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Evenings in the Garden at MSU Tollgate
Published: 9/23/2021
Evenings in the Garden at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center is a lecture series on a wide range of gardening and environmental topics hosted by regional experts.

Cost is $35 per session or $130 for the entire series. Sessions take place on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm.

Preregistration required here.

October 7: Eric Kampe - Seed Saving and Plant Genetics
Eric Kampe is one of the five farmer/owners of the Green Things Farm Collective, an organic no-till farm out-side of Ann Arbor. Together they grow organic produce, cut flowers, save seeds, and raise a small herd of beef cattle. Eric will share his experiences as a small farm seed saver since 2007. He will describe why seed saving is important, how the bigger seed saving industry is set up, and the unique value a small farm or gar-den seed saver provides. We'll go into practical detail about saving seeds for specific crops. He is also happy to share his experiences with collaborative farming and organic no-till soil management.

October 28: Jan Coppola Bills - Troubleshoot your Garden Woes with Two Women and a Hoe
Jan Coppola Bills is the author of Late Bloomer, a certified landscape designer, advanced master gardener and entrepreneur. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart: She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area landscape design company Two Women and a Hoe® ( This session provides you with the opportunity to submit your garden pictures (in advance) to be included in Jan's presentation. Come along as Jan addresses your garden woes and let us help you put your yard into working order for year to come.

November 4: Marc Boone - Pawpaw Tree Care
Marc Boone owns a two-acre orchard consisting of 300 pawpaw trees located near Ann Arbor Michigan. A hobbyist turned local expert by commitment to knowledge and pursuit of growing the perfect pawpaw. Join as Marc describes soil requirements, location selection, pollination and fruit, care and maintenance, and choosing quality plants. Whether grown for their flowers in spring of fruits in the fall, a pawpaw tree could be the perfect addition to your home landscape.

November 11: Mary Wilson - Garden Sized Trees and Shrubs for SE Michigan
Gardeners are often overwhelmed by the plethora of plants available online and at garden centers. Join Mary to explore an array of superior trees and shrubs that are adaptable to difficult conditions in our gardens. Ex-amine plants that perform well in sun/shade, wet/dry soils, clay/sand and are less prone to pest issues. Many of these options even sport ornamental features to add “bling” to our gardens. About the Speaker: Mary is a self-proclaimed plant nerd with a passion for woody plants. Mary recently retired from Michigan State University Extension after 35+ years working with green industry business and gardeners. For the past 12 years, Mary served as the State Leader for the Extension Master Gardener Program.