Native Plants vs. The Green Industry Business Model: Overcoming Socio-Economic Influences

Monday, March 13th, 2023
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Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI, 48640 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Tim Bugenske of Better Finds LLC, a native plant propagator in Saginaw, presents information and stimulates questions. Is the Green Industry business model outdated, even detrimental to the native plant movement? Are ‘nativars’ a disservice to consumers’ ever increasing embrace of native plants? After clarifying the groundbreaking work of Annie S. White and sharing his fears for the future, Tim opens a discussion about whether the native plant community can effect Green Industry change, and if our “message” is now also outdated.

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Mid-Mitten 2022 Calendar

Second Monday of the month 6:30-8:00 PM at Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland – unless noted

Jan. 10  Nature Journaling

A journal is a wonderful way to interact with your world. Journaling allows you to capture the essence of your days and to revisit them in the future. But you don’t have to love to write to journal. We will explore ways to capture your experiences in nature in unique and fun ways. Laura J. Volsejpka, scientist/artist and director of Creative 360 in Midland will provide the books and the tools – you provide the experience and imagination!

Feb. 14  City Versus Invasives

Stephanie Richardson, City of Midland Horticulturist, will describe what the city has been doing regarding invasive species management on city lands and the reestablishment of natives in various areas, along with future plans. Since 2007  Stephanie has enjoyed helping people connect with nature in an urban environment, and enhancing the quality of life for Midland residents and visitors.

Mar. 14  Saving Seeds and the Michigan Seed Library Network

Learn how you can find a variety of heirloom and modern seeds for planting this spring at local seed libraries. Bevin Cohen of Small House Farm explains how he facilitated the establishment of seed libraries throughout Michigan, and shares some stories about the seeds and the people who grow them. He will also have books for sale.

Apr. 11  How to Prune Trees and Shrubs the Right Way

Learn from Chuck Martin, grounds manager and senior horticulturist at Whiting Forest of Dow gardens, how to properly prune branches without negatively impacting the health of trees and shrubs. This meeting will take place on Chuck’s property and feature pruning demonstrations.  Register by emailing [email protected] to receive the address.

May 9  Native American Uses of Native Plants

Native Americans living in this region prior to European settlement depended on a variety of plants to meet their needs for food, medicine and shelter. Join CNC’s Historical Interpreter Corrine Bloomfield for a casual trail walk to learn more about these valuable resources. This program will be held inside the Visitor Center if inclement weather.