High School Scholarship Application

Each year the Dexter Garden Club awards scholarships to Dexter High School graduating seniors who are planning a career in Biology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Botany, Environmental Studies, Landscape, Ecology, Conservation, Forestry or Environmental Public Policy. The 2024 application form is attached here and is also available in the high school counseling officeApplications must be turned in to the high school counselor's office by April 26, 2024. 

Garden Club Community Grants

Each year the Dexter Garden Club awards grants for eligible gardening projects. Past grants have been awarded for the Mast Memorial Garden located at the Historic Webster Village maintained  by the Webster Township Historical Society and for helping to fund the early education gardening program at Jenkins Early Childhood Learning Center, which is part of the Dexter educational system.  We encourage teachers or local organizations that are beginning or expanding a gardening project to apply for a grant.  The application is attached here.  

Deer Resistant Plants

The City of Ann Arbor Community Services has provided some valuable information about deer resistant plants, including a link to a guide of suggested plants.  Deer Resistant Gardening 

Dr. Roberts' Glyphosate Articles

Dr. Roberts, the "Plant Doctor" and one of our past speakers, has written two articles related to herbicide damage on landscape plants.  

Diagnosing Herbicide Injury on Landscape Plants

Is Roundup Glyphosate? (Not Always)   

European Frog-bit - New Invasive

A new invasive aquatic plant has been found in Waterloo Recreation Area and Dansville State Game Area.  It resembles a small waterlily and forms dense mats on the surface of slow moving water. Click here for more information.

Herbal Information

A list of websites with information on herbs, provided by herb expert Madolyn Kaminski, is attached here.

History of the Dexter Garden Club

The history of the Dexter Garden Club is described in this article

Invasive Woody Plants in the Great Lakes Region

The following link, provided by Legacy Land Conservancy, shows pictures of invasive woody plants in the Great Lakes Region and how to identify them. 

Native Plant Finder

The native plant finder website helps you find the best native plants for your specific area that attract butterflies and moths and the birds that feed on their caterpillars.  Enter your zip code at the top right and search for the best native plants for your area.  

Nature and Nurture Seeds 

Erica Kempter from Nature and Nurture Seeds spoke at our Dexter Garden Club meeting in 2018.  The farm introduces new seed varieties each year, including many that are certified organic.  You can see their catalog at  You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter at their site.

Peony Information

Information on pruning peonies and available peony varieties, provided by Peony Heaven, is attached here.

Plant Selection Process

Pointers on selecting plants for new gardens are attached here

Tom Rumple's Dahlia Information

Instructions for growing, digging, and storing dahlias, provided by Tom Rumple of Valentine Gardens, is attached here.  

Stiltgrass Information

Stiltgrass is an invasive species found recently in this area.  Information and pictures are attached.  

What is Stiltgrass?

Stiltgrass in Michigan

Field Guide to the Identification of Stiltgrass

Botanical Interests Coloring Book

Need a relaxing activity?  Click here and print one of these pages, get out your colored pencils, turn on some music, embrace your sense of color, and enjoy!  

Resources Provided by Students

Students Anna and Amelia shared some gardening-related links we thought might be interesting to members and their families.  Thank  you, Anna and Amelia.  

Planning a vegetable garden

Using color in flower gardens

Caring for the soil

Landscape planning

Benefits of having an herb garden

Sam, a boy scout working on his Gardening badge, provided the link below.  Thank you Sam.

DIY Gardening Projects and Landscaping Ideas to Save Money

Lia, a student in a summer program focused on sustainable gardening and landscaping, provided the link below about topiaries.  Thank you, Lia. 

Which plants make the best topiaries?