Curious Gardener

The MSU Horticulture Gardens' staff offers exciting educational opportunities for homeowners each Spring and Fall. Join us for one (or more) of this season's classes! Members of the MSU Horticulture Gardens receive a discount on all workshops. For more information on becoming a member, please visit


Fall 2017 Workshops:

Growing and Cooking with Garlic

Wednesday October 11th, 3-5pm

Ward off the vampires this October by attending our garlic-filled Curious Gardener Workshop! In Michigan, October is the best time to plant garlic for harvesting the following summer. Daedre McGrath, Annual Garden Manager, will cover planting, growing, harvesting, and storing garlic from your garden. We will also discuss garlic’s many culinary uses, tips for easy peeling and chopping, and share some garlic-centric recipes. For our bolder attendees, we will even have a garlic tasting available. Each attendee will receive several varieties of garlic to grow at home…and breath mints will be provided!

$20 for members/$25 for Non-Members, parking not included

Autumn Succulent Centerpiece

Tuesday November 14th, 6-8 pm

Come get crafty with us and create an autumn succulent centerpiece with Anne Boone, Head Horticulturist and expert florist at the MSU Radiology Gardens. These surprisingly festive arrangements will be the center of attention as they dazzle your guests during your Thanksgiving feast. Each participant will create a gourd adorned with a wide range of succulents, from echeverias to sedums. 

$35 for members/$40 for Non-Members, parking not included

Get Lit! Lighted Winter Porch Pot

Wednesday December 6, 3-5 pm

As they days get shorter and the holidays approach nothing warms an entry like beautiful greens and warm twinkle lights. The MSU Horticulture garden staff will help you to create a unique container using evergreens, twigs and lights. Each participant will take home one pot (lights and pot included), and will leave equipt with ideas to take your pot from Christmas to Valentines Day and beyond. Attendees may create a second container for an additional $20.

$45 for members/$50 for Non-Members, parking not included

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