Tricounty News

Master Gardeners plan education events

The Master Gardeners from Stearns and Benton counties are sponsoring several educational events that are open to the public. They are designed to offer research-based information to homeowners on gardening and landscape topics. The first of these events is a free "Pruning Trees and Shrubs" seminar sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardeners which will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Community Room of Sauk Rapids City Hall. The presenter will be John Elton who is a Master Gardener and the Landscape Manager for St. John's University. The participants will be given information on why, how and when to prune shade trees, shrubs and fruit trees. Stearns County Master Gardeners have scheduled Horticulture Education Day 2009 for Saturday, March 21. This is a full day of educational sessions held in the Peter Engel Science Building on St. John's University Campus. The cost of this full day event is $25, which includes lunch. The keynote speaker will be Jayne Roberts, perennial specialist. There will also be sessions presented by Dr. Ben Lockhart, Jeff Hahn and Kathy Zuzek from the University of Minnesota as well as several sessions taught by master gardeners with expertise in the topics. Attendance is by pre-registration only. For more information, contact Stearns County Extension at (320) 255-6169 or (800) 450-6171. "Gardening Under Drought Conditions" is the topic of a second free seminar offered by the Benton County Master Gardeners at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30. The seminar will be held in the Commissioner's Room of the Benton County Courthouse in Foley. The presenter will be Sue Hix, Master Gardener and experienced presenter who gardens in the sand. The Stearns County Master Gardeners and the Granite City Rose Society are working together to offer Rose Education Day Saturday, April 25, at Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. The half-day workshop begins at 8 a.m., and will feature rosarians from the Twin Cities Rose Society speaking on rose pest-and disease-control, miniature and container grown roses and rose photography. There is no cost for the workshop, but participants are asked to pre-register by calling Stearns County Extension. A third free seminar will be sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardeners beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27. The seminar will be held at the Watab Township Hall located on Highway 10 North and County Road 4, near Rice. William Cook, who is a Master Gardener and Professor of Biology at St. Cloud State University will present "Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces". Participants will learn ways in which they can successfully grow vegetables without a large backyard garden. For more information on any of these educational events, contact Stearns County Extension at (320) 255-6169 or 800-450-6171.