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    The Tollgate Farm News Volume 19 Issue 8 August 2013

    MSU Tollgate Gardens Volunteer General Meeting in the Conference Center

    Thursday, August 15, 7:00 PM

    Members of the Michigan HarrihoodMembers of the Michigan HarrihoodMembers of the Michigan Harrihood On Thursday, August 15, join Tollgate volunteers to learn about Members of the Michigan Harri-hood. This new program on mammals includes some fun stories, a lot of props (remember muskrat on a stick?), and an account of the amazing Detroit Beaver colony at Conner Creek. Recently retired curator and supervising interpreter of the Lake Erie Marshlands Museum and Nature Center, Gerry Wykes is the National Association for Interpretations Distinguished Professional Interpret-er of the Year for 1989 and the author of a truly interesting blog, Naturespeak: A Naturalists View of the World, which includes original articles, photo-graphs, videos and illustrations. You can find it at www.blogsmonroe.com/nature/ or follow the Nature-speak link from www.OnceUponAMichigan.com. Gerrys lively keynotes were well received at MGAWCs Growing with Master Gardeners confer-

    ences in 2008 and 2010. His educa-tional and entertaining presentations were enjoyed at Tollgate and Fox Run in 2008 and 2010.

    Tollgate Garden Volunteer Important Dates and Events Aug Meetings Sept Meetings

    13 Fall Fair Meeting 7:00 PM 3 TGAC Meeting 7:00 PM

    15 TGV General Meeting 7:00 PM 10 Fall Fair Meeting 7:00 PM

    19 TGV General Meeting 7:00 PM

    Aug Activities Sept Activities

    17 Xeriscape/Office Gardens 9:00 AM 7 Hosta and Childrens Gardens 9:00 AM

    24 Rose, Heritage, Rock Ledge Gardens 9:00 AM 14 Fall Fair Clean-up 9:00 AM

    20 Fall Fair Set-up TBD

    21 Fall Fair (Set-up 8:00 10:00 AM) 10:00 AM

    28 Plant Division and Potting 9:00 AM

    2013 Tollgate Open House

    Photo by Larry Bolam

    Photo by Renee Cottrell

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    GREETINGS

    Greetings All, Open House a Wonderful Day: Thanks to the efforts of our many wonderful volunteers, the recent Open House was a great event. The many Tollgate volunteers, the beautiful gardens and the good weather all contributed to making the 2013 open house a great event. Even though it threatened rain for the event all week, the spirits of our visitors and volunteers were undeterred. The quilt raffle raised a lot of money for the gardens. After all expenses were paid, the quilt raffle raised roughly $250. Our quilt winner this year was one of Tollgates own volun-teers, Connie Marcangelo. She was thrilled to receive the beautiful quilt made by the Tollgate Quilting Bees. I would like to wish a big thank you to all who contributed so much to the event.

    Ginger Meyer Award: I am accepting nominations for the Ginger Meyer award. The recipient of this award is recognized as the Tollgate Volunteer that has done the most for Tollgate over the years. You are welcome to send me your nomination in an e-mail. Simply indicate who you feel has contributed above and beyond to Tollgate over the years and why. This is your chance to help us recognize those in our midst that have really given of themselves so that we all can enjoy the site more.

    PAR and Pumpkins: The Plant a Row for the Hungry garden is doing very well this year. John Woodrich and crew have already harvested well over 700 pounds of produce that has been sent to the good folks at Forgotten Harvest. Thanks to a grant from the Americana Foundation, the PAR garden also has a new storage shed for boxes, rototillers and other garden items. The pumpkin patch is doing very well. There are lots of plants and the pumpkins are just starting to show. We should have loads of kid-sized pumpkins by the time the Fall Fair rolls around. All of the wonderful cool, wet weather that we have been having this summer has slowed the pumpkins down a bit. Pumpkins, and their sisters the tomatoes, appreciate some hot summer weather to bring out their charms to the fullest effect. Even so, I think we should be fine by the time the fair gets here. Fall Fair: Now that the Open House is behind us, its time to concentrate on the 2013 Fall Fair held this year on Saturday, September 21st. We need the help of all of our volunteers to make this event happen. As always, the Fall Fair Committee is doing a wonderful job pulling this years Fall Fair together. A lot was done at the recent craft work day on July 30th. There is still a bit more to pre-pare, so keep your eyes peeled for other opportuni-ties to cut, paste, snip, and apply googly eyes for fall fair craft activities.

    Thank you for all that you do! Roy

    from the Tol lgate Farm Manager

    Roy Prentice

    Photo by Minnette Prentice

    Kathy Coleman, Judy Poole Connie Marcangelo (Quilt Winner) and Nancy Roggers

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    NNNotes from the President My thanks to all the contributing volunteers who gave their time and effort to make our 2013 Art in the Gardens Open House a successful

    event! The guest traffic was steady the guest com-

    ments were favorable and the gardens were looking

    great. We found the shorter tours ending at the scheduled gar-

    den talks to work well and we will be working on the flow of foot traffic so guests can be exposed to all the artists participating. The music throughout the venue was also terrific. Any other feed-back would be appreciated so we can build the quality of this event to best showcase the features of Tollgate.

    Now on to our planning for Fall Fair. Please consider a few hours during the week as well as our organized work days and volunteer planning meetings between now and the Fall Fair week end. Look for info in the newsletter and e-mails.

    As we do each year, we would like to have a variety of candidates for all positions available for the membership to choose new officers for the TGAC. We nominate in September and vote in October to give all members plenty of opportunity to participate in our organization. Please consider nominating yourself or another willing member to run for any of the elected positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) or offer your services for committee positions. This is a great way to stay active in volunteering when circumstances may not let you participate physically in the gardens.

    You can get a copy of the by-laws online or by request from me at any time. Please feel free to ask me or another TGAC member how you can serve as a TGAC officer.

    Ginger Meyer nominations still being accepted please bring to the August meet-ing. There are many members that appro-priately demonstrate the devotion to the site and willingness to share with others their love for gardening that defines this award.

    In my life and in my work, flowers represent so many positive things to me: spirit, creativity, happiness, love and most of all, the natural worlds persistent inclination toward beauty.- Mary Engelbreit As Always, Thank you for being a Tollgate Garden Volunteer.

    Renee Cottrell, President Tollgate Volunteers Photos by Renee Cottrell

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    NURSERY NOTESNURSERY NOTESNURSERY NOTES Your fall divisions will be much appreciated for next springs plant sale. Please note that there is a plastic coffee can on the potting bench for labeling plant name and bloom color. Pots are available in the near-by shed. If you cannot pot the plants you need to contact me so volunteer help can be arranged to pot before the donated plant divisions die. We will use the large holding area in the shade structure as the drop off location for donated, potted and labeled plants. From here we will relocate to the appropriate shade or sun location. Look for planned division days on the site beginning after the Fall Fair.

    I am still recruiting for members of the Nursery team. It is a great opportunity to take on one row of the nursery to learn, and contribute to the maintenance of this area. Call me if you are interested at 248-398-2562. Thanks to the members who have joined this team!

    I am sad to say that Tollgate lost a good friend recently. Long-time Tollgate volun-teer, Denny Nielsen, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Denny was a great guy. Although you may not know Denny, you have surely seen his work. He volunteered at Tollgate mostly in the fall, making plant ID signs for the gar-dens with his good friend Bob Savageau. Since fall is a quieter time of the year than the hectic summer. I was able to take the time to chat with Denny and share an oc-casional lunch. Denny was truly a warm human being. He had a wealth of life-stories and shared them freely. I will miss seeing him around the farm. Roy

    Obituary information at: http://www.casterlinefuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1050927

    Remembering Denny Nielsen

    Kayla Clouse RoseMary Curatolo Jan Elvekrog

    Shirley Euwer Kelly Gies Roy Hybl

    Marilyn Kinderman Teresa LaRosa Brian Louwers

    Connie Marcangelo Andrew Mefta

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