Gardening conference deadline is April 5

ESCANABA — April 5 is the registration deadline for the 20th Annual Bay de Noc Gardening Conference in Escanaba. The event will be held at Bay College on Saturday, April 21. This year the event features 20 different classes on a variety of yard and garden topics.

Participants will be able to choose to attend four classes at this day-long conference. Poppy Hattinger will talk about, “Eco Prints: A Garden to Dye for” covering the fundamentals for contact printing color and images directly from plant material to paper or fabric. Dr. Dave Gafner will be discussing, “Hardscapes: Bird, Bath and Beyond” including patio design, walkways and decorative walls. He will also be teaching a class on wreaths for all seasons. Other conference topics include attracting birds to your garden, perennial garden design, willows in the garden, peonies & Siberian iris, growing in raised beds, small fruits, seed selection, coneflowers, seed saving, houseplants, companion planting, rock garden plants, pruning, vermicomposting, and lawn care. Darolyn Spannuth will present a photographic tour of Scottish gardens and Chef Robin Holmes of Pacinos will be back to demonstrate simple cooking techniques.

There is a per person fee to attend, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, and up to four classes. Only pre-paid registrations postmarked by April 5 will be accepted. Brochures can be picked up in the Escanaba area at Mel’s Lawn and Garden, Wickert Floral, Pam’s Petals, Escanaba Downtown Development Authority, and the Bonifas Arts Center. In the Marquette area, brochures are available at Flower Works, Forsbergs and Garden Bouquet and Design. The brochure can be downloaded from the Delta County Master Gardener Association website at as a pdf file. You may also check Facebook for the Bay de Noc Gardening Conference.

For a registration brochure or more information call, text, or leave message at 906-398-8145. The program is open to anyone with an interest in gardening, regardless of experience. The program also qualifies for Master Gardener educational credit.