Let’s Get Growing Workshop in Alexandria

This year’s keynote speaker shares common sense ideas for gardeners on the plains of Western Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota, North Dakota and Southern Manitoba

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invites you to their annual “Let’s Get Growing” workshop on Saturday, April 7, at our new location, Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave. N., Alexandria. Register between 8 and 8:40 a.m., visit with vendors and enjoy refreshments before the keynote speaker begins at 9 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Eric Bergeson on Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie.  Join Bergeson as he shares common sense ideas for gardeners on the plains of Western Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota, North Dakota and Southern Manitoba.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned expert, Bergeson will provide insight into growing trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables in the cold climate and alkaline soils of the northern prairie.

Bergeson has been involved in the nursery business all of his life. He owned Bergeson Nursery, a business started by his grandfather Melvin in 1936, for seventeen years.  He has spoken to hundreds of groups about gardening, and was host of cable television’s “Little Garden on the Prairie.” For fifteen years, Eric wrote a weekly column for 22 area newspapers.  Eric has also published seven books.  His fourth book, “Pirates on the Prairie” was named a “Minnesota historic and cultural treasure” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He continues to speak and write, publishing “Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie” in the spring of 2017.

In addition to the keynote speaker, participants customize their day by choosing four breakout sessions to attend.  Choices include: Vegetable Gardening 101, Selecting Plants for Your Flower Garden, Landscape Design, Hydrangeas and Roses, Small Fruits, Growing with Natives, Caring for Your Perennial Beds, Selecting and Growing Hostas, Shrub Selection, Soil health, Biology of a Bee Hive, Your Lawn and Our Lake, Grafting, Daylilies, Landscaping to Maximize Pollinator Diversity, Gardening in Minnesota’s Changing Climate, Tips for Successful Conifers, Blueberries, Tree Pruning, Containers, Integrated Pest Management, Sweet Potatoes, Twilight Gardens, Tomatoes, Low Maintenance/Under used Plants, Tree selection.

This workshop has sessions to please all levels of gardeners.  Visit with numerous vendors and see the latest and newest in the gardening world.  Many door prizes awarded and seed packets given.

To register or to receive more information, please contact the University of Minnesota Extension, Douglas County office by phone at 320-762-3890 or email mnext-douglas@umn.edu.  For a full brochure with registration material please visit our website at www.extension.umn.edu/county/douglas.  Find us in the Douglas County Service Center Building down the hall from the Douglas County Library located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.

The Douglas County Master Gardeners hope to see you on Saturday, April 7.

By For the Journal

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