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Materials from when we go above and beyond, at a talk or workshop

If you miss us in person here's a way you can glean information from our outlines, lists and other presentation materials.

The more we share with other gardeners the more we learn.

In addition, we sometimes find time to go beyond a day's topic, or discuss related materials that are too bulky and/or specialized to copy for an entire group.

You can download these materials* we have offered at various talks.

8 Months of Color
Armchair Gardener: Winter design     
In the Wake of Emerald Ash Borer: Ash Replaceent Trees
The Art of Fall Garden Clean up

Before-Afters: Landscape and Garden Ideas
Beyond Bloom
Children's Gardens

Clipping Conifers
Columbo on Conifers
Containers and potted gardens: Canned Goods
Continuous Color
Cut Flowers from Your Garden (From Garden to Vase)
Designing Collectors' Entry Gardens
Difficult Sites, Challenging Gardens
Designing for all 5 Senses (Design Five Senses)
Dividing Perennials
Earthwise Soil Preparation: Digging a great garden
Edible Landscapes (Veg, fruit, herbs)
                      Edible Landscapes is sponsored by:

Fine Pruning the Landscape .  
Gardening for Wildlife
(Includes hummingbirds & butterflies plants list)
            See also our article Increase your feathery color.)
Great Combinations, Favorite Plants
Hot Weather Gardening Tips
Hummingbirds and Butterflies: Garden for Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Can't Judge a Plant by its Cover
Landscape Ideas: Before-Afters
Low Maintenance Landscapes  (See also Save Time, Money...) 
Native Plants for the Great Lakes
Never Stop Growing (See Simplify)
Perennial Combinations
Planning to Avoid Vegetable Pests,
Practical Mixed Border
Propagation Workshop
Pruning trees and shrubs (Fine Pruning the Landscape)
Ready for Spring; Getting the Garden Ready for Spring
Renovation: Improving the older garden or landscape
Save Time, Money and Be Healthy in the Garden
Shade Gardening: Shade Gardening Lists
your Pruners
Simplify gardening to save time, save money and defy age
Soil preparation
Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces, list includes zone 4 exceptions
Vegetable Garden Basics
, a Workshop
Visualizing Changes
: The Gardener's Crystal Ball
Weaving a Wattle Fence
: The Tollgate Twist
What the Groundhog Won't Tell
Wildflowers in Your Garden 
Woodland Wildflowers Native to the Great Lakes; preferred sites & sources

*Please note that these downloads are outlines, lists, charts and diagrams, some with and some without illustrations. They are not all the hundreds of images you saw at our presentation, not the "slide show." We're sorry we can't share those. They are massive files sans words -- impossible to upload and download, and you would still need us for the narrative! However, we are working to remedy that: Look into and support our Webinar project. There you can help us decide which of those presentations to post first as we build a webinar library of such presentations.

8 Months of Color

Outline from the talk February 13, 2013 in Big Rapids, Michigan
download the pdf

Armchair Gardener: Design in winter

Outline from the talk February 5, 2013 in South Lyon, Michigan
download the pdf

Those who were at this talk know the flow and the fun in this kind of design:

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(The) Art of Fall Garden Clean Up

Outline from our presentation to the Washtenaw County, Michigan Master Gardeners' meeting September 18, 2012, and at the Indiana Master Gardeners State Conference October 6, 2012.
download the pdf

In the Wake of Emerald Ash Borer: Ash tree replacements

A non-native insect, emerald ash borer (EAB), is killing billions of ash trees (Fraxinus species) throughout eastern North America and there is little we can do to stop it. Here is a list of trees suitable for replacing an ash at streetside or in your yard. It was compiled from the choices offered by city foresters in our area, at the epicenter of the emerald ash borer plague.
On our list we have included detailed descriptions of the trees. For more about emerald ash borer, search those words here on our site and visit the U.S. Forestry Service  EAB information page where you can learn about EAB status in your area, and the latest on its control.
download the ash tree replacement list in pdf


Beyond Bloom

Handout from Steven's February 20, 2014 talk at Ray Wiegand's Nursery. Flowers are wonderful but the best gardens employ color from other quarters, too, and gain depth from a base in plant form and texture. Steven shared ideas to help you look at your garden, evaluate its building blocks, then improve it by way of both quick fixes and fundamental change.
download the pdf

Children's Gardens


Outline from a workshop for designers. Gardens are great places for children to learn about life or while away the summer. We can help them to learn and enjoy. At this workshop designers focus on various garden aspects and elements to tune them especially for children. Includes plants particularly suited to this use.
download the pdf

Right: Lambs ears, a child favorite. More about planting for kids in What's Coming Up#33.

Clipping Conifers: Pruning evergreens, especially dwarf forms

Here's the outline and how-to notes from Janet's July 12, 2012 talk at the American Conifer Society's Conifer College.
At the talk, Janet also recommended you look at: Dwarfs Cut to Size, Prune a Globe Spruce, Reduce a Spruce, Steven Prunes Falsecypress, What's Coming Up 160 for needle retention by species and other articles. Now you can revisit the photos and see the ideas that interested you during the presentation, all spelled out. They are all accessible by searching the keywords listed on the outline's page 3.

Columbo on Conifers: Or, Why'd it die?

Here's the outline and diagnostic steps from Steven's July 12, 2012 talk at the American Conifer Society's Conifer College. Now you can revisit the photos and see the ideas that interested you during the presentation, all spelled out. They are all accessible by searching the keywords listed on the outline's page 2.

In his presentation, Steven also recommended you look at:  What's Coming Up 28 regarding girdling trunks,  What's Coming Up 52 for dissection of a hemlock failure, and problem diagnosis tools such as in Growing Concerns 520 and What's Coming Up 160. He showed you the use of other of our GardenAtoZ articles, too. They are all instantly accessible by searching a keyword.

Containers and Potted Gardens (Canned Goods)

About choosing the pots, the planting mix and the plants to grow in a container garden for your patio, balcony or as moveable elements all around the garden. With tips for tending the above-ground garden. As presented March 16, 2013 in Taylor, MI.
download the pdf

Continuous Color in the Landscape

Perspective, plants, designs and maintenance techniques for the color seeker. Outline from the talks in Cleveland, Chicago, Grand Haven, MI, and Taylor Growing Great Gardens. With lists of late summer perennials and woody plants to improve that hard-to-color season.
download the pdf outline and plant lists

download the workshop chart

Cut Flowers from Your Garden (From Garden to Vase)

You can cut and arrange flowers and foliage from your garden that will last longer and be more unique than any florist's work. This two page outline and notes with line drawings tells how to cut, treat and arrange your garden's bounty for the longest life and best look. As presented at Ray Wiegand's Garden Center in Macomb, Michigan on April 13, 2013.
Download the pdf


Designing for all 5 Senses (Design Five Senses)

At our "extra-sensory" presentations and workshops we help you close your eyes and learn more about using every one of your senses as you design orsimply enjoy a garden. Come to experience and take away ideas for techniques, plants, features and opportunities toward more and better smell, sound, touch and taste in a garden.
download the pdf outline from our presentation
download the pdf outline and worksheets from our workshop
download the Fun Extras articles, fast facts, plants listed/described and charted

Designing the Collector's Entry Gardens

When you must have it all, it pays to learn from collection curators and to pay special attention to designing your entry areas. Outline of Janet's presentation at the Toledo Botanical Garden to the Black Swamp Hosta & Daylily Society.
download the pdf


Difficult Sites, Challenging Gardens

Ideas for designing, planting and tending places in the yard that are difficult: Under trees, in dry soil, in overly wet soil, where it's very windy, exposed to salt, where soil is hard packed or where temperatures change rapidly and to extreme, such as against walls.  Download is a 24 page package with outlined ideas and plants in charts by site conditions.
download the pdf

Dividing Perennials

 How to make more of your perennials through division. Notes include timing, plant lists, step-by-step directions, most frequently asked questions and additional references. As presented at Ray Wiegand's Garden Center in Macomb, Michigan on April 14, 2013.
Download the pdf.

Earthwise Soil Preparation: Digging a great garden

 How to go easy on the environment and your back as you get the soil ready to go in a garden.
Download the outline of the talk, a 4- page illustrated pdf.  
Jump to the page of links to relevant soil preparation articles.









Edible Landscapes: Veg, Fruit, Herbs

Outline and planning chart for those interested in integrating edible plants throughout a landscape; from presentations made in various locations including Taylor, Michigan.
download the pdf

 PetersSeal.jpgLinda P.'s Sponsorship brings you this Edible Landscape material:





Gardening for Wildlife, Garden for Hummingbirds & Butterflies

This material is the basic formula for attracting wildlife and an exploration of the variable details for songbirds, specific birds including hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, etc. With six pages of plant lists including a butterfly larval host plant chart (caterpillar plants). Plant lists include basic growing information and specific animals/birds attracted.

download the pdf of class notes plus plant lists
download only the plant lists

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Great Combinations, Favorite Plants

Outline from the presentations given in Michigan at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, the Rochester Hills Public Library, the Walled Lake Area Gardeners' community night, and the Huron County Master Gardeners Spring into Gardening conference. Trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials in combinations based on what's already there and thriving. With a combination list for five different sites: Sunny, part shady, shady, droughty and soggy sites.
download the pdf


Hot Weather Gardening Tips

Outline from the presentation given at the Guelph Enabling Garden in Guelph, Ontario on July 19, 2012. A beautiful, healthy garden can be a cool, refreshing sight during the dog days of summer. This session will help you understand how to plan and maintain your garden so that it will not only survive but thrive in the heat and humidity of July and August. At this presentation we also suggested interested gardeners look at leaky jugs, Self watering pot, Stakes from sticks, Attention to deadheads and Garden face lift.
download the pdf

Landscape Ideas: 50 Great Before-Afters

A list of ideas that span more than 20 years of work in landscape design, for application in all aspects of landscape and garden design and care. Helpful for those doing almost everything from beautifying a tiny courtyard to designing an entire landscape, dealing with the basics of design as well as maintenance tricks for older gardens. Provided to audiences in various cities including East Tawas and Walled Lake, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin in conjunction with a presentation of before-after images from areas Janet & Steven have designed, planted, renovated or captured for "how to" books and articles.
download the pdf

Low Maintenance Landscapes

Outline of design features, tools and techniques that save you time and/or money in the yard, as presented in various cities in 2011.
download the pdf


Native Plants for the Great Lakes

Outline and plant lists from our symposium at Chicago Botanic Gardens.
     Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants download the pdf
     Herbaceous plants by habitat download the pdf


Perennial Combinations (Great Perennial Combinations)

Plant lists to supplement the workshop Persuading Perennials to Delight Us for All Four Seasons presented in Norwalk, Ohio on March 17, 2012.
download the pdf

Planning to Avoid Vegetable Pests

Resource list from the talk Rev the Veg Part 1: Learning from Last Year,
at the Beverly Hills Community Gardeners' meeting in Beverly Hills, Michigan, February 9, 2012
download the pdf


The Practical Mixed Border, Maintaining the Mixed Border

Outline from the talks given January 10, 2012 in Dexter, Michigan and February 21, 2012 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. (For additional plant lists, see Perennial Combinations.)
download the pdf


Propagation Workshop

Outline from the workshop February 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Covers how to make more of just about every kind of plant by seed, cutting, or division, with notes about grafting and micropropagation (tissue culture).
download the pdf

Pruning trees and shrubs (Fine Pruning the Landscape)

Illustrated outline from our Webinars and talks in various cities. Basics of pruning and the how to of pruning for each of the four main reasons: to restrict a plant's size, to improve shape, the encourage more vigorous growth and the remove dead or diseased wood. With notes about flowering, and examples of plants pruned for each reason.

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Outline from the March 1, 2013 Webinar. Covers:
• pruning in late winter/early spring
• cutting back, raking and fertilizing gardens
• edging, weeding and trouble-shooting
• dividing perennials
• changing perennial gardens and planting cool season perennials and annuals.
This webinar will be available as a download movie. Watch for it here or let us know to alert you about Webinars as they become available for purchase.

download the pdf

Renovation: Improving the older garden or landscape

Outline from the presentation made March 5, 2012 in Northville, Michigan. A process for taking a renovation a step at a time and blending the new with the old. Includes an additional 8-page chart of trees, shrubs, vines and perennials suitable for renovation because they grow well under one or more of the limiting conditions often present in an older landscape, such as lack of sunlight and dry soil.
download the pdf

Save Time, Money and Be Healthy as you Garden

Suggestions for saving time and money through changes in materials, equipment, maintenance and design. Includes facts about the physical benefits of gardening, common irritating plants to avoid, ways to prevent repetitive motion problems of the hand and arm, and an interesting look at noise connected to gardening. From the presentation made February 28, 2012 in Howell, Michigan.
download the pdf

Sharpen Your Hand Pruners

Two versions:
A two page illustrated pdf file. Includes 3 important images.
download the two-page pdf

Or a 154-page pdf of a PowerPoint show. This show was running on our computer for you to see as we demonstrated this essential skill at tool cleaning parties* in Macomb, Monroe and Taylor, Michigan and at Winter Day in the Garden in Robinson Illinois, January 28, 2012. The Powerpoint version of this presentation was too large to include here, at least with our current webmastery. This pdf version is manageable but to make it that way the photos are not quite as sharp as they could be. We will keep working on what other options there are to share whole slide shows with you!
download the pdf of 154 pages

*Tool cleaning parties are explained in What's Up 29  tool cleaning parties article, and you can watch for them in our Where We're Appearing section)


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Our thoughts on saving time and money applied to those who find themselves up in years but down in physical ability. Outline from our talk, with lists of specific recommendations.

With a complete set of interviews with our 15-gardener panel of experts, representing 900 years of gardening experience.

This material will be fun and useful if you wonder, "Am I the only one struggling to keep up with my own garden?" You'll not only gain insight into what's common and what's in store, but how some very good and very inventive individuals have kept on growing into their 8th decade.

Right: Burdette Chapman, 89, says "This wheelbarrow just runs itself... and it helps that the compost pile is downhill from the garden!"

Vegetable Garden Basics: A Planning Workshop

A three-part workshop presented by Janet Macunovich and Margaret Thele in February 2014 in Beverly Hills, Michigan.
Materials are downloadable here as pdf files, in three parts.
A) Outline as distributed on paper at the presentation, including worksheets for planning the type, amounts and placement of various crops in your vegetable garden.
B) The images presented on screen at Part One of the workshop,which include the step-by-step instructions for using the planning worksheets.
C) The outline for Harvesting, by Margaret Thele

Visualizing Changes to the landscape

Outline from our talk and workshop, as presented in various places. Help for the biggest obstacle most gardeners face when designing or renovating a landscape -- imagining the new look.
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Weaving a Wattle Fence: The Tollgate Twist

Directions from our April, 2011 workshop for volunteers at Michigan State University's Tollgate Farm.
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What the Groundhog Won't Tell

Outline from a talk we've been presenting and building for 15 years. We've loaded it with lots of fun garden folklore yet are still in search of an answer to the questions "Why February 2?" and "Why a groundhog?" Presented March 19, 2012 in Pontiac, MI.
download the pdf

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Notes from our presentation of tips for selecting and growing wildflowers in your garden. Includes an extensive list of Great Lakes native wildflowers coded by preferred site, bloom season and color.  
download the pdf
Right: False indigo, Baptisia australis, native to and thus "wild" throughout the eastern U.S. except the Dakotas and Minnesota.


Woodland Wildflowers Native to the Great Lakes

An excerpt from our Natural Gardener and the Wooded Lot workshop. A list of woodland natives by preferred site, and nursery sources.   
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