We’ve all seen or heard the warnings…they go something like this: “a funnel cloud has been spotted 3 miles south-west of Carlton, people in the path of the storm should take cover immediately”
Have you ever wondered who these people are who spot these weather events and how they get reported so quickly? Well, they are a combination of emergency personnel and regular folks who have an interest in the weather and volunteer their time to watch out for the rest of us.
Last week I took the opportunity to join about 100 others in the weather spotter training that was held in Monroe. The class was taught by representatives of the Detroit office of the National Weather service. This two hour session was a great introduction to evaluating severe weather and how to report it. I have been wanting to do this for years and finally got the chance to do it.
You by no means become a severe weather expert like Dr Forbes of the Weather Channel. The class did inspired me to learn more about severe weather however.
In the meantime, I am certified as a storm spotter, all be it an un-experienced one.
There are a number of classes scheduled in our area if you are interested in participating. Admission is free. Click here for the Spotter Training Schedule.
The Soil Conservation sales give the general public an opportunity to purchase tree and shrub seedlings that would otherwise be difficult for us to find. Proceeds from these sales help fund various conservation and environmental educational programs.
Tired of these gray days? Would a stroll through some old-fashioned gardens perk you up?
You won’t be able to actually physically walk through a garden but will be able to learn about them in a program presented by Scott Kunst owner of Old House Gardens. He will be speaking at the Toledo Botanical Garden this coming Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
I met Scott back in 2001 while picking up an order of antique Dahlias from his place of business in Ann Arbor. I can tell you he is a very personable guy who, over the past couple of decades, has become an authority on the subject of historical bulbs and gardens.
The Dahlias I was picking up back then were ‘Bishop of Llandaff’. The bright red flowers of these dahlias are nicely set off with a beautiful bronze foliage. I have saved and stored those dahlia tubers ever since. That is the subject of another post however.
The subject of the Wednesday talk is “Antique Gardens: American Home Landscapes 1800-1940” . Here’s the description from Scott’s website:
From the scanty pioneer gardens of the early 1800s through flamboyant Victorian carpet-bedding to the “old-fashioned” perennial borders of the early 20th century, “Antique Gardens” illuminates 140 years of American yards and gardens. In colorful, fast-paced slides, it shows how plants, outdoor furnishings, and the design of American yards changed dramatically through the years. It’s an eye-opening primer on the landscape relics that survive all around us and essential background for gardeners wanting to restore a historic landscape or to enliven any garden with a touch of the past.
The program begins at 10:30 am in the Crosby Conference Center at the Gardens located at 5403 Elmer Drive (south of Central Avenue).
This promises be a welcome gardening diversion from the long stretch of cold weather we have been having.
If you didn’t make it out to fair yesterday (Wednesday), you’re too late!
The Monroe Evening News hosted a “Meet the Bloggers” evening in their County Fair booth. It was a good chance for readers and bloggers to talk to each other face to face.
So, if you missed us, plan on catching us next year.
In the meantime, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy the fair. Stop in and see the folks at the News anyway. Their booth is just a couple of spaces away from the historic flowing water faucet in the MBT Expo Center.
I hope many of you are enjoying the Monroe County Fair. If not, you better get out there soon because fair week is about half over. My how time flies!
Which reminds me, Judy and I will be at the Monroe Evening News booth on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm or so. We will be joining other bloggers from “blogsmonroe” for an evening of meeting with you, our readers, in person.
Perennial, ponds, passionflowers, Petoskey stones and more all in one tour. What more could you ask for? If you asked for bonsai, garden sculpture, roses and raised beds, then you would be getting closer to what you will find at the 2009 Gardens of Eden Garden Tour.
What’s more, you won’t have to travel 100’s of miles to another state to experience this wonderful tour because it happens right here in the Monroe area.
It’s coming up quick…this Saturday 11:00am ’til 5:00pm…rain or shine.
Your ten dollar ticket goes to help charities in the Monroe area.
Click here to find out the rest of the details. I suggest clicking on the link even if you think you’re not going, the photos of the gardens on the tour are great and I’m sure visiting the gardens in person will be very rewarding.
Our Monroe County Consumer Horticulture Educator, Jenny Stanger, will be hosting a Live Chat on Tuesday May 5th beginning at 11:30 am.
Jenny is your direct link to all of the horticulture resources at Michigan State University, so this will be a good chance to get your specific gardening questions answered right on the spot in real time.