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1/14/2013
Plan Ahead and Learn From Master Gardeners at Free Presentations in February at Hennepin County Libraries
Daydreaming about gardening while dealing with our wind chill factors?  Or dreading an upcoming season of weeds, turf problems, and mystifying plant care? Hennepin County Library is offering 10 free Master Gardener programs in February to improve your gardening success. Some require registration in advance.
 
February topics are Best Plants for Tough Sites, Care of Houseplants, Small Space Vegetable Gardening, Landscape Plants for Winter Interest, Edible Landscapes, Annual Flowers for Minnesota and Dry Soil. Nine Master Gardener events on additional topics are scheduled in March and 12 in April.
 
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who have completed at least 48 hours of horticultural education at the university, 12 hours of continuing education and 50 hours of volunteer service to become a certified Master Gardener. To remain certified, Master Gardeners complete 12 hours of continuing education and 25 hours of volunteer service each year (www.hennepinmastergardeners.org). In 2012, 291 active Master Gardeners in Hennepin County provided more than 19,500 hours of volunteer service.
 
Marilyn Arnlund of Maple Grove is beginning her fourth year as a Master Gardener and also is trained as a Minnesota Tree Care Advisor through the University of Minnesota. A deputy fire marshal in Maple Grove and in her 28th year as a firefighter, Arnlund thoroughly enjoys her volunteer service as a Master Gardener and has presented several sessions at Hennepin County libraries, including Hennepin County Library – Maple Grove.
 
She trained as a Master Gardener because she loves gardening, especially flowering perennials and tree and shrub care, and wanted to learn more about them and share her gardening skills with others. “It’s so much fun,” Arnlund said. “You meet so many people who have the same passion as you do.”
 
Which gardening challenge is she asked about most? “Pests – especially at Farmers Market booths and on our hotline” (612-596-2118). She volunteers at the Farmers Market in Maple Grove, but said Master Gardeners staff booths at many Farmers Markets around the Twin Cities.  For locations, go to www.hennepinmastergardeners.org
 
What is the most common mistake people make when gardening? “Putting the wrong plant in the wrong place,” Arnlund said. “We say, ‘The right plant in the right place.’ When you buy a plant, read the tag.  Does it need sun? Shade? Moisture? Will it grow too big for the location?”
 
Master Gardeners welcome your questions at Hennepin County Library presentations. Following is the Library’s February Master Gardener schedule. For more information about Library events: www.hclib.org.
 
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2–3:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites
North Regional Library
Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree. 
Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Saturday, Feb. 9, 2–3:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Care of Houseplants
Northeast Library
Registration required, began Jan. 12. Register online or call 612-543-6775.
Learn the basics of lighting, temperature, humidity and regular maintenance for keeping indoor plants healthy for many, many years. Discover the different needs and problems common to all plants. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6–7:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Champlin Library
Registration required, begins Jan. 15. Register online or call 612-543-6250.
You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6–7:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Landscape Plants for Winter Interest
Linden Hills Library
Registration required, begins Jan. 22. Register online or call 612-543-6825.
Plants – from trees to perennials – are admired for their beauty in winter, complementing the magic of hoarfrost. Some plants bring wildlife to your winter landscape, others show off when they drop their leaves. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6–7:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Edible Landscapes
East Lake Library
Registration required, begins Jan. 22. Register online or call 612-543-8425.
Learn the how-tos of edible landscaping. Fruits, vegetables, berries and edible flowers can easily become a part of your home landscape design. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30–8 p.m.
Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites
Webber Park Library
Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 

Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30a.m. – noon
Master Gardener: Edible Landscapes
Brookdale Library
Registration required, begins Jan. 26. Register online or call 612-543-5600.
Learn the how-tos of edible landscaping. Fruits, vegetables, berries and edible flowers can easily become a part of your home landscape design. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Saturday, Feb. 23, 2–3:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites
Oxboro Library
Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30–8 p.m.
Master Gardener: Annual Flowers for Minnesota
Maple Grove Library
Annuals fill the whole growing season with blooms – whether in pots or in lush waves of colorful gardens. Learn how to grow them from seed, how to buy plants from garden centers and what their common diseases are. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.


Thursday, Feb. 28, 6–7:30 p.m.
Master Gardener: Dry Soil
Rogers Library
Registration required, begins Jan. 31. Register online or call 612-543-6050.
Gardening in soil that is naturally dry has plenty of challenges. What plants, trees and shrubs can survive and thrive in dry conditions? Also discussed are plants that will survive in dry conditions in the shade. 
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota
Extension.
1/14/2013


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