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Master Gardeners of Sherburne County

Master Gardeners of Sherburne County

2015 Garden Education Expo

SAVE THE DATE! Our 11th Annual Garden Education Expo will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Big Lake High School. Lots of great sessions are planned including a nationally known Keynote Speaker!

Our 2015 Keynote speaker is Chris H. Olsen will speak on "Thinking and Living Outside the Box". Injecting new color, or combining colors in new ways, is the easiest method to create instant joy in your surroundings. You can expand your color palette, add vibrancy to your home and garden, and escape the color rut we often find ourselves in by going outside your normal choices. Chris is renowned for his use of this element in landscape and will show you how to add color using annuals, perennials, and brilliant foliage plants. Chris H. Olsen is an award-winning landscape architect with nearly 30 years' experience in landscape and interior design. He is known for his risk-taking designs that incorporate the unexpected and unusual. An author, TV personality, and spokesman for the Little Rock, AR, Visitors Bureau, Chris is also the owner of Botanica Gardens nursery and garden boutique.

Participants can also choose from three different breakout sessions featuring speakers on a variety of yard and garden topics presented by Master Gardeners and local garden experts.

2015 topics include:

Concurrent Session I
"Backyard Maple Sugarin'" - David Martin
"Seize the Moment & Take Control" - Chris H. Olsen
"Introducing New Garden Annuals" - Heidi Doering

Concurrent Session II
"Weaving Willow Through the Garden" - Heidi Doering
"Growing Great Garlic" - Jerry Ford
"Landscaping for Wildlife" - John Loegering

Concurrent Session III
"See It and Reap" - Heidi Doering
"Anything But Typical" - Chris H. Olsen
"Moles, Voles and Holes" - John Loegering

Cost is $25 per person which includes seminars, handouts, educational and garden related exhibits, garden vendor booths, a continental breakfast and lunch (provided by Culver's). There's also an opportunity to talk with Extension Master Gardeners plus door prizes throughout the day and a silent auction.

Pre-register by April 3. After April 3 registration will be $30 day of event.
Mail registration forms to the Sherburne County Extension Office with check payment.
Sorry, no credit cards or over the phone registrations will be accepted.

Click here for a copy of the registration and complete event brochure.

2015 Garden Expo Vendors and Educational Displays:

Amy Lea 'n Me - fairy gardens, garden markers and art
Bird Brain Birdhouses - birdhouses
Brown Family Produce - CSA shares for weekly boxes of produce
Busse Gardens - perennial plants and related items
Caroldon Soap - hand made soaps
Cat Tail Farm - canned goods
Chris H Olsen - books
Claud's Clay and Cards - pottery and hand painted cards
Cookie Lee Jewelry - jewelry
Dick's Designs - recycled metal garden art
Elk River Food Co-op - info and memberships available
For the Birds - Birdfeeders made from repurposed vintage glassware & kitchenware
Gardening World Wide - Square Foot Gardening, books, info
Heidi Doering (Willow Wench) - willow
Hollyhock Farm Alpacas - all things made from alpaca
Journals and Notebooks by Nancy
Mid Northern Contracting - organic fertilizer
Minnesota Tree Care Advisors
Minnesota Water Garden Society
Melby Works - garden art
Photos by Bob and Val Somerville - photography, note cards, matted frames
Quality Wood Products - bird houses and feeders
Recycled Wood Products - flower planters, bird houses, picture frames etc.
River Wood Crafts - wooden vases, cheese boards and more
Rum River Creations - metal stands, roasting forks, recreational games and more
Scentsy - fragrant wax and warmers
Sherburne Soil and Water - pollinator planting recommendations
Song of the Lamb Sculptures - garden markers
Sherburne County Master Gardeners
Sunrise Native Plants - locally grown native plants for Central & EC MN
The Teashoppe Gallery - herbal teas and accessories
TSE, Inc - stepping stones
And . . . more to be added!

The Sherburne County Master Gardeners look forward to hosting you again in 2015!

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Annual Plant Sale - sponsored by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners


Held in May each year at the Sherburne County Fairgrounds in Elk River. The 2015 Sherburne County Master Gardener Plant sale will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015.

This is a great opportunity to get nice and reasonably priced plants for your home and garden. We often have many types of plants, including flowers, bushes, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, herbs, vegetable seedlings and more!

All proceeds benefit the Sherburne County Extension Master Gardener Program. Thank you to all who came out and made our 2014 Plant Sale a huge success!

Click here for the 2015 flyer.

Sherburne County Garden Tour

SAVE THE DATE! After a couple years off we are super excited to offer once again a tour of some beautiful gardens in the Big Lake, Elk River, Becker, and Zimmerman area on Saturday, July 11, 2015. There are a total of 9 gardens on the tour which runs from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Click here for a registration flyer and more info on the 2015 event.

Jr Master Gardener Program

Several Sherburne County Junior Master Gardener activity days were held in 2012. No definite plans are set for 2013-14 but check back here for the latest info OR "Friend" us on Facebook to learn about the latest happenings at:

Pollinator Garden

Located west of the Elk River Library along the sidewalk, and across from the city hall complex on Orono Parkway in Elk River, MN.

You are invited to visit this special garden that was design just for pollinators! It was developed in 2008 with funds from a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Grant. Designed by a Sherburne County Master Gardener volunteer and installed with the help of other Sherburne County Master Gardeners.

The purpose of this special garden is to increase public awareness of the importance of pollinators in our lives and provide a learning environment to view them. Plants include native and hybrid perennials, bi-annuals, annual, and herbs. All have been selected because they provide nectar or are host plants to the many pollinators we see in Minnesota, including bees and wasps (they do over 80% of our pollinating), butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. For example, the milkweed plants provide both nectar and are host to the Monarch butterfly caterpillar.

The plants are symmetrical in keeping with the butterfly design, with labels on the right giving the common name and on the left, the Latin name. Some are in bloom this season, while others will bloom as they mature over the next couple of years. As you visit, watch for evidence of pollinators in action.

PollinatorGardenpic1.jpg Year one view after planting.

PollinatorGardenpic2.jpgYear two view.

PollinatorGardenpic3.jpgClose-up view.