Articles in the March 2015 Issue:

Sunken History and Maritime Treasures:
Marine Artist Robert McGreevy Receives Honor
A Great Lakes Sailor:
Sailor Mike Quinn Part 1
Garden Guidance:
Gardening Conference and Yard and Garden Expo
March Events
Smile Awhile:
Advice From an Old Farmer
Lake Huron Update:
Lake Level Above Long-Term Average
Where In America Are You?:
Where in America Are You?
Schools of Yesteryear:
Bloomfield No. 5 - Swayze School - Part 4
The Doctor's Corner:
91 Things
Healing From the Roots Up:
Cancer - Part Five: Faith in Your Healing
Legally Speaking:
Protecting Children
A Peek at the Past:
Dionne Quintuplets
Thumb Rails:
Thumb Depots: History of the Capac Depot - Part 4
The Way it Was:
...Remembering the Doctors Who Made House Calls
Guardians of Freedom:
Robert L. Tschirhart in World War II - Part 4
Capitol Reef National Park - Where Rocks and Fruit are the Stars
Travel Trivia:
TravelTrivia Question Of The Month
Countryside Yarns - Tall Tale or Truth? You Decide!:
The Great Starvation From the diary of Katie O’Connell... - Part 12
Helping to Secure Your Future:
Seniors: Helping Prevent Investment Fraud

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March 2015 > Garden Guidance

Gardening Conference and Yard and Garden Expo

Author Info:

Carol Holtrop
Master Gardener Program

Articles by Carol Holtrop

The Master Gardeners of Huron County are offering their thirteenth annual Spring Into Gardening Conference and Yard & Garden Expo on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Bad Axe. These events are open to all; you do not need to be a Master Gardener to attend.

This event is really two events in one! The day-long conference brings together four wonderful speakers, great topics, a delicious catered lunch, free goodie bags, and door prize drawings. The Yard & Garden Expo is a trade show open to the general public with many and varied exhibitors.

The conference’s sessions include Stacey Hirvela of Spring Meadows Nursery, who will share how to “Prune Like a Pro” on almost any plant and “Demystifying Hydrangeas” so you can have the most beautiful hydrangeas blooming in your yard. Tom Conklin and Joyce Latta from Walnut Hill Farm will share their expertise on growing hardy roses with herbs in Michigan. For those of us who know there are more things growing in our yards besides the flowers and vegetables, Elly Maxwell of Dow Gardens will provide us with her perspective on “A Balanced Backyard,” letting us know why and how insects are the backbone of our yards. She will also cover birds to bees to butterflies with “Pollinator Gardens.”

A wonderful catered lunch will satisfy class participants’ hunger for delicious food. While enjoying several breaks, they will have time to examine all the material in their goodie bag.  Items in it are provided by area businesses and horticulture companies across the country.

Advance registration for the conference is $50 per person, which includes all classes, catered lunch, refreshments, door prizes, goodie bag, and the Yard & Garden Expo. Registrations received after March 6 will be $60 per person. To register, make your check payable to Huron County Master Gardeners and mail to: Master Gardener Program, c/o Carol Holtrop, 144 Hartshorn Street, Bad Axe, MI 48413.

The general public is invited to the accompanying Yard & Garden Expo. Yard and garden vendors will be selling and displaying their products and services. Admission to the Expo is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with an entry fee of just $1 for those over 12 years of age. Vendors are currently being sought. Those wishing to promote their products or services are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Don’t be disappointed; call early to receive pricing information and to reserve your space.

Anyone wanting a brochure with a map and more detailed information on the day’s program or an application for vendor space is invited to call Carol at 989-553-2992 or email Brochures and applications are available at the Master Gardener page at 

Upcoming Master Gardener Events:

March 28: Spring Into Gardening Conference and Yard & Garden Expo, K of C Hall, Bad Axe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 30: Perennial Plant Sale, Fairgrounds, Bad Axe

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