Tricounty News

Benton County Master Gardeners Spring Gardening Seminars

By Janelle Daberkow,

U of M Extension

In March, the Benton County Master Gardeners will be hosting Bill Cook, Master Gardener and professor in biology at St. Cloud State University. This seminar will cover the "Fundamentals of Composting." Participants will learn the fundamentals of composting, the science behind how composting works, how to maintain composting in an array of sizes and situations, and how to troubleshoot if your pile is not properly composting. This seminar will be held at the Benton County Courthouse, in the Commissioners Board Room in Foley at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26.

In April, the Master Gardeners will be hosting Ron Weinhold, owner of River Glen Gardens. Ron is a well known gardener who will be presenting a look into "Japanese Gardens." Ron has formed one of the largest plant collections in the state of Minnesota planted throughout 75 acres of River Glen Gardens. These gardens are located on the Little Sauk River in central Minnesota and have been largely inspired by the Japanese style of gardening. This seminar will be held at the Watab Township Hall located at Hwy 10 North and County Road 4 (Pirate's Cove Road) outside of Rice. This seminar will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30.

Pre-registration is not required and there is no charge for attending. For more information about these seminars please contact the Stearns County Extension office at (320) 255-6169.