Garden Webinars

March & April 2022

Join us online via Zoom for a series of four garden lectures featuring garden designers Janet Macunovich and Ed Blondin, and botanical photographer Laurie Tennent. From garden history and photography, to design and renovation, each lecture will cover a different topic designed to increase your knowledge and prepare you for the upcoming gardening season. Please see below for a summary of each lecture and to register now!

Headshots of Janet Macunovich, Ed Blondin, and Laurie Tennent.

Registration & Refunds
General Admission: $30/class | $120/series
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members: $25/class | $100/series

Please click the buttons at the bottom of this page to register. Registration closes the day of each webinar at 8:00am. All registrants will receive an email at 10:00am the morning of the event with instructions on how to join the webinar. Please add and to your contacts. 

Thank you for supporting Cranbrook House & Gardens by registering for each viewer in your household and not sharing your login link with others. Registration is nonrefundable.

Webinar Video 
Registration includes a recorded video of the webinar. A link to view the recorded video will be sent within two weeks of the event. 

Weekly Topics

Great Plant Combinations

Speaker: Janet Macunovich
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Most gardeners aim for year-round interest, but sometimes the design process gets bogged down in looking for color alone. In this webinar, expert gardener Janet Macunovich will offer suggestions for trees, shrubs, and perennials that not only look great together for their seasonal colors but also for their combined forms, textures, and foliage characteristics.  

This session is eligible for 1.5 hours of MSU Extension Master Gardener continuing education credit. Project category: Community: Beautification – Public Areas.

Photograph of Conifer Hill at Cranbrook Gardens.

Renovating a Perennial Bed

Speaker: Janet Macunovich
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Perennials don't last forever -- beds that are six or seven years old benefit greatly from a total or partial remake. If your bed has become worn out, some plants have grown too large and others have melted away, or you're just plain tired of looking at the same old stuff, don't miss this class. Expert gardener Janet Macunovich will provide a step-by-step approach to give old plants and soil new life, rekindle faded glory, and make care easier.

This session is eligible for 1.5 hours of MSU Extension Master Gardener continuing education credit. Project category: Community: Beautification – Public Areas.

Photograph of the Library Garden at Cranbrook Gardens.

Dirty History: Gardens of the Persian and the Monastic Periods

Speaker: Ed Blondin
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Why do we garden the way we do? To understand today’s modern garden aesthetic, we need to hit ‘rewind’ and go back to the future, all the way to the Persian Empire. This is a time when 44% of the world’s population fell under Persian rule. The ancient capital of Pasargadae funneled plants and ideas from the East to the west, influencing the gardens of ancient Greece then Rome. From there, the Great Monastic Gardens pushed the aesthetic across the Atlantic and into your back yard. If you are interested in gardens, history, and “Ahhhh Haaaaa” moments, then don’t miss this lecture with Ed Blondin, the owner of Hortulus Gardens & Landscape.

Photograph of Laurie Tennent's botanicals at Cranbrook

Intimate Portraits

Speaker: Laurie Tennent
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Tour some of the garden exhibitions of botanical photographer Laurie Tennent and explore photographic techniques to capture the exquisite details of nature. This online class will be complemented by a photographic tour on the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook House & Gardens when the gardens are in bloom (additional paid registration required). Laurie will provide techniques and inspire you to create botanical portraits (for amateur use) as you develop a style of your own. Webinar attendees will receive exclusive access to register for the in-person tour (more details will be emailed at a later date).

Photograph of Laurie Tennent's botanicals at Cranbrook Gardens.

Garden Webinar Videos

View a summary of our previous lectures and purchase access to the recorded videos. Previous topics include Designing Shady Areas, Simplifying a Garden, Continuous Color in a Garden, and Adding Life to a Garden: Birds, Butterflies, and Beneficial Insects.

Photograph of Harmony at the Reflecting Pool at Cranbrook House & Gardens, summer 2020.

Additional Information
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