The Garden Corner – 2017

We accept donations toward the Beautification Project.  Please contact the office if you would like more information at 810-686-3460

2017 Flower Colors

These are the colors for this year’s Streetscape. The African Sunset Petunia and Marigold will be used at the Butterfly Park for the Butterfly Topiary.

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     Great Lakes Mix                             African Sunset Petunia

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               Antiqua Marigold                                       Burgundy Star


Identify poison plants 

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Upcoming Events

Smart Gardening on the Road | April 30 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | St. Johns, MI
2016 Smart Vegetable Gardening Conference | May 21 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Tustin, MI
Learn to Make Jam & Jellies | May 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Flint, MI
Master Gardener College | June 17-18 | Grand Rapids, MI


Growing vegetable gardens near black walnut trees

When establishing vegetable gardens near black walnut trees, select juglone-tolerant vegetables and plant in raised beds with barriers that prevent walnut roots growing into the bed.

April 22 | Diane Brown | The vegetable gardening season will soon be starting. One of the considerations for siting a new vegetable garden is its proximity to black walnut trees (Juglans nigra). As a gardener with numerous black walnut trees in my yard, I have learned over the years there are quite a few plants that don’t coexist happily with black walnut. Black walnut always wins. Read more.

Will grass grow in my shady lawn?

Grasses need eight or more hours of full sunlight a day. If you’re struggling to grow grass even after water and fertilizing, a shady lawn may be the problem.

April 28 | Gretchen Voyle | Every spring, many lawn-owners are frustrated they cannot grow beautiful grass even after fertilizing, watering and much fussing. They’ll often call the Michigan State University Extension garden hotline for help and when asked, the lawn-owner indicates there is some shade but not much. However, some shade identified by the lawn-owner may be more shade than their grass can handle. Read more.

Purple deadnettle and henbit: Two common garden spring weeds

Learn how to identify purple deadnettle and henbit, two commonly confused weedy members of the mint family.

April 28 | Diane Brown | Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) and henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) are common weeds in the mint family that appear in early spring. They tend to grow in areas where the soil has been disturbed, such as fields, gardens and areas along buildings. Among other features, members of the mint family have a characteristic square stem. Read more.

Register now for the 2016 Smart Vegetable Gardening Conference

Smart soils, season extenders, nutrients and gardening for pollinators are the focus of the Smart Vegetable Gardening Conference in Tustin on May 21, 2016.

April 28 | Rebecca Krans | Whether a seasoned vegetable gardener or just a beginner, it’s not too late to register for the upcoming Smart Vegetable Gardening Conference at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan, on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 8-4 p.m. Smart Gardening is focused on providing home gardeners with earth-friendly techniques that help reduce pesticide use, build healthy soils and make use of organic fertilizer sources. Key messages focus around smart soils, smart plants, smart lawns, smart vegetables and smart gardening for pollinators. Read more.






Protecting your Spring Blossoms

BDA Garden Corner – Beautification updates…




Monarch Butterfly Sculpture   

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See the Monarch Butterfly sculpture and Butterfly Bench at Bridge Park.  A work in progress, donations accepted – please call 810-686-3460.  Plans are in the works to prepare for the 2016 Master Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26th

BDABridgeparksign2013          BDAbridgeparksidewalkandplaque2013The Beautification Committee is working on expanding Bridge Park to the next Phase of enhancements!  Monarch butterfly gardens at Bridge Park and the Clio Library.

Bridge Park is a handicap accessible park located on the corner of Vienna and Linden Rd. in Clio.  Donations are welcome for memorial contributions or business donations. If you are interested in seeing how you can help, please contact the BDA office at 810-686-3460

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Bridge Park and the Clio Library are registered Monarch Butterfly waystations.  Come and visit the beautiful gardens.  We are looking forward to the spring of 2016 when our gardens will be part of the Genesee County Garden Tours on Sunday, June 26th.  We looking forward to providing educational tours about Monarchs and are working hard to make improvements.  Please call 810-686-3460 if you or your organization is interested in donating to this project or volunteering.

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