Eighth Annual Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 6:35 am

Bud Markhart“Let’s Get Growing” is the theme of the Eighth Annual Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day on Saturday, March 27th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine City High School located south of Pine City on MN Highway #61. Registration, exhibits and coffee begin at 8 a.m.

“The Importance of Biodiversity in Organic Gardening” will be the keynote presentation at 9:00 a.m. by Bud Markhart, University of Minnesota professor, organic gardener and contributing writer to the Northern Gardener magazine. Bud will cover why organic gardening works, nature’s system, biodiversity in soils, crop rotations and using insects.

Two rounds of concurrent sessions will be presented twice on the following topics
by these speakers.

“Propagating and Increasing Plants for Spring Planting” will be covered by Bill Peters, University of Minnesota Dept. of Horticulture Teaching Specialist. Bill will demonstrate techniques to plant, divide and increase your plant numbers for spring

“Trees and Shrubs for Zone 3 beyond the Ash” will be presented by Kathy Zuzak, University of Minnesota Extension Educator with expertise in trees and shrubs. Kathy will give an update on Emerald Ash Borer forecast for Minnesota and then recommend hardy trees and shrubs for zone 3 that we can plant now to get ahead of the inevitable loss of our Ash trees. Kathy has a forest pathology background and 19 years as a plant breeder when she developed the Northern Accents roses, “Lights” series of azaleas, Garden Glow dogwood, Firefall Freeman Maple and other shrub and tree cultivars.

“Growing 12 Wonderful Culinary Herbs” will be the first session and “Easy and Healthy Cooking with Herbs” the second session presented by Myrl Moran of Melon Patch Herbs, Princeton.

In the first concurrent session Bud Markhart will cover “How to Grow Organically: The Benefits of Organic Matter and Composting”.
In the second concurrent session, “Shade Gardening with Perennials – Beyond Hostas” will be covered by Debee Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries perennial, woody and bedding plant coordinator. She will present ideas on what can be planted besides hostas in shaded locations in your yard and/or garden.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be served, door prizes given and there will be time to visit with exhibitors during breaks between sessions. Bring your gardening questions to the “Ask a Master Gardener Booth (table)” and visit with experienced Pine County Master Gardeners.

Early Bird Registration for Horticulture Day by Friday, March 19th for $16 will save you money and enter you into a Special Grand Prize Drawing! The registration fee after March 19th and at the door will be $19.

You can print a registration form from the Pine County Extension office home page at www.extension.umn.edu and clicking ‘Extension offices’ and then ‘Pine County’. Or, request a registration form by calling or stopping by the Extension office at 800-657-3813 Ext. #4 or #3 or 320-591-1651. The office is located at the Pine County Courthouse at 635 Northridge Dr. NW. Ste. #280 in Pine City. Registration forms are also available at Sprouts Home Town Market, Pine City; Beaver Meadow Garden Center, Hinckley; Organic Carrot, Sandstone and Village Floral, Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

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