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Master Gardeners of Goodhue County

Master Gardeners of Goodhue County

What do Master Gardeners do in Goodhue County?

Goodhue County Master Gardeners do a variety of volunteer activities including building a rain garden at the lowest point of a downtown Red Wing parking lot. Before there was a rain garden the water would travel through the parking lot picking up salt, antifreeze and other contaminants from automobiles and then drain directly into a storm sewer and then into the river system. Now the rain garden captures the rain water and the plant roots filter out the impurities before the water percolates into the groundwater. Master Gardeners will also be helping to design and plant a large rain garden at the new Pottery Park in 2008.

Goodhue Co. Master Gardeners planting a rain garden by a parking lot.

Other community gardens that the Goodhue County Master Gardeners have helped to design, plant and maintain are a Pocket Garden green space where there had been a parking lot in downtown Red Wing, the gardens at Bay Point Park, the gardens at the Sheldon Theatre and the Red Wing Library.

A Goodhue Co. Master Gardener giving a presentation on rain gardens.

Our Master Gardeners also speak to many community groups on a variety of subjects including rain gardens, gardening for fall color, fragrance gardening, composting, attracting hummingbirds and the America in Bloom contest. The Goodhue Co. Master Gardeners were instrumental in helping Red Wing win their population category in the America in Bloom contest in 2007 and have been mentoring two other Minnesota communities that will be entering the contest in the future.

A Goodhue Co. Master Gardener with a local artist at the RWAA garden tour.

Each year the Red Wing Arts Association holds a tour of local gardens to raise funds for their group and there are Master Gardeners at each tour stop to answer gardening questions from the public. Master Gardeners also have booths and answer gardening questions at the Red Wing and Wanamingo Farmer's Markets, the Earth Day Celebration, local garden centers and a plant sale to benefit the garden club.

In 2008, we helped start the Plant a Row for the Hungry program and the new Red Wing Community Garden.

And that is just a few of the volunteer activities that the Master Gardeners do in Goodhue County!