Come see us: Upcoming classes, talks and workshops

Where we'll be to teach and to learn along with you. 
 

Pick a date and meet us there

Our schedule is in chronological order below. Or click here for a calendar where you can pick-a-date and zap straight to the details. (Interested in our Webinars? Click any entry on that calendar coded "Web.") For more detail about any topic you see listed here,  download our complete catalog of talks and workshops.

 

Wednesdays, March 5 & March 12, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Simplify to Keep on Growing, Rochester, MI

The Rochester Library hosts Janet who will help library patrons look at how to reduce yard work and keep it up even as your physical abilities change. The presentation will be made in two parts. You may attend either or both:
On March 5, learn all the basics of simplifying a landscape.
On March 12, look at simplifying applied to specific situations so you can more easily do the same in your own yard.
Free. Open to Rochester residents only. Contact the Rochester Library to reserve a seat.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Designing for All Five Senses, Michigan Herb Associates conference, East Lansing, MI

The Michigan Herb Associates host Janet along with other speakers at their annual conference at Michigan State University. Go to the Michigan Herb Association's website for details and registration information.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:oo am to 4:00 pm
Eight Months of Color, Danville , Illinois

The Master Gardeners of Vermilion County present three educational presentations at the award winning Garden Day Workshop & Spring Festival. There, Janet will conduct the workshop, Eight Months of Color. Join us for the day in Danville at the CrossRoads Church, 3613 N.Vermilion Street.  $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes homemade lunch. For more information or to pre-register, phone or on-line, 217-442-8615 or https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=480&EventID=64323.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Designing Great Combinations, Walled Lake, MI

Lakes area Garden Club presents Janet in a hands on presentation geared to help you dream up garden and landscape changes based on what you already grow well and love. This happens at the Wolverine Lake Police Station, basement meeting room; 425 Glengary Road in Wolverine Lake just north of Walled Lake. (NOTE: This is a change in location from our original posting.) Free. Contact Linda to reserve a seat at 248-684-5049 or lindabecker12@aol.com
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Thursday, March 13, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Garden Design workshop, Shelby Twp., MI

Janet is the featured speaker at the Shelby Gardeners Club meeting, explaining the how-to of Garden Design. The club welcomes all guests to this meeting and educational session at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township, Michigan.  Limited seating available, $5 fee; to register contact Suzanne at 586-781-4693 or smsouva@comcast.net
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Monday, March 17, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Plants on My Wish List, Birmingham, MI

The Birmingham Community House Garden Club not only provides enjoyment to Birmingham visitors by maintaining beautiful gardens around this community center, but also hosts educational events. This one features Janet, who'll show you the Plants on My Wish List -- her favorites including new varieties and unimpeachable classics. She will also help you make your own choices from among the thousand new plants introduced every year  by North American garden centers. No advance registration required. Free. At the Birmingham Community House on Bates 3 blocks south of Maple Road. Contact the Birmingham Community House 248-644-5832 for more information.
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Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Improving the Established Landscape, Bloomfield Township, MI

The Bloomfield Township Library presents this help for the person who wants to improve an established landscape. Janet will walk you through making the tough decisions about existing plants and structures, and give you a guide for selecting new plants to better match your needs. No advance registration required. Free. At the Bloomfield Township Library at Lone Pine Road and Telegraph Road. Contact the library at 248-642-5800 for more information.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Gardening in Small Spaces, Northville, MI

Meet Janet in downtown Northville at the Northville Public Library for a head start on making your favorite or most frustrating small bed have maximum impact this year. Free. Contact the library to reserve a seat: 248-349-3020
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Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Edible Plants in the Landscape, DeWitt, Michigan

The Dewitt Millenium Garden Club hosts Janet at their 8th annual spring event at the Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13970 Schavey Road in Dewitt. Open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting Betty Donahue 517-669-2126 or Barbara Houghtaling 517-974-8158 or at the door. Janet will help you find the will or whimsy and the way to incorporate edible plants throughout the landscape.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

52 Weeks of Color, Bad Axe, Michigan

Janet's just one of the speakers at this Yard & Garden Expo presented by the Huron County Master Gardeners. Educational events (registration/fee required) and a grand, free garden market take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1038 S. Van Dyke, Bad Axe, Michigan. I her session during this event, Janet's objective is to introduce you to plants that shine during each week of the year, so you can start this year off with specific ways to add more color to your landscape. Registration is $60. For more information or to register for this expo, contact Marie at (989) 859-1294 or mpba43@yahoo.com, or obtain the flyer or registration form at the Master Gardeners' page on the Extension website, http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/huron/huron_county_master_gardener
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Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hands on garden care. Huntington Woods, MI

A Garden by Janet & Steven session. Meet Janet & Steven at the Detroit Zoo in Huntington Woods, Michigan to learn about late winter pruning, fertilizing, wattle fence construction and spring garden clean up. We're 26-year veterans of the zoo's Adopt-A-Garden program where help people learn gardening techniques and at the same time make a beautiful park more enjoyable for visitors. We invite our readers to come help; some come for a day and some keep coming for years. As a group we have fun, we learn, we accomplish much and we are always willing to share what we know with others.
Free.
Your participation will be as our student on a temporary pass. To make arrangments to attend and receive that pass, send your name and phone number in an email to Deb Tosch (Deb's the central nervous system of our zoo group) at mstgarden@gmail.com, with the subject line "I'll help at the zoo." Include the date of the session you wish to attend. 
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Saturday and Sunday, April 5 & 6, 2014

Begin a Greener Spring, at English Gardens stores, southeast Michigan

Janet's appearing at English Gardens stores (Clinton Township, Dearborn, Eastpointe, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield, Michigan) to help you Begin a Greener Spring. It's a chance for those who love the natural world to hear and exchange ideas with other gardeners about environmentally friendly practices and materials. Janet will start the conversation with her ideas for being more eco-conscious in preparing the ground, deciding what to grow, planting and tending.
Saturday April 5, 10 am, West Bloomfield store, Orchard Lake n. of Maple
Satuday, April 5, 1 pm, Royal Oak store, Coolidge Rd. n. of 14 Mile Rd.
Saturday, April 5, 4 pm, Clinton Twp. store, Garfield and M-59

Sunday, April 6, 11 am, Ann Arbor store, Maple Rd. at Jackson Rd.
Sunday, April 6, 3:30 pm, Dearborn Hts. store, Ford Rd. at Outer Drive

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Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 to 10:00 am

Caring for Perennials: Dividing, Macomb Township, Michigan

At Ray Wiegand's Nursery the staff knows that some things are simplest to learn if a gardener can use his or her own hands, so they've invited hands-on expert Janet to take that approach as she helps you with Caring for Perennials: Dividing. If you have perennials and want to make more of them or simply keep them growing most vigorously, this is an essential skill. If you're just starting with perennials this can help you learn which plants best meet your needs. Then you can fill your garden with the best new choices from the garden center plus divisions from friends. There is no charge for this presentation. At Ray Wiegand's Garden Center on Romeo Plank Road just north of 21 Mile Road, Macomb Township, Michigan. Call Ray Wiegand's at 586-286-3655 to reserve a seat.
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Friday - Sunday, May 2-4, 2014

Introducing the first in the Secrets of the Season series:
Spring Care and Revelry in the Perennial Mixed Border
Berlin, CT

This is a very special opportunity to Garden by Janet and Steven... and horticulturist Cheryl Bennerup of Sunny Border Nursery.

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  We'll learn the hands-on
  of just about every kind
  of spring work in the
  gardens at Pierre and
  Cheryl Bennerup's historic
  home: Clipping back,
  pruning, weeding,
  designing, diagnosing and
  treating problems, and
  more that we can't even list
  now because this is the real
  deal. We'll be working live
   so you'll see both the plan
and the reality as we pros do it in one of the best gardens anywhere. New plant buffs -- us! -- are in for a treat since all design here involves some of the very newest, best perennials on the market. That's one of the functions of this garden, to display and check the performance of great new plants.
Click for the complete 3-day schedule and registration information: Workshop on Saturday includes lunch and snacks. There is an optional warm up tour and refreshments on Friday and an optional tour of area gardens on Sunday. Registration fee does not include travel or lodging; lovely, reasonable, nearby lodging recommendations included in schedule. Some hand tools will be available for general use but we suggest you bring your favorite kit as described in the schedule.

This is one of three related sessions. See also July 18-20 and October 3-5.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so register early.
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Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:00 am to noon
Hands on garden care. Huntington Woods, MI

A Garden by Janet & Steven session. Meet Janet & Steven at the Detroit Zoo in Huntington Woods, Michigan to learn about dividing, renovating, mulching and other spring garden care. We're 26-year veterans of the zoo's Adopt-A-Garden program where help people learn gardening techniques and at the same time make a beautiful park more enjoyable for visitors. We invite our readers to come help; some come for a day and some keep coming for years. As a group we have fun, we learn, we accomplish much and we are always willing to share what we know with others
Free.
Your participation will be as our student on a temporary pass. To make arrangments to attend and receive that pass, send your name and phone number in an email to Deb Tosch (Deb's the central nervous system of our zoo group) at mstgarden@gmail.com, with the subject line "I'll help at the zoo." Include the date of the session you wish to attend. 
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Simpler Gardening, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Here's a look at what you can do to reduce garden and landscape work and how to keep up with it even if your physical abilities change. Make a difference this year with design modifications, variations in tools and timing and more. Janet brings these tips to the Village Club, 190 East Long Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Registration is limited; $29. Club dress code is casual for this event. Contact the Village Club for more information or to register on-line (www.thevillageclub.org) or by phone (248-644-3450).
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Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8:00 am to noon
Hands on garden care. Huntington Woods, MI

A Garden by Janet & Steven session. Meet Janet & Steven at the Detroit Zoo in Huntington Woods, Michigan to learn about planting, design and other spring garden care. We're 26-year veterans of the zoo's Adopt-A-Garden program where help people learn gardening techniques and at the same time make a beautiful park more enjoyable for visitors. We invite our readers to come help; some come for a day and some keep coming for years. As a group we have fun, we learn, we accomplish much and we are always willing to share what we know with others
Free.
Your participation will be as our student on a temporary pass. To make arrangments to attend and receive that pass, send your name and phone number in an email to Deb Tosch (Deb's the central nervous system of our zoo group) at mstgarden@gmail.com, with the subject line "I'll help at the zoo." Include the date of the session you wish to attend. 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Great Plants and Combinations, West Branch, Michigan

The Ogemaw Area Master Gardeners are sponsoring Janet's look at the best of the best perennials, trees and shrubs, and how to make great combinations of these plants for your garden. At the Forward Conference Center, 2980 Cook Road in West Branch, Michigan at exit 212 off I-75. Registration fee is $5 and registration must be made by June 6. Contact Jymmie Green (989-790-2471 or ggreen41@aol.com) for more information or register with a $5 check made payable to OAMG & Friends; include your name and contact information and mail it to Jymmie Green, 5370 N. Glen Oak, Saginaw, MI  48603.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Busy Gardener, Oakland County, Michigan

The Oakland County Michigan State University Extension hosts Janet's presentation of ways you can save time and enjoy your garden more. At the Oakland County Executive Office Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, just west of Telegrpah Road. $20, advance registration required. Send check payable to Oakland County to MSUE Oakland County, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Choosing and Placing Trees, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County presents Janet as the speaker and invites area gardeners to join them for this meeting. Janet will cover a selection of fine trees for shade and ornament, along with guidance for the best selection and placing a tree for success in your yard. The meeting doors open at 6:30, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N. Adams Road (between Long Lake road and Square Lake Road), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. $5 fee payable at the door for non-members.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Gardens in Containers, Hartland, Michigan

Container gardens need not be just an annual show. Shrubs, tree, vegetables, perennials, even water gardens can be at home in a container. The Cromaine District Library presents Janet who'll share her line-up of practical, novel ideas for choosing a container and the plants to fill it, plus help you with the how-to of planting and maintaining the display. At the library, 3688 Hartland Rd, Hartland, Michigan. Free but you must call after June 2 to reserve a seat: 810-632-5200 .
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Friday - Sunday, July 18-20, 2014

The Secrets of the Season series continues:
Continuously Crafty Color and Professional Cheating
Berlin, CT

This is a very special opportunity to Garden by Janet and Steven... and horticulturist Cheryl Bennerup of Sunny Border Nursery. Following a spectacular garden right through the seasons connects the gardener to a wealth of if-then, now-later, what next lessons and adventures. That's why we're offering three sessions in the fabulous Bennerup gardens. (See May 2-4 and October 3-5.) Come to more than one session and you tap directly into these rich natural sequences. Come to just one and you still reap the reward as you're acquainted with the developments that open even the instructors' eyes.

In this summer session, learn by doing that 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 workshop is intensive hands-on lessons in both plant combinations and practical techniques that add up to a really long show of color.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Best Foot Forward: Entry Gardens, Oakland County, Michigan

Janet helps you learn to design pleasing entrance gardens at the door, the gate, the step. Hosted by the Oakland County Michigan State University Extension at the Oakland County Executive Office Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, just west of Telegraph Road. $20, advance registration required. Send check payable to Oakland County to MSUE Oakland County, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Topic to be Announced, Flint, MI

Janet's speaking at the Genesee County Master Gardener Association monthly meeting. The Master Gardners welcome the community to attend, at no charge. Watch this calendar or contact the Master Gardener Association for more information.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Never Stop Growing, Oakland County, Michigan

Advice for the older gardener who's feeling challenged by garden care. Janet's presentation is hosted by the Oakland County Michigan State University Extension at the Oakland County Executive Office Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, just west of Telegraph Road. $20, advance registration required. Send check payable to Oakland County to MSUE Oakland County, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Topic to be Announced, Ann Arbor, MI

Janet's speaking Tuesday evening at the Washtenaw Master Gardener Association monthly meeting at the Extension office, basement classroom, Zeeb Road just north of I-94. Contact the Washtenaw County Michigan State University Extension or watch this calendar for more details. Watch this space for details. Save the date!
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Friday - Sunday, October 3-5, 2014

The Secrets of the Season series concludes:
The Art of Fall Clean up
Berlin, CT

This is the third in a special series of Garden by Janet and Steven that feature horticulturist Cheryl Bennerup of Sunny Border Nursery. In the series we've followed a spectacular garden right through the seasons, collecting a wealth of if-then, now-later, what next lessons and adventures. If you've come to more than one session in this series you've tapped directly into these rich natural sequences. (See May 2-4 and July 18-20.). If you come to only one you still reap the reward as instructors acquaint you with all that's gone before.

Now in the fall we experience how much you and your perennial garden can benefit from a good fall clean-up. Every hour you spend in the garden in fall can save you two or more spring hours, give you months of pleasure in the winter, and give your plants the very best start into the new season.  This hands-on workshop in a gorgeous garden provides you the pro's secrets regarding what to do, when and how to make your garden a thing of beauty even through the winter.

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How do we set these dates?

People ask us to come present a talk, lead a workshop or supervise what we call a garden barn-raising. You can do that, too!

 

 

Calendar Index: Quick look for dates and places.

Click on any date to zap straight to the details.

Letters following dates are location: Web for Webinar, or State/Province abbrevations. (In Michigan, 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 and Steven sessions.

January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2014    

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2014

3/5 & 3/12 seMII

3/7 midMI

3/8 Danville IL

3/11 seMI, 3/13 seMI

3/17 seMI, 3/24 seMI

3/25 seMI, 3/27 midMI

3/29 thumbMI

April 2014

4/5 seMI zoo

4/5 & 4/6 seMI

4/26 seMI

 

May 2014

 5/2-4 Berlin, CT

5/17 seMI zoo

5/28 seMI

 

June 2014

6/14 seMI zoo

6/18 midMI

6/24 seMI

 

 

July 2014

7/8 seMI, 7/15 seMI

7/18-20 Berlin, CT

7/22 seMI

 

August 2014

 8/21 seMI

 8/26 seMI

 

 

September 2014

 9/16 seMI

 9/28 Lexington, MI

 

 

October 2014

10/3-5 Berlin CT

 

 

 

November 2014

 Webinars!

 

 

 

December 2014

Save the date, 2015:

January 17, 2015, Janet & Steven in Bloomfield Hills, MI, hosted by Hardy Plant Society

January 24, 2015: Janet in Porter County, IN

January 31, 2015, Janet in Detroit, MI hosted by Detroit Garden Center

May 16, 2015: South Lyon, MI

June 27, 2015: Champaign, IL

November 7, 2015: Cuyahoga County, OH

Watch this calendar for upcoming details