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Friday, January 19, 2018

Make a New Year's resolution to be a better gardener in 2018

Easy ways to improve your garden!

By Gail Hudson, Extension Communication Specialist in Horticulture



  Want a better garden next spring, summer and fall? By taking a few simple steps, you can improve your lawn, flower and vegetable garden. From adding the right plants to attract Minnesota's endangered bees or to testing your garden's soil, our horticulture extension experts will help you become an even better gardener! Take a few minutes and watch the video above. And Happy New Year to you from University of Minnesota Extension! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Landscape ideas for 2018? Get started with Landscape Design Basics workshop

Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator - Horticulture

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? Whether professionally designed or not, it's fair to say most landscapes start out with good intentions.This five-session workshop is your opportunity to learn the theory and basic principles of sustainable landscape design and learn how to avoid some common mistakes.

The workshop focuses on the landscape design process. Participants use their own property as a class project focused on designing an entry garden or a deck and/or patio garden, or similar landscape space. You'll learn:
  • How to perform a site survey and site analysis (including how to collect a soil sample and complete a landscape needs assessment), 
  • Develop base plans, concept lines and concept plans, draft and completed designs
  • site-specific plant selection
  • landscape installation
  • Participants will also learn how to develop quality bed lines, how to properly mix and match plants based on function and landscape characteristics when designing landscape beds, and how to build flexibility into the landscape design and implementation process. 
Each workshop session will culminate in a hands-on, take-home assignment that will allow participants to put pencil to paper and apply the techniques learned to their personal landscape project in preparation for the next class and the next steps in the landscape design sequence. 

The workshop will also include time for personalized critiques of your ideas during the second, third, fourth and fifth sessions as you develop your designs. 

Instructors: Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension horticulture educator, and Jim Calkins, landscape horticulturist and former landscape design and management instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Five sessions: 
Mondays Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Deadline for registration: February 1, 2018

Co-hosted by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Class fee includes:
  • 15 hours of instruction
  • a comprehensive course packet
  • lab materials
  • a set of basic landscape design tools
  • Snacks, coffee / tea
Price: 
$149 MSHS members, $249 per MSHS member couple
$159 nonmembers, $259 per nonmember couple 

Location: University of Minnesota (St. Paul Campus); 405 Alderman Hall (Department of Horticultural Science), 1970 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul.
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