Susan’s 2016 Schedule
Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles
Brighten Garden Club
March 6, 2016 at 11.00 A.M.
A Pretty Peck Of Peppers:Capsicum 2016 Herb of The year
Chicago Flower & Show Navy Pier,Chicago, Il
March 13,2016 at 4:00 P.M.
GreenBridges:Safe Passage for Plants & Pollinators
Great Lakes Adventure Series with Susan Betz
Willard Library 7 W. Van Buren
Battle Creek, Mi. 49017
April 4, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
Native Herbs & Pollinators
Shady Acres Herb Farm|Summer Garden Salon
June 27, 2016
A family friendly program created by the members of the Herb Society of America to help develop a nationwide web of green corridors to increase the number of avenues through which pollinators may safely and successfully travel from one plant population to another to increase and protect the genetic diversity of our native plants.
15 Neighborly Native Herbs for Your Backyard & Beyond
Mother Nature is crying“ Listen up, it’s not just about you!” Protecting wildlife, particularly pollinators, has become a worldwide priority. Nature friendly landscapes are people friendly landscapes — encouraging self-discovery, optimism and a sense of wonder about the natural world. Private citizens and organizations are planting native trees, herbs and wild flowers to re-create habitat for pollinators. Wherever they grow, herbs contribute to the development of sustainable earth friendly communities by attracting beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife.
Herbs: For Pleasure and Purpose
Pretty and practical plants, herbs are very adept at multi-tasking in and out of the garden. Whether tucked in a pot or planted in a plot, herbs bring a spirit of creativity and comfortable sense of connection to the natural world. Growing herbs contributes to the development of sustainable natural communities by attracting beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. Easy to grow, they are useful for crafting highly personal landscapes or gardens in keeping with family interests, health needs and hobbies. Their ornamental attributes and fragrant foliage blend artfully with annuals, biennials and perennials to create lovely high performance landscapes. Susan’s presentation will cover the fundamentals of choosing herbs that blend with and complement your lifestyle and home landscape. Choosing the right plant, for the right place and the right person.
Thymely Tips and Sage Advice
Herbs serve a multitude of household uses. This presentation will focus on drying, freezing and storing your herbal harvest for future use. Learn how to make herb seasonings, vinegars, drinks, fragrant potpourris and natural cleaning products. Samples and recipe handouts will be included in the presentation.
Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles
Mother Nature keeps a date book, an exciting schedule of mysterious and magical events unfolding daily in our backyards and beyond. She does not want you to wait for an invitation or schedule an appointment; she is ready and willing to entertain and educate on a moment’s notice. Phenology is the study of the timing of natural periodic events in the plant and animal world influenced by the local environment, especially weather, temperature and seasonal change. In pre-colonial America, the cycles of nature guided the American Indians’ daily tasks, economy and celebrations. Their knowledge of “nature's calendar” kept them in harmony with the natural world. Magical Moons and Seasonal Circles follows nature’s annual cycles according to Algonquin full moon names, demonstrating how seasonal weather patterns and climate effect the life cycles and interactions of common native plants, animals and insects living in our backyards and local communities.
Native Treasures: Tales from The Plant Kingdom
Prairies and savannas are a rare and unique part of Michigan's natural legacy. Up until the 1800s they represented two of the most significant plant communities occupying lower portions of south central Michigan. Today these dynamic and varied communities have nearly vanished (less than 1% remain) along with the numerous species that rely on the habitats they provide. Susan has been working with public and private conservation groups, volunteers and students to restore and preserve the Hastings Lake Fen and Oak Savanna located in Hillsdale County Michigan. Her presentation chronicles the process of restoring a natural landscape. The steps taken to remove invasive species, harvest trees and carry out aprescribed fire will be presented. The native plants, insects and wildlife that have developed and co-evolved over centuries within this ecosystem play the starring roles in this exciting tale of restoration, preservation, and celebration.