Genesee County Native Plant Society

Genesee County Native Plant Society The Genesee County Native Plant Society formerly The Flint River Wild Ones was formed in Jan. 2015 after the FRWO dechartered from the National Wild Ones.
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Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014 we are in suspension and in a de-charter process. Members currently of this chapter will be transferred under the national Wild Ones organization And operate under the by-laws of the national Wild Ones organization. Details: www.for-wild.org

Mission: Genesee County Native Plant Society promotes the use of native plants to heal the land and people. We do not promote the use of GMO's or harmful chemicals. We are an informal group responding to a need in our community, please join us and share in the discussion. Post your program and seek the truth.

Operating as usual

From: East Michigan Native Plants, LLC, Durand, MI Self-Guided Winter Walks: This Michigan native evergreen stands tall ...
12/22/2020

From: East Michigan Native Plants, LLC, Durand, MI

Self-Guided Winter Walks: This Michigan native evergreen stands tall in December's bare deciduous forests! It is one of our tallest trees, providing shelter to wildlife all year long! It is considered a 'soft pine' because it has 5 needles per fascicle, or bundle, which leads to this stately tree's soft, 'whispy' appearance. Michigan's State Tree, this species was especially important to Michigan's early timber industry.
#SelfGuidedWinterWalks
#WhitePine #Pinusstrobus
#EastMichiganNativePlants
More information:
https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=PIST&fbclid=IwAR1Hro5fdvL88K84_1yeeflw3DtzUzJrhGedj1m5BY6F5zYvjBKqKDej5iI
https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/eastern-white-pine?fbclid=IwAR2O0Hn6hSAp5IP6XtkdoLdJ6CCtGgwRlxLoZTpg7f1XVwMpxoJ_jU_frf4
https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm...
Location: Flushing River Trail, Flushing, MI.

Self-Guided Winter Walks: This Michigan native evergreen stands tall in December's bare deciduous forests! The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is one of our tallest trees, providing shelter to wildlife all year long! It is considered a 'soft pine' because it has 5 needles per fascicle, or bundle, which leads to this stately tree's soft, 'whispy' appearance. Michigan's State Tree, this species was especially important to Michigan's early timber industry.

#SelfGuidedWinterWalks
#WhitePine #Pinusstrobus
#EastMichiganNativePlants

More information:
https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=PIST

https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/eastern-white-pine

https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=903

Location: Flushing River Trail, Flushing, MI.

Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course - Genesee and Wayne CountiesWelcome!We're pleased you are interested i...
12/20/2020
Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course - Genesee and Wayne Counties

Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course - Genesee and Wayne Counties
Welcome!

We're pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. Details for this 14-week training site are:

Location: Online (see technology requirements below)

When: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 6 - June 12, 2021
Last class Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 5:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
June 26, 2021 (makeup date if needed)
(Class will not be held on April 2, May 28, and June 19)

Course Fee: $325 - includes All background check and training course expenses including a 1,000-page training manual. There are no other out-of-pocket costs.

Payments: Credit card (preferred) or check.

Deadlines: Application due: Feb. 26, 2021
Payment by check: Feb. 12, 2021
Payment by credit card: Feb. 26, 2021

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About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course and Volunteer Service

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich lives.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants, and gardening practices to protect water resources.

Training Course Format: Winter and spring 2021 training courses will be offered online via Zoom and the MSU learning course management system known as Desire to Learn. Participants will be provided detailed instructions on how to effectively utilize both technologies prior to the first class start date.

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendations for the optimal interactive online learning experience:
* A computer, laptop, or tablet with the latest version of your browser
* A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
* Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
* Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
* Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Attendance Commitment: Participants must commit to attending all the live online training classes. If a schedule conflict occurs, the participant may only miss two online live classes. However, these must be made up by attending a lecture on the same topic offered through another concurrent EMG training course. Upon coordinator approval, viewing available recorded sessions is another makeup option but is less engaging for course participants.

Training Commitment: Participants must commit to completing all open-book testing documents (weekly quizzes and final) with a minimum score of 80% on each quiz and final.

An Opportunity to Serve: After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete and report 40 hours of pre-approved horticulture-related service within one year of the last class date to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training. Examples of volunteer projects and service may include:
- Working with students to design an elementary school garden.
- Creating a hands-on horticulture therapy program at a senior center or facility for individuals with cognitive impairments.
- Helping and educating a neighborhood association to create an urban garden.
- Assisting with the MSU Extension State Lawn and Garden Hotline or Ask an Expert.
- Developing and supporting educational display gardens.
- Teaching gardening classes.
- Providing technical assistance to community members establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.
- Mentoring teachers in outdoor and indoor classrooms using gardening curricula.
- Sharing science-based information on environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community outreach events.

After the initial certifying year, EMGs are required to annually complete and report 10 education and 20 volunteer hours as well as complete a 3-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee) to maintain certification.

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The Volunteer Selection Process (VSP)

As an MSU Extension Master Gardener, you will be representing Michigan State University. To ensure the safety of our volunteers and public contacts, we require all applicants to complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process (VSP) in conjunction with the Extension Master Gardener Training Course application. Upon successful completion of the Volunteer Selection Process, EMG Training Course application, and receipt of payment in full, you will then be formally enrolled in the Extension Master Gardener Training Course.
Complete the confidential four-step online Volunteer Selection Process at https://msu.samaritan.com/custom/502/volunteer_home

1.) MSU Volunteer Application - Under Program Areas, click on the Extension Master Gardener Program, and complete the application. Note the specific instructions below. (These steps are very important to ensure your application is correctly processed.)
a. Type of Volunteer: "Gold"
b. Program: "Extension Master Gardener"
c. Are you currently a re-certified Extension Master Gardener - "No" (you will then be directed to the VSP Extension Master Gardener Program application)

2.) References - Within 5 days of submitting the volunteer application, please provide information for five non-family members. While MSU Extension requires only three completed references, requesting references from five individuals may help expedite the process in case one or more of your references are not able to respond promptly. Persons providing references must be 18 years or older and should not include family members, partners, significant others, etc. You will be required to provide:
a. Name of reference
b. Email address
c. Phone number

3.) Personal criminal history background check - You will be asked to provide your social security number and date of birth so the following can be completed:
a. National background check
b. State criminal history background check
c. Check against the Sex Offenders Registry

4.) An Interview - Conducted by Extension Staff and will cover your interests, talents as well as your fit with the Extension Master Gardener Program

The volunteer application, references, and personal criminal history background check must be completed by to the registration deadline.
Steps 1 - 3 must be completed within 14 days of your registration. If you register for the training within 14 days of the registration deadline, steps 1 - 3 must be completed by the registration deadline.

After successful completion of steps 1-3, you will then be contacted by local MSU Extension staff to set up an interview (step 4) about your potential involvement in the Program. Upon successful completion of all four steps of the VSP and receipt of payment in full, you will then be formally enrolled in the Extension Master Gardener training course.
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Scholarships:

- Partial scholarships may be available. No full scholarships are provided.
- If interested in a partial scholarship, you must complete both the online training course application AND the scholarship application. Each application is a separate process.
- The Volunteer Selection Process and the training course and scholarship application processes must be successfully completed for a scholarship application to be considered.
- To ensure your seat is held during the scholarship application process, you must submit payment for the EMG Training Course.
- Scholarship applications will be reviewed and decisions made prior to the training course registration deadline.
- If approved for a partial scholarship, you will be notified of the amount and receive a refund for the scholarship amount.

Applications and Payments:
- Online applications must be completed by the registration deadline, February 26, 2021, or earlier.
- In the rare event that an application is accepted after the due date, an additional $25 fee will be assessed to cover the late application processing and the MSU Extension Master Gardener Training Manual shipping costs.
- Your training course seat is not reserved until payment in full is received and processed by MSU.
- Your application will be canceled if payment in full is not received within 10 days of your application submission. You have the option of canceling your MSU Extension Master Gardener training application at any time. Refunds will be issued per the Refund Policy.

Check Postmark Due Date: February 12, 2021
Credit Card Due Date: February 26, 2021

Refund Policy:
- A full refund, less a $35 processing fee will be issued for any application canceled prior to registration closing.
- No refund will be issued for any application canceled after the application closes.
- No refund will be issued for any application canceled after the training course has started. - The MSU Extension Master Gardener Training Manual is for certified Extension Master Gardeners. Should you choose to not complete the training course, it is expected that the training manual is returned in good condition.

Training Course Cancellation Policy:
MSU Extension reserves the right to cancel any course if the minimum participant levels are not met. Registrants will receive a full refund as follows and may re-register for a future class:
- Credit card payments - a credit will be issued to your credit card for the amount paid.
- Payment by check - MSU will prepare and mail you a check for the amount paid. This process takes about two weeks after the refund has been requested.

Training Course Manual Pickup:

The EMG Training Course Manual is a comprehensive, 1000+ page manual. To maintain participant registration cost, we are currently asking participants to obtain their manual at a location(s) in Wayne, Genesee, Oakland, and Macomb Counties through curbside pickup. Location details will be determined at the close of registration and review of participants’ residence. Please contact the staff person below if you have questions or concerns.

Accommodations:
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible. Please indicate any accommodation requests within the application.

Volunteer Selection Process (VSP) Instructions
Application and registration for Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course - Genesee and Wayne Counties are open.

Application and registration close at 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2021.

There are 57 openings available.

Scholarship for Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course - Genesee and Wayne Counties is open.
- Scholarship closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2021.

Accommodations
Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information
For more information contact Deirdre Hope at [email protected] or Barslund Judd at [email protected].

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic to learn science based environmentally friendly gardening practices and share this knowledge with others to improve Michigan communities.

SAVE THE DATE!! - FOR THOSE INTERESTED!! - ;-)Join the 2021 Southwest Michigan Garden Party!Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m...
12/20/2020
Southwest Michigan Garden Party Programs

SAVE THE DATE!! - FOR THOSE INTERESTED!! - ;-)

Join the 2021 Southwest Michigan Garden Party!
Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. EST
January 11, 2021
February 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
Online via Zoom


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Join MSU Extension Horticulture staff Christopher Imler and Wrifton Graham and your fellow EMG volunteers for some casual camaraderie and exploration! These hour-long events will feature a time of sharing, the latest Extension Master Gardener news, and also a look at some beautiful public gardens. Packed with photos, you will be delighted and inspired by the presentations from Senior MSU Extension Horticulture Educator Rebecca Finneran.

TOPICS featured:
January 11: The beautiful and historic Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA.
February 8: A dazzling and renowned pleasure garden in the east known as Chanticleer, in Wayne, PA.
March 8: An amazing public garden closer to home - Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI.

Cost: FREE! All participants must register online in advance.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021

How to Connect: Registrants will receive an email message the day prior to the event which will contain the virtual event link and Zoom instructions. (Be sure to check your Inbox and Spam folders for this email.)

Technology Requirements: Below are a recommendation for the optimal interactive online learning experience:
* A computer, laptop, or tablet with the latest version of your browser
* A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
* Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USP plug-in
* Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in

First-time Zoom users: Never used Zoom before? No worries. Registrants will be emailed an overview of how to get started, complete with screenshots. Plus, there’s a helpline to contact if you encounter any difficulties.

Registration for Southwest Michigan Garden Party Programs is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 7, 2021.

There are 461 openings available.

For more information, contact Chris Imler at [email protected].

Join us for these fun and informative gardening sessions!

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(810) 762-0455

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Our Story

Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014 we are gathering in this space to promote the use of Native Plants in landscapes wild and maintained to help restore the eco system and to maintain healthy environments for people.

We were once part of a National Organization called Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and we were the Flint River chapter which is now de-chartered. Our numbers just grew too small but we still favor and support the movement and the National Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, ltd. Details: www.for-wild.org

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Davison Township! :-)
Saturday in Davison! Please invite your friends, wear masks and respect social distancing guidelines! Hope to see you there! #GrowSomethingBeautiful
Please join us in our new group 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/229731718041473/
Two opportunities to pick up some native plants this week! Saturday, August 3rd from 10 am -2 pm, we will be with the Flushing Township Nature Park staff at the Flushing Township Hall! 50% of proceeds go to our host organization!
Two opportunities to pick up some native plants this week! Thursday, August 1st from 5-8 pm, we will be with the Fenton City Beautification Committee at the Fenton Farmer's Market! 50% of proceeds go to our host organization!
Davison Farmers Market - Saturday, June 23 and June 30! :-)