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September 2010 Archives

Acer saccharum form1.JPGTuesday, October 19, 2010
1:00-4:00 pm
Beaver Creek Valley State Park
Caledonia, MN .
Class fee: $20 which includes the State Park day pass ($5 value).

Are you interested in learning more about your forest trees? The most important thing
you can do to be a good steward of your forest is to know your forest well. Some trees are
essential in order to attract certain types of wildlife. Some species will grow very well on a given site, while others will not. Different species also have different potential timber values. At this session, you'll learn how to identify some of the most important native trees and plants in your area. We'll also discuss the concept of native plant communities. This class is outdoors - please dress for the weather.

This class will be taught by Angela Gupta, Forestry Educator for University of Minnesota

Native Tree ID will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 1:00-4:00 pm at Beaver Creek Valley State Park, in Caledonia, MN . The class is open to the public for a fee of $20 which includes the State Park day pass ($5 value). Pre-register early to make sure you have a spot! This class provides credit for the Woodland Advisor program (WA C8n) and 3 hrs of continuing educatiom credit for Master Gardeners.

For directions and to register contact Mary Jane Stearns, or 507-

For more information contact Angela Gupta, or 507-280-2869.

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for
landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these
forests depends on care and wise management. Invasive species management is a key component of many current forest management plans. If you own or spend time in Southeastern Minnesota woodlands, you may want to attend one or more woodland management classes scheduled in southeast Minnesota this year. These classes are offered as a broad collaborative including the University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota DNR, Zumbro Valley Woodland Council, and the Minnesota Forestry Association with funding from the Forest Stewardship Grant.

Native Tree ID is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Forestry
Association, and the MN Department of Natural Resources with funding from the Forest
Stewardship Grant.

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/28/2010)
University of Minnesota entomologist Marla Spivak has Pollinator5.JPGbeen named one of 23 recipients of this year's "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Spivak, a nationally and internationally respected expert on honeybees' health, is developing practical applications to protect honeybee populations from decimation by disease while making fundamental contributions to our understanding of bee biology.

"This is significant recognition for a truly distinguished member of our faculty," said Provost Tom Sullivan.  "This is only the second time in University of Minnesota history that one of our faculty has won this award.  We congratulate Professor Spivak and her outstanding portfolio of research."

Click to read more ....

Working Together to Control Invasive Species

November 8-10, 2010; St. Paul, Minnesota

This is the first collaborative Minnesota-Wisconsin conference on invasive species (MNWIISC). The conference is being held for the purpose of exchanging information on invasive species topics in thecinterest of minimizing the impacts of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. Presentations by experts in their respective fields will cover new and innovative research, outreach programs, technological developments related to ecology and impacts, prevention, containment, early detection, rapid response, control and management, as well as eradication and restoration.

The conference is being hosted by the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council, the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society - Minnesota Chapter. Topics will cover both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. Click HERE to read more details and for registration information.
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2011 HORT 1003 Master Gardener Core Course / Horticulture for the Home Garden will be held January - May 2011 at the following three locations and online
. Registration will be online October 1, 2011. For details, visit our UMN Extension Master Gardener website.

Chanhassen, MN MN Landscape Arboretum, Jan. 8 - Feb. 5, 2011, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Online, Jan. 10 - May 6, 2011. One horticulture topic per week will be studied.

Winona, MN January 29 - February 26, 2011, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morris, MN, March 15 - April 9, 2011, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rockford, IL: The Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference was a great learning - andP1100115.JPG networking - experience. Four hundred seventy-five Master Gardeners and staff attended along with about 50-60 instructors. The Master Gardeners in IL did a BANG UP job of organizing and hosting. Vendors were plentiful and included a masseuse, garden art, jewelry and  .... ahem .... plants. I actually came home without any plants .... I know that astounds those of you who know me well. But many there were zone 5 hardy, and I still had six Hosta waiting to get in the ground when I returned home.

It was great to attend with other Master Gardeners and staff from Minnesota: Mary Zeug, Terry Salmela, Julie Schmidt, Linda Sizer, Bridget Barton, Barb Stendahl, Kathy Wenzel, Lynne Hagen, Karen Jeanette, Dennis and Sherrie Bowe, Jim and Sue Johnson, Nancy Braschler, Margaret Hansen, Janice and Bob Gestner, Jackie Wicklund, Diana Quinn, Debbie Tasa, and Craig Thiel. We made a pretty good showing!

On Thursday, I embarked on the "Local Foods" bus tour (heck, I like to eat!) We learnedP1090776.JPG about commercial beekeeping from Phil Raines, Raines Honey Farm, a U-Pick CSA (community supported agriculture) at Harrison Farm Market, and tasted some great wines from UMN grapes at Famous Fossil Winery. (Loved the Crescent Moon white wine made from le Crescent grapes). We also spent time Lubbers Farm, talking about challenges of the being a farm market vendor, and stopped for cheese (and ice crea, - num!).

Friday, Bill Cullina was the keynote speaker and while I missed his keynote (blasted email), I did catch his talk later on Ferns and Mosses. OK - I need more of both. His photos blew me away, and I bought his orchid book. I also caught Ed Lyons' talk on "Clutter, Chaos or Class?" garden design and I was definitely on the same page with much of what he spoke on. Afterward, I asked if he'd speak at the 2012 Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference (visit us on when we host it at the MN Landscape Arboretum, July 19-21. He agreed to in a minute stating "Anything excuse I can make to come to the Arboretum!"

I also sat in on the "Monastic Herb Garden" presentation by Father Dominic. My stomachP1090791.JPG ached from laughing after that one! Fr. Dominic should be on Comedy Central! I heard from Karen my colleagues who attended the next door presentation that we were a bit of a distraction.

Friday night I joined Terry Salmela (Pine County EE), Bridget, Karen Jeanette, Cyndy Haynes (ISU), Jennifer Boussolet, and Lynne Hagen for a visit to the Anderson Japanese Garden. Don't be fooled by the name - it is the premier Japanese Garden in the USA - in little ol' Rockford, IL! Who'd have thought? Visit my Flickr account to see pictures:

Cyndy, Jennifer , Bridget and I also stopped at the Rotary Botanical Gardens inP1090878.JPG Janesville, WI, on the way home Saturday. WOW. RG Horticulturist Marc Dwyer was a speaker on Friday - I attended his talk on Landscape Design for Energy - and then Ed Lyons showed pictures of the Rotary Gardens in his talk. Again - check out my pictures on Flickr.

A great conference - many thanks to the Master Gardener program in IL and especially to Monica David, my colleague and state coordinator for the IL program, for making us feel welcome and for organizing a super conference. We - Minnesota - have a lot to live up for the 2012 Conference. Check out our Facebook page and mark your calendars for July 19-21, 2012.

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The 18th Annual Kuehnast Endowment Lecture will take place this week on Thursday, P1050646.JPGSeptember 16, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  The lecture is part of the "Clean Water and Climate Adaptation Summit."  The speakers are Dr. Ben Santer of the Lawrence/Livermore National Laboratory Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, and Dr. Eileen Shea, Deputy Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Services Division.  They will be discussing the use of climate models and climate services in addressing adaptation needs associated with our changing environment. You can read more about the Climate Summit and the Kuehnast Lecture at
The Thursday evening program is free of charge and open to the public at the Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.  Please mention at the gate that you are there to attend the Kuehnast Program.  If you are interested but unable to attend the program it will be broadcast on the web at...
While still in my p.j.'s this morning and with a cup of great coffee from my sweet husband, Karl, I checked in with the sign ups for the Arboretum Yard & Garden Desk. MG Mary Buley from Hennepin is scheduled to be here from 1-4 pm, but there was no one signed up for the morning. I was planning to work this morning on our new website, but I thought, "Sit inside at a computer .... or sit outside on the lovely Morgan Terrace outside the Snyder Building and talk gardening with folks?" Duh .... easy answer, and here I am. According to my iGoogle page, it's 65 degrees, a slight breeze and the MacMillian Garden is gorgeous. Hey ... there's a kid in crawling into one of the beds - Yeah! A future MG???????

I visited briefly with three MGs from Hutchinson already who I got to know working with them on the state conference a few years ago. They said there are about 30 of them here and were heading for the Tram. Hopefully they'll come on back this way and I'll have a chance to catch up. Over Labor Day, I was at a music festival in Pennington, playing guitar and singing with Karl and some local friends, and heard MG Christie Reese (I think I got that right) from Beltrami was there.I hadn't met hjer before, do didn't know her face. I never got to chat with her, but hope she had as much fun as I did - and enjoyed the music!

My view in real time:

23553754367_ORIG[1].jpegIt's always great to meet MGs on my travels. Eleanor Burkett and I spoke around the Arrowhead region at public libraries in July and in August. I got to meet many MGs and see some folks I already knew. The Lake of the Woods Master Gardeners came out in a bunch - 17 people in Baudette - woo-wee! Grand Rapids had a good turn out as well. It was great to meet Mabel in Silver Bay (she helped me along with soil information, temperature, etc.), Eleanor in Duluth, and so many others. Thanks, Arrowhead MGs, for making us feel welcome! 

2009_final_edited_annual_report_7.16.10_Page_01.pngWith over 2000 University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners, sometimes it can be hard to connect with one another. Wondering what Master Gardeners are doing around the state? Looking for ideas for projects? Check out our 2009 Master Gardener Program Annual Report.

Click HERE to read more!
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