Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Janelle Daberkow,
U of M Extension
The Stearns County Master Gardeners are sponsoring an educational day that will provide an excellent opportunity to gain gardening information and enjoy fellowship with other gardening enthusiasts. The 14th annual Horticulture Education Day will be held Saturday, March 19, in the Peter Engel Science Building on St. John's University Campus. Horticulture Education Day is a full day of speakers on various topics. The day will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. and the first session starting at 8:30 a.m.
In her keynote address, Debbie Lonnee, manager of the Planning and Administration department at Bailey Nurseries, will give us a look into "What's New in Perennials?" Debbie is an avid gardener and considers herself a 'plant geek'. This is sure to be a session full of interesting new ideas for you to consider; We will also be hearing from Michelle Grabowski, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Plant Pathology in the day's general session, "Stowaways in the Garden Center-How to Avoid Hitchhiking Pathogens." Michelle will help us to learn more about garden disease pathogens and methods to avoid spreading them.
Participants will also be able to choose from a series of concurrent sessions that include: Gardening in Small Spaces, Trees Recommended in Place of Ash, Growing and Using Culinary Herbs and Garlic, Water Quality for the Green-Minded Gardener, Making the Most of Summer, and Clematis: New & Unusual Varieties.
The cost for the day is $27 and attendance is by pre-registration only. To obtain a complete brochure and registration form, call Stearns County Extension at (320) 255-6169 or (800) 450-6171 or visit the following links to obtain a registration form: www.extension.umn.edu/county/stearns, under the "Hot Topics" section, or at the Stearns County Master Gardener website at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mgweb/stearns/, under the "Upcoming Events" tab. Registrations must be received by Friday, March 11.
The registration fee includes a box lunch with your choice of ham, turkey or vegetarian sandwich on the famous Johnny bread, as well as snacks and beverages during breaks, and handouts from all sessions offered. Six vendors will provide an opportunity to shop for garden-related products and there will be door prizes. Please consider joining us on March 19.