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Master Gardener Class offered in Escanaba

Monica Jean, the MSU field crops educator at center, teaches soil science to Extension Master Gardener trainees, from left, Stacy Harrison, Debbie Kuehl, Morgan Debalek, Gloria Kivi, Dianna Lawson, Nick Chenier and Kathleen Porter.
(Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension photos) A MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Extension’s Master Gardener training class in full swing in Escanaba. Brian Black, biology and environmental science instructor at Bay College, shows Extension Master Gardener trainees Dianna Lawson, Kathleen Porter, Terri Peters and Debbie Kuehl an invasive species.

Escanaba — Fall is here and the gardening season may be wrapping up, but a number of Delta, Dickinson, Menominee and Schoolcraft residents are still “thinking” gardening by participating in the Michigan Extension Master Gardener class.

Learning about various gardening topics, experiencing local horticulture via field trips, and engaging in hands-on workshops, these students from multiple generations are sharing their gardening passion and interests.

The class meets from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesdays at Bay College main campus. Optional field trips meet before the classes begin. Visited locations included guided tours of the Michigan State University Biomass Research Center, Upper Peninsula’s Research and Extension Center’s North Farm, Bay College’s biology greenhouse, the Escanaba Community Garden, Chenier’s Greenhouse, and the Serenity Garden.

Participants have learned about soils, water quality, plant science, integrated pest management, lawns, woody ornamentals, and annuals and perennials as they relate to gardening. Taught by an MSU educator or specialist or an Upper Peninsula topic specialist, each week features a different speaker and activity.

To learn more about the Michigan Extension Master Gardener program, go to https://www.canr.msu.edu/master_gardener_volunteer_program/ or contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, Upper Peninsula Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, at kransr@msu.edu or 906-875-0606.

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