No Restriction in Travel

Susan Betz
Fresh Start Herbs
1477 East Hastings Lake Rd.
Jonesville, MI 49250(517) 849-2470
(517) 212-6032 cell
Preferred method of contact:  any of the above
Amount I charge: $500.00 & up - sometimes, depends on the group.  
Travel: I travel all over the US and Canada, again depends on the organization.

Presentation Topics:

Herbs for Pleasure and Purpose -
Pretty and practical plants, herbs are very adept at multi-tasking in and out of the garden.  Whether tucked in a pot or planted in a plot herbs bring a spirit of creativity and comfortable sense of connections to the natural world.  Growing herbs contributes to the development of sustainable natural communities by attracting beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife.  Easy to grow, they are useful for crafting highly personal landscapes or gardens in keeping with family interests, health needs and hobbies.  Their ornamental attributes and fragrant foliage blend artfully with annuals, biennials and perennials to create lovely high performance landscapes.  Susan’s presentation will cover the fundamentals of choosing herbs that blend with and complement your lifestyle and home landscape.  Choosing the right plant, for the right place and the right person.

Thymely Tips and Sage Advice -
Herbs serve a multitude of household uses.  This presentation will focus on drying, freezing and storing your herbal harvest for future use.  Learn how to make herb seasonings, vinegars, drinks, fragrant potpourris and natural cleaning products.  Samples and recipe handouts will be included in the presentation.  

Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles
Mother Nature keeps a date book, an exciting schedule of mysterious and magical events unfolding daily in our backyards and beyond.  She does not want you to wait for an invitation or schedule an appointment; she is ready and willing to entertain and educate on a moment’s notice.  Phenology is the study of the timing of natural periodic events in the plant and animal world influenced by the local environment, especially weather, American Indians’ daily tasks, economy and celebrations.  Their knowledge of “nature’s calendar” kept them in harmony with the natural world.  Magical Moons and Seasonal Circles follows nature’s annual cycles according to Algonquin full moon names, demonstrating how seasonal weather patterns and climate effect the ice cycles and interactions of common native plants, animals and insects living in our backyards and local communities.  Based on my book: Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles Stop-Look-Listen Stepping into the Circles of the Seasons.

Native Treasures:  Tales from The Plant Kingdom
Prairies and savannas are a rare and unique part of Michigan’s natural legacy.  Up until the 1800’s they represented two of the most significant plant communities occupying lower portionsof south central Michigan.  Today these dynamic and varied communities have nearly vanished (less than 1% remain) along with the numerous species that rely on the habitats they provide.  Susan has been working with pubic and private conservation groups, volunteer and students to restore and preserve the Hastings Lake Fen and Oak Savanna located in Hillsdale County, Michigan.  Her presentation chronicles the process of restoring a natural landscape.  The steps taken to remove invasive species, harvest trees and carry out a prescribed fire will be presented.  The native plants, insects and wildlife that have developed and co-evolved over centuries within this ecosystem play the starring roles in this exciting tale of restoration, preservation and celebration.  

GreenBridges: Safe Passages for Plants and Pollinators
A family friendly program created by the members of the Herb Society of America to help develop a nationwide web of green corridors to increase the number of avenues through which pollinators may safely and successfully travel from one plant population to another to increase and protect the genetic diversity of our native plants.  GreenBridges gardens serve as corridors for the safe movement of birds, bees, and butterflies that are pollinators for native herbs.  The program provides encouragement and support for gardeners who want to connect more closely with our environment and each other.  I am chairperson for the HSA program.

Gardening Education:
Susan Betz is a charter member and past president of the Michigan Herb Associates, founded in 1987 to educate the public about the joy of growing and using herbs.  She has been actively involved with community and youth herb gardening projects for the past 30 years and the Michigan State Master Gardener program for over 25 years.  She worked at Slayton Arboretum as Education and Outreach Coordinator.  Susan has been a member of the Herb Society of America for thirty years, and served on The Society’s board as Education Chair.  She is the past owner of a Michigan herb shop.  Susan is a member of the International herb Association, Garden Writers Association and the Ecological Landscape Alliance.  She serves on The HSA’s Native Herb Conservation Committee and Green Bridges, the Society’s sustainable garden initiative.  She is currently working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and conservation groups to document and preserve the native plants and animals in the Hasting Lake Prairie Fen & Oak Savanna located on her property in Jonesville, Michigan.  Author of the book Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles Stop-Look_Listen Stepping into the Circles of the Seasons.


Jan Bills
Email Address
Business Phone: 248-891-0548
Mobile Phone: 248-891-0548
Best Way to Contact Me: Email, Business Phone

Topics I Speak About: 

Sustainable gardening for the homeowner
Favorite ornamental plants
Garden design for the home gardener
Create winter interest in your gardens
Simplicity in the garden
Create beauty and harmony
Comfort and ease
Relaxation and letting go
Celebrate life with food from the soil

Gardening Education:  Certified Landscape Designer & Advanced Master Gardener

Gardening Experience: I own and operate Two Women and a Hoe, a boutique landscape company in Royal Oak, Michigan. I have 28 years of experience and have toiled in thousands of gardens; I know what works and what does not! And I have many (hands-on) dirty little secrets to share with my audiences.

Also, I am very excited to say I have my 'garden' book has been published!!

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Specialties: Sustainable gardening, designing, and maintenance

Amount I Charge: Varies on a case by case basis
Travel Restrictions: Unlimited

What Else Should We Know About You?: In 2006, I developed my business plan and strategy to exit corporate American. In 2008, I replaced my corporate high heels for Wellies and never looked back. Today, I am living my dream and mixing business with pleasure.

I am a professional gardener, business owner, and fun-loving speaker with hands on experience. I deliver practical gardening tips and solutions to my audiences. I have an engaging personality and passion for my work. And, a lot of energy! 


Mary Gerstenberger
21885 Dunham Rd., Suite 12
Clinton Twp., MI 48036

Business Phone: 586-469-6085
Mobile Phone: 586-596-4240
Best Way to Contact Me: Email

Topics I Speak About: 

Water Quality - An audience participation program on water in all of its aspects. Through visual aids and using volunteer participants, we explore the importance of water and the impact of human activity on it.

Backyard Composting - a PowerPoint presentation covering everything you need to know about backyard composting.

Container Gardening - A PowerPoint presentation on what you need to know to chose the correct type of plants and successfully design and grow a container garden. 

Basic Vegetable Gardening - A PowerPoint presentation on basic vegetable gardening from the ground up. What to consider for site location, vegetable growing requirements, choosing seeds or transplants, and more is covered in this presentation.

Community Gardens - This PowerPoint presentation covers all the basics on how to start or participate in a Community Garden.

Wetlands - A PowerPoint presentation on the types of wetlands in Michigan, the function they serve and how to protect them.

Children's Gardening - This PowerPoint presentation covers ideas for children's gardens, how to work with children and ideas for activities and gardening resources.

Gardening Education: I am a Master Gardener, Master Composter, have a B.S. in Biology, and have attended numerous classes in my position as Consumer Horticulture Coordinator for Macomb MSU Extension.

Gardening Experience: I have worked in various types of gardens from childhood on. I helped in establishing the Center Line Community Garden and serve as the Secretary.

Specialties: Water Quality, Vegetable Gardening, Community Gardening

Amount I Charge: Would appreciate the mileage cost being covered and if an overnight stay is required then the hotel cost as well.
Travel Restrictions: Unlimited

What Else Should We Know About You?: I have worked for MSU Extension in various capacities since 1997. My experiences with MSUE include working in 4-H, Environmental Education, and now Consumer Horticulture.



Cindy Klement
 2345 S. Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Business Phone: 734-975-2444 - Kimberly is my assistant.
Best Way to Contact Me: Email, Business Phone

Topics I Speak About: 

Herbal Medicine
Medicinal Properties of Plants
Health and Wellness

Gardening Education: Self-taught
Gardening Experience: Avid gardener for over 40 years
Specialties: Medicinal Plants

Amount I Charge: Depends on the length of the presentation
Travel Restrictions: Unlimited

What Else Should We Know About You?: I have been a professional herbalist for almost 35 years. My private practice has been in Ann Arbor's premiere holistic health medical building, The Parkway Center, for 25 years where I have worked with medical doctors' patients utilizing plant medicine. I teach Functional Medicine at Eastern Michigan University and a good part of that graduate-level course is on plant medicine - including herbs and essential oils. Please visit my website at and feel free to contact me with any questions. I have extensive experience with lecturing on medicinal plants.



Susan Martin
4211 DeFeyter St.
Holland, MI 49424
616-399-7868 [home]
616-886-6671 [cell]
Preferred contact method - email or home phone

Amount I charge:  $350 - $500 per presentation.  Package rates available or multiple talks per event.

Travel:  Susan is willing to travel anywhere someone hires her to go.  Travel expenses including transportation costs, mileage, and hotel are requested in addition to honorarium.

Presentation Topics:
Everything to do with perennials, garden design, marketing for retailers, general gardening topics.

Gardening Education:
Susan is a lifelong gardener.  Professional positions she has held in the industryinclude garden center retail, wholesale, merchandising garden design and installation, marketing sales, writing, speaking, and photography.  She also is a regular contributor to trade and consumer gardening magazines including Michigan Gardening for which she is a columnist.  

More about Susan:
Because of my diverse background, I understand the industry on many levels from the creation of new plants, through their production, sale, installation, and maintenance.  I specialize in perennials and have first-hand knowledge about new plants coming to market.  Gardening is both my job and my hobby.  I have spoken at many Master Gardener events in the Midwest.  I am interested in speaking for annual events and conferences rather than monthly meetings.  I am also a regularcontributor to trade and consumer magazines including Michigan Gardening for which I am a columnist.  


Kerry Ann Mendez


Email Address
7 Cambridge Court, Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Business Phone: 207-502-7228
Mobile Phone: 207-205-3359

Best Way to Contact Me: Email, Business Phone

Amount I Charge: Varies on a case by case basis
Travel Restrictions: Unlimited

Topics I Speak About:
Perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals, Shade gardening, Foliage plants, Garden Design, Sustainable flower gardening,
Garden maintenance, Right-Size Flower Gardens - exception plants and design solutions for time-pressed and aging gardeners

Gardening Education: 30 years of gardening. Awarded horticultural Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society;

Gardening Experience: *Prior Director of Marketing and perennial department as well as home consulting services for large, full service garden center in Upstate NY
*speaker for many Master Gardeners symposiums, horticultural societies, flower shows (Philadelphia, Chicago, etc.) and botanical gardens
*have written three top selling gardening books
*have taught the perennial section for Master Gardeners training programs
Specialties: low-maintenance, high impact flower gardening incorporating sustainable plants and practices

What Else Should We Know About You?: I love to speak to Master Gardeners and other passionate gardeners. I'm dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden designer, author and lecturer, I focus on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. I have been featured on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes & Gardens. I was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, an honorary medal presented to those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment. I've published three popular gardening books, the most recent The Right-Size Garden featuring exceptional plants, design solutions and sustainable practices for busy and aging gardeners. For more about me and my business Perennially Yours, please visit


Name: Jean Persely
Email Address
73881 Omo Rd, Armada MI 48005
Business Phone: 586-473-8182
Mobile Phone: 586-764-5956
Best Way to Contact Me: Email

Topics I Speak About: Check Jean's website for updates and upcoming programs. Follow BMO Logisitics-Garden on Facebook for upcoming programs.

The Best Garden is Next Year's Garden
Did your last garden fall short of your expectations? Interested in improving your existing garden? Adding a new garden? Let's discuss what you can do to make some improvements or create a new garden. Learn how to make your dream garden a reality. Watch as a new garden was installed. What should you consider when planning a garden? We will browse some plants with Right Plant, Right Place. No matter the season, it isn't too late to do something to start thinking about your next garden. 

Magical Monarchs
Monarchs are the most recognizable butterflies around. Their numbers have declined by 90% over the past 2 decades, and they need our help. Join us to learn about their annual migration, lifecycle, what you can do to help them, how to create a habitat, and how to rear them. Available as either a 1 hour or 1 ½ hour presentation. Further information on rearing is provided in the longer program.
LIVE SPECIMENS: Based on seasonal availability
MONARCH SHOP: Butterfly rearing supplies, including habitats; Monarch books; Monarch themed items; Milkweed based on seasonal availability. Payments processed via Square

Beckoning Butterflies
Children of all ages delight in flight of a butterfly! Do you enjoy seeing butterflies flittering about your yard? Have you wondered how to bring more of these winged jewels to your yard? Learn about the butterflies we can see in our area and how you can attract them to your gardens. 

Defining Your Canvas: Landscape Design
Join us as we explore the art of landscape design. Discover how to evaluate your site for your personal wants and needs while utilizing principles and elements of design. What are some things you need to consider when planning your design? What opportunities and limitations does your site pose? Scale, balance, line, color and texture are just a few topics we will delve into. Don't roll the dice on your landscaping. Learn how to invest your time in creating an aesthetically pleasing design that is practical for you and your site. 
OPTIONAL: Extra time may be added at the end of this program for attendees to work on their own designs.

Naturally Natives
Native plants have been all the rage recently. So, what's the buzz all about? What is a native? A nativar? What is the difference? Is one better than the other? Why are some of the plants my grandparents grew considered exotic? Should a garden be 100% native? Join us to explore more about Michigan native plants and why we want to grow them.

Pick a Pollinator!
We all love to love honey, but did you know that pollinators are more than just honey bees? Who else pollinates flowers? What food requires pollination? When you pick any one pollinator to focus on, they all win! Let's explore which pollinators like which plants as well as how and why we should create pollinator habitats.

Facebook Groups and Pages
Effectively communicate with your group, project, team, friends, family, etc. using groups and pages.
Learn how to create, set up, and manage a Facebook group and page. Learn how to determine the best choice for your needs. Learn how to use groups and pages features for your personal use.
This 2-hour program will include a hands-on portion. Bring your electronic device of choice to set up, establish, or just browse. The program will be centered around a computer - note that FB may appear different on a cell phone or tablet.
OPTIONAL: Chromebooks may be made available for attendees

Practical Pruning
Help, I inherited a poorly pruned plant! Now what? What tools do I need for which pruning job? What different types of pruning is there? Is there a right way and a wrong way to prune? Can I prune anything anytime I want to? Feeling overwhelmed with pruning info? Let's walk through the many options out there and narrow it down to what you will realistically do in your garden. 
OPTIONAL: Hand's-on demo on-site, based on site owner's approval.

Gardening Education: Jean took the Master Gardener course (Macomb County) in 2004, earning her MSUE MG and Advanced MG certificate soon afterwards. Jean is also an MSUE Master Composter. She was Macomb County Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year in 2006. Jean earned her Landscape Design Certificate from Macomb Community College in 2006.

Gardening Experience: Jean is a lifelong gardener who has created gardens in several states around the country - where ever she was living, she left a piece of beauty behind. She enjoys assisting others in finding and honing their passion for gardening. 

Jean was the first Vice-President of the Macomb County Master Gardener Association. She maintains their Facebook page. Jean has earned over 450 education hours and over 4,000 volunteer hours as of Dec 2017. 

Jean created, designed, installed, and coordinated an after-school youth gardening program at an elementary school for 5 years, which she built into a MI Junior MG program. Gardens included an alphabet garden; butterfly garden; Monarch waystation; edibles; and natives. The school garden was certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat.

Jean is currently the Vice-President of a 501(c)3 non-profit, local community garden (April Millsap Memorial Garden) that has been awarded the 2016 MSUE MG Extraordinary Project, 1st Place as well as 2016 Keep Michigan Beautiful President's Award. In addition, the garden is a Monarch Waystation, Wildlife Habitat and has several other certifications.

Specialties: Native plants, wildlife (birds, butterflies and pollinators) and design are Jean's gardening passions.

Amount I Charge: Varies; Email with the address and presentation topic for a proposal quote.

Travel Restrictions: Unlimited

What Else Should We Know About You?: Jean has lived in Michigan since 2003 with her husband and children. Having grown up Western Massachusetts (Zone 6a) and then living primarily in warmer climates (Zones 8a, 12b, 10a) she is thrilled to be back gardening in Zone 5b! Retail greenhouse/garden center and a working for grower started Jean's green industry career path in Michigan. Jean looks forward to meeting your group and sharing her knowledge and insights with you.


James Rizzo
1451 Odette
Hartland, MI 48353

(877) 632-5515
(810) 333-2553 [cell]
Preferred contact method:  email or cell phone

Amount I charge:  depends on location and there is a mileage fee

Presentation topics:  
Living Walls  
Vertical Gardening

Gardening Experience:  7 years Living Walls / Grow Roots.

More about James:  Bright Grow is a Michigan Manufacturer of Living Wall products.


Vincent Simeone
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Business Phone: 516-922-8601
Mobile Phone: 516-419-1769
Best Way to Contact: Email

Topics I Speak About:
*Garden Sustainability
*Trees and Shrubs
*Winter gardening
* Plant Selection
* General Woody Plant Maintenance and Pruning
* Four Season Gardening
* Integrated Pest Management
* Historic Landscape Preservation
* Garden Travel
* Public Garden Management
* Low Maintenance Gardening

integral part of our everyday lives and family. It can be a challenge
for gardeners to balance a healthy, safe and beautiful garden with the
needs of their pets. This lecture will focus on how to make your garden
safe and enjoyable for both your dogs (and cats) and their human
companions. Helpful ideas will be presented such as using safe, durable
surfaces and materials, reducing landscape wear and tear, avoiding toxic
plants, using containers effectively and even growing fruits, vegetables
and herbs that can be used as edible treats for your pets.

Gardening Education: AAS in Ornamental Horticulture and BS in Ornamental Horticulture

Gardening Experience: 27 year veteran in public garden management and maintenance, teaching horticulture and writing.

Specialties: Trees and shrubs, garden sustainability, landscape preservation, tree maintenance, low maintenance gardening

Amount I charge:  $500 and up plus travel

I have taught many MG training courses and participated in symposia throughout the country


Joseph Tychonievich
1005 Settlement Drive
Williamsburg VA 23188

cell phone:  (517) 303-0865
preferred contact:  email
Amount I charge:   $950.00
Travel:  anywhere, as long as travel costs (flight, hotel) are covered

Speaking Topics:
Rock Gardening
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener
Rare and Unusual Plants
Understanding Genetic Engineering and many more!

Gardening Experience:  BA in Horticulture

Gardening Experience: Worked at nurseries in Michigan and Japan, life long gardener

Other Information: Author of "Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style" (Timber Press, 2016) and "Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener" (Timber Press, 2013). Editor of the "Rock Garden Quarterly", Fine Gardening's "Plant of the Day Blog" and draws a weekly cartoon for Fine Gardening's Facebook page.


Travel within 100-150 miles

Sandra Wilkins
7469 Hunters Ridge, Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 536-4304
(517) 414-0885
Preferred contact method:    either phone or email

Amount I charge:  mileage and accommodations
Travel:  2-3 hours from Jackson  

Presentation Topics:

Art in the Garden
Discover the artist in you.  We will look at art as a verb and explore the way we use art in our gardens and in our everyday world.

Landscaping and Beyond - The Right Stuff and a Little Fluff
How do you take a little corner of the world and make it uniquely yours?  How can the landscape best compliment your home and yet, reflex your individual personality?  [A two hour power point presentation encompasses lots of basic principles, techniques and illustrations.]

Flip This Garden
When a garden is in its infancy or after seasons of time - it will need a flip.  Lots of before and after pictures on how to make dramatic changes to your landscape.  

Chores, Challenges and Celebrations
A year in the garden.  A month by month study at what needs to be done in the ornamental garden, the difficulties encountered, and the great joy we receive.

The Heartbeat of the Garden
What makes one garden unique and different from another?  If gardener’s use the same basic principles of landscape design, why don’t they look the same?  The answer lies in the heartbeat.  We will look at several different gardens in this PowerPoint lecture and discover what the heartbeat of the garden really is.

How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming a Nightmare
Common mistakes and how to avoid them.

The Icing
A study of art objects  and their uses in the landscape garden.

Gardening for the Sense of It!
The more senses employed the more profound the experience!  We will look at gardening using all the senses, including some you may not have thought about.

More than just Curb Appeal
A look at what curb appeal really is, how it has developed, ways to make our own better, plus some fun driveways to critique together.

The Universal Language and Some of My Favorite Conversations
Plants around the world, botanical gardens, natural niches around the world.

On the Street where you Live
The history of gardens and our love affair with them.  

Gardening Education:   numerous classes on all levels

Gardening Experience:  The Wilkin’s are avid shade gardeners.  Sandy and her husband, Jim have designed and planted 3.5 acres east of Jackson, MI.  They love working in the gardens and especially sharing it with friends.  Their garden was featured on the local television series, “Where we Live”, the American Hosta Society National Convention, International Conifer Society Tour, highlighted in the Michigan Gardener magazine, and has hosted many other events and garden tours annually.
Sandy has been past president of Indianapolis Hosta Society, vice president of the American Hosta Society, regional director AHS Great Lakes Region, mother of the Hosta College, an annual event hosting 500 gardeners, founder and past president of Garden Lovers of Jackson, as well as Christian speaker and garden lecturer.
Sharing not only her own garden, but her enthusiasm and love of gardening in general, Sandy has also, through personal consulting and PowerPoint lectures, taken great joy in sharing that love and knowledge with others.
A picture paints a thousand words, they say.  If so, these programs are power packed with words!  Actually, lot of pictures, ideas, fun and perhaps a different way of looking at the garden all around us.

Louise Shoksnyder
3790 Hiawatha Trail, National City, MI
Preferred contact method:  Email


  • Butterfly and/or hummingbird gardening
  • Bulbs - spring and summer
  • Container Gardening
  • Perennial Gardening

Gardening Education:  Advanced Master Gardener with many hours of continuing education.  Master Gardener training in 1994 in Oakland County.

Gardening Experience:  Gardening since childhood, worked as a professional gardener from 1997-2005

Garden Clubs:  Rochester Branch Woman's National Farm & Garden, Tawas Bay Garden Club

What I charge:  $25-$30

Travel: - No fees for travel.  Will travel as far west as Lansing and also willing to travel to the Detroit area.

Other information:  President, Sunrise Side Master Gardener Association, Inc., Speaker's Bureau - Oakland MSUE - 1995-2005, Speaker's Bureau - Sunrise Side Master Gardener Association - 2006-Present, English Teacher who has also worked as a substitute, Michigan Division President Woman's National Farm & Garden Association.

Not available from January to mid-April.


Brian VanPatten
10294 N Linden Rd, Clio, MI
Business:  810-618-2529
Mobile:  810-618-2529

Topics: Tree Care Practices, Invasive terrestrial plants and insects, Tree defect identification, tree risk assessment, Tree identification: summer and winter, Community plantings, Pruning workshops, Woody Ornamental Care, Fun Vines, Foraging. Tree Valuation. Have been speaking for the Genesee County Master Gardeners for years and presenting workshops at the Arboretum where I work. National Speaker and continually creating new presentations, so ask me for what you want!

Gardening Education: B.S. Forestry from Michigan Tech, State of Mi registered forester, Certified Arborist: Municipal Specialist, Advanced Master Gardener, Conservation District Board Member, Certified Tree Risk Assessor, 5 years as Forestry Technician, 15 years and currently Horticulturist for a Nature Preserve and Arboretum

Gardening Experience: Former Master Gardener, Horticulturist involved with tree selection, care and planting in Arboretum, Responsible for all garden installation including interesting vines, native shade gardens, ornamental perennial gardens, rain gardens, grass gardens, interesting woody ornamentals, Garden maintenance including, but not limited to, pruning, design, Integrated Pest Management, Diagnostics, treatments including organic, conventional, and tree injections. Coordinate a community vegetable gardening facility and Hoop House, Worked as Urban Forester for 5 years and am familiar with challenges related to city trees. Have been involved with tree valuation court cases and have performed tree risk assessments. Have taught Woody Ornamentals portion of MG Class for Genesee County.

Specialties: All tree care, workshops on Tree Identification in Winter and Summer, Invasive plants and pests.

What I charge: For MG chapters...$100 per hour presentation, longer workshops and specialized presentations, negotiable, extra mileage reimbursement after 50 miles one way.

Travel: Within 150 miles of home

Other Information: Love my work and excited to give knowledge to others, Funny and gregarious with a depreciating self humor. Try to really engage the audience I am trying to reach and depart helpful tips that the audience can instantly put in to use. Excellent with longer tree I.D. and other workshops.



Travel within 50 to 100 miles

Travel within 50 to 100 miles

Rufus Issacs
Dept. of Entomology, MSU, 578 Wilson Rd. East Lansing, MI 48824
517-242-2532 [cell]
Preferred contact method - email

Honorarium:  $100 to benefit the MSU Vegetables and Insect Pollinators Garden
Travel:  no more than 100 miles from East Lansing, mileage at 56 cents per mile

Gardening Education:  Professor of Entomology

Gardening Experience:  40 years home gardening

More about Isaacs:  Director of the Berry Crops and Pollination lab at MSU, co-designer of the Vegetables and Insect Pollinators Garden at MSU, co-developer of the website and materials therein, keen home gardener with wildflowers, vegetable, and fruit.


Glen Pace
2426 Delwood Dr., Clio, MI 48420-9112
(989) 244-4029  [Home]
(810) 247-4582 [cell]
(810) 687-2512 [Gardens]
Preferred contact method:  either phone or email

Honorarium:  $100.00 + driving
Travel:  100 miles with gas/time reimbursement

Presentation Topics:  

Cypripedium Orchids, Woodland plants, shade gardening, grafting Japanese Maples

Gardening Experience:   Pace Gardens in Clio

Mr. Pace has a desire to grow the unusual, weird and rare plants of both native and non-native origins.  Visits to Pace Gardens are made by appointment only.


Carol DeVries

address:       13330 40th Marne, MI
cell phone:   (616) 915-9744
Honorarium:  $25.00 to $75.00 plus mileage,  depends on size / resources of group.  Happy to skip honorarium if a good cause. 

Speaking Topics:

Additional Presentation Topics
Have to come up with a speaker for your group?  Here are some additional talks that I would be happy to share with you.  All are PowerPoint presentations filled with lovely photos.
Discovering Daylilies – An overall introduction to a bloom that is so often under appreciated.  After viewing some of the incredible variety in daylily colors, shapes, and sizes; your interest in these workhorses of the garden will be awakened.  Colorful pictures and down to earth direction on things to look for in a good daylily, general care of them, three methods to propagate, how to landscape with them, what that catalog terminology actually means, and ways to find them.  An informative handout will be provided.  In the end the wonderful world of Hemerocallis is opened to you.  (Talk available in hour and half hour versions)
Surviving Your Garden - Keeping your garden lovely shouldn’t make a wreck out of you!  So let’s open my bag of tricks in this power point presentation and look at what I have discovered that helps to make maintenance of our gardens less of a chore.  There is plenty of advice on how to do it perfectly, this is the talk on how to get it done.
Equipment – What equipment actually works, and some new ideas
Instructions – Easier ways to do things
Plants – Overcoming issues with commonly grown plants
Compost – Simplifying creating and using compost
Garden Layout – How to have the layout work for you

Seasonal Steps - We love our plants don’t we?  But why do we always start with so much eager anticipation in the spring only to end up with a weedy mess by August?  It doesn’t have to be that way, and it doesn’t have to make a wreck of us to have it looking nice all year.  What it takes is some intentional thought on the timing of what we do.  This talk explores some simple changes in the timing of what we do and how it can simplify and beautify our gardens.

Winning Against Weeds – Weeds are the enemy of all gardeners and the single most hated thing we deal with in our gardens.  But how much time have we actually spent studying them and how best to approach ridding ourselves of them?  This talk will explain the various types of weeds and how best to deal with them.  In the vein of ‘knowing your enemy’ here is a chance to study the bane of all gardeners.

Can You Dig It? (Soil) – Sure we all know we need a balanced Ph.  But what does the term even mean and what does really do to our plants?  This talk is a detailed look at soil issues and how to cope with them.

Beasts of Burden – There are so many animals and bugs that create issues for us.  We all have been given advice on how to deal with them.  But then we spend the money and time and our plants are still under attack.  So what really works?  This talk explores what works and what doesn’t.
Hosting a Hosta – An overall introduction to a mainstay of the shade garden that is so often under explored.  After viewing some of the incredible variety in Hosta colors, shapes, and sizes; your use of these shade garden workhorses will be expanded.  Colorful pictures and down to earth direction on things to look for in a good Hosta, general care of them, propagation, how to landscape with them, and what that catalog terminology actually means.    
Gardening with a Purpose – Encouragement to get outside and enjoy gardening.  While talk is aimed at seniors, it is applicable to anyone who needs a little encouragement.  Offering some ideas on how to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, it doesn’t all have to be about pulling weeds!  Also some tips on approaching gardening with some adaptive tools.

Résumé:  Carol DeVries – 616-915-9744
Advanced Master Gardener
Opens her garden as an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden
Five years as president Grand Valley Daylily Society
One year as president Grand Valley Dahlia Society
2008 Volunteer of the Year for the Master Gardener Program
2004 Volunteer of the Year for the Junior Master Gardener Program
Three years as Chair of the Stuck on Gardening Tour by the Kent County Master Gardeners
Featured twice on the Master Gardener Tour and numerous other tours
Gardens on 2.5 acres with a little over an acre of actual gardens, including sun, shade, irrigated and not.
Likes an informal approach to speaking and will welcome your questions




Travel limits unknown

Travel limits unknown
Susan Bryan
Rain Garden Coordinator, Washtenaw County Water Resources Office
1116 W. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734)222-3814 [work]
734-730-9025 [cell]
preferred contact method: e-mail
Honorarium:  $150 for locations outside of Washtenaw County plus mileage.  Free for organizations inside of Washtenaw County. 
Travel:  Willing to travel 2 hours from Ann Arbor, $0.55/mi

Presentation Topics:
Rain Gardens and Native Plants

Establishing A Rain Garden – Clean up the River, One Garden at a Time

Planting a Rain Garden is a fun way for people to make a difference in the quality of the water in our rivers, lakes and streams, starting in our own back yards.  You don’t need any special equipment – just some space, a spade, compost and a few plants.  Join us for a rain garden workshop.  We’ll talk about the benefits of Rain Gardens and how to build and plant one.  Bring your questions.  Take the information home and start your own!

Gardening Education:  Master of Landscape Architecture, UofM, Advanced Master Gardener of Washtenaw County, Woody Plants certificate, George Washington University, My home garden, Designed- 45 residential rain gardens, Designed streetside reain gardens along Miller Ave. in Ann Arbor, Run volunteer maintenance effort there.


Susan Bryan is the Rain Garden Coordinator for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, working with plants and people to protect the water quality in the Huron River.  She has designed many residential gardens, rain gardens, and bio-infiltration areas. She is a past president of Wild Ones, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, and is an Advanced Master Gardener in Washtenaw County.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan  [Photos] [Website] [Blog]

Presentation Topic:
An hour long presentation covering hummingbird biology, gardening and feeding tips, and details on his research.  Mr. Chartier also has several handouts and a display.

Fee:  $150

Stacy Hirvela
226 Lafayette Grand Haven, MI 49417
616-498-3763 [cell]

Honorarium:  Ms. Hirvela fees varies based on distance and audience size, all honoraria made as a donation to the Horticulture Research Institute.

Travel:  Varies depending on day and time of event.

Presentation Topics:
Flowering shrubs: varieties, design, pruning, care, regional selections; how new plants are developed; edibles [fruit, vegetables, herbs]; gardening in containers & raised beds

Gardening Education:
The New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, class of 2002.

Gardening Experience:
Rooftop gardener, New York, NY; Horticulturist, Tavern of the Green Restaurant, New York, NY; Garden Editor, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, New York, NY; Horticulturist & marketing specialist, Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, MI.  Home gardener for 22 years.
Ms. Hirvela’s first book, Edible Spots & Pots, was published by Rodale in March 2014.  Learn more on her website


Travel within 0 to 50 mile limit


Melanie Manion
Natural Resources Management Supervisor for Ottawa County Parks
11500 Sleeper
Grand Haven, MI 49417 [work]
(616)443-6323 [cell]
Preferred way to contact:  email

Honorarium: $75.00 per hour
Travel limited to the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Muskegon

Presentation Topics:
Invasive Species, gardening with native plants and gardening for pollinators

Experience:  Beyond being the Natural Resources Supervisor for the Ottawa Parks Department Melanie has designed several personal native landscapes and works with park planners to develop formal native landscapes.  Melanie has also given many presentations on native plants and invasive plants.

Renata Reibitz
Perennial Manager - MSU Horticulture Gardens
1066 Bogue St., B110 Plant and Soil Science Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824 [work] [personal]
517-355-5191 x330 [work]
586-243-8395 [cell]

Honorarium: $100 donation to gardens = mileage
Travel limited to 25 miles from East Lansing

Subjects:  Perennials, deer, spring and fall cleanup, tool care


Roger Sutherland
5488 Warren  Ann Arbor, MI 48105
phone:  (734) 668-9568,  cell:  (734) 646-8551
preferred contact:  no preference
Honorarium:  $45.00


(Programs are typically 45minutes to 1 hour long)  Programs with a (BK) are more suited to a beekeeper audience. “THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BEES AND BEEKEEPING”
A slide-lecture program designed to give a close-up look at the highly organized honey bee colony. Some attention is given to the practice and history of beekeeping. The important flower and honey bee relationships, pollination, swarming, and bee communication are also included.


Flowers and other plant parts provide nectar, pollen and propolis for honey bees and other insects. This slide narrated program gives the viewer a close-up look at major nectar producing plants, when they bloom and the kind of honey the nectar produces. The program focuses  especially  on plants  in Michigan.


In this program we will display several of the types of straw skeps used for centuries by early beekeepers. The program will explain how these hives were managed by beekeepers. Some of these skeps are still in use today in Europe .A short slide presentation will show how skeps are made and feature the making of the “World’s Largest Skep”.

Flowers, insects and other pollinators have had millions of years to develop amazing interrelationships to insure and improve each others survival. This Power Point  program gives the viewer a close-up and better understanding of how the flower attracts pollinators and how the pollinator finds and adapts to the flower. Some attention is given to the evolution of flowers and pollinators. Planting for pollinators will also be included for garden clubs.


Description: "How sweet it is". Maple syrup production [sugaring], an early American activity learned from the Indians, is featured in this slide-lecture program. The program begins with a look at the early search for something sweet. The importance of 'sugaring' during the early formation of our country, the techniques of collection and the natural history of producing trees are also featured. A short movie produced 75 years ago of a sugar bush operation in Ann Arbor will also be viewed. “THOSE AMAZING INSECT EATING PLANTS”

In the US and throughout the world there are unusual plants that supplement their nutritional needs by trapping and digesting animal life. From the passive traps of the pitcher plant to the active traps of the sundews and Venus-fly-traps this program will provide a close-up view and better understanding of these plants. The unique habitats where these plants live will also be featured.


Using close-up photography this slide-lecture program features the beautiful spring wild flowers found in woods, bogs and other wetland habitats. The medicinal uses, early American folklore and mythology of these native plants is also featured. Some attention is devoted to using native plantings in the home environment.

More about Mr. Sutherland -

Roger Sutherland, Naturalist, Professor Emeritus, Schoolcraft College, after an early career in Physical Therapy, taught biological sciences for 34 years prior to retirement. He is Past President of Michigan Audubon Society, Michigan Beekeepers’ Association, and Michigan Botanical Club-Huron Valley Chapter. 1987 “Beekeeper of the Year” and 2001 “Silver Skep award recipient. Twice named “Outstanding Educator of the Year”. For the past twenty-five years he has been presenting nature programs for a large number of clubs and groups. Along with his wife Mary they have conducted nature and wild flower courses, led many nature walks, and  conducted the “Beaver Island Adventure” for many years.


Michael Craig

address:          12534 Pinecrest Drive Plymouth, MI 48170
cell phone:      (248) 766-5401
email:     or
preferred contact:     cell or email
Honorarium:               none [reimbursement for fuel and mileage]
Travel:            Willing to travel up to an hour

Speaking Topics:    School Gardening, Vegetable Crops, Management and Production, Raised Bed / Cold Frame, Strawbale Gardening, Gardening on a Budget

Gardening Education:      Macomb Master Gardener 2013

More about Mr. Craig -
Very active in urban farming network, building corporate partnerships, extension knowledge of vegetable gardening.