Bring on Spring!

After last week’s blizzard and snow along with the new snow today, I’m looking forward to spring.   Seed and flower catalogues, garden design magazines and spring garden expos are the bridge to get me from January to the arrival of spring.

Garden expos are great places to learn from professionals and other gardeners.  The University of Minnesota Master Gardeners of Dakota County to kick off the 2014 gardening season with Let’s Get Growing on Saturday, March 8 at the Rosemount Community Center!

This event is for gardeners of all skill levels interested in home gardening.  Participants attend two morning sessions and listen to a keynote speaker in the early afternoon.  The event also features breakfast treats, lunch, a silent auction, a raffle, and garden-related products for sale.  Bring a friend and enjoy learning from expert gardeners on a variety of relevant topics.

Emily Tepe

Keynote.  There’s Food in My Flower Garden!  U of M horticulturist and author Emily Tepe will inspire you to look at fruits and vegetables in a whole new light.  You will discover how fun and easy it is to incorporate edible plants into your landscape right alongside ornamental plants.  You’re guaranteed to come away with some great ideas for making your yard more productive, beautiful and delicious!  Emily has channeled her enthusiasm for combining edible and ornamental plants into her book, The Edible Landscape.


Session 1 Classes

Carolyn HarstadClass #1  Got Sun?  Got Shade?  Go Native!  Author Carolyn Harstad will share her experience and research on the best native plants for sun and shade.  She also considers color, wildlife, birds, butterflies and the environment to help you create a well-balanced garden of native plants.

Carolyn has written three gardening books including her latest titled Got Sun? 200 Best Native Plants for Your Garden.  She has been a Master Gardener for over 20 years and is a member of the National Gardener Writers Association.

Josh Kielsmeier-CookClass #2  Growing Healthy VegetablesGrowing vegetables doesn’t have to be a challenge. Josh Kielsmeier-Cook will present the basic principles of good gardening and management of plant diseases.  You’ll learn how to start a garden and the good gardening practices that end in a great harvest.

Josh is a second year Master’s student in Plan Pathology at the University of Minnesota.  He worked three seasons at Big River Farms, a program of Minnesota Food Association.  As production manager, Josh oversaw production including greenhouse and field production, harvest, and farm fertility. 

Kathy SurridgeClass #3  Winter Seed Sowing in Milk JugsYou can start your garden outside now using milk jugs. Kathy Surridge will provide techniques, planting dates and care tips.  Every participant will plant and take home two seeded containers. Please add an additional $12 materials fee to your registration.

Kathy was an educator for 16 years and a Master Gardener for four years.  She has planted using square foot and straw bale vegetable gardens.  For the past three years, she has been winter sowing perennial and vegetable plants.

Rebecca Koetter (700x800)Class #4  Romancing the Stone FruitsA love affair with fruit has its allure and pitfalls; Rebecca Koetter has suggestions to help you get the most out of that romance.  She’ll give an introductory look into woody edibles and the five common features unique to each featured fruit.  Sounds delicious!

Rebecca has a Masters degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota.  She is currently a landscape consultant with Sweetscapes, grower edible trees and shrubs.

Session 2 Classes

Dr. Jean Larson (533x800)Class #5  The Nature-Health Connection.  Dr. Jean Larson says you can improve the quality of your life through simple choices in your home environment.  She’ll explain the application and healing power of Nature Based Therapeutics through interactions with plants and the environment.

Dr. Larson is an Assistant Professor for the Center of Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, and manager of the Nature-based Therapeutic Services at the Arboretum.  She is also a registered horticulture therapist.

Faith AppelquistClass #6  Landscaping for Curb AppealMake a great first impression with a front yard that is stress free and inviting.  Faith Appelquist will present the basics of landscape design, from simplicity to repetition.  Participants will learn how to accentuate the front door while de-emphasizing the garage.  Join her to learn simple techniques to create the front yard that will give your guests the best first impressions possible. 

Faith is a Master Gardener, ISA Board certified Master arborist, and president of Tree Quality, an Apple Valley based business.  She specializes in landscape design, tree evaluation and management.

Class #7  Square Foot Gardening.  If you’re short on space or have poor soil, John Zweber has a solution.  He’ll share the basics of square foot gardening and ways to get the most out of small spaces. Recipes for soil mixtures as well as spacing for common vegetables will be provided.

John is a Master Gardener and a certified Square Foot Gardener.  During the 2014 summer, he will be a teacher and consultant at Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville.

JoAnne SabinClass #8  Create an Herb Bowl.  Learn all about herbs and plant your own herb garden under the direction of JoAnne Sabin. Containers, soil, and plants will be provided. You’ll leave with an herb garden, recipes and great information on herbs. *Please add a $12 materials fee to your registration.

JoAnne is a Master Gardener and has taught several classes.  

To complete your registration, download the LGG brochure, select session classes, and mail with  payment to the address listed in the brochure.  Join us to learn valuable information for 2014 gardening!


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