Friday Field Day (in-Person)

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Join us on the campus of Michigan State University for in-person workshops and tours. This is an opportunity to see this lovely campus in full bloom.The day begins with registration at Kellogg Center and a choice of a morning tour or hands-on workshop. All groups meet up at the MSU Horticulture Garden for lunch in the garden and a chance to visit with friends. Afternoon activity choices include a tour or hands-on workshop. This day will involve a lot of walking and will take place rain or shine, so plan accordingly.  All tours and workshops qualify for EMG education hours. Some tours have limited spaces available, so register early!  

This is a pre-registration scheduled day with transportation, tour guides, and lunch provided. There are no other activities outside of the registered options, so please make sure to select both a morning and evening option.

Schedule | Friday, June 17, 2022

7:30 a.m. Registration - Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
8:00 a.m. Boarding Busses for Tours
8:30 a.m. Busses Depart
9-11 a.m. Morning Activities
  • Group 1 - MSU Horticulture Gardens Tour
  • Group 2 - MSU Student Organic Farm
  • Group 3 - Hands-On Workshop: Plant Parenthood-Propagate Plants Like a Pro (Led by Christopher Imler)
  • Group 4 - MSU W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, MSU Extension Meet & Greet, and MSU Bug House
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch - MSU Horticulture Gardens
12:30 p.m. Boarding Busses for Tours
1 p.m. Busses Depart
1:15-3:15 p.m. Afternoon Activities
  • Group 1 - MSU Horticulture Gardens Tour
  • Group 2 - MSU Student Organic Farm
  • Group 3 - Hands-On Workshop: Garden Tool Maintenance for Extension Master Gardeners (Led by Jeremy Jubenville)
  • Group 4 - MSU W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, MSU Extension Meet & Greet, and MSU Bug House
3:30 p.m.

Busses Return to the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

 

Tour Descriptions

MSU Horticulture Gardens

Cultivate your gardening excitement with a guided tour of the MSU Horticulture Gardens. These gardens have been in their current location for 29 years, and are comprised of three gardens: the MSU Demonstration Garden, the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden and the  Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum.  There is always something new to see at this amazing 14-acre garden.  This is the perfect time of year to see the gardens at their best.

MSU Horticulture Garden

MSU Student Organic Farm

Learn how the MSU Student Organic Farm grows vegetables year-round in 9 hoop houses as well as in the field, and visit our Edible Forest Garden. The tour will be an introduction to how we grow food and the educational opportunities we offer to undergraduate students and aspiring farmers. You will also get a chance to dig in with a hands-on activity in our hoop houses (in case of rain) or out in the field.  

Student Organic Farm

 

MSU W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, MSU Extension Meet & Greet and MSU Bug House

This tour offers it all. Visit the oldest continually maintained university botanical garden in the United States. The garden displays more than 2,000 plant taxa, in economic, systematic, landscape and ecological groupings.  Visit the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture. Originally built in 1909, Agriculture Hall was the grandest structure at what was then known as Michigan Agriculture College. This building is home to MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU. Take this opportunity to meet with MSU Extension staff and hear more about the Master Gardener Program and the Morrill Act. Then, visit the MSU Bug House, featuring stunning specimen displays and a menagerie of live insects and arachnids -- including beetles, tropical cockroaches, and tarantulas! 

beal gardens MSU Ag Hall   MSU Bug House

Hands-On Workshop Descriptions

Plant Parenthood: Propagate Plants Like A Pro

Christopher Imler, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator and Veterans Liaison

Propagating plants doesn't have to be a chore. Learn all the tips and tricks the experts use for a successful season of seeding, rooting, and more

 

Garden Tool Maintenance for Extension Master Gardeners

Jeremy Jubenville, MSU Extension Floriculture and Greenhouse Educator

A properly maintained tool can make your job easier. In this hands-on workshop, Jeremy will cover the fundamentals of tool sharpening and maintenance. Bring along some tools that needs TLC and learn how you can keep them working at their best (e.g. knives, scissors, hatchets, shovels, hoes). Jeremy will bring a variety of sharpening devices for practicing, but feel free to bring your own as well.