horticulture Killer viruses could help Michigan cherry farmers By Kaye LaFond • Mar 19, 2019 George Sundin / Michigan State University Bacterial canker is a devastating tree disease that affects sweet cherry orchards around the country. There is currently no good way to treat it, but some Michigan scientists are trying to harness bacteria-killing viruses to control it. Stop and smell the “rotting flesh” as rare corpse flower blooms in Grand Rapids By Stateside Staff • Jul 9, 2018 Courtesy of Meijer Gardens Listen Listening... / 5:18 Stateside's conversation with Wendy Overbeck, senior horticultural manager at Frederik Meijer Gardens. It's a momentous week at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. Its once-tiny corpse flower is now a strapping plant, reaching several feet high, and it's about to bloom for the very first time.