MGANM to present Plant it Wild’s Cheryl Gross

TRAVERSE CITY — The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) will present an evening of “Landscape Design With Native Plants” with Cheryl Gross from Plant It Wild at 6:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Boardman River Nature Preserve, located at 1450 Cass Road in Traverse City.

Gross will use her knowledge to teach attendees how to integrate native plants into one’s landscape and explain why it’s important to do so.

Refreshments are served at 6 p.m., followed by the program.

The native plant movement has moved from “it is a good idea” to match the plant to the soil and climate 10 years ago to “native plants are essential” to support pollinators in native ecosystems to support insects, birds and wildlife today. This leap forward represents the research ongoing at MSU, across the US and the globe. The presentation will cover plants in different plant communities and ways to add value and diversity to your home landscape.

Gross is an Advanced Master Gardener and has been the Editor/Team Leader of the Real Dirt (Master Gardener newsletter) since 2013. Gross was in the 2011 Master Gardener Training class and was awarded Master Gardener of the Year for Benzie County in 2012 and 2014. In addition to the MGANM, she has been active in Plant It Wild, a Michigan native plant club, since the fall of 2007, and is currently serving as the PIW President.

Plant It Wild is a native plant group based in Benzie and Manistee counties. They offer educational materials and events on native plants. Their volunteers work to preserve, protect and promote native plant species’ usage in home gardens and landscapes as a low maintenance and ecologically responsible solution to plant selection.

The mission of the MGANM is to further the horticultural educational activities of MSU Extension and provide horticultural knowledge and experience to members, enabling them to share this knowledge with others through hardening projects, educational programs and activities. Meetings are open to the public. A donation from non-members is appreciated. Attendance earns credits toward Master Gardener volunteer and educational hours.

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