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From the President, Ronald J. Smith

It's hard to believe that we are wrapping up the DGC's activities for 2014. Our last event, the Holiday Gathering on December 14th, is going to be very special this year. We will be honoring Barbara Hayes. Barbara was the manager/director of the Detroit Garden Center for many years. I hope that you and your friends will join us to express our sincere gratitude for her many years of service and the many friendships she developed during her leadership at the Detroit Garden Center.

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Time to Renew Your Membership

The membership year is from January 1st - December 31st. Renewal letters were mailed earlier this month. If you have misplaced your membership renewal envelope, please complete the Membership Form in this Newsletter and mail it today! In addition, are you looking for a wonderful "Holiday Gift"? How about giving a friend or relative a membership to the Detroit Garden Center? Introduce someone to the joy of gardening and the Detroit Garden Center....

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Alternatives For Girls - Update

The summer gardening activities with the Rise & Shine Program were another huge success this year. Volunteers worked with girls, ages 4 - 10 years old, for 6 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The girls became very good at weeding the many raised beds and watering the vegetables, flowers and herbs growing in the gardens....

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What is Causing the Decline in Bee Population?

As many gardeners know, honeybees are an integral part of the life cycle of many plants by providing cross pollination for...

Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop

Belle Isle Nature Zoo

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Bringing Natives Home: Incorporating Natives into Your Landscape

Cheryl English, Presenter
Advanced Master Gardener and Board Member of Michigan Wildflower Association

Home gardeners are becoming more interested in gardening with native plants. Explore some combinations- some planned, others fortuitous- of native species and traditional garden plants to inspire your own gardening adventures. Cheryl will discuss the benefits of including native plants in your garden.

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Spring Wilflower Walk on Belle Isle

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:00am to Noon

Wildflower ImageJoin us for a two hour Wildflower Walk on Belle Isle, Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

The walk will start at the racquet Ball Courts located on Vista Way. Vista Way is behind the old Belle Isle Zoo. Dress for the weather and boots are highly recommended! Cost: Donation of $5 cash or check payable to the Detroit Garden Center. The walk is limited to 30 participants so reservations are requires. Master Gardeners can earn educational hours. Remember that you will need a Michigan State Park Pass for entrance onto the Island.

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Elmwood Cemetery Tree & History Tour

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Elmwood ImageJoin the Detroit Garden Center for a guided tree and history tour of Elmwood Cemetery. This popular event is always a highlight for the Detroit Garden Center's program year. Back by popular demand Cheryl English, Advanced Master Gardener and Chancey Miller, Elmwood historian will again team up to identify some of the over 80 species of trees and to share the history of Michigan's leading citizens interred in the cemetery. Considered one of the top ten historical cemeteries in the United States, Elmwood is a fine example of the Rural Cemetery Movement. Its rolling terrain and waterways remain unchanged since the days of early Detroit.

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Wilcox Garden Trowels

Wilcox TrowelThe Detroit Garden Center has just restocked the famous and professional quality Wilcox stainless steel trowels.

The trowels will be available for purchase at the Holiday Gathering on December 14th at the Detroit Garden Center Office on E. Jefferson Ave. in the Vigliotti Building. The DGC sells 7 different size trowels.

They make great gifts for your gardening friends!