Evenings in the Garden

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Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes for beginner and experienced gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, and outdoor enthusiasts - taught by favorite regional experts - held at the beautiful, historic Tollgate Farm.

28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377

For more information and to register, click Evenings in the Garden.

Advance registration is required. 
Space is limited - please register early.

Questions? Contact: S. K. Rosina Newton, newtons5@msu.edu, 248-347-0269 ext. 229

Evenings in the Garden - Spring 2017 Series


Saturday, April 15 – Two Special Events in One Day!

Pruning Trees and Shrubs with Janet Macunovich
Sign up for the first class only, or both segments. Each segment is $20.

Early spring is the time to take charge of your plants, and these two events are a great way to learn with an expert.

Morning class: 9 – 11 am – The first class is a two-hour presentation in our Conference Center, covering the basics of pruning. - $20

Afternoon workshop: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – The second two-hour segment is outdoors on the grounds of Tollgate – a hands-on workshop led by Janet. - $20

Please note: The afternoon workshop is only available to those who attend the morning class, and limited to the first 20 to register.


Thursday, April 27 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Jan Bills - How to Garden with Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity


Learn how to garden for all seasons beginning with basic design principles, sustainable gardening tips, and right plant/right place concepts. Enjoy interesting, invigorating, and FUN new approaches to gardening in 2017!


Thursday, May 11 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Dr. Dave Roberts – Ten Important Tree Problems in Michigan


Michigan’s trees are afflicted by a range of issues, from disease and pest problems to human-induced maladies such as herbicide toxicity and poor health care. Learn from Dr. Dave what’s wrong, and what’s not!


Thursday, May 25 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mary Gerstenberger - Container Gardening Workshop


We garden in containers for a variety of reasons – for beauty and out of necessity. This class will include a lecture and presentation, along with a tour of our Tollgate Enabling Garden, and a hands-on portion where you get to create your own container to take home!

A materials fee of $20 is included in the charge to cover the cost of pot, soil, and plants.


Thursday, June 8 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Dr. Robert Schutzki – How to Succeed in Landscape Planting


Even the best gardeners endure the grief of lost plants. In this class, we learn the necessary steps to creating a successful planting project, including plant selection, and proper planting techniques and care during the first few years of establishment.

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