Inspirations for Michigan Gardeners!

I love lots of garden publications, blogs and websites. I read about and have visited gardens all over the globe. But I live and garden here in southeast Michigan. So, there are some Michigan specific publications that I love and use that I want to share with you.

We are lucky here in Michigan – we have one of the finest agricultural universities in the US, Michigan State University. The MSU Extension Service “helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.” I have used their services to get information on new plants and trees, the status of pests and diseases affecting our plant life, and as a resource for continuing education. Their website is full of great research and information and is free. Sign up for their Lawn & Garden E-Newsletter!

I recently ran across a new print publication, Michigan Gardening, published by State-by-State Publications. Published bi-monthly, the magazine breaks the state down by region or zone, providing relevant information to gardeners in our state’s widely varying climate zones (might not want to plant the same thing in Iron Mountain that we can plant here in Detroit). Their most recent issue featured an article and photograph layout about one of Grosse Pointe’s most beautiful gardens in the article “Victoria’s Garden”. You can find information of subscribing or even read selected articles by visiting

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Finally, for the best price (FREE!), look for copies of Michigan Gardening at any of your local nurseries and garden centers. One of my favorite features is their Map of Michigan Nurseries. I tuck a copy away in my glove box and pull it out when I am making a road trip, just to see what nurseries or garden centers might be in the area. They also have a website where articles are available and even a Calendar of Garden Events with great demonstrations and talks submitted by garden clubs and nurseries. You can find great ways to spend a winter afternoon planning for the coming Michigan spring!

Michigan is a great place to garden and grow and these resources are just for us!