Garden Expo germinates ideas for projects

This time of year most gardeners are eager to start planning for the coming garden season. A sure way to think spring is to attend the seventh annual Garden Expo hosted by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners.

This event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at Big Lake High School, 501 Minnesota Ave. The cost is $25 per person which includes seminars, educational and garden-related exhibits, handouts, a light breakfast and lunch.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Stan Tekiela, a Minnesota author, naturalist and nature photographer. He will speak on “Uncommon Fact about Common Birds.”

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela

Learn from master gardeners and local garden experts on a variety of yard and garden topics in three break-out seminars as well. Topics offered are:

•Birth of a Garden
•Cottage Gardens
•Creative Combinations With Annuals
•Edible Landscape
•Fairy Gardens
•Four Season Gardening
•Fruit Trees: Culture and Varieties
•Hosta and Companion Plants
•Must Have Can’t Live Without Perennials
•Uncommon Facts About Common Birds (keynote speaker)

Participants will also get to enjoy garden vendor booths, viewing educational displays, chatting with a master gardener plus door prizes throughout the day.

“Kids Garden Expo” is back. Children (grades K–five) can experience their own classroom while adults attend the Garden Expo. The kids track includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and all materials for several garden projects they can take home for $15 per child. Space is limited.

Pre-registration is required by April 1.

To print registration forms, go online to:

•Garden Expo: http://z.umn.edu/gardenexpo

•Kids Garden Expo: http://z.umn.edu/kidexpo

The registration form must be mailed in to the Extension Office along with check payment.

No credit cards or over-the-phone registrations will be accepted.

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