EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing is inviting gardeners of all skill levels to participate in a volunteer gardening day at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-noon.
Community volunteers will help prepare the landscape gardens around ELHCC for the spring and summer. A highlight of the event will be the participation of Diane Bennett, a consulting rosarian with the Greater Lansing Rose Society. Bennett will share her knowledge with the volunteers about the proper care of roses, particularly in the transition from winter to new spring growth.
“We hope community members will consider volunteering their time during this fun, community-building effort,” said East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts Assistant Director Wendy Wilmers Longpre. “In exchange for their help, volunteers will be able to gain insightful knowledge on the care of roses from a local expert.”
Tools will be provided, however; volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and their favorite hand pruners, loppers or other hand tools. Those community members who are Master Gardeners will receive both educational and volunteer gardening credit.
Community members with questions can contact Longpre at (517) 319-6940. The event is weather dependent. If questionable weather exists on the day of the event, volunteers can call (517) 319-6940 to check and see if the volunteer gardening day will still be taking place.