Gardeners in northeast Michigan will soon get a taste of Smart Gardening

The 13th annual “Let’s Get Growing” garden show promises to provide visitors with smart gardening tips and tools.

Sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, the “Let’s Get Growing” garden show is a spring staple for garden enthusiasts in northeast Michigan. Thirty exhibitors will be on site with educational booths featuring new plants and old favorites, garden art, lawn and garden equipment of all sizes, landscaping ideas and demonstrations as well as a children’s garden workshop. Sarah Rautio, MSU Extension horticulture educator, will be presenting an educational workshop on Pollinators in the SMART garden.

The Smart Gardening initiative focuses on implementing earth-friendly, money saving techniques in the home garden and landscape. The initiative, which offers tip sheets and video resources to start smart gardening, will be one of the MSU Extension programs featured at this year’s garden show in Alpena, Michigan, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The show takes place at the Alpena Mall and runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Three new tip sheets will be featured, including Gardening for pollinators: Smart plants to support pollinators, Invite pollinators to your garden by creating a smart habitat and Smart lawns for pollinators. Visitors to the show will learn how essential pollinators are to the environment and how they are linked to the food supply.

To see other smart gardening articles, visit the Gardening in Michigan website. For more information about the “Let’s Get Growing” garden show, contact me, MSU Extension agriculture educator at 989-354-9875 or by email at

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