MG's Vic and Zona helped conservationist Heather Palmquist pull Garlic Mustard with students from the Hurley K-12 School.
Garlic Mustard is a non-native biennial invasive weed. If the weed is ripped out before it seeds each year, there is a good possibility that is can be erradicated.
There was a contest to see who could pull out the most pounds of the noxious weed. Afterwards everyone was invited to have lunch at the school.
Gordon Frase, Advanced Michigan Master Gardener, taught a class in seed starting. Gordon has been teaching propagation classes at local grade schools for many years.
Chris Ainslie, Advanced Michigan and Wisconsin Master Gardener, lectured to interested gardeners at the Gogebic Community College on Shade Gardening. Some of the topics covered were, What is Shade, Partial Shade, Light Shade, Medium Shade, Full Shade and Dense Shade. Slide presentations included Woodland Flowers and Bulbs, Ferns and Ground Covers, Ornamental Grasses for the Shade, Perennials for Shade and Trees and Shrubs. Chris also spoke on how to deter our four footed friends that love to eat the plants we spend so much time to grow. She covered the many different ways to keep deer, rabbits, chipmunks, voles and moles out of our flower beds and gardens. The use of repellants, both manufactured and homemade were discussed along with physical barriers such as electric fences, tape fences, wire fences, motion sensors and plastic bags. Chris is very knowledgeable on many garden topics and is an excellent Master Gardener.