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Master Gardener Open House at UMore Park

UMore Park gazebo and annual flower bedsJoin Dakota County Master Gardeners and the University of Minnesota for a night of outdoor festivities at their 9th annual open house on Thursday, August 20th from 4 - 8 pm at the Dakota County Master Gardener Education and Research Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 West 160th Street in Rosemount.
Stroll through six acres of colorful educational and display gardens created and maintained by Dakota County Master Gardeners. Enjoy live music featuring steel drums while sampling wines created from the University of Minnesota grape introductions, free lemonade and fresh-cooked corn-on-the-cob, and assorted other treats for purchase. Bring in plant samples for analysis at the Plant Health Diagnostic Clinic, attend a Master Gardener mini-class on native plants, raingardens, herbs, plant propagation, or wildflowers for Minnesota, and visit interactive exhibits to learn about cow, turkey, honey bee, and other University of Minnesota agricultural research projects. Don't miss the University of Minnesota Raptor Center's live showing of native raptors such as owls, hawks, and eagles, or the wildlife exhibits from the DNR and Bell Museum. Check out the University of Minnesota Dairy and Meat Labs, the Chemopreventive Café, and the Historical Society. There will also be Junior Master Gardener activities for the children, horse demonstrations, and an appearance by Goldy Gopher.

Zowie zinniaThere is no cost to attend the Open House.  Bring the whole family and invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers for an evening of fun, food, music, entertainment, and education.

Visit the new Dakota County Master Gardener blog at for a list of activities and highlights of the open house and other Master Gardener events at UMore Park.

The Dakota County Master Gardener Program is a community outreach program of the University of Minnesota Extension, with a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance the economy and the environment of the Dakota County community through education, applied research and the resources of the University of Minnesota.

Additional information about this event is available from Dakota County Master Gardener Coordinator Barbara Stendahl,

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