Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson at  Kingwood Garden 2012

Sandy O’Connell has let us know that longtime member Sue Anderson passed away in hospice care in Virginia where a daughter lived. Sue kept her horticulture club membership even after illness prevented her from maintaining Master Gardener certification and while we had missed seeing her for some time now, many will remember her gentle spirit and unfailing cheerfulness at meetings and work sessions. Sandy wrote: “On Dec 23rd Master Gardener Susan Anderson passed away while in hospice care in Virginia. For years she and I tended the lower east and south gardens at the extension center. Some may still be making her butternut squash apple cranberry casserole that she took to one of the Christmas potlucks. I remember there were requests for the recipe after members tasted it.” 

Susan Anderson’s recipe
Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Casserole

1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 large tart cooking apples
½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter
1-tablespoon flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Butter a 2 to 2 ½ – quart-baking dish. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
I washed the squash, put in microwave for 3 minutes for each pound. Then cut off ends, peeled and cubed. Core apples, peel, and cut into thin slices. Toss squash and apples together. Transfer squash and apple slices to the prepared baking dish. Put cranberries on top.

Combine brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle on top of squash, apples and cranberries. Sprinkle chopped pecans over all and dot with butter. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until squash is tender.

We will miss her and her bright smile

Merry Christmas

May all the Gardeners have a Very Merry Christmas from Monroe County Master Gardeners and Horticulture Club Members.

Jumping Worms

Jennie sent me this for posting:

This seminar is now posted at Emerald Ash Borer | EAB University for viewing by anyone who missed the live version:

Invasive Jumping Worms: The Impact of a New Soil Invader
Brad Herrick, Ecologist/Research Program Manager, UW-Madison Arboretum
Thursday, November 19, 2020
@ 11 a.m. EST
 Play Webinar
Jumping worms are invading forests and horticultural landscapes throughout the United States. These Asian earthworms modify soil structure and chemistry, nutrient dynamics, soil food webs, litter depth, and plant health. This talk will share information on general earthworm biology and identification, impacts, control options, and the latest research findings.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

This was sent by Jennie for posting:

No doubt several of our members saw info posted recently about hemlock woolly adelgid found in Michigan.  Or, they remember hearing about it from Amy Stone or other presenters on invasive pest species. We have not emphasized it because our woodlots and natural areas in SE Michigan do not have significant, if any, hemlocks.  We have some in our nurseries, where they are inspected and/or treated, and some in our landscapes that are not too likely to become infested, nor too difficult to treat.  Still, it is very good news that some new tactics to control this nationally serious forest pest are being developed, and you may want to read about them?

 Hope for hemlocks: New tactics found to fight deadly pest | Wildlife & Habitat | bayjournal.com

 the dwarf hemlock ‘Gentsch White’ at our demo gardens.

Stella sent this to me for the blog. The graphic is a photo. If interested click

on this link:

Mile a Minute

From Naida

Recently was verified at the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College in Calhoun County.


  • Fast-growing annual vine with leaves shaped like equilateral triangles. 
  • Narrow, delicate, green or red stems.
  • Recurved barbs on stems and undersides of leaf blades.
  • Alternate, light green leaves, 1”-3” wide. 
  • Individual, round leaves (ocreae) encircle the stem below the flower/fruit spike.
  • Small white flowers in early summer.
  • Spikes of pea-sized blue fruit appear in July

Why the Bag?

By Gail K.

Recently while searching for  late season specials at Housel’s Nursery &
Stearns Landscaping in downtown Temperance; I came across a peculiar
looking bag.

It was hard not to notice, hanging there on the doorway to the outsideoffice area.  When I inquired I was told that the bag was nothing more than a
plastic grocery bag that had been stuffed with other bags. 

When I asked why, they replied the bag appears to other bees, such asWOOD BORING bees, to be a hornet’s  nest.  Apparently the two do not get alongand wood bees will avoid an area that is home to Hornets–thereby preventingthe wood bees from boring into wood items that may be a part of your home or garden. 
Who Knew?????

Demo & Deals

Gail asked to Post:

We just finished in the demo gardens for the year.
I popped back in to Ida Co op and found they still have yard items @ 15% off: Holly tone     bone meal     blood meal     Preen with plant food and without. All kinds of other plant and yard products…………..I even bought   a yard tool.
Good prices………….go check them out……….can’t beat local………..gail

Stella sent in this informational newsletter:



It’s official. The votes have been counted and recounted and we have three winners!

In third place with 321 votes:

Milan Children’s Preschool

with the Masked Minions.

In second place with 650 votes:

Ink & Dye

with Dr. Feelgood.

And, in first place with 870 votes:

Milan Garden Club

with Cordelia Ann.

Congratulations! We loved all three of these Scarecrows.

We honestly loved each and every entry. The creativity this year was top notch. Apparently some technical glitch allowed voters to continue to place votes after the midnight October 30 deadline. Votes were re-counted several times (not including those that came in after midnight) and Milan Garden Club’s Scarecrow, Cordelia Anne, came in FIRST PLACE with 870 votes! Many thanks once again to ALL who voted for Cordelia Anne!