Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners give presentations to garden clubs and other community groups all over the area on a variety of different horticultural topics. Here is a list of the available programs:
Installing a Rain Garden
Managing Oriental Bittersweet and other Woody Invasives
Monastic Herb Gardening
How to Prune Trees
Making a Faerie Garden
Understanding Plant Patents
Landscaping for Birds
Purchasing and Planting the Right Tree
Planning and Building a Public Garden
The MN Extension Master Gardener Program
Establishing Ground Covers
Planting for Fragrance
Planning a Potager (Kitchen Garden)
A Visit to Public Gardens Around the World
For more information about having a Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener speak to your group, please contact Terry L. Yockey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Extension office at 651-385-3100.
A GCEMG gives a presentation on No-till Gardening to the Horticultural Society in Red Wing.
You know the saying: “think globally, act locally”. Honoring the earth can be as simple as being greener in your garden.
As gardeners we get to celebrate Earth Day all year. As Master Gardeners and educators we are fortunate to have opportunities to multiply that appreciation.
I came across an article by Jennifer Davit (Director of the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park) on Celebrating Earth Day by Sharing Gardening Tips in the Chicago Sun Tribune. Her six suggestions are as applicable for Goodhue County as they are to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago:
Replace annuals with perennials. There are many beautiful perennials that are native to the bluffs and hardwood forests of Goodhue County that can be integrated into gardens and require little water and no fertilizer.
Don’t overfertilize. Perennials in our garden are chosen for their durability and successful growth over time. They typically don’t need supplemental nutrients through conventional fertilizers — some will actually perform poorer if they are fertilized, especially with liquid formulations. Only fertilize if the plant is showing signs of nutrient deficiencies.
Think beyond color: When choosing perennial plants and grasses, consider textures, movement, sound and scents. For example, the combinations of prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) and Eastern bee balm (Monarda bradburiana) provide excellent textural diversity throughout the year.
Attract wildlife. Choose plants, such as calamint, salvias and native milkweeds that provide nectar and pollen to attract and feed wildlife. Many beautiful gardens from Millennium Park in Chicago IL to our own Discovery Garden in Red Wing MN do not use chemicals and create habitat for all to enjoy.
Say no to insecticides. By tolerating a little plant damage, you will help welcome a healthy insect population to your garden. You’ll be amazed at the number of dragonflies that come to eat your mosquitoes, the number of bees that will collect pollen and nectar from your plants, and the variety of butterflies that will make your garden their home.
Don’t forget winter: Instead of cutting back perennials in fall, leave them up through winter and cut them back in late winter, before early spring bulbs start to grow. This will enable you to enjoy your garden despite the cold and provide a home for wildlife year-round.
We can do that!
I am sure Karen would add a seventh bullet promoting no till gardening to reduce weeds and protect soil. We can do that too!
One of the great things about gardening and being a Master Gardener is you never stop learning. Have you stumbled on the Garden Professors Blog yet? If not its worth a peruse.
The blog is hosted by Dr. Jeff Gillman, Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Extension Specialist at Washington State University, Dr. Holly Scoggins, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and Dr. Bert Cregg, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University. Washington State University.
The site even includes an “Ask an Expert” section where you can post questions to garden experts from across the country. With these experts on our side how can we go wrong?