CROW WING COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS 2018
AT THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 tinyurl.com/CWCgarden
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.
January 9 “Planning the Perfect Garden” JoAnn Weaver
February 13 “Add Color with Flowering Shrubs” Jennifer Knutson
March 13 “Getting to Know Native Woodland Plants” Coralee Fox
April 10 “Garden Seeds: Starting, Sowing, and Saving” JoAnn Weaver
May 8 “Growing Hardy Roses Up North” Jackie Burkey
June 12 “Hostas: From Minis to Giants” Jennifer Knutson
July 10 “The Moon Garden” Jennifer Knutson
August 14 “Outwitting Peter Rabbit and Bambi” JoAnn Weaver
September 11 “Spring Blooming Bulbs for Northern Gardens” Jennifer Knutson
October 9 “Trees: Choose Wisely and Plant Properly” Jackie Burkey
November 13 “Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)” Jackie Burkey
December 11 “Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants in Your Décor” JoAnn Weaver
Gardening Class Descriptions
January 9 – JoAnn Weaver – Planning the Perfect Garden
Growing great plants and having a wonderful garden don’t necessarily go hand in hand! Learn the basics of good garden design including proper assessment, plan development, and plan implementation, as well as criteria for optimum plant selection and garden maintenance issues.
February 13 – Jennifer Knutson – Add Color to your Landscape with Flowering Shrubs
Many wonderful flowering shrubs grow well in our northern climate. Successful use of shrubs in landscapes is dependent on matching the growth requirements to growing conditions. Learn about some of the popular flowering shrubs that perform well in this area and how to care for them.
March 13 – Coralee Fox – Getting to Know Native Woodland Plants
In Minnesota we are fortunate to encounter a diversity of plant environments. This session will focus on native woodland plants, from early spring ephemerals to the late blooming blue Bottle Gentian. We will discuss varieties that will add interest and color to tree-shaded areas of your yard and garden.
April 10 – JoAnn Weaver – Garden Seeds: Starting, Sowing, and Saving
Are you having trouble finding the “exact” variety of a certain plant that you want to see in your garden? Relax: seeds might just be the answer! Learn where to find the seeds you’re looking for and how to start them indoors, how to gather seeds from your bounty and give yourself a head start on next year’s garden.
May 8 – Jackie Burkey – Growing Hardy Roses Up North
Learn how to grow beautiful roses that have been bred for our cold winters. No need for the Minnesota Tip and lots of spraying – add color, texture, and even fragrance to your garden with a few simple hints and a look at many of the widely available cultivars.
June 12 – Jennifer Knutson – Hostas: From Minis to Giants
Hostas are the stars of the shade garden and range in size from miniature to giant. We will discuss best practices for planting, care, pest resistance and other factors important to the success of growing hostas in your landscape.
July 10 – Jennifer Knutson – The Moon Garden
The nighttime world awaits you with beauty and fragrance in a moon garden. As light fades, our gardens can become a magical place for us to unwind and relax. Learn how to design a moon garden by using flowers and foliage with distinctive color and fragrance.
August 14 – JoAnn Weaver – Outwitting Peter Rabbit and Bambi
Rabbits and deer can be a nuisance and they often cause significant loss in a yard and/or garden. This presentation offers information to help the listener understand rabbit and deer behavior patterns and guidance in the selection of effective countermeasures.
September 11 – Jennifer Knutson – Spring Blooming Bulbs for Northern Gardens
Bulbs bloom for years with little or no care, and you can have a succession of colorful flowers for many months. Learn how to find good quality bulbs, the proper site and soil for planting them, good watering and fertilizing practices, and how to store bulbs when necessary.
October 9 – Jackie Burkey – Trees: Choose Wisely and Plant Properly
Which tree should you choose? How big should it be? What is the best way to plant it? How do you take care of your new planting for the first year or two? Learn what the latest research shows should guarantee a leafy success.
November 13 – Jackie Burkey – Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)
Compost year ‘round indoors by setting up a worm bin and turn your kitchen scraps into gardener’s gold! Learn how to set up your bin, what to feed the worms, and how to harvest the compost: a great project for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens.
December 11 – JoAnn Weaver – Holiday Pizzazz: Using Plants in Your Holiday Décor
The outside temperature has dropped, the days are getting shorter, and the holidays are just around the corner. Make your home warm and cozy by decorating with live plants that add color and seasonal cheer, with plants such as Amaryllis, Holiday Cactus, Paperwhites, and Poinsettias.