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Landscape and garden designers, green industry professionals, Master Gardeners and others who are interested in gardening can attend the workshop, which will take place Feb. 9 in Grand Rapids at the Crowne Plaza at the Grand Rapids Airport and repeated Feb. 10 in Novi at the Crowne Plaza.


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

Contact: Laura Probyn at 517-432-1555, ext. 206

 

Gardeners Can Warm Their Thoughts at Plants of Distinction Workshop


Winter can seem like an especially long, cold season to northern gardeners who revel in spending time in their backyard oases. To give Michigan gardeners the chance to chance to learn about new varieties that they can add to their landscapes in 2012, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is offering a workshop called “Plants of Distinction” in two locations during February.

Landscape and garden designers, green industry professionals, Master Gardeners and others who are interested in gardening can attend the workshop, which will take place Feb. 9 in Grand Rapids at the Crowne Plaza at the Grand Rapids Airport and repeated Feb. 10 in Novi at the Crowne Plaza. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both locations. Speakers include Jeff Epping, director of horticulture for the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wis.; Jim Nau, horticulturist for Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Ill.; and Chuck Martin, horticulture curator of the woody plant collection at Dow Gardens, Midland, Mich.

Epping will offer two presentations. The first will focus on creating and maintaining sustainable gardens that require fewer inputs than conventional plantings. He’ll discuss analyzing site conditions and choosing plants that are adapted for the site conditions. In a separate talk, he’ll explain how to incorporate small-scale trees in a garden setting, including the top performing small-scale ornamental trees and combinations that work well in Midwestern gardens.

Nau will offer a presentation that will help gardeners discover annual and perennial plants that can bring color to a landscape throughout the season. He’ll focus on foliage, color combinations and environmentally sound plants.

Martin will explore the possibilities for using shrub roses. While offering the color and beauty of their higher maintenance cousins, shrub roses offer options for use that can be easier on the wallet and on the elbow grease.

The registration fee at both locations is $75 per person, and includes lunch, refreshments and handouts. It is due Feb. 3. There is no registration at the door.

MSU Extension Master Gardeners can earn six continuing education credits for attending this program.

To learn more about the Grand Rapids workshop, call the Kent County MSU Extension office at 616-336-3265. To learn more about the Novi workshop, call the MSU Extension District office at 248-380-9100, ext. 208. To register, visit www.stuckongardening.com.