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Opportunities for Green Thumbs at MSU ANR Week
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ANR Week, an annual event that hosts a wide variety of meetings, workshops and conferences in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus, takes place March 3 to 10.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 230

 

Opportunities for Green Thumbs Abound at MSU ANR Week


Are you interested in learning more about gardening? This year’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week features several horticulture-related workshops. ANR Week, an annual event that hosts a wide variety of meetings, workshops and conferences in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus, takes place March 3 to 10.

The following is a list of horticulture-related workshops: Michigan Herb Associates (MHA) 25th Annual Conference will take place March 7 and 8 at the Eppley and Kellogg centers. This year’s theme, “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” will focus on lectures and demonstrations that will include sessions on the study of herbs and plants; better living through botanic chemistry; biodiversity; cooking demonstrations; garden art; rose, the 2012 Herb of the Year; and a celebration of the MHA’s 25 years of promoting and supporting herbal education. For MHA members, advance registration is $45 for one day or $75 for both. For nonmembers, advance registration is $70 for one day or $100 for both. To register, contact Karen Beekman at 517-349-1709, or visit http://www.miherb.org/?path=registration.

Horticultural Therapy: Connecting People and Plants will take place March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Plant and Soil Sciences building. Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association’s (MHTA) annual conference is an opportunity for those interested in learning about horticulture as therapy to gain understanding and skills. Early-bird registration (postmarked by Feb. 27) is $55 for MHTA members and $75 for nonmembers. After Feb. 27, registration is $65 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Contact Cathy Flinton at cathy@michiganhta.org for more information, or visit www.michiganhta.org.

Seasons of Change: Using Horticulture Therapy Year Round is another MHTA-hosted workshop. It will inspire participants to enrich the lives of others by utilizing horticulture as therapy in practical ways. Registration is $40, and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 10, in the Plant and Soil Sciences building.

The Michigan Gladiolus Conference will take place March 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn in Kalamazoo. The conference will cover a glad floral design class, new introductions and upcoming seedlings, and it will feature guest speakers. Registration costs $20. To find out more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Dr. Lowell Ewart at ewart@msu.edu.

ANR Week, formerly Farmers’ Week, is in its 97th year. MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch sponsor the weeklong event that features a wide variety of workshops, conferences and seminars in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. Learn more at www.canr.msu.edu/anrweek.