Master Gardener Presentations 2019

Gardening 2019

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

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.

2019 Schedule
January 8                 “Houseplants: Clean Air Machines”  Jennifer Knutson
February 12             “The Pleasures of the Cottage Garden”   JoAnn Weaver
March 12                  “Growing a Minnesota Cutting Garden”  Jennifer Knutson
April 9                      “How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters”  Tracey Srock
May 14                      “Cool-Weather Crops from the Kitchen Garden” JoAnn Weaver
June 18                      “Garden Myths Meet Research-Based Science” Jackie Burkey [date change]
July 9                        “Welcome to the Shady Garden” Jennifer Knutson
August 13                 “How to Grow Great Tomatoes”  JoAnn Weaver
September 10         “Dahlias”      Jackie Burkey
October 8                “Weather and Your Garden”  JoAnn Weaver
November 12         “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”  JoAnn Weaver
December 10          “Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden” Jennifer Knutson

Gardening Class Descriptions

Tuesday, Jan 8: Jennifer Knutson, “Houseplants: Clean Air Machines”
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has conducted research on the effect houseplants have in reducing or eliminating toxins from the air. This seminar will present some of the results of the NASA research, common toxins found in homes, the top houseplants most effective for reducing household toxins, and how to care for indoor plants.

Tuesday, February 12: JoAnn Weaver, “The Pleasures of the Cottage Garden”
Traditionally, a cottage garden has an informal appearance, contains old-fashioned flowers, and is located close to the home. This class will review cottage garden design principles and highlight plants suitable for Zone-3b cottage gardening.

Tuesday, March 12:  Jennifer Knutson, “Growing a Minnesota Cutting Garden”
The purpose of a cutting garden is to produce a bounty of flowers all season long for you to harvest and use in floral arrangements. Information will be presented on choosing the right plants to grow, techniques for better flower production, and how to care for cut flowers.

Tuesday, April 9, Tracey Srock, “How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters” 
If you have used the same variety of plants in your pots for years or would like to start making pots, this class will offer creative and fun ideas. It will also include important information about the soil mix to use and care for your plants all season.

Tuesday, May 14, JoAnn Weaver, “Cool-Weather Crops from the Kitchen Garden”
Wondering what to grow in your garden when the weather is just starting to warm up? This class offers an overview of gardening tips relevant to the many varieties of specialty lettuce, spinach, peas, radishes, asparagus, and other types of produce that prefer cooler temperatures.

Tuesday, June 18: Jackie Burkey, “Fact or Fiction: Garden Myths Meet Research-Based Science” [date change]
Are Grandma, Pinterest, and magazine articles leading you astray? We’ll look at some common garden practices to see if science supports the claims.

Tuesday, July 9:  Jennifer Knutson, “Welcome to the Shady Garden”
What could be more welcoming on a hot summer day than a cool shady garden? In this class, information will be presented on designing a shade garden. Garden styles and features will be discussed and plants that perform well in different degrees of shade will be presented.

Tuesday, August 13: JoAnn Weaver,  “How to Grow Great Tomatoes”
Tomatoes are good to eat and they’re good for you. Technically a fruit but often thought of as a vegetable, the “perfect” tomato is within your reach. This class will address planning, planting, growing, maintenance, and kitchen preparation.

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

Tuesday, October 8: JoAnn Weaver, “Weather and your Garden”
We can’t control the weather, however, we can plan our gardens so they have a better chance of withstanding changing weather patterns. This presentation will address topics such as how wind, temperature, humidity, and drought affect plant material and the characteristics of weather-resilient plants.

Tuesday, November 12:  JoAnn Weaver, “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”
Should your next Christmas tree be real or artificial? Are you bewildered by all the information offered on how to select and care for a Christmas tree? This presentation offers research-based guidelines on selecting and caring for a tree best suited to your holiday situation.

Tuesday, December 10:  Jennifer Knutson, “Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden”
Fill your landscape with a variety of seed and nectar-bearing plants and you will also fill it with hummingbirds, songbirds, and butterflies. Information will be provided in this class on how you can attract more birds and butterflies to your gardens.