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Naida sent in this information on Bedford’s Garden tour.

This event is the major fundraiser for the Bedford Garden Club with proceeds used for library and community projects along with providing a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Bedford High School graduate who plans to study horticulture or agriculture.

What: Bedford Flower and Garden Club Annual Garden Tour

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9.

Starting point: Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance.

Cost: $10 a person, available at the library on the day of the tour.

Benefit: Proceeds are used by the garden club for library and community projects, along with a scholarship fund for Bedford High School students.

At the tour’s beginning point, the Bedford Branch Library, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy floral displays, music and refreshments. There also will be a Backyard Boutique area with raffle drawings and garden-related items for purchase.

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THRIPS

In the last few years, I’ve planted 5 David Austin James Galway roses along my newly installed fence, an Eden climbing rose and Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose on an arbor installed.  Along with these were several rose bushes I’ve planted throughout the year.  My roses were doing beautifully with foliage, but I notice the buds looking a bit odd.  I first thought it was just the odd weather we’ve been having because as they were opening I notices brownish edges on them.  Many opened fully, but you could see the damage.  I did some research and found that I had thrips.  I followed some instructions to make sure by taking an open rose and shaking it onto the palm of my hand….yes there they were.  They are so small, like the size of a whisker, these tiny little insects sucking the life from my roses. 

Thrips
Damage of buds and bloom

For treatment I got a rose insecticide making sure that it said it would treat thrips.  I sprayed every bud and bloom on every rose in my front and back yard.  I did this to make sure I can eliminate them.  I left it on a day, then I went back and cut off every bud and bloom on every rose bush in my yard.  I did this even though some did not show damage.  I just didn’t want to take the chance.  Hopefully, they’re controlled and will only hurt this first spring bloom.  I will definitely spray as soon as I see a bud forming to prevent further infestation.  Cutting all those beautiful roses and buds off was just so depressing…I’m sure I will feel better as soon as they begin to produce again. I put them in a sealed bag and disposed of them.  Just heartbreaking.  Thrips tend to go for light color and pink roses, however I cut all just to be safe. I suppose that’s why my Eden shows the most damage.  Hopefully, they have blooms by the garden tour.

The Eden rose showed the most damage. Probably because of it’s light color
The Zephirine on right, didn’t show damage but I gave it the same treatment in case.

I will closely watch for any signs and spray periodically.  The foliage still appears healthy, although I did find a few saw fly damage and larvae.  I picked those off and destroyed them. Here are some photos of all I had to treat and remove.

The entire first blooms and buds of this David Austin, James Galway on my fence.
My 3 Proven Winner At Last shrubs showed no damage but off they went just in case. Better to be safe then go thru this again.

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Bugs with Beth: Mining bee (genus Andrena)by Beth WeilerThis week’s featured bug is a Mining bee (genus Andrena)! These bees get their name from their nesting habit, which is to “mine” and create their nests in bare ground. All bees in this genus are solitary ground-nesters. Female Mining bees excavate a small burrow in the ground, then divide it into multiple cells; she will lay one egg in each cell. The female then collects pollen throughout the day and turns it into “bee bread”: firm, round little loaves of pollen, which she leaves in each cell for the developing baby bee to eat. Pictured is Andrena vicina, the Neighborly Mining bee. It is covered in the bright orange pollen of Prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii), which is currently blooming in the prairie of the Great Lakes Garden at Matthaei. The bee bread that this individual is making for her offspring will probably be bright orange and quite delicious!
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at MBGNA.  We completed three successful plant sales, hosted a national cut flower show, welcomed the first outdoor wedding of the year, launched the 2022 Shakespeare in the Arb season, and celebrated the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden’s 100th Anniversary

We are so grateful to our amazing staff and volunteers for all of their hard hard work readying the gardens and supporting these events, and to our visitors who made it all worthwhile.  We could not have done it without you!Bonsai in BloomOur Azalea Bonsai are currently blooming and they are exquisite! Their bloom is short-lived, so stop in to Matthaei Botanical Gardens this week if you want to see them in person.

Interested in growing your own bonsai?  We have a DIY guide on our website, check it out here.Bugs with Beth: Mining bee (genus Andrena)by Beth WeilerThis week’s featured bug is a Mining bee (genus Andrena)! These bees get their name from their nesting habit, which is to “mine” and create their nests in bare ground. All bees in this genus are solitary ground-nesters. Female Mining bees excavate a small burrow in the ground, then divide it into multiple cells; she will lay one egg in each cell. The female then collects pollen throughout the day and turns it into “bee bread”: firm, round little loaves of pollen, which she leaves in each cell for the developing baby bee to eat. Pictured is Andrena vicina, the Neighborly Mining bee. It is covered in the bright orange pollen of Prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii), which is currently blooming in the prairie of the Great Lakes Garden at Matthaei. The bee bread that this individual is making for her offspring will probably be bright orange and quite delicious!100 Years in Bloom: celebration highlightsAfter over a year of planning, the W.E. Upjohn Centennial Celebration took place on June 5, 2022.  The weather was perfect and the peonies were ready to impress.

Highlights of the event including photos are available at this link.  Highlights from this year’s peony bloomThe W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden is more than a just a place – it is a meaningful backdrop for so many moments that is intricately woven into the tapestry of our community. This garden is your garden. We celebrate together.

Enjoy video of the garden at the link below.June is pride monthFlowers such as green carnations, violets, pansies, roses, and lavender have symbolized the LGBTQIA2s+ movement for centuries. Flowers were used as a form of coded language and to symbolize represent love, beauty, and loss.

To our friends in the LGBTQIA2s+ community, we see you and support you. Native plants supporting pollinatorsHost plants are plants that provide food for butterfly or moth larvae.  This beautiful Raspberry Pyrausta moth’s host plant is dotted mint (Monarda punctata).   You can learn more about which moths and butterflies feed on which native plants at this Native Plant Finder.

This friendly Mining bee (Andrena sp.) was found in our Great Lakes Garden is collecting pollen on a fleabane.  Both daisy fleabanes (Erigeron annuus and Erigeron annuus) are native to Michigan.

Native pollinators such as these are important to humans, not only for ecological balance, but in their role in our food production.  By including native plants in our own yards and spaces we can support these important
Upcoming Events
May 21 – June 26
Time in the Garden” Art Exhibit” Community Art Exhibit 
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd Ann Arbor,  MI  48105
Artworks in a variety of media depicting the relationships between nature, time, and change. 30 artists from across the community. Free admission. Exhibit runs from Saturday May 21 to Sunday June 26 during visitor center hours at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 

June 2 – June 26 (Thursdays – Sundays) 6:30 pm
Shakespeare in the Arb: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Shakespeare in the Arb returns to Nichols Arboretum for its 20th season in 2022 with the production of
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shakespeare in the Arb is a 2 hour outdoor, moving performance that takes place within Nichols Arboretum. Audience members should be prepared for light weather conditions, periods of sitting, standing and walking.  Advance ticket sales only. 

June 26 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Time in the Garden” Art Exhibit Closing Reception
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Experience the relationships between nature, time, and change in a variety of medias, featuring pieces from 30 local artists. Join the artists on the final day of the exhibit for a casual meet and greet. Free admission. Sunday June 26, 2pm-4pm. 

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Thank you

Naida asked me to post:

VERY LARGE THANKS TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS

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Stella K. sent in this information.

Join us to celebrate!
The beloved peony garden in Nichols Arboretum was established 100 years ago in 1922 with a gift of peony plants from Michigan alumnus W. E. Upjohn. It is the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America. At peak bloom visitors are treated to more than 10,000 blossoms in shades of pink, red, and white. It’s a must-see event, so don’t miss this year’s peony garden blooming season – the peony plants are expected to be at their peak this weekend, just in time for our Centennial Celebration!Visit our peony garden website for visit detailsCelebrating 100 Years of Bloom!June 4th from 1-3pm
Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights Wander through this stunning display of historic herbaceous peonies in bloom, then join us for a centennial celebration featuring remarks and peony-inspired musical performances. The W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden Centennial Celebration will feature remarks from Nichols Arboretum director Tony Kolenic, Peony Curator David Michener, members of the W.E. Upjohn Family, and others, as well as performances of peony-inspired Korean choral works and a composition by composer-in-residence, Alexis Lamb. Innovation and ImpactThe W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022 and with that comes a question that I am often asked: what do you do with a historic peony garden at a leading public research university? to be honest, it’s a question I truly love answering.” Read more from Director Anthony Kolenic in his post “From Legacy to Catalyst: Innovation and Impact at the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden“.Peony Garden Named for Original DonorIn 1922, Dr. W. E. Upjohn gave a gift of peonies to the University of Michigan that would become what is now the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Upjohn’s significant gift has come full circle, as his family has come together on the 100th anniversary of his gift with a donation of $2 million to name the gardens after its original donor. On May 19, the U-M Board of Regents approved naming the garden the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden, in recognition of collective gifts from members of the Upjohn family.  The full story is available here.W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden. Date unknown- approximately 1930Learning About PeoniesCaring for Peonies
Do you have questions about growing you own peonies?  Take a look at our Peony Care Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful tips and answers to common questions.Peony Viruses
Unlike mammals, plants do not possess immune systems that produce antibodies. Instead, practically speaking, every plant cell defends itself using an arsenal of molecular mechanisms.  Learn more about peony viruses in this post by Dr. Nastassia Vlasava and Dr. David Michener.Peony Root Systems
The beloved peony has traveled the world thanks to its specialized root system.  MBGNA Garden Coordinator, Doug Conley, shares information on peony root systems.What’s in a Name?
When you come across a peony at the arb, the tiny hint to its history that you have in that moment is its name. Whose stories are told by the name of each peony, and whose stories are left unsaid?  Read more in this post by Michaela Kotziers.The American Peony Society recognizes 6 common forms the peony can take. All six can be found at the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden!  Learn more in this short video.Bloom UpdateThe W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden is nearing peak bloom.  This photo was taken the morning of Friday, June 3, 2022.Events
The 100 Years in Bloom Centennial Celebration is just one of many events taking place as we celebrate. For additional details and registration, visit https://mbgna.umich.edu/peony-100/ or click on links to individual events below.  

Through June 26 
“Time in the Garden” Art Exhibit

June 4-5
American Peony Society Convention and Cut Flower Show

June 4
100 Years in Bloom Garden Walk hosted by Ann Arbor Farm & Garden

June 3-5 
Bonsai in Bloom Exhibit and Workshops

June, Thursdays-Sundays
Shakespeare in the Arb “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 

June 26
“Time in the Garden” Closing Reception
Share Your StoriesThe peony garden is a special place.  We want to hear your stories. 
What does the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden mean to you?Support the W. E. Upjohn Peony GardenOur primary challenge is to maintain the integrity of this historic collection. Your gift will help us continue to maintain the W. E. Upjohn Peony Garden as an internationally recognized reference collection, a conservation model for other historic cultivar collections, and a destination for peony lovers. As we look forward to the next 100 years, your support will help us as we seek to build the related collection of tree peonies, create an international Online Peony Information Center, further cutting-edge research, and to explore the intersection of peonies and culture. Donate to the Peony GardenCopyright © 2022 Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, All rights reserved.
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Just thought I’d share a few of the spring blooms from my garden. These will of course not be blooming in July when we have the Horticulture Club tour. My tulips were amazing this year. I planted over 100, many of which did not bloom…I’m thinking critter issues and a few in pots didn’t make it. But my tree peonies were prolific for sure.

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Peony tulips
Yes, it’s a tulip

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Crimson & Clover

By Jennie S.

On the north side of Dunbar Rd between Strasburg and Geiger there is a large field of crimson clover in bloom. This soil-improving cover crop might be harvested for seed but it is more likely to be tilled up or killed and planted to corn or soybeans shortly. Karen H. remembers seeing a field near her, and seeing folks stop along the road to take photos of it. I thought our horticulture club members might enjoy the sight and being able to identify the plant. I took a sample to the meeting Saturday and took these photos this morning.  My phone did not get the deep red shade of the flowers.

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Oak Gall

The following articles were compiled during the last 7 days by members of the Buckeye Environmental Horticulture Team to benefit those who are managing a commercial nursery, garden center, or landscape business or someone who just wants to keep their yard looking good all summer.  Access the BYGL website for additional information on other seasonal topics at: http://bygl.osu.edu

Another Interesting Oak Gall: the Roly-Poly

Authors Joe Boggs

Published on May 13, 2022

One of the most unusual galls found on oaks is the light green, sometimes speckled, ball-like Roly-Poly Galls produced under the direction of the gall wasp, Dryocosmus quercuspalustris (family Cynipidae).  The specific epithet reveals one of the most common hosts of this gall-making wasp:  Quercus palustris is the scientific name for Swamp Spanish Oak (a.k.a. Pin Oak) with palustris being Latin for “swampy” or “marshy.”

However, the gall-wasp has a much wider gall-making palette including many members of the red oak group.  The galls may also be found rising from both leaves and catkins.  This is a bit unusual for gall-making arthropods with most targeting specific plant structures.

The hollow galls are around 1/2″ in diameter.  The “roly-poly” name comes from the unattached, white, seed-like structure that rolls around inside the galls.  The structure houses a single wasp larva.  I like to imagine newly emerging wasps staggering around after spending time rolling around inside the galls.  Probably not true, but it’s an entertaining thought.

An alternate common name sometimes used for the galls is the much less descriptive Succulent Oak Gall.  Although I’ve never found a reference explaining this name, I believe it refers to the fleshy walls surrounding the roly-poly structure like the flesh of a cantaloupe.

Plant galls provide both a home and food for the developing gall-maker.  But they don’t always protect the developing wasp as illustrated by the images below.  When I saw the hole in the succulent gall-wall, I thought it was an adult emergence hole.  However, cutting the gall open revealed a concavity around the hole.  A reasonable interpretation is the wasp larva became a bird meat snack; a fate not shared by its neighbor.

 Oak-Apples are Growing

Authors Joe Boggs

Published on May 13, 2022

Borrowing on a statement made by Sinclair and Lyon in “Diseases of Trees and Shrubs” about maple tar spot, galls are the most obvious and least damaging of any abnormal growth found on trees.  There are somewhere around 800 different types of arthropod galls found on oaks in the U.S.  About 700 are produced by tiny wasps (order Hymenoptera) belonging to the family Cynipidae.  Of those, only a handful represent a serious threat to the overall health of their oak hosts.

One of the most obvious types of cynipid galls currently rising on oaks in Ohio is the Oak-Apple galls so named for their resemblance to Malus fruit.  The galls are a true wonder with some having surface imperfections that resemble those produced by apple pests.

There are over 50 species of gall-wasps that are known to produce oak-apples in North America and there are probably at least 10-15 distinct species of oak-apple gall-wasps found in Ohio.  Of course, those numbers are a matter of guesswork because the geographical range of cynipid wasps remains poorly understood and the numbers also imply that all species are known. 

A Wonderous Process

I teach six “Gall Laws” in my presentations on the topic.  The First Gall Law:  Galls are abnormal plant growths produced under the direction of a living gall-maker.  They do not arise spontaneously; they are not a response to plant wounding or chemicals that do not involve a gall-maker.

Gall-making wasp females take advantage of undifferentiated meristematic cells to form both a home and food source for their offspring.  Meristematic cells are like teenagers; they don’t know what they’re going to be until they grow up.  Galls cannot be created from plant cells once they’ve differentiated into their final form; once they’ve “grown-up.”

It’s why leaf galls occur in the spring, but stem galls can arise at any time.  Leaf galls are formed from meristematic leaf bud cells before the cells set sail on their way to becoming leaf tissue.  The galls can’t develop once the cells reach port as integral parts of functional leaves.  The same is true of galls that form on plant reproductive structures.  Stem galls that arise from meristematic cambial cells can develop anytime the cambial tissue is active which can be in the spring, summer, or fall. 

Research has shown that female wasps launch gall formation by injecting phytohormones along with their eggs to hijack undifferentiated cells.  Under the influence of these chemicals, the cells that were originally destined to become flowers, stems, or leaves are set on a new course.  The process continues with phytohormones arising from the eggs.  Then the larvae remain at the helm to turn plant genes on and off at just the right time to direct the growth of a plant structure we call a plant gall.

Proof that oak-apple galls are constructed from leaf tissue can be seen in the image below.  The gall is infected by the same oak anthracnose fungus behind the dark brown to black necrotic symptoms at the tips of the oak leaf.

Thus far, no researcher has ever produced a gall on oaks or other plants without the assistance of a gall-maker.  No one has figured out exactly how the phytochemicals turn plant genes on and off to produce such intricate plant structures that are specific to the gall-maker species.  Just imagine the plant physiological stories that could be revealed if the process were unraveled.

Oak-Apple Gall Development and Structure

Cutting open plant galls to reveal the internal structure further illustrates the wonders of the gall-making process.  The internal structure of oak-apple galls includes a central seed-like chamber housing a single wasp larva.  The chamber may be surrounded by succulent tissue, not unlike the flesh of an apple, or you may find delicate white fibers radiating from the larval chamber.

Wasp larvae have chewing mouthparts; so, what do the gall-wasp larvae eat?  They don’t eat themselves out of house and home by consuming the gall from the inside out.  Instead, the inside of the gall chamber is lined with specialized cells called nutritive tissue which is constantly being replaced as it is consumed by the gall-wasp larva.  Imagine lounging in a room with pizzas constantly emerging from the walls.

Plant galls commonly change their appearance as they develop (= mature) which can present an identification challenge.  Oak-apple galls range in size at maturity (= they stop expanding) from 1/2 – 2″ in diameter.  However, it can be difficult to determine at this time of the year whether or not the oak-apple is an inherently small gall or a large gall that’s still developing.

One way to distinguish between different sized oak-apples is to carefully cut open the gall to assess wasp development.  Finding a pupa means the gall has reached its full size.  Unfortunately, my gall-cutting prowess commonly produces only half of a wasp larva or worse, a macerated larva.

Once the developing oak-apple gall wasp pupates and leaves the gall-building as a newly minted wasp, the gall turns brown, and the true size of the gall is revealed. The third image below shows two different oak-apple galls based on the size of the mature galls.

Unfortunately, arriving at a final identification of the gall-wasp species can be a challenge.  Keep in mind that gall-wasp taxonomy is based on morphological features of the adults, not on the structure of their galls.  Scientific papers naming gall-wasp species invariably include clear descriptions of morphological features of adult males and females with minimal to no descriptions of their associated galls

Also, there is a general lack of research-based information on oak-apple gall identification.  In fact, no rules govern what makes a round gall an “oak-apple” in the first place.  The “oak-apple” name carries no taxonomic weight although wasps in the cynipid genus Amphibolips appear to dominate the oak-apple gall-makers.

On the upside, delving into the fascinating but often hidden world of gall-making wasps guarantees you will continually learn something new.  The key is to embrace the unknown; to become comfortable with constantly navigating uncharted waters because your final destination is well worth the voyage.

Indeed, oak galls have even captured the attention of luminary naturalist Sir David Attenborough:

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What is a Native Plant?
Native plants (also called indigenous plants) are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. Native plants occur in communities, that is, they have evolved together with other plants. As a result, a community of native plants provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as songbirds and butterflies.

Why Should I Use Native Plants? 
Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant, low maintained landscape while benefiting the environment. Once these plants are established, they will save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and water. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources. Closely mowed lawns are of little use to most wildlife.
Wildlife does not just randomly appear in a given area.  It is there because of a favorable habitat.  To attract more wildlife, you need to apply specific wildlife management practices. When designing your backyard wildlife habitat keep in mind food, water, cover and space to raise their offspring.
Natural landscaping is an opportunity to reestablish diverse native plants, thereby inviting the birds and butterflies back home.Order deadline is June 6th, 2022
Pickup date will be June 16th, from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pickup Location: 9180 South Custer Road (M-50), Monroe (north side of road)

You may find the order form by clicking the link above or by visiting monroecd.org 
Extra inventory will be sold during pickup hours. All pre-orders will receive postcards with pickup details. For more information, please call the Monroe Conservation District at 734-241-8540, extension 5.Rain Barrels Available!The Monroe Conservation District will once again be offering rain barrels for sale. The cost of each rain barrel is $82.68 and they are available in a variety of colors.Rain barrels help reduce household water usage; lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Collecting and storing rainwater in these 55-gallon barrels has many economical and sustainable benefits. The water collected contains no chlorine, lime, or calcium making it ideal for watering gardens, potted plants, as well as car and window washing. Utilizing a rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months. Collecting water helps protect the environment by diverting water from storm drains which decreases the impact of runoff to streams and rivers, but it also saves you money and energy. Consider purchasing your rain barrel while the garden season is still early. The rain barrels are made from recycled and reconditioned high-density polyethylene (HDPE), formerly used for food product shipping, such as a pickle and pepper barrels. They are modified with a spigot & overflow fitting to be repurposed as a rain barrel. The rain barrel top/lid is equipped with a metal mesh screen to filter out debris and prevent mosquitos from getting in. For more information, please call the Monroe Conservation District at 734-241-8540, extension 5, or go to the district’s website at www.monroecd.com/products.It’s spongy moth (formerly gypsy moth) season!

The invasive spongy moth, formerly referred to as gypsy moth, is a voracious leaf eater in its caterpillar life stage and populations were high last year across the Lower Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources conducted an egg mass survey in the fall of 2021 and based on the survey’s results found that many areas in lower Michigan should expect a collapse of the spongy moth activity. However, a few areas, including Jackson county and parts of southwest Lower Michigan, may have high density populations again this year based on the size and health of egg masses found during the survey. 

The State of Michigan’s NotMISpecies Webinar series recently shared a video with an expert panel that explored how the spongy moth became a naturalized resident in Michigan’s forests and what you can do to reduce the impacts of an outbreak. To view the press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, please click here, or visit Michigan.gov for more information.Hold off on pruning oaks!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking those with oak trees to not prune between the dates of April 15th and July 15th. During this time, oak trees are at high risk for oak wilt infection, which is a serious fungal disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within a matter of weeks. The disease is caused by flying beetles that can carry spores of the fungus from tree to tree, the fungus enters the tree through wounds that are often a result of pruning or storm damage. Once the tree is infected, the fungus can move to neighboring oaks through root grafts. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is advising anyone with a damaged oak tree (during the high-risk period between April 15th – July 15th) to immediately cover all wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint. Please note, painting tree wounds for other tree species is not recommended, as it can reduce the effectiveness of the healing process.

For more information, please visit Michigan.gov. To learn more about invasive species in Michigan, please visit Michigan.gov/invasives. If you would like help from an oak-wilt specialist, please click here; you may also report infections by using this interactive map
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Good morning friends.  I hope you will come and support the Milan Area Historical Society and Milan Garden Club with the
Hack House Open House and Plant Sales coming up next Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. 

This is a 3-day event – The Annual Hack House Museum Open House,

Milan Area Historical Society will be selling beautiful, full, Hanging

Baskets and Patio Pots 

Milan Garden Club Perennial Sale includes dates:

Friday, May 6 from 3 to 5pm

Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 4pm

Sunday, May 8 from 1 to 4pm

Thanks!
Naida

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