saturday, 1 pm
At the Eastpointe store on Kelly Road south of Nine Mile Road, Saturday, 4 pm

In Clinton Township store on Hall Road (M-59) at Garfield Road, Sunday, 12 pm
In West Bloomfield on Orchard Lake Road north of Maple Road, Sunday, 3 pm

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Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Getting the Garden Ready for Spring
, White Lake, MI

Join Janet at Bogie Lake Greenhouses, . Call 248-887-5101

Getting the Garden Ready for Spring
Even if your garden makes you happy just as it is, there are things you can do in early spring to make the whole season easier and the garden more lush. Shrubs, trees, groundcover beds and lawn benefit from your attention in the spring, and repay you with reduced needs in summer. It's also a wonderful time to rearrange or expand a perennial garden. Professional gardener and author Janet Macunovich will help you start off on that right foot toward a great season

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Saturday, April 21, and Sunday April 24, 2018
Ray Wiegand's Nursery: Spring Open House
, Macomb, MI

Join Janet and Steven at Ray Wiegand's Nursery Spring Open House, 47747 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, MI 48044

Call (586) 286-3655 for more information.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2018
Simple, Successful Garden Design, Youngstown, OH

Simple, Successful Garden Design
Simple steps to designing a garden or landscape area, applicable to the first time gardener or professional. You'll learn and try your hand at: Matching the garden to people's needs, determining a budget, selecting a site, arranging the plants, and even how to be sure the finished garden gets the care it will need to look great.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Workshop
, Hartland, Vermont

Details to follow.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Topic to be Decided
, Walled Lake Garden Club, Walled Lake, MI

Details to follow.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The Traveling Gardener on World Tour
, Tollgate Farm, Novi, MI

Horticultural photographer Steven Nikkila takes you through beautiful gardens near and far. Enjoy the  sights and also the tips on design, planting, pruning and how to make the most out of any garden visit.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Topic to be Decided
, Mason County Garden Club, Ludington, MI

Details to follow.

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Thursday, October 8, 2018, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Topic to be Decide
, Ann Arbor Farm and Garden, Ann Arbor, MI

Details to follow

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Monday, June 13, 2016, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Simplify Your Garden: Save Time, Money, and Defy Age, Stevensville, MI

Steven will talking to the Shoreline Garden Club meeting in Stevensville, MI at the Lincoln Township Library, 2099 W John Beers Rd, Stevensville, MI 49127. The club meeting are open to the public.

Simplify Your Garden: Save Time, Money, and Defy Age
Here's a look at what you can do to reduce the work you do in your yard and how to keep it up even as your physical abilities change. Although there isn't any such thing as a no maintenance garden, there are low maintenance gardens and yards and different approaches that reduce work by making tasks simpler or physically easier. You may be surprised at how much difference you can make with design modifications, variations in tools and timing and more. These tips come to you from 30-year professional gardener and photographer/writer Steven Nikkila, with lots of input from those with even more seniority.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Keep the Color Going in Your Garden
, Spring Valley, OH

Janet will be speaking to the New Neighbors Garden Club of Spring Valley. Open to members and their guests only.

Keep the Color Going in Your 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.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Recognizing and Dealing With Vegetable Garden Problems
, Beverly Hills, MI

Take a walk and a close look with Janet at vegetables of all kinds. The objective is to learn to recognize and effectively deal with insect and disease problems. This is hands-on learning in the organic Beverly Hills Community Garden, on the grounds of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 20000 W. Thirteen Mile Road (on the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Evergreen Road).

Free. No registration required, just join us there. Watch this space for any late-breaking schedule change.

Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Improving an Older Garden, Bloomfield Hills, MI

At the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County meeting held at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N Adams Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Call 248-651-8374 for more information.

Improving an Older Garden
Established gardens and landscapes share certain challenges: shade, worn out soil, overgrown trees and shrubs, and barren but high-visibility spots. Here are tips on where to start, how to overcome the worst obstacles, and which plants to choose.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 4:30 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven, Waterford, MI

Work with Janet and Steven at the Waterford Township Library Childrens' Sensory Garden to learn perennial garden- and landscape care in hands-on fashion. 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Stay on for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Late Season Vegetable Garden Problems
, Beverly Hills, MI

Take a walk and a close look with Janet at vegetables of all kinds. The objective is to recognize insect and disease problems and learn what to do to break their cycles and lessen the chance of repeating the problems next year. This is hands-on learning in the organic Beverly Hills Community Garden, on the grounds of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 20000 W. Thirteen Mile Road (on the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Evergreen Road).

Free. No registration required, just join us there. Watch this space for any late-breaking schedule change.

Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Plant it Well, Enjoy it Forever, East Lansing, MI

Part of  Michigan State University's Garden Day extravaganza, where Janet joins a stellar line-up of speakers on every topic imaginable. Janet's part is to demonstrate how to plant almost any plant well and for good the first time around. Her talk includes important new information about planting trees and shrubs. Advanced registration is required. See the complete schedule and registration at http://www.hrt.msu.edu/garden-day-2016/

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4:30 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven, Waterford, MI

Work with Janet and Steven at the Waterford Township Library Childrens' Sensory Garden to learn perennial garden- and landscape care in hands-on fashion. 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Stay on for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 4:30 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven, Waterford, MI

Work with Janet and Steven at the Waterford Township Library Childrens' Sensory Garden to learn perennial garden- and landscape care in hands-on fashion. 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Stay on for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Smart Gardener in the High Tech Age
, East Lansing, MI

Janet will be at the Capital Area Master Gardener meeting. Call Patty Cotter (517-290-8783) for more information.

Smart Gardener in the High Tech Age
We gardeners revel in one of the lowest-tech pursuits on the planet while living in a world full of digital fruit that's also worth picking. Take a look with Janet and Steven at ways to employ some high tech tools available on your computer or smartphone to improve your garden and increase the enjoyment you find there.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven
, Waterford, MI

Work with Janet and Steven at the Waterford Township Library Childrens' Sensory Garden to learn perennial garden- and landscape care in hands-on fashion. 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Stay on for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven
, Waterford, MI

Meet with Janet at the Waterford Township Library for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Garden by Janet and Steven
, Waterford, MI

Meet with Janet at the Waterford Township Library for the Library Garden Club meeting and educational session. Educational presentation topic to be announced. Open to all interested gardeners, club membership not required. Free.

At the Waterford Township Library, in the Waterford Township office campus, off Crescent Lake Road north of Tubbs Road.
Garden by Janet & Steven session.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:00 to 3:00 pm
Design Workshop
and Soil Savvy, Detroit, MI

A fun and valuable day for gardeners who want to design a garden or landscape that works, with less sweat in the design process. The workshop is followed by a presentation on how to deal with different soil situations and what to plant in the heavy-, dry- and other difficult soils. A low-cost seminar sponsored by the Detroit Garden Center. Call 313-259-6363 or watch for registration information at detroitgardencenter.org.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
When Trashing the Landscape is a Good Thing
, plus Hot Rocks, Akron, OH

The Summit County Master Gardeners have invited Steven to help them fill out a whole day of landscaping how-to at their annual Design and Beyond symposium. His topics: Short cuts and re-use ideas to help DIY landscapers do more with less, plus a crash course on using rocks beautifully and effectively in the landscape. Watch this space or the Summit County OSU Extension website for details.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Myths and Legends from the Garden
, Ferndale, MI

Janet takes you on a romp through garden history and lore that will make you smile and can even improve your garden. Hosted by the Ferndale Garden Club at their monthly meeting.  At the Gerry Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois. Guests are welcome but space is limited so you must call ahead to reserve a seat 248-541-6427.

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More coming, watch here for details:

March 13, 2017, Lansing, MI

March 14, 2017, Walled Lake, MI

September 9, 2017, Rochester NY

 

 

Calendar Index: Quick look for dates and places.

Click on any date to zap straight to the details.

Letters following dates are location if outside southeast Michigan: State/Province abbrevations; Web for webinar; in Michigan, (MI), seMI is eastern lower peninsula, mMI is middle lower peninsula, wMI is western lower peninsula, etc. and uMI is upper peninsula Michigan.

*Asterisks indicate hands-on Garden by Janet & Steven sessions.

January 2017     

1/21/17

1/21/17 OH

 

 

February 2017    

2/9/17

 

 

 

March 2016    

3/15

3/22

3/25

 

April 2016

4/2 - 4/3

4/13*

4/16

4/23

 

 

May 2016

5/11*

5/24

5/31*

 

 

 

June 2016

6/8*

6/11

6/13

6/21 OH

6/28*

 

July 2016

7/5

7/13*

7/28

 

August 2016

8/6 mMI

8/10*

 

 

September 2016

9/14*

 

 

 

October 2016

10/4 mMI

10/12*

 

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November 2016

11/9*

 

 

x

December 2016

12/14*

 

 

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