First Volunteer Garden Work Day of 2022

The weather finally cooperated, and the Tollgate Garden Volunteers returned to the gardens for our first Saturday workday this past Saturday.  We talked, laughed and in general enjoyed being outdoors and seeing each other again.  Of course, there was work also in our focus areas of the 12 Mile Garden and the Constructed Wetlands (aka the Pond).

The Tollgate Garden Volunteers maintain 17 gardens on the site.  Each garden has a different focus and serves as a learning opportunity where you see established plants selected for each garden.  Maps and information on the gardens can be found on the Tollgate website under Gardens ( 

The MSU Tollgate Garden volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals with a love for gardening and a passion for sharing their knowledge. Our mission is to assist, enable and encourage our members to use their knowledge and experience to help people of southeast Michigan to enrich their lives through gardening, good gardening practices and natural resources management. Anyone is welcome to join. We do not have a membership fee, though contributions are accepted to defray expenses. Individuals interesting in earning MSU Extension Master Gardener hours are often interested in volunteering with our programs, but this is not a requirement to participate

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at MSU Tollgate, please visit or contact Roy Prentice (, 248 347 3860 x251) or Carmen Hamilton (, 248 347 3860 x239) for more information.

This article was written by the MSU Tollgate Farm Garden Volunteers.

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