Jamie Durie brings his high-energy gardening style to Michigan

durie-may-14Wojo’s Greenhouse in Ortonville, Michigan is celebrating spring with a special guest appearance by Jamie Durie on Sunday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. at Wojo’s Greenhouse (2570 Oakwood Road Ortonville, MI 48462).

At Jamie’s high-energy presentation, he shares his international award-winning design philosophy with everyone from budding gardeners to new homeowners to the seasoned gardener. Using hand-picked and proven plants, he will show you how to create a garden oasis out of any space.

Durie was a regular on the Oprah Winfrey show for 3 years and credits Ms. Winfrey with his introduction to America. He has designed international resorts and took home the prestigious Gold Medal Award at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show. The author of 9 books, he will be available for complimentary autographs of his latest book, “Edible Garden Design,” where he inspires new ideas to help make your garden look as good as it tastes.

The event includes a presentation and book signing. Admission: $20, which includes a $10 Wojo’s gift card. Space is limited. Please call 248-627-6498 to register or click here.

Bitter cold winter has caused frost cracks to develop in trees

A popular topic these days is our record challenging winter here in Michigan. Many of you may have noticed the cracks that have developed on certain trees like sycamores and London planes as a result of the recent frigid temperatures. We recently read about Evanston, IL where the city removed over 60 trees that it felt had become hazardous as a result of cracking. Bob Bricault from the MSU Extension recently wrote on the topic:

Subzero weather is hardly anyone’s favorite time to look for problems in the landscape. Often we do not see damage that happens over winter until spring. Below zero temperatures can create some unique problems for landscape plants. One such problem, frost cracks, can permanently damage trees. Very low temperatures in Michigan this winter have left some trees with vertical cracks. These longitudinal openings referred to as frost cracks can extend deep into the wood of the tree. Certain trees tend to be more prone to this disorder. Most commonly it is seen in sycamores, but it also occurs in maples, apples, cherries, horse chestnuts, lindens, walnuts and willows.

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Great Dixter’s Fergus Garrett comes to Metro Detroit

Fergus Garrett, the Head Gardener at the England’s world-famous Great Dixter, presents “Designing with Plants” on Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Goldner Walsh Garden & Home in Pontiac, MI.

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter is a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalists from across the world. Great Dixter’s gardens are as vital and inspiring as ever. They flourish under the guidance of Fergus as he continues in Christopher Lloyd’s spirit of challenge and creativity. His presentation will feature breathtaking images of these well-known and well-loved gardens. He will illustrate the professional techniques he uses to ensure the success of this magnificent garden, and will share some of his best methods that we can employ here in Michigan.

The lecture is $30 per person. Space is limited; call 248-332-6430 to register. Book signing to follow.

Naturalizing the Home Garden: A Native Garden Design Workshop for Beginners

Friends of the Rouge and the Alliance of Rouge Communities have organized native garden design workshops in metropolitan Detroit to educate residents about the ecological and economic benefits of gardening with native wildflowers and grasses.

The leading source of pollution in the Rouge River is contaminated stormwater. The quantity of rainwater that rushes to the river during every rain event wreaks havoc on the river system and undermines the great work that has been done to improve water quality. When the river rapidly rises, stream banks are stripped of vegetation and sediment enters the water. This clogs the gills of fish and insect larva the fish feed on.

Watershed residents can easily reduce the amount of rainwater that leaves their property by creating attractive native gardens that are strategically placed to absorb rain water.

Workshop dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, March 5, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 5 Mile Road, Livonia
  • Monday, March 31, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
  • Tuesday, April 15, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights

Optional expert assistance is available for a limited number of workshop attendees immediately following the workshop. Interested persons are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Registration is required for expert assistance. Information and registration is available online or by calling 313-792-9621.

NASA working on growing a moon garden

While catching up on some recent stories, this one caught our eye:

Gardens on the moon. It sounds like a particularly whimsical children’s book. But if NASA has its way, it might become more than a fantasy story. The space agency revealed plans this past week to grow a series of plants on the moon: basil, turnips and a little white flowered planet called Arabidopsis.

Read or listen to the full story on NPR.org…