So you still haven’t registered for Let’s Get Growing? Here are four great reasons you don’t want to miss out – our four fantastic classes for the first morning session. There really is something for everyone, each attendee can select one of these great classes. Check out Let’s Get Growing for a complete schedule for the day and reserve your spot!
Exciting New Shrubs and Perennials for Northern Gardens
Bailey Nurseries Product Development Manager, Debbie Lonnee, states that 20 years ago there weren’t any plant “brands”. New brands have hit the market and many new hybrids are appearing every year. Which ones work best in our cold northern climate? Debbie will present the best of the newest woody shrubs and perennials that work in Zone 4 gardens.
Invasive Plants in our Landscapes
Master Gardener Sally McNamara will share information and photos of 15 of our most invasive landscape plants including amur maple, garlic mustard, burdock and crown vetch. For each of these invasive plants, she will share information on why they are a problem for both homeowners and wildlife. She will make suggestions on eradication, and suggest possible alternative plants as replacements. Sally has worked both in her home landscape and on several Mendota Heights landscape projects involving invasive plants. She considers herself a “plant geek” and you may not find too much lawn in her yard.
Veggies for Small Spaces
Theresa Mieseler, herb grower and consultant from Shady Acres Herb Farm, will share a presentation on how to grow your own vegetables on your porch, patio or balcony. Learn where to order seeds suitable for small spaces, learn about containers to use, and how to plant, care for and harvest your favorite vegetables.
The Lazy Guide to Home Composting
New to composting or want to learn more? Dakota County Environmental Specialist Jenny Kedward will share the basics of home composting as well as what items you should not put into your backyard pile. She will explore different types of home composting set-ups with her audience and help them decide what is right for their yards. Composting is an easy way to reduce waste while improving the home yards and garden soils. It is easy to get started.