Upcoming events

2017 Greenhouse Production, Plant Health, & Annual Metro-Detroit Flower Growers Association Meeting

November 1, 2017

Where: Bogie Lake Greenhouses
1525 Bogie Lake Rd, White Lake, MI 48383


Time Presentation Title Speaker
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Introduction and Welcome Dr. Garrett Owen
9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Getting the most out of Ethephon Sprays

One of the most frustrating aspects of production is making growing decisions and not seeing the desired result. Kellie will give some tips on how to obtain the desired results from your ethephon sprays by managing spray water alkalinity and air temperature at application.

Ms. Kellie Walters
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. The Bottom Line on Reduced Temperature Production

Can you finish high-quality bedding plants under reduced air temperatures or no heat? Roberto will share which species perform best, when to transplant, and how to adjust your fertilizer and plant growth regulation programs compared to traditional production. In addition, we will show you how much money you can save by growing cold tolerant annuals in hoop houses and using root-zone heating.

Dr. Roberto Lopez
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Guidelines and Benefits of Supplemental Greenhouse Lighting

During the winter and early spring, supplemental lighting can increase rooting, accelerate flowering, stimulate branching, and improve crop quality. Erik will discuss the advantages of increasing the daily light integral through supplemental lighting, as well as provide guidelines about how to select and operate different lamp types.

Dr. Erik Runkle
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Using photoperiodic lighting to control flowering 

Many floriculture crops flower based on the photoperiod. When natural days are short, flowering of long-day and short-day plants can be controlled by day-extension or night-interruption lighting. Incandescent lamps are effective in regulating flowering but are being phased out production because of energy inefficiency. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are emerging as an alternative light source. They have been used to study how different colors of light affect flowering time. William will focus on the principles of photoperiodism, lighting techniques, and spectral effects on flowering.

Mr. William Meng
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Planning for Biological or Pesticide Control of Pests in 2018

Dr. Smitley will discuss the relative benefits of using pesticides or beneficial insects to control insect pest in greenhouses. In addition he will outline the most important steps needed to be successful in terms of minimizing pest problems and keeping costs acceptable.

***1 hour Pesticide Credit***

Dr. David Smitley
11:45 – 12:15 p.m. Know What You’re Fighting: Blights, Rots, and Leaf Spots

We will discuss how to diagnose the diseases that are most commonly found in greenhouses and how to stop them from spreading to your healthy plants.

***1 hour Pesticide Credit***

Mr. Blair Ha


2018 Marketing Boot Camp 

February 28, 2018

Lead by Dr. Bridget Behe of Michigan State University, this program will focus on getting you and your team back in shape for the busy spring selling season.  This interactive day is designed to help boost morale, unify vision, and ready the troops for duty.  Join our drill sergeant as she covers topics from business purpose and philosophy to marketing math and social media. Educational events starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.

Where:  MSU Tollgate Education and Conference Center
Conference Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, Michigan 48377

Cost:     Pre-Registration (before Feb. 14, 2018): $49 per person)

Normal and On-Site Registration (After Feb. 14, 2018): $69 per person

**workshop limited to 40 attendees

Online Registration:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/BootCamp2018/

Mail Registration: Link to Registration Form

Dr. W. Garrett Owen
MSU Tollgate Education and Conference Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, Michigan 48377


2018 Eastern Market Flower Days

May 20, 2018

Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and has been a time-honored tradition of Eastern Market since 1967. This special day is made possible by the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) and the Eastern Market.  Members of MDFGA and growers of southeastern Michigan offer a wide variety of annual, perennial, vegetable, herb, and potted flowering plants. They share 15 acres of the heartiest varieties of flowers for this region and they’re ready to share the best strategies of plant keeping. It’s recommended you come early on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 for the best selection of plants! Market opens at 7:00 am. See you there. rain or shine!


Where: Eastern Market

2934 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207