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February 2012 Archives
Kenny and Gage recommend planting edible demonstration gardens in high-traffic areas where many people will see them - e.g., schools, community gardens, clinics, businesses, bus stops, playgrounds, and places of worship - anywhere people congregate. Be creative!
The program focuses around using your garden and signs to teach visitors how easy it is to plant and grow an Eat Yourself Healthy Demonstration Garden.
Five Simple Steps to a Healthy Garden
Step 1. Choose a garden site with high traffic
Step 2. Plant the five crops
Step 3. Post interpretive signs
Step 4. Talk to people about it!
Step 5. Share your results on this page
Your garden can be registered on the MN Landscape Arboretum website to help share your success story with others. If you or your community organization has plans to grow a garden (in any form), we'd like to know. Send us info, and we will post your community/neighborhood/organization's garden name - and designs, if you have them - on this page. Later this spring or summer, when your crops start growing, we will post the location and pictures of your garden so others can visit, admire and learn.
Here is a how-to video for you to watch about how to update your contact info and listserve settings.
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Registration starts at 8:30 am
Educational program: 9 am - 3 pm
U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center
Highway 14 & Co. Rd. 57 (west edge of Waseca, across from Loon Lake)
Cost: $25 per person / $15 for spouse or partner - SPACE IS LIMITED
EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS BY UMN FACULTY AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Best New Woody Plants, Perennials and Annuals for 2012 : A Smorgasbord of Fun New Plants - Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
Basics of Growing Tree Fruits
Tree and Shrub Pruning
Peter Moe, Associate Department Director, MN Landscape Arboretum
Soils, Fertilizers and Composts: What you Should Know and What Might Surprise You!
Thomas Halbach, Extension Professor, U of M, Dept. of Soil, Water & Climate
NEW! Photo Contest & Exhibit
Amateur photographers are invited to enter their favorite photos in a "People's Choice Photo Fest". Categories and contest rules are described in the flyer found on the Web site at: http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu
Door prize drawings
This event counts toward continuing education hours for UMN Extension Master Gardeners
RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY! SPACE IS LIMITED
Reserve your space by sending $25 ($15 for spouse attending) along with your name and address to: Deanne Nelson, UM Southern Research & Outreach Center, 35838 120th Street, Waseca, MN 56093
Registration fee covers lunch and handouts. Please specify if you prefer a vegetarian lunch.
Questions or need more information? Call the SROC at 507-835-3620.
When: July 19-21, 2012
Where: MN Landscape Arboretum
Who: Master Gardeners from MN, WI, IA and IL
The conference website is hosted by Hennepin County.
Check out the FaceBook site for the Conference too! Remember to Like it!
Hotel information and registration will be online by March 1.
Every two years, the Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference is hosted by WI, IL, IA or MN. In 2012, it's our turn here in Minnesota and we are excited and proud to be hosting the conference at the world-renowned Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
The class sessions are diverse and exciting, and focused around research in the Midwest! Some are classroom-based, some hands-on, some a little of both. Just a sampling of topic includes phytonutrients, climate change, organic growing, Earthkind trials, apple breeding, prairie plants,plant photography, therapeutic horticulture, garden myths, vegetable diseases, woody plant disease research, garden writing, insects, water conservations, monarchs, native plants, leadership skill building, sketching, native plants for shade, ornamental grasses - the list goes on! Click to check out the full schedule!
The conference will also feature a vendor fair, a silent auction with proceeds going toward the JMG program in Minnesota, the famous Minnesota buffet with speaker Ed Schneider, Arboretum director, and book signings by the speakers / authors. Not to mention what could be better for Master Gardeners than spending 2 1/2 days at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!
Full conference registration: $165
Single day - Thursday or Friday: $75
Half day - Saturday: $35
Shop the Vendor Fair early & enjoy Minnesota wines & appetizers - Wednesday evening: $15
Minnesota Buffet & Presentation - Thursday evening: $35
Thank you to the many creative UMN Extension Master Gardeners who are working hard to make this a conference to remember!
Cornell Online class 'Organic Gardening'
March 12- May 4th, 2012.
The course covers one topic during each of the 8 weeks, including vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals, and lawns. With a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health, we then explore tried-and-true and cutting-edge techniques for all different kinds of garden plants - annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals.
The class is entirely online, we do not meet in person. You log in at your convenience. We have daily discussion boards, quizzes, readings, and some activities to do at home. This course is non-credit only, and takes between 1 and 4 hours a week according to your interest, experience, and availability.
For more details and registration info:
Saturday, February 25, 2012
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue, Plymouth, MN
Tending the Delicate Balance
An intimate relationship exists between the plant and animal world - one cannot survive without the other. A tree will not bear fruit without help from pollinators, a butterfly will not take flight without nutrients from its larval host plant and a nesting songbird will not have food for her young without an abundance of nearby larvae. This circle of life is only possible when our ecosystem is healthy. Pressures from forces such as global warming and loss of habitat are interupting this delicate balance.
Wild Ones 2012 Design With Nature Conference will address these pressures and explore opportunities the scientific community is considering to save certain species. Native plants and how we manage our landscapes play a key role, adding both diversity and natural beauty to the world around us.
Admission is $60 per person, includes morning snack, buffet lunch and afternoon dessert. Discounted admission for members, non-members and students available through February 10, 2012. Registration closes February 20, 2012, or when all seats are sold, whichever comes first.
For additional information and to register, visit www.DesignWithNatureConference.org, email info@DesignWithNaturConference.org or call 612-293-3833.
Growing to Learn Spring Expo 2012
On March 9-11, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, you will be able to celebrate our food heritage and support biodiversity by learning how to grow, buy, and (the best part) eat heirloom plants. During Spring Expo 2012, you will have a chance to meet and talk with with Shannon Carmody and David Cavagnaro of the nationally acclaimed Seed Savers Exchange. On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to meet and talk with nationally respected Timber Press authors and get down-to-earth gardening advice from leading University of Minnesota horticulture experts.
For details: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/
UMN Extension Master Gardener volunteers may count educational sessions as continuing education hours.