Susan Betz

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1477 East Hastings Lake Road Jonesville, Michigan 49250

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Susan Betz is an Advanced Master Gardener, author and garden communicator. She has been teaching and writing about the magic, fragrance, folklore, traditions, the possibilities and proven delights of herbs for over 35 years. She is a member of the Michigan Herb Associates, International Herb Association, Garden Writers Association, and the Ecological Landscape Alliance. A life member and the 2018 recipient of The Herb Society of America’s Helen de Conway Little Medal of Honor. Susan serves on HSA’s Native Herb Conservation committee and the Green Bridges™ committee, the Herb Society’s sustainable garden initiative. She lives and gardens in Jonesville, Michigan and is available for local, regional, and national speaking engagements.


People, Plants  & Pollinators: The Herbal Connection 

As gardeners, we are often reminded of the vital role that pollinators and beneficial insects play in our landscapes and food supply. There is a lot of information about pollinator-friendly flowers, but what about herbs? Herbs are super multi-tasking plants in and out of the garden. They have something of value to offer people and pollinators alike. Their flowers and fragrant foliage attract and support a diverse variety of wildlife species including native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Incorporating herbs into your yard and garden will rapidly increase bio-diversity and ecological function, giving extra value to your natural spaces. Discover the herbs to grow to support and nourish your family and the pollinators and other beneficial creatures in your backyard and beyond. 

Neighboring With Nature: Native Herbs for Purpose and Pleasure

Let nature be your guide! We can all make a difference by changing the way we approach garden design, planting, and maintenance. The amazing diversity of native herbs can offer something of value to satisfy the mind, body, and spirit of every type of person. In this presentation, Susan will discuss which native herbs can be easily integrated into an existing garden or landscape. How to utilize them for flavor, fragrance and other handy household uses . She will cover basic permaculture concepts and design strategies from nature for problem solving and building healthy sustainable outdoor spaces. 

Herbs: Pretty and Practical Players in the Home Garden and Landscape

Herbs are pleasing and pleasant plants that readily adjust to home gardens and foundation plantings.Their flowers, foliage, fragrance, and shapes can add interest and beauty to both formal and informal gardens. Whether your pastime is growing vegetable gardens, practicing the culinary arts, experimenting with aromatherapy, or beautifying your floral gardens, herbs can play a functional, eco-friendly role in your garden. Learn about propagating, growing and harvesting herbs for your personal pleasure and use. 

Thymely Tips & Sage Advice

Parsley ,basil, sage rosemary and thyme and lots of other herbs as well! Drying and preserving your herbal harvest for health, wellness ,culinary and aromatherapy. Topics include; blending herb seasonings, vinegars, drinks, fragrant potpourris, mixed with a good measure of green household hints. Samples and recipe handouts are included in this presentation.

Growing Herbs in Containers

Many people have limited room in which to create and enjoy a garden. For them containers are the ideal choice. Pots, tubs, window boxes, troughs and baskets all offer a variety of creative planting opportunities. Learn the tips and tricks on how to successfully grow herbs for use and delight in containers. Plant combinations, container styles and materials, potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements will be covered in this presentation.

Magical Moons & Seasonal Cycles: Stepping Into the Circle of the Seasons Phenology is the study of the timing of natural periodic events in the plant and animal world influenced by the local environment, especially weather, temperature, seasonal cycles and climate. Plant and animal life cycles are predictors of reoccurring events in nature, examples include the first dates of budding and blooming flowers, insects hatching, bird migration and fall color. In pre-colonial America, the cycles of nature directed the American Indians’ daily tasks, economy and celebrations, Understanding “nature’s calendar” helped ensure their survival and kept them in harmony with the natural world. Phenology was not only a well-honed tool, it was plain common sense.Passing seasons were measured by the monthly phases of the moon and assigned descriptive names to each full moon, alluding to notable recurring natural events taking place during that month. Drawing from her own decades of gardening experience and nature study Susan will share tips on how to use “nature’s calendar” to help you know when to plant and preform seasonal garden task and preventive measures to control unwanted weeds and emerging insects .


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Thymely Tips and Sage Advice

Maria Rhodea from Adrian, MI - 05/17/2018 09:35:29

Susan was able to come and speak at an event at Adrian College. Her knowledge of herbs and how to use them was inspirational! She made us all want to immediately start planning our garden! She brought many examples so we were able to see, touch and smell so many interesting herbs. After her presentation we were able to use a variety of her dried herbs to make our own organic tea blends. I highly recommend Susan for any gardening program you may have.

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Excellent Presenter!

Matt Willis from Battle Creek, MI 49017 - 04/11/2016 20:31:02

Susan Betz presented GreenBridges at Willard Library in Battle Creek. She was excellent! Very knowledgeable about all things horticultural, but more importantly she was inspiring. She has a passion for native plants and for making life better through gardening. Great to work with, she is friendly and on the ball. Highly recommended!

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Master Gardeners of St. Clair County Spring Sympos

Lisa Damman-Sharrow from China - 04/09/2015 22:08:45

We had Susan speak for our annual symposium this year 2015. She spoke on Mystical Moons and Seasonal Circles. She was such a delight . Her lecture was very engaging. She talked about the cycles in nature and how to become aware of the little things you look past every day. Her book is just wonderful. If you have children or are just crazy about being outside and witnessing natures wonder, you will love this book. In addition to her being such a great speaker she is also a delightful person. Our guests just loved her!!

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