March 3, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
Author Lynn Steiner is the keynote speaker, at 11 a.m. on Using Native Plants in Home Landscapes. Lynn will provide information about the benefits of using native plants and dispel some of the misconceptions about their use. You'll learn how to appreciate our natural plant heritage and how to adapt it to traditional home landscapes. She will provide colorful photos that demonstrate how to use native plants effectively from small city gardens to large areas.
Class descriptions in session one include Keeping Water on the Land, Simple Landscape Design, Worms Rule, and Spring Lawn Care. Session two includes Organic Gardening, Backyard Beekeeping, Orchids, and Selecting the Right Tree. Session three includes Perennials and Annuals That Go the Distance, Beneficial Bugs, Backyard Orchard Basics, and Vegetable Gardening 101. Session four includes Garden Stories, Welcome to the Mushroom Kingdom, Container Vegetable Gardening, and Growing Raspberries and Strawberries.
There will also be a Gardener's Marketplace to buy products from local vendors, and information for the home and garden. The Master Gardeners will also have a used book sale. All books are sold on a free will donation basis.
Finally coffee and breakfast items and lunch snacks will be available throughout the day. The cost for the entire day of classes and activities is $10. Class sizes are limited and filled as registrations are received. If you need more information call our office at 651-277-0151 or visit us on Facebook under Chisago County Master Gardeners.