Speaker Series:

February 2022: Joyce Drife, The Milkweed Community: More Than Monarchs

Our Speaker Joyce Drife was born in Michigan. Joyce has been interested in nature since childhood. She spent many hours roaming through fields and woods as a child and young adult. She met her husband Don Drife on a white-water rafting trip to Idaho, and they have been exploring the natural world together for over 40 years. Finding interesting plants, insects, etc. to photograph has been fun and rewarding.

Her husband’s blog “The Michigan Nature Guy“, check out the great photography and blog entries about the flora and fauna of Michigan. 


January 2022: Cheryl English, Spring Beauties: Native Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden

Cheryl M. English is an Advanced Master Gardener living in Detroit, Michigan. Formally educated as an Art Historian, Cheryl has parlayed her varied training and experience into a career as a professional gardener, artist, writer and garden and art educator. She has volunteered in various capacities with The Greening of Detroit, Master Gardeners of Greater Detroit, the Detroit Garden Center and the Wildflower Association of Michigan. Cheryl penned the first article on native plants to appear in Michigan Gardener in May 2012 and wrote for that publication on topics relating to native plants and Clematis. Cheryl opens her garden to the public twice a year free of charge. She also offers private group garden tours, a clematis-pruning workshop, tree and wildflower walks at local destinations as well as a variety of pottery workshops and other programs upon request. She can be reached at cenglish@blackcatpottery.com

Garden Art | Black Cat Pottery | Detroit. MI 

November 2021: Katie Yates, Clinton River Watershed Council & Seed Swap


October 2021: Marilyn Trent & Stephanie Smith, Rochester Pollinators 

Grow Back Better: Planting Natives in the Fall and Fall Native Garden Clean-up Tips

Rochester Pollinators Resource Links – Native Plants and Garden Plans:

  • Components of a Butterfly Garden 
    • What it takes to start your butterfly garden including nectar rich plants, host plants and the butterflies that need them for their young, and the pollinators they attract. 
  • Rochester Pollinators Brochure
    • Why pollinators and the Monarch butterfly need our help; the Rochester Pollinators’ mission. 
  • Pollinator Plant List
    • A list of 18 pollinator plants with heights, sun and water needs perfect for your home garden! 
  • Starter Garden Layout
    • Original starter pollinator garden layout. 
  • Garden Plans
    • Various garden plans based on your space, sun and soil type. 

Some of our past presenters have been gracious enough to share their slides with us. Please take a look!