Master Gardener Presentations 2017






Classes held on the second Tuesday of the month at 12 noon
Register by calling the Brainerd Public Library at 218-829-5574

Presentations facilitated by certified U of M Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. The Master Gardener Program educational effort is designed to enhance the public’s quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

2017 Schedule
January 10 “An Invitation to the Garden” Jennifer Knutson
February 14 “Lettuce and Salad Greens for your Garden” Tracey Srock
March 14 “Plant Natives – Attract Pollinators” Coralee Fox
April 11 “New Adventures in Vegetable Gardening” Tracey Srock
May 9 “Edible Landscaping” Jackie Burkey
June 13 “Miniature Gardens” Jennifer Knutson
July 11 “Healthy Soil – Healthy Garden” JoAnn Weaver
August 8 “Water Wisely” Coralee Fox
September 12 “Beware: Within the Plant Kingdom Lurks Evil” Jennifer Knutson
October 10 “Dahlias” Jackie Burkey
November 14 “Exploring the Medicinal Value of Common Herbs” JoAnn Weaver
December 12 “Shakespeare’s Gardens” JoAnn Weaver

Gardening Class Descriptions

Tuesday, Jan 10: Jennifer Knutson, “An Invitation to the Garden: Outdoor Entertaining”
When planning an outdoor wedding or other big event, you want the gardens surrounding the important occasion to be lovely. Five important practices to keep your gardens looking their best for your big event will be discussed.
Tuesday, February 14: Tracey Srock, “Lettuce and Salad Greens for Your Garden”
Lettuce and salad greens come in a variety of choice, they’re easy to grow, and they’re good for you. They can be grown indoors and/or outside for most of the year. This presentation will discuss variety selection, site preparation, maintenance,
and harvesting.

Tuesday, March 14: Coralee Fox, “Plant Natives – Attract Pollinators”
Human activity has left an irrevocable mark on the landscape we occupy. Habitat loss has had a devastating effect on native pollinators that rely on wild and semiwild
areas. As a home gardener, you can help while doing what you love by choosing native plants for your garden

Tuesday, April 11, Tracey Srock, “New Adventures in Vegetable Gardening”
Love your vegetable garden but longing to grow something different? This presentation will introduce you to vegetables that are a little different than the standard choices we’ve all come to know and love.

Tuesday, May 9, Jackie Burkey, “Edible Landscaping”
Looking for great ideas on how to mix fruits and vegetables with your flowers and shrubs? This presentation will show you how to eat local, from your own garden, without the long straight rows in the backyard.

Tuesday, June 13: Jennifer Knutson, “Miniature Gardens”
Enter the magical world of miniature gardens! This seminar will present creative ideas on how to design a terrarium, dish garden and outdoor miniature garden, to include fairy gardens.

Tuesday, July 11: JoAnn Weaver, “Healthy Soil – Healthy Garden”
This presentation will help you to understand the key components of different soil types and the challenges that each type can present. Information will be provided on improving your soil quality by means of soil conditioning, incorporating compost, and fertilizing for the best result.

Tuesday, August 8: Coralee Fox, “Water Wisely – Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet”
Knowing how soil texture affects water movement and knowing the what, where and how of watering are key to growing healthy plants and to conserving our precious water supply. The session will include tips for improving the soil, maintaining
healthy gardens, trees and shrubs, and a healthy lawn.

Tuesday, September 12: Jennifer Knutson, “Beware! Within the Plant Kingdom Lurks Evil!”
Nature has many dangerous plants. Most people know about the dangers of poison ivy, but how many Minnesota gardeners know that some common ornamentals can cause serious illness or even death if ingested? This seminar is not meant to frighten but to inform.

Tuesday, October 10: Jackie Burkey, “Dahlias”
Dahlias can add a lot of color and texture to a Minnesota garden. In this class we’ll talk about how to successfully grow gorgeous dahlias and how to store the tubers in winter. We’ll also look at examples of the many different classes of dahlias.

Tuesday, November 14: JoAnn Weaver, “Exploring the Medicinal Value of Common Herbs”
Herbal remedies are found on the shelves of many supermarkets and pharmacies. Explore the known risks and benefits of certain plants. Information will be provided on common cultivated and wild herbs.

Tuesday, December 12: JoAnn Weaver, “Shakespeare’s Gardens”
Celebrating the magic of Shakespeare in our gardens is something that we as individuals often unknowingly practice. This presentation will feature an overview of the gardens and the plants that played such an important role in his life and that he
so aptly described in his writings.