Think spring! Macomb County to offer community and children's gardening programming

Those stuck in the doldrums of January might be best served to start daydreaming about and plotting out their spring gardens. Macomb County is offering two classes to do just that.

Both classes are being offered through Macomb County's Michigan State University Extension program.

The first is a free program with limited capacity, so the county is encouraging potential students to register now. The class is called Community Gardening- The Basics, teaching attendees both the benefits and practicalities of setting up a community garden.

The class will demonstrate how to set up a community garden, how to participate in a community garden, and also explain the different types of community gardens.

The community gardening class takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center at 11370 Hupp Ave. in Warren. A second class will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Macomb MSU Extension VerKuilen Building at 21885 Dunham Rd. in Clinton Township.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 3.

Elementary teachers, home-schooling parents, and anyone else with children's interests at heart may want to enroll in another gardening program offered by Macomb County's MSU Extension.

Children's Gardens and Learning Activities will expound upon the different types of children's gardens while also demonstrating how to work with children in the garden. Mary Gerstenberger, consumer horticulture coordinator, and Anne Crotser, Master Gardener, teach the course.

The children gardening course is on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Macomb MSU Extension VerKuilen Building at 21885 Dunham Rd. in Clinton Township.

The class costs $5 -- payable at the door -- with resource materials provided. There is a Feb. 5 deadline for registration.

To register for any of the gardening courses, call (586) 469-6440.

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