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A Season in the Garden - Jim Beardsley

Chemical Safety for the Gardener - Jim Beardsley

Daylilies: The Perfect Perennials - Jackie Froemming *

Herbs & Spices as Food and Medicine - Shirley Mah Kooyman

Kokedama Workshop - Wright County MGs

Lilies: Jewels of the Garden - Barbara Ronningen *

Mobile Phone Plant Photography - Frank Meuschke *

Raising Monarchs: A Panel Discussion - Wright County MGs

Seeds: Starting and Saving - Marty Bergland

The Warranty is Over, So I'm Okay...Right? Ten Steps for Successful Landscapes Beyond the Warranty - Gary Johnson

The Future of Gardenscaping - Heidi Heiland

The "Perennial" Gardener - Mara Silins

Top 30 Native Plants for Your Garden - Shirley Mah Kooyman *

Vegetables for Everyone - Rita McCooley *

Veggies for Containers - Jackie Froemming *


* Requested by last year's attendees


A Season in the Garden

What I do month to month during the growing season. Why I do what I do. And what's blooming each month.

Jim Beardsley

Retired 3M Aerospace Division Environmental Health and Safety Manager with emphasis on chemical management and safety. I've been growing roses since 1980 and currently grow 100 roses of all types including hybrid teas, miniatures, old garden roses and shrubs. Master Rosarian American Rose Society and Minnesota Rose Society. Accredited Rose Judge.

Studied horticulture at University of Minnesota while pursuing a degree in Environmental Management.

Current garden contains 50+ varieties of hostas, 45 varieties of daylily, 20 varieties of peonies, a butterfly garden, numerous clematis, a native shrub garden and a wildflower garden.

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Chemical Safety for the Gardener

An overview of safe handling of garden chemicals including storage, personal protective equipment.

Jim Beardsley

Retired 3M Aerospace Division Environmental Health and Safety Manager with emphasis on chemical management and safety. I've been growing roses since 1980 and currently grow 100 roses of all types including hybrid teas, miniatures, old garden roses and shrubs. Master Rosarian American Rose Society and Minnesota Rose Society. Accredited Rose Judge.

Studied horticulture at University of Minnesota while pursuing degree in Environmental Management.

Current garden contains 50+ varieties of hostas, 45 varieties of daylily, 20 varieties of peonies, a butterfly garden, numerous clematis, a native shrub garden and a wildflower garden.

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Daylilies: The Perfect Perennials

Are your daylilies diploid or tetraploid? Are they rebloomers? With more than 70,000 cultivars ("hybrids") registered with the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) it's hard to grow just a few. Come and learn about the best daylilies for your garden! The following topics will be covered during this presentation - general information, basic anatomy, selecting, planting, dividing, landscaping, diseases, pests and resources.

Jackie Froemming

As part of the State Leadership Team of the U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie develops resources for the more than 2,300 Master Gardeners across the state. Jackie creates tools that Master Gardener groups use to convey public value, and systems for marketing programs and supplies. Jackie's work also includes building program capacity to reach diverse, underserved, and youth groups across the State of Minnesota.

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Herbs & Spices as Food and Medicine

Many herbs and spices are used in cooking because of their aromatic oils, but some are also used for health due to their medicinal properties. Gain the knowledge of which herbs and spices are utilized and how they're used. You may be surprised to learn that some of these have been lurking all this time in your kitchen cupboard with multiple purposes beyond cooking.

Shirley Mah Kooyman

Shirley Mah Kooyman is a botanist with a specialty in plant taxonomy (plant names and identification) and an award-winning teacher. She currently works as the native plant specialist at Natural Shore Technologies in Independence, MN.

Shirley worked at the MN Landscape Arboretum for 25 years and was the Adult Education Manager there for 2 decades. She has lectured on numerous botanical and horticultural topics to many different groups.

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Kokedama Workshop

To be added.

Wright County MGs

To be added.

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Lilies: Jewels in the Garden

Lilies: Jewels in the Garden shows the major divisions of lilies and discusses their similarities and differences. A "true lily" is defined, propagation methods are described (lilies are prolific and really reproduce well), growing requirements and a few diseases are discussed (lilies are not very susceptible to disease). Examples of lilies used in landscaping and how to have lilies blooming from mid-June to Sept 1 with careful selection from different divisions will be shown. Most lilies like full sun, but many of the very popular shade tolerant, early blooming martagon lilies will be highlighted. The audience will learn good sources of lily bulbs and where more information can be obtained about growing lilies.

Barbara Ronningen

Barbara Ronningen has grown lilies in her Afton garden for about 30 years. Starting with an Asiatic collection, then expanding to martagons, Orientals, interdivisional hybrids and trumpets over the last fifteen years. She has started martagons and trumpet hybrids from seed. She is a past president of the North Star Lily Society and a past member of the North American Lily Society Board of Directors. She chaired the 2014 North American Lily Show held in Blooomington. She is a Master Gardener in Washington County and past president of the Washington County Horticulture Society. Barbara is a retired demographer who managed the 2010 Census campaign for Minnesota.

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Mobile Phone Plant Photography

Phone cameras are everywhere but making the best picture with them can be a challenge! In this class we will discuss how to compose better photographs, understand how quality of light affects your photos, tips to improve plant photography when using mobile phone cameras, as well as some apps that offer more control over your results.

Frank Meuschke

For over twenty-five years, Frank Meuschke has been a painter and photographer of landscape. He began photographing garden and wild plants for his long running blog, Mound, where he writes about his experience of the land, gardening, and other landscape topics. He has been the artist in residence at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, MN, for all of 2018.

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Raising Monarchs: A Panel Discussion

This session will be an audience involved discussion on raising monarchs. We know what to plant to attract them. Many of us are now raising them. Why? What are the guidelines, if any? How can we do a better job? Should we be doing it at all? The panel has often struggled with these questions as we are sure attendees also have. This is the time and place to share your successes, your failures, your ideas and your questions. If you are raising or hope to raise monarchs, please join us in sharing your experiences.

Wright County MGs

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Seeds: Starting and Saving

Easy to follow starting and seed saving basics will be presented. Information will include: choosing the correct seed and plants to grow and harvest, harvesting seed correctly, processing seed, optimal storage conditions and seed life (viability). Marty will send all session attendees home with seeds to plant.

Marty Bergland

Marty Bergland, a lifelong gardener and retired Emeritus Wright County Master Gardner, is one of the first graduates of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Gardening School. A well-known horticulturist and author, Marty has written several books and has been a frequent presenter for the Minnesota State Horticulture Society, Minneapolis Farmer's Market and the Minnesota State Fair. She has given presentations for many organizations including the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah IA. Marty helped develop the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Garden-in-a-Box program.

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The Warranty is Over, So I'm Okay...Right? Ten Steps for Successful Landscapes Beyond the Warranty

There's often a false send of accomplishment when newly planted trees and shrubs live past the one or two year warranty period given by the nursery. However, that doesn't mean that those plants will be thriving and contributing thirty years later. We will review ten steps for successful landscapes, thirty years after installation.

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson is Professor of Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources/Extension. He has been on the faculty since 1992 as a researcher, instructor and frequent speaker at conferences and workshops. Johnson directs the Minnesota Tree Care Advisor program. He was honored with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Bronze award in 2017 for his horticultural contributions to the community. States MSHS: "Gary has brought topics such as tree failure, stem girdling and the effects of construction to the forefront of tree care and he has done it with great wit and insight."

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The Future of Gardenscaping: Environmental Trends Near and Far

After 40 years in the original green industry, Heidi has witnessed that Water, Food and Healing are central themes in gardenscaping. From her travels locally and abroad, Heidi will show you over the top opportunities as well as feasible methods to adopt sustainable practices in your own environments.

Heidi Heiland

Heidi Heiland is the Chief Experience Officer for her landscape gardening company, Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens (HLG), whose seeds were planted in 1979. With support from her professional team she creates award winning ecoscapes and nourishing encounters with nature for her customers by bringing them holistic consultation, landscape design, installation plus garden design and maintenance. In 2016, they opened GrowHaus, a garden centre on a 5-acre footprint in Corcoran, which is a regenerative hub for growing, learning and thriving. After graduating from the Constance Spry Flower School in England, Heidi continued her education and became a Certified Professional through the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and is one of only three female past Presidents in their 90+ year history. Beyond these credentials Heidi holds a certificate in Horticultural Therapy through Colorado State University, has her PDC for Permaculture Design, and is a Professional Master Gardener. She has 3 grandkids, a golden retriever dog named Dandelion and a rescued cat named Clover.

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The "Perennial" Gardener

Let's get your gardening groove on!! A class for all gardening ages.... We'll share information on how to "GARDEN SMART" which includes helpful hints on using good body mechanics, adaptive approaches, etc. while gardening. We'll also explore some exercises and stretches to get in shape for the upcoming gardening season. Class participation is encouraged so wear comfortable clothing!!

Mara Silins

Mara Silins joined the U of MN Master Gardener program in 2017. Her interest and love of gardening was fostered by both parents who were avid gardeners. Her background as a Massage Therapist and RN has been helpful in her pursuit of using good body mechanics while gardening. She enjoys sharing the information with others.

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Top 30 Native Plants for Your Garden

With rainfall being so unpredictable during the growing season, it makes sense to take a careful look at Minnesota's native plants. Remember the adage of "right plant, right place." Selected plants for different habitats will be discussed.

Shirley Mah Kooyman

Shirley Mah Kooyman is a botanist with a specialty in plant taxonomy (plant names and identification) and an award-winning teacher. She currently works as the native plant specialist at Natural Shore Technologies in Independence, MN.

Shirley worked at the MN Landscape Arboretum for 25 years and was the Adult Education Manager there for 2 decades. She has lectured on numerous botanical and horticultural topics to many different groups.

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Vegetables for Everyone

One of the seven core priorities of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is to increase access to local food. "Vegetables for Everyone" will encourage you to try growing vegetables regardless of location. We will cover why you should consider growing vegetables and what to keep in mind when you start a vegetable garden. We will also discuss the many joys of growing vegetables.

Rita McCooley

In 2019 I will celebrate 20 years as a Master Gardener. My love of gardening started as a very young child. Both my father and grandmother were avid gardeners. My first gardening memory is of my grandmother telling me to "put your hands behind your back" as I was admiring her flower garden. I could hardly restrain myself as the irises were so pretty. My dad loved his vegetable garden and most of my gardening time is spent in the vegetable garden. There is nothing giving me more self satisfaction than serving fresh vegetables at our meals. I also like to grow pumpkins to give to my granddaughter and to the children in the neighborhood. The kids love them all: big ones, little ones, different shapes and sizes. We live in the country so there is always room to start another garden! I also love to plant annuals. The bright colors are so cheerful. I became a master gardener to share what knowledge I have about gardening with others who seek more knowledge about their gardens. I always assure novice gardeners that we all started from the same spot and have learned over and over by our mistakes. There is always another gardening season.

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Veggies for Containers

This presentation covers the basics of growing food crops in containers, making sure that growing vegetables is accessible to everyone. Best for audiences with little to no experience growing vegetables.

Jackie Froemming

As part of the State Leadership Team of the U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie develops resources for the more than 2,300 Master Gardeners across the state. Jackie creates tools that Master Gardener groups use to convey public value, and systems for marketing programs and supplies. Jackie's work also includes building program capacity to reach diverse, underserved, and youth groups across the State of Minnesota.

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