Get your green on at Growing Great Gardens conference

Photo courtesy of Patty Donahue
Vendors Steve and Donna Turner of Southgate specialize in growing and selling African violets.

TAYLOR — Registration is open for the fifth annual Growing Great Gardens conference, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at Wayne County Community College District, 21000 Northline Road in Taylor.

The event will celebrate all things “Irish” by encouraging everyone to wear green.

Hosted by The Taylor Conservatory Foundation, Taylor Garden Club, and WCCCD, the event offers participant a way to learn easy, low-cost ways to grow fresh, healthy produce, beautify their home landscapes and learn the latest in good horticultural practices. The event also includes a marketplace for shopping.

The morning keynote speaker, Jill Tack, will discuss the increasing unregulated use of genetically modified organisms in the food supply with her presentation “What You Need to Know about GMO’s.” Gardening expert Janet Macunovich of Perennial Favorites will close the afternoon with “Continuous Color in Your Garden”.

In between the talks are classes which will include topics from the ABC’s of growing vegetables; creating a beautiful edible landscape; organic lawn care; natural ways to control critters in the yard; and learning to make herbal teas, tonic and toner. Many well-known garden experts will lead the 12 classes offered.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available until March 1.

Registration is $30 until Thursday, and $35 afterward. The fee includes two keynote presentations, two additional classes, a GMO-free box lunch, and a chance to win garden-related door prizes.

Registration forms are available by calling Pattie Kehr at 313-292-8316, or at, and

“Growing Great Gardens is a wonderful event that we are proud to sponsor,” said Chris Coffman of Wal-Mart in Taylor. “We stand behind organizations that are committed to promoting education and strengthening their communities.”

In addition, a marketplace will be open to the public from 8a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who like to shop. Admission to shop is free.

“The vendors were selected for their creative and high quality products” Vendor Coordinator Sherry Soja-Molloy said. “Shoppers will find a great selection of all things garden related. You don’t have to be registered for the seminar to shop with over 30 top-quality vendors who will be there for the day.”

Products will include mosaic garden stepping stones, birdhouses, teas, indoor plants, soaps, baskets, garden tools, artwork, local honey and jam, and jewelry.

Non-profit groups will be there as well with news about their work in the community.