Plant Quest 2024

January 8, 2024 - January 29, 2024

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2024 - 11:45PM

Online via Zoom

Contact: Diane Brady

Join Michigan State University Extension in hosting nationally known experts to explore a vast selection of native plants for the residential landscape, exciting new plants, trees and shrubs for the forward-thinking gardener and colorful, show-stopping plants that have leaves that will light up your landscape!!
Can't attend all live webinars? Register and pay for the 4-part series and the recordings will be available for you to view when you choose. This series is easy to access when it is most CONVENIENT for you!

This interactive 4-part virtual series will be presented via Zoom

TIME /Sessions: All sessions Mondays, 6 – 7:15 p.m. ET

January 8, 2024 – 15 Plants You Wish You Had Planted this Year!
Presenter: Matthew Ross – Horticulturist and Executive Director, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City, MI
Looking for the latest and greatest new addition to your landscape or home garden? Join Matthew Ross, Executive Director of The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park as he takes you on a journey through the nation’s top botanic gardens, private gardens, nurseries, and natural areas in search of the latest, the greatest, and the most durable plants. Ross will inspire you with an abundance of plants that you may have never heard of… yet that can dramatically impact your garden. We look forward to having you expand your plant collections as this talk is every plant nerd’s dream.

Jan. 15, 2024 – New and Exciting Trees and Shrubs for Forward-Thinking Gardeners Presenter: Vinnie Simeone, Horticulturist, Author and Director of Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York 

Each year hundreds of new species, varieties and cultivars of plants are introduced into commerce. These choice specimens offer superior flowers, foliage, fruit, improved vigor, and cultural adaptability. At the same time, there are many underutilized mainstays that are exceptional for the landscape. Join horticulturist Vincent Simeone (Vinnie), Director of Planting Fields Arboretum to explore some of the newer and most promising selections of trees and shrubs available on the market along with old favorites that offer exceptional garden merit. These plants offer a lot to the professional horticulturist and designer as well as the home gardener with a true appreciation for the best and brightest plants available.

January 22, 2024 – Foliage, Foliage, and More Foliage: Using Leaves to Light Up the Landscape   Presenter: Bryce Lane, North Carolina State University (retired) Dept. of Horticulture Science, Emmy winning UNC TV’s “In the Garden with Bryce Lane”
One of the most popular trends in gardening is using plants with colorful foliage to accent and highlight the landscape. Whether they are woody, herbaceous perennial, or annual there are some fantastic plants whose leaves add color, texture, and boldness to the garden. Lane will tap his 40+ years of gardening experience to focus on scintillating foliage plants you might consider adding to your garden! His dramatic combinations of plants that will knock any garden-lover’s Crocs off!

January 29, 2024 – Taming the Wild – Native Plants for the Residential Landscape
Presenter: Nikki Melin and Shannon McEnerney, Horticulture Specialists at Midwest Groundcovers, St. Charles, IL.
The movement to support the environment with native plants continues to gain momentum every year. While natives are often considered “wild” and “unwieldy”, Nikki and Shannon will share examples from the Midwest Native Gardens showcasing options for low profile native plants that can be used in a traditional garden setting. Learn about manageable native plants that are aesthetically pleasing, making them perfect when used in residential garden combinations.

Registration deadline: January 28, 2024 at 11:45 p.m..

Register for the series any time before that date. If you register and cannot attend or have missed a live webinar, you will receive the recording of all the sessions. Recordings will be open until June 1, 2024

Payment by Credit Card only please (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted) via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your reservation. Your registration is not reserved until your balance is paid in full.

Note: A number of partial scholarships are available. Please let us know if you are interested in being considered.

Refund Policy - for the Plant Quest series

• A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the first session on Jan. 8th.
• No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of Jan. 8.
• No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after Jan. 8.

Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener and Trainee attendees will earn 1.25 continuing education hour for each session attended or viewed via recording.

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