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Get your green thumb on: Attend a U Horticulture Day

Cold, gray weather got you down? Get a jump on spring by attending a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Horticulture Day workshop near you.

During March and April, nearly 20 Horticulture Day events will take place across the state, each coordinated by the nearest county Master Gardener program. The workshops highlight the latest in gardening and home landscaping research and education from the University of Minnesota.

To find a Horticulture Day near you, visit www.extension.umn.edu/go/1099.

"The education is fantastic—there are topics to suit just about everyone's curiosity," said Julie Weisenhorn, state director for Extension's Master Gardener program. "But the coolest thing about attending Horticulture Days is being a part of the energy and excitement of Minnesota gardeners at the end of a long Midwest winter."

Participants will learn about low-maintenance landscaping and environmentally-friendly practices, how to grow healthy fruits and vegetables using new and time-tested plant varieties, and tips and techniques for growing cold-hardy plants and trees suitable for Minnesota's climate.

Master Gardener volunteers and university horticulturists will also be on site to answer questions about new perennials for 2012, container gardening, effective composting techniques, planting with water quality in mind and many other topics. Beginners and seasoned veterans will find answers to their top gardening questions.

Costs range from free to $30 per person, depending on location.

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program that brings university knowledge and expertise in horticultural science to the public. The program is part of a national system. Educated by university faculty, Master Gardeners teach Minnesotans about consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. They also assist with research and engage youth through gardening. Master Gardeners are active in all 50 states through the land-grant universities and colleges. For more information, visit www.extension.umn.edu/master-gardener.

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