Tricounty News

The Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon July 13

The Annandale Arts Committee would like to invite you to attend their summer fundraiser. The Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for Saturday, July 13. Advance tickets only are now available for purchase at the following locations in downtown Annandale: Miller’s Jewelry, In Hot Water Coffee, and All Things Good. In downtown Maple Lake: Irish Blessings Coffeehouse. Ticket price is
$30 per person which includes the tour and luncheon. Five area gardens will be featured on this tour, providing spectacular arrays full of beauty, color and inspiration. The tour will conclude at Fairhaven Farms unique garden setting with lunch provided by Cottage Gourmets. We look forward to seeing you at this very important fundraiser for the “FREE Summer Concerts in the City Park”. Please contact Robin Davidson if you have any questions, (612) 799-2711.


Kimball Community Gardens

Want to garden without the hassle? 50’ x 50’ plots are still available in the Kimball Community Gardens, tilled and ready to plant. Water available on-site. Call Rose at (320) 398-5552. (Cost is $25.)


Nuisance insects appearing in homes during spring

Extension Entomologist Jeffrey Hahn has some tips for homeowners dealing with nuisance pests this spring. Beginning in March, homeowners have been having problems with nuisance insects in their homes, especially cluster flies, Boxelder bugs, and (multicolored Asian) lady beetles. Fortunately, these insects are harmless, although they can be annoying, especially when a lot of them are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with these insects.

• First, it is important to know that these insects are not reproducing indoors. Because they emerge from their hiding places periodically throughout the winter and early spring, it appears they are laying eggs and their offspring are emerging. In fact, all of the insects you see now entered your home last fall. They hibernate in balls or clusters in wall voids, attics, and similar areas. As the temperatures warm, the insects in the outer layers become active first and then emerge into the living quarters of the home, explaining why they do not all become active at the same time.


U of M May 2013 Starwatch

After the April we’ve had, May has got to have clearer skies. Let’s hope so, anyway.w-ur multimedia 440089

We’ll need those clear skies to see Jupiter, Venus and Mercury perform an intricate dance during the second half of May. Jupiter, in the west, is dropping from the sky as Earth leaves it behind in the orbital race; meanwhile, Venus and Mercury are climbing into the evening sky as they catch up to Earth. Mercury, being closer to the sun, is faster and outstrips Venus.


Rose Education Day April 27

Roses have long been America’s favorite flower. Learn more about growing roses in your landscape and overall rose care at Rose Education Day Saturday, April 27, at the Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Registration for this free workshop will take place from 8-8:30 a.m. with three educational sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.

Registrants will participate in three presentations by American Rose Society consulting rosarians, Master Gardeners and experienced rose growers. Clemens Gardens Rose Specialist, Stearns County Master Gardener and Granite City Rose Society President, Deb Keiser, will begin the day with, “Basic Rose Care.” Stearns County Master Gardener Joan Andersen will follow with a presentation on, “Using Hardy Shrub Roses in the Garden.” Finally, Deb Keiser and ARS Consulting Rosarian Tom Roi will instruct participants in a hands-on  pruning workshop.