Archive for July, 2019

Extra Value

Sometimes we get an “Extra Value” when we purchase a plant.
Gail writes:
Went to garden center yesterday for some peat moss and
did a little checking in the plant area, as most of us do and
look who I found***
and of course ya know–I had to buy the parsley and take this
guy home………do you know who his mother is??? gk

As for myself, I purchased a Hibiscus when K-mart was open and along with it came this:

If you’ve purchased a plant and got an “Extra Value” tell us about it or send me a photo.


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Gail send us additional pictures:
Continuing on with the visit to DOW GARDENS in Midland, MI.
The place is big-considering, it is literally within a downtown/residential district. Having never visited before; my group opted to continue on after lunch–and explore the garden section. It just so happened our canopy tour, coincided with an exhibit in the Gardens–neat!!! For the sake of blog space & my sanity, this post will cover just this exhibit- a follow up on the gardens will come later. R-E-A-D-Y??? With a map of the gardens AND one specific to the exhibit–we jaunted off to explore—


Per the map, there are 19 named & numbered pieces. I will give the name-only if I can be certain I have it right…..

At the entry to the gardens is a sculpture; NOT part of the exhibit but

As it says-this piece is representative of the garden.

I wanted to start with it anyhow–it hints to what awaits us in the gardens.

One of the first exhibits we see. Crane Unfolding #45
As we continue to wind our way along the paths others came into view



This sculpture different; it had color-do you see the other part?? Look on the ground, right corner.








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## not origami!!!
Hello Pete & Jill– Hort. Club members caught resting on a bench overlooking the Children’s Garden and the
White Bison exhibit.

OK folks, that concludes the origami portion-I did not take pics of all- but I managed to correctly ID all that I took. I found out the audio tour works off site-so if you missed the tour but would like to hear the artist’s interpretation–dial 1-989-484-9064 and use the #number I have posted with each picture……enjoy!!! gk

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Gail has submitted photos and remarks:
June 15, 2019: Our first scheduled tour for the 2019 summer season. Overcast skies with a threat of more
rain–did not deter the group. Armed with umbrellas & raincoats the group of Master Gardeners and Hort. Club
members headed out to Midland’s Dow Gardens. The pictures that follow will cover the docent led Whiting Forest tour.

The docent was very knowledgeable of the gardens and was hands on (Head of his dept) in developing this area of the gardens.

The group listened intently as the docent gave some history to the aspects of the newly planted apple orchard.


aerial view of newly planted apple trees

En route to–yes, we are going up there

We walked along some grand vistas

The wooded path took us to the starting point for our aerial canopy walk. The Whiting Forest is 54 acres, with a 13,600 sq. ft. playground, 4 zoned orchard, a cafe and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk-

The entry area was marked with orange posts which represent “cattails” The docent detailed the major points of
interest as we walked along the 1/4 mile path.

There was a major focus to NOT REMOVE A SINGLE TREE– only 5 trees were removed within the pathway.
This feature was created @ $18,000 to “save” this tree.

The pathway had directional arms that would take us to various features—in this portion, a huge network of nets was suspended around a grouping of trees— throwing all caution to the winds some, including me had to just
DO IT!!!

Below: The Massel’s take the walk

The woods is mainly comprised of spruce trees.

Look closely- see the structures??
It reminds me of the Ewok Village in Star War movies.

OK a closer look at the structures reveals an ONION????

With a flat path to a doorway for easy entry-the one across the way offers a much more challenging method to get
inside- despite that, a line forms for those “waiting” to get on the suspended road pathway.

Once in the structure (you know I had to go up) you had a view into the canopy– and we discovered like an animal burrow there was another chamber in the bottom section, not apparent from the pathway view

The group pauses in a clearing to check out the scenery below;

What did they see??

to play or a cool spot for lunch???? Wait we have more to

You couldn’t miss the large rocks integrated into the project; if I recall correctly, from Lake Superior.

feature showing the preservation of a tree

Lake view

Aerial view- Belgian Wall of Espalier trees

The group concludes their 1 hour “canopy” tour-

-well worth the 2 1/2 hr. drive- much more to be seen along the other pathways in the forest; refer to the map- the bright orange solid line the only portion we did–more time is needed; the majority feeling the need to replenish their energy.

would seek out the cafe to enjoy soups, breads & desserts before
exploring further or heading home….It was a good time & not a drop of rain!!! gk

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Jennie sent me some photos that, Bailey Biniecki, the new receptionist at the MSUE office has taken. She has been enjoying the plants. The first one is from the entrance to the parking lot and clearly frames the dogwood behind the gas plant, Dictamnus, in full Bloom. The rest? Well, can you guess and name the plant and/or where it grows? I will list them as ABC etc. Now for those of us that work the garden areas, hold off, let those less familiar guess first…

Dictamus, Gas Plant: At entry

Plant A

Plant B

Plant C

Plant D

Plant E

Plant F

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