GLADWIN — The Gladwin County Master Gardeners are inviting everyone to join them at the Gladwin High School cafeteria on Thursday, April 22 for an evening of free education and entertainment. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees can visit vendors, receive freebies and refreshments.
This year is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The Gladwin County Master Gardeners are hosting a special evening of education, information, and fun. This annual event has grown so much in popularity, that it will be held in the Gladwin High School cafeteria. The “guru of gardening“, Michigan’s own Janet Macunovich will be the keynote speaker. She has a special slide presentation and years of knowledge to inspire us all with planting beautiful gardens and keeping our Earth healthy. This event is free to the public.
Plan to come out on Thursday evening, April 22 at 6 p.m. and meet our local vendors. There will be greenhouse supplies, garden art, bird houses, bird baths and more. Representatives will be on hand from Stone Cottage Gardens, Boy Scouts, Norwex and artists Jackie Gilliam, Bonnie Snider, and Sue Braun.
The Gladwin High School greenhouse program, with Mr. Donahue will also have a table to remind you to plan to buy your plants from the students on May 8. This year the students will be selling 32 varieties of heirloom vegetables and 40 types or perennial native plants, as well as past flower favorites. These students have worked hard to grow beautiful, healthy plants and will be wearing Earth Day T-Shirts at the event.
There will be door prizes, tree seedlings compliments of the Gladwin Soil District and various kinds of bulbs to give away, as well as refreshments. The Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and will set up various displays and literature. There will information regarding the 2010 Garden Tour to be held on July 31, and handmade pavers for sale.
The 37 members of the Gladwin Master Gardeners take care of twenty-one different public gardens. Last year they volunteered over1,800 hours to beautify our county, up 400 hours from the previous year. This active group has also logged 800 hours of extra education to give back to the community. So next time you see one of the Master Gardeners working in a garden, stop and say thanks or honk your horn to let them know you appreciate what they do.
At 7 p.m., noted author and garden designer Janet Macunovich will begin her power point presentation sharing ideas for planning and renovating gardens. Janet is the author of nine books, hundreds of articles, and was involved with the formation of the Michigan School of Gardening (1996-2008). She and husband Steven Nikkila own Perennial Favorites, a garden and landscape design and maintenance firm. They have worked together and photographed many of their projects to share with other gardeners.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Earth Day 2010, and a free evening of learning with the Gladwin Master Gardeners on April 22.