Television personality Jamie Durie comes to Metro Detroit


Jamie Durie

On Saturday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., award-winning landscape designer Jamie Durie is appearing at the English Gardens store in Royal Oak, Michigan (4901 Coolidge Highway). Durie will share tips on creating a beautiful outdoor living space, answer questions and sign two of his books: “Edible Garden Designs” and “The Outdoor Room,” available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Register in-store or online at to reserve your seat.

An exclusive event will be held on Friday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for English Gardens Garden Club members. Customers can sign up for the Garden Club in-store or online to attend the exclusive event.

The author of ten best-selling books, Jamie Durie has hosted over 50 prime time design television shows, airing in over 30 countries. Durie was introduced to America by Oprah Winfrey in 2006 and since then has starred in “The Outdoor Room” on HGTV, hosted “The Victory Garden” (the longest-running gardening program on PBS), and won numerous awards for his television work. Today, he continues to work on design TV projects with the A&E Network on the FYI channel.

Northville Garden Walk: Wednesday, July 8

The Country Garden Club of Northville presents its 22nd Annual Northville Garden Walk on Wednesday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six private gardens will be open. Attendees will also enjoy garden/craft vendors at Mill Race Village, complementary homemade cookies and live music. The walk fee is $10 and proceeds support local, state & national non-profit organizations. For more information, visit

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Eradicated from Three Michigan Counties

hemlock-woolly-adelgidAccording to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has been eradicated from three counties across the state: two sites in Macomb County, two sites in Ottawa County, and multiple locations within Emmet County. HWA was first detected in Emmet County in 2006, then at the Macomb and Ottawa county sites in 2010.

The infestations were believed to have originated from hemlock nursery stock originating from HWA-infested areas of the U.S. The infested trees at each site were removed and destroyed. Nearby trees were treated with pesticides and surveyed annually over the course of at least three years.

HWA is a small, aphid-like insect that uses its long, siphoning mouthparts to extract sap from hemlock trees. Native to eastern Asia, HWA was discovered in Virginia in 1951, and has since spread over an area from Georgia to Maine, decimating hemlock stands.

Over 100 million hemlock trees are present in Michigan forests, providing valuable habitat for a diversity of animals, including birds, deer, and fish. These trees are critical to the ecology and aesthetics of Michigan’s northern forests. Michigan law restricts the movement of hemlock into the state, and includes a complete ban on the movement of hemlock from infested areas.

Tree owners are asked to examine their hemlocks for the presence of white, cottony masses on the underside of branches where the needles attach. If you suspect HWA, contact MDARD immediately: email or call 800-292-3939.

For more information on the HWA quarantine or other exotic pests, go to

Look beyond your vegetable garden—a salad awaits you in the weeds

Watch this fun video featuring foraging expert Wildman Steve Brill touring New York’s Central Park in search of edible common weeds such as Garlic Mustard, Violet, Poor Man’s Pepper, Pennycress, Cattails, and more. Many of these weeds are native to Michigan as well.

MSU Expert may have found a cause for honeybee loss

The Detroit News:

A Michigan State University researcher may have found the key to the infiltration and destruction of the nation’s honeybee colonies.

It has to do with the invader’s stink. Specifically, the now-infamous Varroa mite uses a chemical camouflage to match its body odor — or something close to it — to its honeybee host. It even fine-tunes the formula to mimic the subtle differences of smell among bees in individual colonies.

“Honeybees rely a lot of on chemical communications,” said Zachary Huang, an MSU entomologist and lead author on a paper in the academic journal, Biology Letters, explaining the mite’s ability to deceive.

Read the full article here…

Check out Dr. Huang’s Bee blog here…