Webinars

Join us on Saturday mornings

We present a new topic each Saturday, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. All subscribers receive an invitation to each webinar and are welcome to sign on at 8:15 for a warm-up Q&A and stay on from 9:30 - 10:00 for additional live Q&A. All you need is an internet connection and the free Zoom app. See Season 2 Schedule (below) to peruse the upcoming topics. Subscribe to our webinars.

We provide a notetaking guide for each webinar. Some include plant lists, garden charts and diagrams. These guides are available to all, from our Audience Materials pages.

It's a rollicking time as we present what we know is timely for the week plus celebrate and trouble-shoot what's going on right now in participants' gardens.

All webinars are recorded and subscribers have unlimited access to all recordings, from current and past seasons.

To sample the experience, view our Season One topics and follow this link to the free webinars from that series.

Current schedule, Season Two:

May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

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See a topic in this or a prior season schedule that interests you but has already run? No worries, all webinars are recorded and available to subscribers. Subscribers to a season have lifetime access to all recordings from that season and earlier seasons.

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5/1/21

59

Photography in the Garden

Pro horticultural photographer Steven Nikkila's simple steps for capturing your own garden on film. It's also an enchanting photo tour of beautiful gardens. Framing your shot, setting up "before and after" shots, planning a dramatic sequence to show seasonal or year-to-year differences, using light and shadow to your advantage, and correcting for less-than-perfect light or subject matter are all discussed.

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5/8/21

60

Choosing and Placing Plants in the Landscape

Tips to get you off and running in spring: How to select plants that will fulfill your dream, and ideas for placing them in the yard. There are tips in all plant categories: trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, perennials, annual flowers and veggies.

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5/15/21

61

Focal Points: True gems in landscape or garden

Here's a chance to step back and look at your yard with fresh eyes. You may be surprised to learn that all you need there is focus, whether you already have a great collections or a clean slate. We show you where to draw attention in a yard or garden, why, and how.

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5/22/21

62

Don't Know the Plant 'til You've Killed it: Learning from losses

Problems occur even in the best landscapes: Diseases infect, insects infest, hungry animals invade and environmental conditions from weather to parties can cause big changes in plant health or appearance. Take stock this spring and benefit ftom this crash course on plant-doctoring from the practical perspective of the professional gardener.

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5/29/21

63

Making the Most of Fertilizers

Beautiful gardens begin at ground level with good, fertile soil - something you can have by understanding basics of soils and fertilizers.  Learn your soil type, its good qualities and challenges and how soil type affects fertilizer use.  Look at when to test the soil, how to use results and fertilizers wisely.

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6/5/21

64

Bio-Logical Pest Management

Interested in greener ways to control insects, disease and other pests in a garden? Join us to learn about non-chemical approaches in agriculture and horticulture and how to adapt these tactics to a specific problems in your garden.

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6/12/21

65

Growing from Cuttings

Every gardener has a favorite plant. Often, it's a unique, hard-to-find or even heirloom variety. Love to have more of it, but reluctant to dig and divide? Learn about growing plants from cuttings to make more of almost any perennial, houseplant, shrub or tree.

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6/19/21

66

Vegetable Gardening: Pest patrol

A right-now look at what's bugging your edibles garden and what you can do about it.

Recording posted for public viewing. See our Free Webinars page

6/26/21

67

Cut Flowers from Your Garden*

Want to bring more flowers indoors, enjoy them in a vase or give a bouquet to a friend? You can do it all! Here's how to gather and treat cut flowers to last.

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7/3/21

68

Pruning: Spring bloomers

You've heard the rule, "if it blooms in spring, prune it right after bloom." That's now! How?! We cover what might need pruning now and how to proceed.

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7/10/21

69

Pollinator-friendly Garden*

Bees and other pollinators are essential workers that need our help to pull out of a decline. Here's what to plant and the kinds of lay-out that attract and provide for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Special guest experts join us today: Paul Kozak, apiarist for the Province of Ontario, and Michele Armstrong, bee keeping mentor for the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association.

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7/17/21

70

Primping Perennials: Keep them younger, fuller, blooming on cue

What really counts in the mid-summer perennial garden are gardener's tricks for tweaking the plants. Join us to learn practical techniques that add up to a really long show: staking, deadheading, cutting back and other fine tuning that improves the plants' overall appearance while extending, delaying or coaxing bloom. Joining us for Q&A segments, Renata Reibitz, former horticulturist of Michigan State University perennial Demonstration Gardens.

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7/24/21

71

Water Gardens: Diving deeper for summer fun*

Do you have a water garden or are you thinking of adding one? Here's how to get the very most of a water garden in summer. We're joined today by the water garden expert we hold above all others, Scott Bates, owner of pond-specialty nursery Grass Roots.

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7/31/21

72

Design Tips: Using garden art

Sculpture, mobiles, bird baths, plaques and other non-plant items add spice to a garden. Whether it's a monumental work or an intimate detail, garden art is best when it's integrated within the overall design. Make the most of your own accent pieces with these tips for choosing, placing and caring for them.

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8/7/21

73

Color Cures for the August Blahs*

Many  gardens lack color in August. How to cure these “August Blahs?” Here are some practical solutions. With guest experts Cheryl and Pierre Bennerup of Sunny Border Nursery.

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8/14/21

74

Pruning: Foundation Plants

Late summer is the best time to trim shrubs you like to keep small or tightly shaped. That's why we aimed this pruning tutorial at managing the  shrubs and trees most often planted along a building foundation

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8/21/21

75

Shade Part 3: More plants for shady gardens*

Shade stumps some gardeners but not us. There are so many great plants for shade that we can pick up here where Webinars 32 & 34 left off to show you more plants with no repeats.

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8/28/21

76

Garden Artistry: Sketching from your garden*

Are you interested in capturing on paper the beauty you've created in your garden? Visual Arts Instructor Kerry Yaklin joins us to coach you in the basics of landscape drawing.

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9/4/21

77

Pruning: Young trees and tree-like shrubs

A tree may be nurtured to become a majestic giant or it may be kept small. A shrub may be allowed to go its merry, natural way or be trained as a stand-in for a small tree. It's your choice, and this session covers the how-to.

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9/11/21

78

Clay Soil: Challenge met!

Gardening on clay offers unique opportunities. It also takes special knowledge and techniques to realize the potential. We explain what clay has to offer, how to work it to reap the rewards without breaking your back, and what to plant in it so your garden will be the envy of all your sandy, loamy gardening friends.

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9/18/21

79

Year-round Landscapes*

Making a landscape that's interesting all year round is partly a matter of what you plant and partly how you arrange the plantings. In this presentation we introduce you to some stellar plants for all seasons with suggestions for landscape arrangements that make the most of what those plants have to offer. We are joined today by Dr. Tony Reznicek, who in his career as curator of the University of Michigan herbarium and officer of the American Rock Garden Society has learned and grown enough fabulous plants to make every day of the garden year interesting.

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9/25/21

 

No webinar today

 

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10/2/21

80

Fall Planting to Save Time and Money

Learn why plants and gardens started in fall out-perform spring plantings. Save time and money with these tips on soil preparation, plant selection and planting.

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10/9/21

81

Usual Plants, Unusually Used*

Many gardeners expend much time and effort to find and grow unusual things. We can spare your wallet and your green thumb yet let you keep a position on that cutting-edge. We show you how to grow your common plants in unconventional ways.

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10/16/21

82

Fabulous Fall Color*

Fall color can be an eight week finale to the growing season and the highlight of a four-season landscape. Every northeastern North American and Great lakes landscape can have great color in fall and be the envy of people from other regions and continents. Here are ways to feature this color in your landscape and manage your plantings through the year for more and better color.

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10/23/21

83

Construction Damage to the Landscape: Prevention and remedies

It's exciting to add a room, build a new garage, reconfigure a house, or change a driveway, walk or patio. You probably weren't counting on losing your trees and permanently disfiguring your landscape in the process, but that's often the result. Learn how to plan construction projects to identify what can be saved in a landscape, protect it and help it recover when the crews and equipment have gone.

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10/30/21

84

Grasses in the Perennial Garden*

Ornamental grasses catch our eye, especially in fall.  Which are good for your garden and your needs?  Get to know great grasses for ornament, cutting, drying, feeding the birds, or replacing your lawn. With guest expert Margaret Thele, horticulturist, ornamental grass enthusiast, retired perennial grower and salesperson.

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11/6/21

85

Trashing the Landscape: Beautiful recycling

You can incorporate recycled materials, found items and even yard waste as you create a top-notch landscape. Here are ideas involving everything from soil preparation to fencing, gates, paths, artwork, containers and the plants themselves. Put these ideas to work to make your landscape unique as well as more economical and environmentally friendly.

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11/13/21

86

Holiday Decorations from Your Garden

How to create decorations for your door, table or hearth from evergreens, persistent stems and pods collected in your own garden. Along the way we'll provide conversation starters for your winter get-togethers - the folklore that underlies traditional holiday plants and greens.

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11/20/21

87

Basic Indoor Gardening*

Recommendations for plants, pots, soils, lights, arrangements and care of species to engage the indoor gardener.

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11/27/21

 

No webinar today

 

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12/4/21

88

Plants in the News

Are you tuned in to plants as you peruse the news? Here is an entertaining look at plants that made news this year.

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12/11/21

89

Gardens in Literature*

English professor Dr. Sonja Nikkla takes the lead today to reveal, remind and regale us with the gardens that have colored literature through the ages.

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12/18/21

90

Traveling Gardener, England

Tour some English gardens great and small.

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12/25/21

 

No webinar today

 

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1/1/22

 

No webinar today

 

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1/8/22

91

Visualizing Changes to a Garden or Landscape

It isn't lack of ideas that cause gardeners to put needed landscape and garden plans "on hold." Rather, it's a reluctance to commit when we are unsure how the change will play out on that stage we see out our windows. Here is our process for visualizing change, a way to see into the future of your garden or landscape.

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1/15/22

92

52 Weeks of Color

Take a beautiful visual trip through the year, meeting the plants that shine in each week. Great ideas for what to add to your garden or landscape.

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1/22/22

93

Beginning Green: Eco-conscious gardening

When we love to garden we grow to love the whole natural world. Today is all about environmentally friendly practices and materials for both the beginning gardener and for everyone, every spring. There are ideas here for eco-conscious approaches to bed prep, plant choices, planting and tending.

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1/29/22

94

Pathways: Improving the garden journey

Paths are important bones of the landscape, drawing lines that can be beautiful, unifying and practical. Do your paths measure up? Here's how to lay out and furnish pathways in your landscape to take every eye, everyone and everything where it must go.

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2/5/22

95

Fabulous Foliage*

We delight in dew-fresh, jewel-tone flowers but we should also note how pale they would be without rich foliage in blue, maroon, gold, white and every imaginable green. Here are ways to predict and capitalize on foliage in your landscape combinations for all four seasons.

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2/12/22

96

Getting More Mileage from Your Garden, Chapter 2

Gardeners love their gardens but could they enjoy them more? We say yes, that there are always more layers of wonder and delight waiting for the gardener who digs a bit deeper with trowel, notebook, index and internet. Here is Chapter 2 of the folklore, science and magic we've unearthed from a garden. Note: Familiarity with Chapter One - on our youtube channel - is not a prequisite to enjoying today's webinar.

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2/19/22

97

Native and Natural Groundcovers

Covering ground is key to reducing work and making a landscape work for you. Plants that blanket the soil with color and texture can also smother weeds and complement shrubbery and trees to create beautiful scenery. The best plants to cover your ground are native or can naturalize on your property. Here is a comprehensive look at how to choose and use those groundcovers to best advantage.

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2/26/22

98

Traveling Gardener, Smokey Mts

Travel with Steven through the glories of the Great Smokies.

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3/5/22

99

Growing from Seed*

Locked in every seed is an exciting world, complete with life support systems for the fantastic creature that will come out of it.  Learn about everything in a seed and the secrets to unlocking it. We are very pleased to have an expert co-host today, Karen Bovio, owner and grower at Specialty Growers.

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3/12/22

100

Invasive Plants: The situation, the plants and you

Today we look into these questions: What is an invasive plant? Why are they a problem worthy of attention by the U.S. government, plant growers and grassroots movements all over the country? Which invasive plants should you be aware of in your region, and what can you do about them?

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3/19/22

 

No webinar today

 

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3/26/22

101

Pruning: Overgrown plants

Now is a perfect time to tackle overgrown plants. Lots of pruning guidance for everything from monstrous junipers to tangled topiary.

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4/2/22

102

Getting the Garden Ready for Spring 2022

Once again we run through our garden start-up process but let your questions guide the flow. Bring your most pressing questions so we can help you in time for sping rush.

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4/9/22

103

Naturalizing With Shrubs

Use the right shrubs and Nature can work for you to make a landscape easier to care for and more beautiful, year-round. Here is a guide to making the right choices and smartest placement of these long-lasting woody plants, with an introduction to dozens of possibilities.

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* - With guest expert co-host

** - Please note that this schedule is subject to change. We have appointed topics to fit the season. Sometimes the weather may change so that a topic may serve gardeners better if aired earlier or later. In addition, we are pleased to have booked excellent guest experts. Should an expert's schedule change we would adjust ours to match. We announce any changes as soon as they are foreseen.