Think spring with gardening eventsPublished 10:45pm Monday, February 27, 2012
You know it’s springtime in Niles when gardening events start popping up. They are in full swing in March.
Library Garden Party March 10
The Niles District Library’s annual Garden Party will take place 10 a.m. Friday March 10 with lectures all day.
The ninth annual event features several master gardeners presenting on a variety of gardening topics and trends.
Here is a schedule:
10 a.m. — John Mishler, master gardener with McNeilus Nursery in Niles, on the “3 P’s of Basic Landscaping: Purpose, plants and placement”
11:30 a.m. — Janean Danca, advance master gardener with StoneCrest Landscapes in Mattawan, on “Invasive Garden Plants”
2 p.m. — Janean Danca on “Woody Ornamentals: Planting and Pruning”
3:30 p.m. — Greg Leyes, lawn and garden expert with Ginger Valley and local television personality, on “Container Gardening”
Fernwood’s Spring Garden Symposium
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve has announced its lineup of speakers for its annual Spring Garden Symposium March 24.
Janet Marinelli is the principal of Blue Crocus Consulting, providing services to public gardens around the world. A former director of interpretation and publishing at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Marinelli has been at the forefront of the sustainability revolution that is changing landscaping. She has written three books and is a columnist for Public Garden magazine.
Bob Hyland is a plantsman who has spent 25 years at public gardens, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden and Longwood Gardens. He owns a design and consulting business in Portland and has designed public and private gardens, including Martha Stewart’s.
Landscape artist Gary Smith blends artistry with sustainability. Author, artist and landscape architect, Smith celebrates the connections between people and plants.
The symposium qualifies for three Michigan Master Gardener continuing education credits. The fee is $120 or $100 for Fernwood members with lunch included. Register by March 22.
Niles Community Gardens Kickoff
The Niles Community Gardens’ third season will kick off March 24. The event will take place 10 a.m. to noon at the Niles Fire Station. A fruit breakfast will be provided with yogurt and coffee.