University of Minnesota Extension - Lawn and Garden Website

All Things Plants: Daily articles and and a weekly podcast are posted to the site, and a weekly email newsletter containing all the ideas from the previous week, along with the best photos posted to the database, and much more, is sent out to the members every weekend. The site also features gardening blogs, a useful gardening planting calendar, reviews of gardening companies, and dozens of highly active forums are available for countless hours of entertainment, gardening inspirations, and conversation.

Emerald Ash Borer Information Network: Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.   This bulletin is designed to answer frequently asked questions and provide the most current information on insecticide options for controlling EAB.

I Love Gardens: Browse through a list of public and private gardens in America and Ireland. Select your favorites, and have a pleasurable ramble.

Invasive and Exotic Species of North America: Learn about any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem; and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the U.S.: The Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is a collaborative project between the National Park Service, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The purpose of the Atlas is to assist users with identification, early detection, prevention, and management of invasive plants. The focus is on non-native invasive plant species impacting natural areas, excluding agricultural and other heavily developed and managed lands. Four main components are species information, images, distribution maps, and early detection reporting procedures. The Invasive Plant Atlas is one step in the effort to combat invasive species, preserve our natural landscapes and the native plants, animals, and other creatures that inhabit them.

​Landscape Plants Rated by Deer-Resistance: Realizing that no plant is deer proof, plants in the Rarely Damaged, and Seldom Severely Damaged categories would be best for landscapes prone to deer damage. Plants Occasionally Severely Damaged and Frequently Severely Damaged are often preferred by deer and should only be planted with additional protection such as the use of fencing, repellents, etc. Success of any of these plants in the landscape will depend on local deer populations and weather conditions.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory: "To actively contribute to decisions that impact the conservation of biological and ecological diversity by collecting, analyzing, and communicating information about rare and declining plants and animals, and the array of natural communities and ecosystems native to Michigan."

Midwest Invasive Plant Network:  Check out MIPN's compilation of Midwestern state invasive plant lists for our region. Find links to appropriate DNR websites, state laws, and state-level invasive species councils' lists of invasive plants. If you're interested in exploring this information more, a downloadable excel file of this compilation is also available on the page.

Monarch Watch:Collecting Milkweed Seeds for Monarch Watch in support of our Bring Back the Monarchs conservation campaign? Find out how to send them to us or click on the graphic below to learn more about Monarch Watch's Bring Back the Monarchs conservation campaign. Thank you for your interest and support!

MSUext Fact Sheets:Michigan Fresh helps people explore the state’s bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals. You can find tips on growing, handling and preserving as well as healthful recipes to take advantage of the delicious Michigan-grown bounty from your back yard or your local farmer's market.

MSUext Lawn and Garden Hotline: MSU Extension’s Consumer Horticulture team and trained Master Gardener Volunteers are dedicated in helping answer any home lawn and garden questions. The Lawn and Garden Hotline is 1-888-MSUE4MI (1-888-678-3464). MSU Extension staff and volunteers are available weekdays 9:00 am—12:00 pm and 1:00 pm—5:00 pm during the growing season (April-September). During the off season (October-March) the Hotline is available weekdays 9:00 am—12:00 pm. Residents can also receive valuable information and sign up for MSU Extension Home Gardening news 

  • CLICK ON LINK for following presentations & handouts below:

  • OTHER MSU available powerpoint presentations - PDF versions:

How is our Floral Peacock constructed? The Building of Wilbir!  - photos by Renata Reibitz
Hardy ornamental grasses - Dr Art Cameron
Bamboo trellis ideas in photos - Art and Marlene Cameron
Sources and descriptions of zip ties and bamboo used in trellises - Art Cameron
Creating Artful Pieces for your Garden - Art and Marlene Cameron
Alternatives to impatiens walleriana - Katie McCarver

  • Useful handouts and photos from past conferences:

Ornamental Grasses Suitable for Michigan Gardens
Building a bamboo trellis - Art and Marlene Cameron
Making Compost - Dr John Bierbaum
Garden Season Extension - Dr John Biernbaum
The Basics of Pruning - Marcus Duck
Clematis Care and Culture - Cheryl English
Floral Arranging with Native Plants - Tim Latimer
Protected Na
tive Plants in Michigan - Tim Latimer
Gardening with Native Plants - Leah Knapp D.V.M.
Gardening with Kids - Discover the Magic - Norm Lowness

PLANTS Database:  This database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

A List of Spring Flowersmakes you question whether the first Spring flower is really the Crocus or Primrose

Scenic highlights at Sarah P. Duke Blomquist Gardens

Links To Other Websites For More Gardening Information

Michigan State university Extension Service  

Michigan State University Extension's link helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.  You will find 90 different newsletters you can subscribe to, with links to all kinds of reports, PDF files, and updates on what is happening in Michigan.

Michigan Master Gardener Association

Events Calendar​

​Click on the link below and then on "Events"

Michigan Gardener magazine shares this link for upcoming events and class details.