Here are ideas for adding educational components into your projects.
*Smart Gardening events / booth
*add native plants and informational signs
*add pollinator plants and informational signs
*Garden tours open to the public
*Invite boy scouts, girl scouts, 4-Hers and other children’s groups to work in your project
gardens with your MGs.
*Invite local garden clubs and senior groups to work with MGs in local projects
*Develop eco systems and provide information to the public
*Vegetable gardening with a community
There is a great article about Kalamazoo’s Giving Garden in the April 2017 MMGA
Activities chapters can do to provide horticulture education to community members -
*Smart Gardening events / booth
*Host an educational event open to the public such as a speaker
*signs about invasive plants along walking trails in your county
*Partner with groups like “The Stewardship Network”, local Conservation District, West MI
Conservation List or other environmental groups in your area.
*Mentor students taking Agricultural Science classes at high schools or local community
*Have a plant sale and incorporate a Smart Gardening booth and a speaker.
*Write articles for the local newspaper.
*Reprint Smart Gardening tip sheets in your local newspaper.
*Host a Smart Gardening event at a local community garden even if the garden isn’t your
*Host a Garlic Mustard Pull
Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Challenge
YouTube garlic mustard identification
Garlic mustard recipes
*Host a Woody Invasive Species event. This can be done with a city in your county and
possibly the local conservation district.
*Teach your members how to use the MISIN website, Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
Team up with community members using this network
and educate the community about invasive species and how to deal with them.
*If you are lucky enough to have a Nature Center in your area offer a walk to identify plants or
make it a game. See how many people or children can find all the listed plants and
flowers. Provide information about the listed plants.
*Donate a gardening book to each of the public libraries in your county. Give a small
presentation [invite community members] about the topic of the book at the library the
day you donate it.
*Smart Gardening booth at garden centers - host a SG booth event in combination with a
garden center. Example, information about vegetables when they are promoting their spring
Ways to provide your local chapter members with science based horticulture education -
*The Speaker’s Bureau on the Michigan Master Gardener Association, Inc. Website
*Webinars on the VMS
*All Bugs Good and Bad webinars
*Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
*MSUE Smart Gardening website,
*Events calendar [MMGA website]
Many local associations around the state offer great all day events with several speakers
during the day. These events are a great way for MGs to earn MG educational credits.
consider offering a scholarship(s) to your local member(s) to attend MG College or other
“Extension Master Gardener programs educate people, engaging them in learning to
use unbiased, research-based horticulture and gardening practices through a network
of trained volunteers directed and supported by land-grant university faculty and staff.”
MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Mission
“The mission of the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to further the landgrant
university goal of disseminating scientifically based information via a network of
trained volunteers who receive support and guidance from MSU Extension
specialists and educators in providing Michigan residents with the most current and
environmentally sound horticulture information.”