Become a Master Gardener in Oakland County

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!

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Secrets of Late Winter Cedar Swamps

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Dismal, dreary, forbidding, impassable, impenetrable and treacherous. Those words have all been used to describe swamps. Just say the word “swamp” and the first image some conjure up is a muddy mire “infested” with mosquitos, alligators and snakes: a wetland that must be drained to make it safe for humans. However, swamps are in many ways like giant sponges that hold water, replenish aquifers, sustain life and keep our landscape healthy.

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Dog Day Cicadas!

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Cicadas! That’s what the buzz is all about. They are enriching the parklands and treed urban streets with shrill buzzing, perhaps best described akin to miniature chain saws that run fast and loud  for a few seconds — and then slowly grind to a stop. The dog-day Cicadas have emerged. They may be mostly out of sight, but they are certainly not out of mind.

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Attend Gardening and All That Jazz – Adding Pizazz to YOUR Garden!

Flower flowerbeds in the park.

Now that 40 degree temps are finally on their way out and spring is here to stay, we’re more than excited to get outside and start working on and in our gardens. The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc. is ready to help you make your gardening dreams a reality. Tickets are now on sale for an all day seminar that promises to be chock-full of ideas to help bring your garden to life. The event is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, April 23rd. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the seminar goes from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Continue reading