All About Natives!

Need help deciding what native plants are best for your property? Then this presentation is for YOU!! Cheryl Gross, President of Plant It Wild, will give information about the benefits of ecological gardening with native plants and how best to incorporate them into your landscape based on your growing conditions. Also, a few ‘experts” will be on hand afterwards. 

Plant it Wild is a small, independent, non-profit centered in Benzie and Manistee Counties founded over 20 years ago. They offer educational Programs annually between May and September and host several field trips. Their mission is to promote the appreciation and protection of native plant communities in our region. Visit their Facebook Page PIW-Plant it Wild and website to learn more information about their organization.


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NEW DATE! Home Garden Restoration on a Shoestring

Have you ever wanted to transform your personal landscape to a pollinator garden, rain garden, or a meadow area to replace traditional landscapes? In this hands-on workshop, Sarah Pregitzer will demonstrate methods of propagating and planting natives that are cheap, easy and highly successful. She will talk about native seed collection and storage, site preparation, winter sowing and making seedballs. Participants will receive information and materials to begin their own native garden transformation.


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Payment is accepted the day of the event. (AFFEW Members $5/Non-members $10) Limited to 20 participants!

Seed Saving Workshop

Ann Gilchrist, local garden enthusiast, will be discussing the differences between GMO/bio-engineered, hybrid, organic and heirloom seeds. Participants will learn which garden vegetables are good candidates for seed saving and how to collect and store seeds for maximal germination. She will also be sharing information on collecting seeds from native plants and their germination requirements.

This session is FREE. Registration is required. Please call the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. Learn more about other free programs.