*(June 24, 2010)*

The Michigan Garden Plant Tour

*When:* August 2-13, 2010

*Where:* 8 sites around Michigan (visit to view
map of sites)

*Why: *Come enjoy the seventh annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour, a
coordinated open house of leading young ornamental plant producers and
Michigan State University. There are eight participating Tour sites during
the 2-week period (visit to view map of sites).
Expect to see impressive displays of flowering plant material, including all
of the commercial brands of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Take a day trip
to visit a couple of sites, or complete the entire loop for the full
tour. Visit to view the map to help locate the
sites and plan your route.

*How:* The Michigan Garden Plant Tour is completely free, but growers would
appreciate a call ahead to know you'll be coming. For more information on
the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, please contact Tour coordinators Jennifer
Sweet (phone 517-355-5191 x1339) or Erik Runkle (phone 517-355-5191 x1350).

Detroit Agriculture Network Urban Bus and Bike Tour*

When: *August 5, 2010

*Where:* All tours start at the Catherine Ferguson Academy (2750 Selden in
Detroit.) Sign in begins at 5pm and the tour starts sharply at 6pm.

*Why: *This year’s tour will highlight a selection of prosperous,
innovative, and visually stunning gardens and farms that are contributing to
the new food system through bio‐intensive urban agriculture and commerce
between local restaurants and farmer’s markets. The Garden Resource Program
Collaborative (GRPC) works to support the emergence of a new, sustainable
food system in Detroit through a network of more than 517 backyard gardens,
244 community gardens, and 46 school gardens. The GRPC facilitates
resources, education, and training of urban gardeners, farmers, and
community leaders through a variety of programming.

The bicycle tour will “weave through gardens located in the Cass Corridor,
Woodbridge, and Greater Corktown.” At the end of the tour will be
locally-grown food and refreshments created by local chefs! And for those
that can’t make it August 5th, there is a Garden Bike Tour on August 15th
just south of the border. It’s part of Windsor’s 2nd Annual Summer Harvest
Festival. (via Bike Windsor)

*How:* Register ahead of time by contacting Ashley Atkinson at (313)
237‐8736 or via email at [log in to unmask] The tour fee is a sliding scale
from $1 to $20 which offsets costs and helps “grow Detroit’s agricultural

Press Release: **

*MSU Garden Plant Showcase

When: *August 10, 2010, from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

*Where:* Michigan State University
*Why:* You’ll hear the latest on new annuals and perennials, see unbiased
garden performance of ornamentals, and hear directly from many of the
breading companies about their favorite plants.

In addition to the walking through the trial gardens, hear presentations
from MSU faculty and staff about top-performing plants. New for 2010:
Representatives from many of the major breeding companies, including Ball
Horticulture, Benary, Danziger, Dummen, Floranova, Paul Ecke Ranch, Plug
Connection, Proven Winners, and Sakata, will present highlights of some of
their favorite new introductions and proven performers.  Below is the
tentative program.  Stay tuned for registration information.

*How:*  The MSU showcase requires advance registration. Cost: $42 per person
(received by July 30) or $52 per person (received after July 30),
Registration fee includes, coffee, lunch, parking, 1 trial booklet, and
program), plus $5 per copy for additional trial booklets. Visit to download registration form and view
tentative schedule.  Any questions contact:

Jennifer Sweet

Phone: (517) 355-5191 x1339

E-mail: [log in to unmask]

*Edible Flint Urban Agriculture Bus Tour*

*When: *5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 2010
Where/Why: *Details: Buses depart from Flint Farmers' Market to tour six
urban garden initiatives around the city. The free evening includes a light
meal featuring local snacks following the guided tour.

*How:* To register: (810) 257-3088 ext. 536 or e-mail:
[log in to unmask] by Aug. 28.

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