Dr. Nathaniel “Nate” Walton, an entomologist with a passion for pollinators, gardening and local food, will speak to local master gardeners and garden enthusiasts about diagnosing plant problems.Tuesday, January 7 at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Refreshments and potluck served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Walton is the Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Master Gardener Coordinator for Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse Counties. He enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subject such as plant pathogens, environmental stewardship and integrated pest management. Nate currently organizes the weekly MSUE Plant Diagnostic Clinics in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse County during the summer months.
“Nate’s passion for insects and plants makes this a “can’t miss” program for anyone who loves to garden.” says Michele Worden, President of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan. “Nate brings lots of experience in diagnosing plant problems along with scientifically based horticultural solutions.”
The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan furthers the horticulture education activities of MSU Extension through monthly meetings that focus on gardening education. Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. For certified master gardeners meeting attendance earns credits toward volunteer and education hours. For more information visit mganm.org.