This is the time of the year when gardeners start thinking of spring. And it the right time to think of planting bulbs for beautiful spring color. The choices are amazing maybe the old standbys – daffodils and tulips are always popular and beautiful. Perhaps you are looking to try something new. How about Galanthus (snowdrops) for very early blooms and extend the bloom season with Scilla sibirica (Siberian squill) or Allium giganteum? The University of Minnesota Extension Yard and Garden site has great information for Minnesota Gardeners.
Candy Land, Ask a Master Gardener, Specialty Gardens and more. Take a look at all the featured gardens and the schedule for events at those gardens!
For more info on all the great events check out the Community Events page!
The popular Candy Land board game comes alive in this year’s Master Gardener Children’s Garden! Kids and their parents use a cardboard spinner or an electronic version on the MGDC website (below) to move through the garden on colored stepping stones. If they’re lucky, they can advance to one of several feature areas like Chocolate Swamp, Lollipop Woods or Gumdrop Mountains. Each area features unique perennials and annuals that fit the theme. The game ends at the Candy Castle for pictures with a beautifully painted Candy Land character.
For those with gardening questions, the Ask a Master Gardener booth will be right next to the Children’s Garden this year!
Join Us for the 2016 Master Gardeners in Dakota County
Learning Garden Tour
Saturday, July 16th
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The 2016 Learning Garden Tour features more than a dozen fabulous gardens, including several specialty and heritage gardens in Dakota City. The gardens on the tour this year are beautiful, creative and unique. They feature plants that attract pollinators, gardening for wildlife, a healing garden, ideas for making the most of a small garden space, building garden rooms for all ages, growing vegetables for family and growing vegetables for a CSA, gardens for children and turn of the century gardens. A more complete description of each garden appears below.
The gardens are located in South St. Paul, Eagan, Burnsville and Farmington. A map with the address of each garden is included on this webpage. The price for all gardens is $15.00. Start the tour and pay the fee at any garden and you are on your way.
Master Gardeners will be present at each garden to answer your gardening questions. Artists will be present at several of the gardens with products for sale. What a great way to spend a midsummer day!