2016 A Garden Fiesta to Remember
After many years, we are thrilled to welcome back Lucinda Hutson to the MHA Conference! Lucinda is a cookbook author; garden and lifestyle writer in the Austin, Texas area; as well as an enthusiastic gardener. She shares her passions with audiences across the country using colorful slide presentations. Lucinda says, “I like to make everyday life a fiesta, and to inspire others to do the same – whether it’s with festive cocktails…vibrant garden-to-plate dishes…or creative design ideas from my Texican artisan cottage and gardens.”
Lucinda was born in El Paso, Texas, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish and regularly escaped to travels throughout Mexico, Central America, and Europe. As a lover of cultures and traditions, it’s no surprise that Lucinda earned an anthropology degree from the University of Texas. Those many early experiences, plus thirty more years of travel, have influenced everything she does. She loves to turn everyday meals and spaces into fiestas!
Lucinda will be doing two programs for us.
An Herb Garden for All Seasons and Reasons – Herbal Landscapes Inside and Out. The gardens and “outdoor rooms” surrounding Lucinda’s legendary purple house are as colorful and lively as the recipes from her kitchen. She will inspire you to personalize your own outdoor spaces and menus too, using fragrant herbs and edible flowers for ornamental and culinary delight!
A Garden Fiesta to Remember – The Ultimate Guide to Entertaining in Your Outdoor Spaces. Lucinda “garnishes” her gardens as she does her plates--with color and pizazz. In this colorful presentation, she’ll share fun and original ideas for festive entertaining, turning everyday meals into celebrations. Her lively and lovely food and libations are guaranteed to delight your guests!
VALERIE ALBRIGHT and JESSICA WRIGHT
Valerie Albright is a Program Associate at Branch County MSU Extension. She has been growing and using herbs for over 30 years. Her passion for cooking and for using the herbal bounty has been shared with many.
Jessica Wright received her BS at Michigan State University in horticulture in 2006 and her Masters of Education from MSU in 2010. She has worked as Education Coordinator for the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden for nine years.
Cultivating the Recipe Garden
As our gardens begin to take shape this growing season, join Val and Jessica as they help guide you in selecting the best cultivars of fruit, vegetables, and herbs to grow for your favorite recipes. Samples and recipes will be provided to all attendees.
MERRY KIM MEYERS
Merry Kim Meyers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. She is a registered C.G.I.P. (Certified Green Industry Professional) in the State of Michigan. Merry Kim recently retired from her 18-year position as Agri-sciences teacher and FFA advisor at the Montcalm Area Career Center. In 2015, she was selected as a semi-finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year. She continues to teach Landscape Plant I.D. courses for MSU in Grand Rapids. Merry Kim now serves as a regional coordinator for MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology programs at Montcalm Community College.
Her gardening passion began while growing up on a farm in Eaton County, nurtured by 4-H leaders and green thumb grandparents. She is a member of Shoreline Herbalists. Conquering Scientific Names in the Herb Garden Weeds and pests aren't the only battles in the herb garden. The brightest of “Green Thumbs” can still be intimidated when confronted by a tongue-tying scientific name.
Merry Kim Meyers, landscape architect and plant I.D. instructor for MSU, will equip you with insider knowledge and techniques to master those Latin names. This high energy, interactive presentation answers these questions and more: What does officinale reveal about an herb's history? Why is Allium schoenoprasum the best way to identify chives? Who made up all these impossible names anyway? How can I say them correctly so I don't sound like an idiot? Bring along your longest, scariest scientific names for step-by-step pronunciation assistance from Merry Kim. Victory will be yours!
Lori Evesque is the Education Coordinator for Tillers International, an international non-profit that teaches low-tech agricultural and historical artisan skills including a range of fiber and gardening related classes.
Lori has been interested in natural dyes for over ten years, learning primarily from books and experiments she has conducted on her own, occasionally taking classes. The dyes she uses come from a variety of sources including many she has grown in her garden. These include woad, weld, golden marguerite, African marigold, tansy, and others.
Lori has been gardening for over 25 years growing everything from dye plants to small fruits and vegetables to herbs. She is a Master Gardener of 20 years and also teaches classes in dyeing, seed saving, seed starting, and organic gardening.
Plants to Dye For! Take a step into the Dyer's Garden to learn about some of the plants you can grow in Michigan which make wonderful dye plants. Some of these are common landscaping plants and native plants while others will be more unusual. Learn about growing, harvesting, and dyeing with such dye plants as coreopsis, cosmos, tansy, goldenrod, madder, and more. Lori will also cover the best ways to store dye materials for out of season dyeing,
ethical wild crafting of native dye plants, and techniques to get the best results from your dye experiments.