Keynote Speaker:

  • Color Throughout the Seasons - Julie Schroer and Jodie Ramsay

    • Description: Jodie Ramsay and Julie Schroer, natives of Perham, MN, bought Jean’s – The Right Plant Place in 2004.  Both have worked in the horticulture industry for over 30 years.  During the “non-gardening” season, Jodie teaches Biology at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Julie teaches Biology and manages the greenhouse at Northern State University. Our growing season is pretty short in Minnesota! Their presentation will help you can make the most of it by planting a variety of perennials that will provide color and interest from spring all the way through fall.  Come with your questions, and we will do our best to answer them!

Session 2:

  • What's Wrong with My Lawn?: Diagnosing and Managing Lawn Problems - Sam Bauer

    • Description: Sam Bauer is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota.  Sam's research and extension objectives revolve around environmentally sound management strategies to improve the performance of turfgrass on golf courses, sports fields, general grounds, and home lawns.  He has extensive working experience in turfgrass management in the United States, including degrees from the University of Minnesota emphasizing in turfgrass science. Lawns in Minnesota take a beating and lawn problems can be broken down into two categories - abiotic or biotic in nature. Abiotic problems are non-living problems related to environmental stresses, such as winter or shade, and are the most common problems encountered in lawns. Biotic stresses include disease (fungus), insect pests, and weed pressures. In this session, you will be provided with an overview of the numerous potential problems encountered in lawns and a step-by-step process to help diagnose and manage lawn issues.

 

  • Top Five Tree Threats: Tree Pests and Diseases in Our Area and What a Changing Climate Means for Our Trees - Gina Hugo

    • Description: Gina is a resource conservationist for the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District. After 18+ years of experience in many aspects of habitat conservation and restoration, Gina's favorite topic remains trees - how to plant them, how to care for them, how they benefit us, and how to keep them healthy. Her presentation will help you assess and care for the trees in your landscape and ensure shade, shelter, and beauty for years to come as new pests and changing growing conditions challenge us. 

 

  • Born in the Wild: Building a Rock Garden with Alpine Plants - Betty Ann Addison

    • DescriptionFor more than 40 years Betty Ann has passionately pursued growing, propagating and photographing plants. Internationally known, her “Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery”, in Fridley, Minnesota, supplies alpine, conifer and rhododendron enthusiasts with the best of plant rarities. Display gardens associated with the nursery are filled with unusual plants that demonstrate landscaping principles and are open every Saturday in season. During her presentation, you will learn how to use rocks to shelter a wide variety of perennial plant gems from mountains all over the world that are Minnesota hardy. In an alpine garden, flowering extends from March to November, with fascinating textures year around. Dwarf conifers and tiny shrubs, cushions, mounds and trailing mats of miniature plants combine to create charming, long-lived environments sure to remind you of wild mountain scenes.

 

  • MAKE AND TAKE - Driftwood Wind Chimes - Sue Nelson

    • Description: Sue Nelson has been a master gardener for 5 years. Before retiring, she worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as a nurse for 25 years. She loves trying different plants in the garden. Her home garden in Big Lake was on the 2015 garden tour. Last year she taught a class on driftwood garden hangers. This year,  she will be demonstrating how to make wind chimes out of driftwood from Lake Superior and other elements.

Session 3:

  • Flowers for Your Spring Table - Diana Weissenfluh

    • Description: Diana's lengthy horticulture, gardening, and floristry resume makes her an excellent resource in many areas. A long-time Master Gardener, she has an AAS degree in horticulture and landscape design. She is also a Minnesota Certified Florist (MNCF) and has more than a decade of experience managing a busy retail floral department, Her presentation will demonstrate how you can create and design an impressive arrangement while keeping it easy and affordable. After presenting the how-to  with materials available locally, she will have a drawing to give away her arrangement to a lucky attendee.

 

  • Gardening in the Shade: Yes You Can! - Sue Hix

    • Description: After more than 15 years as a Master Gardener and even more than that as a resident of an oak and maple forest, Sue still learns something new about gardening - including gardening in the sandy shade of Sherburne County - almost every day. During her presentation, she will describe ways to create pleasing garden spaces in your shady places. There will be plenty of photos and time for idea sharing along the way.

 

  • So You’d Like to Grow Vegetables - Linda Sizer and Bruce Galer

    • Description: Linda Sizer has been a Sherburne County Master Gardener for 20 years and specializes in kitchen gardening; in other words, she loves to cook and enjoys growing what she can eat!  Linda is an avid vegetable grower who tries to utilize herbs as a healthy, and tasty, addition and alternative to the meals she prepares. Her co-speaker, Bruce Galer, was raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota and has been gardening with vegetables most of his life. He became a Sherburne County Master Gardener in 2016. Bruce is a professional geologist and is employed as an environmental consultant. His vegetable gardens are over 1,500 square feet and he is passionate about maintaining heirloom varieties, seed saving, and pollinators. Their presentation, will take the beginning vegetable grower from start to finish in designing, establishing, planting, and harvesting a vegetable garden.  We will also offer tips on specific vegetable varieties that are particularly well suited to our area.

 

  • MAKE AND TAKE - Growing Your Own Orchid - Ross Hella

    • Description: Ross Hella and his wife, Julie, have been growing a wide variety of orchids in their home for over 25 years. In 2001, Ross decided to begin hybridizing Paphiopedilums (Asian slipper orchids). To date, Ross has sent 180 crosses to the lab for germination. In 2010, with orchids growing in literally every room in the house, they built an 800 square foot permanent greenhouse to hold their collection. At the same time, they started Deerwood Orchids. Ross has received 14 flower quality awards, 2 cultural awards, and one Award of Quality for hybridizing, from the American Orchid Society. During this presentation, Participants will be provided with an orchid, pot, potting mix, and handout on general orchid care. Ross and Julie Hella will assist participants in potting and answer questions as needed.

Session 4:

  • Ask the Doc: Tips for Keeping Gardening a Healthy Hobby - Dr. Americo Fraboni

    • Description: A family medicine physician and obstetrician with Fairview Clinics in Princeton, Dr. Fraboni enjoys tending his gardens on Little Elk Lake as well as providing care for his patients. He has dealt with his share of sprains, strains, allergies, bites, and stings, both personally as well as professionally. His presentation will be casual, good-humored, and practical. This will not be the usual slideshow presentation, so bring your questions and be ready for an informative enjoyable conversation with the doc. 

 

  • The Birth of a Garden: Creating a Garden from Start to Finish - Debbie Tasa

    • Description: Debbie Tasa has been a Sherburne County Master Gardener for 18 years and has been Gardening for over 30 years.  Although she dabbles in all types of gardening, her specialty is perennial gardening.  She became a master gardener so she could share her knowledge and passion with other people interested in gardening. Would you love to start gardening but think it will be too difficult or you don't know where to start? Gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities. No matter if you are creating your first garden or looking to improve an existing garden, Debbie will guide you in the right direction with a few basic gardening fundamentals. Common questions such as what site to choose, what type of soil you have, what to plant, what time to plant will be answered. All you need is the desire.

 

  • Flowers for Your Spring Table - Diana Weissenfluh

    • Description: Diana's lengthy horticulture, gardening, and floristry resume makes her an excellent resource in many areas. A long-time Master Gardener, she has an AAS degree in horticulture and landscape design. She is also a Minnesota Certified Florist (MNCF) and has more than a decade of experience managing a busy retail floral department, Her presentation will demonstrate how you can create and design an impressive arrangement while keeping it easy and affordable. After presenting the how-to  with materials available locally, she will have a drawing to give away her arrangement to a lucky attendee. 

 

  • MAKE AND TAKE - Herb Gardening for Your Kitchen - Linda Sizer

    • Description: Linda Sizer has been a Sherburne County Master Gardener for 20 years and specializes in kitchen gardening; in other words, she loves to cook and enjoys growing what she can eat!  Linda is an avid vegetable grower who tries to utilize herbs as a healthy, and tasty, addition and alternative to the meals she prepares. Her presentation, will give you a general overview of the most utilized culinary herbs and how to grow and use them in your own kitchen.  She will demonstrate a few simple and tasty herb based recipes and then everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to plant a small pot of herbs to take home.