Whether you’re a gardening pro or have newly grown a green thumb, this program is for anyone who is eager to participate and share gardening best practices!
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is accepting applicants until August 11th to participate in the training classes for the Extension Master Gardener Program Waterford (Oakland County) that runs from August 17th to December 7th. Join a community of over 560 Oakland County volunteers all while expanding your knowledge in ways to care for your lawn, trees, flowers, and more!
On May 23rd, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners showcased county government in action to area high school students during their annual Youth in Government Day. Civic engagement was the priority for the day as students engaged in critical thinking exercises and learned about the different departments in county government and how they support the community.
The event, which drew more than 100 high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, a courtroom visit, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens. Continue reading
Are you thinking spring? Even though the weather hasn’t been cooperating, you can still start planning your dream gardening project. Visit one of Oakland County’s 22 greenhouses and nurseries now to get help from the experts and choose from thousands of different plants, flowers, and trees that will inspire your garden oasis. Attend a workshop or chat with a Master Gardener for help with ideas, colors, annuals, perennials, organic gardening, pests, and more.
With so many area greenhouses and nurseries to nurture your green thumb this season, you’ll find our interactive map, complete with over 20 countywide locations, fun and easy to use. Simply find your location and click on the nearest green floral icon to reveal the name and address of the nursery located there. Do you prefer to view a list? Check out our Oakland County Nurseries and Greenhouses page.
In addition to a plentiful range of nursery information, our gardening map can help you select the most suitable plants for your microclimate. Before you head to the nursery, click on your location on the map to reveal the USDA hardiness zone.
We can’t wait until the weather breaks so we can get started. Happy planning and hopefully, planting soon!
Make the most of the spring season in Oakland County by visiting our website for more news and events. Follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest using #OaklandCounty.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has partnered with the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI for the 6th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. GreenFest is as a zoo-wide event dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and a wonderful way to engage the community in environmental stewardship.
On April 14, GreenFest will feature a sustainability tour of the Detroit Zoo’s anaerobic digester that annually converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo’s animal hospital, educational rain gardens, farm-to-table food options, a composting program, and other initiatives. They will have myriad activities such as chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, opportunities to create window decals to prevent bird strikes, and much more. A 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the SmartFlower™ will be featured blooming in the zoo’s garden just east of their Carousel. The system is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will power the 36-foot ride as well as other areas of the Detroit Zoo.
This coming May, high school students from across Oakland County will participate in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ annual Youth in Government Day. The event focuses on encouraging young people to better understand, engage with, and participate in local government. Eligible students will even have the opportunity to register to vote!
Following in the footsteps of last year’s successful event, Youth in Government Day will once again focus on two important aspects of helping Oakland County students become more active, informed, and influential citizens: critical thinking and developing a broader understanding of the many ways local government impacts daily life.
Take a look at our video for a preview of what students can expect to see and do: