Growing Concerns: Get set for spring gardening at April 13 event

March 18, 2019

Three area gardening organizations — the Rochester Garden and Flower Club, Shades of Green Hosta Society and Olmsted County Master Gardeners — along with the Rochester Community and Technical College Horticulture Program, will provide a day of gardening enrichment on April 13.

“Gardening for the Health of It” will be held at RCTC’s Heintz Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chef Chris Rohe and Jenna Rohe are the featured keynote. Chef Rohe, of Prescotts Restaurant, will share his tricks on how to utilize homegrown or locally grown produce for fast, healthy meals. Chef Rohe will prepare the meals during the keynote session.

Participants will choose three breakout sessions from 12 exciting and educational topics. They include:

• Dig Art will be presented by Beth Solie, landscape designer and master gardener. She will help gardeners cultivate their inner artist to add creative elements to the garden.

• Houseplant Patrol will be presented by Nancy McGinnis, owner of Greenwood Plants. She will review basic plant care, address common problems and provide additional resources for successful houseplant care.

• Tree and Shrub Maintenance will be presented by Ryan Brick, district manager at Maier Tree and Lawn, and an RCTC Horticulture Alumni. Key woody plant maintenance, including basic pruning tips, will be reviewed.

• Go Wild with Native Plants will be presented by Joel Dunnette, RGFC member and native plant gardener extraordinaire. He will review native plant species as well as provide tips on how to integrate natives into the landscape.

• Hummingbirds in Minnesota will be presented by Don Mitchell, master gardener. How to attract hummingbirds to the landscape and how to protect and keep them healthy.

• Invasive Plants will be presented by Joyce and Terry Grier, master gardeners. Discover what plant species are considered invasive in southeastern Minnesota, the impact on the landscape and how to control them.

• Success with Succulents will be presented by Ron Flemke, landscape maintenance. Learn how to select and care for these popular plants in the landscape.

• Herbs for the Home Gardener will be presented by Gretchen McCoy, master gardener. She will review how to select, grow and care for herbs.

• Let’s Get Potted will be presented by Vickie Hennessey, master gardener. Basics of successful container gardening will be discussed, as well as plant combinations which are limited only by one’s imagination.

• Gardening with Raised Beds will be presented by Sharon Pharis, RGFC member. The benefits of raised beds as well as tips for constructing and using raised beds will be shared.

• Dig into Gardening Basics with the RCTC Horticulture students. Fundamental requirements for successful vegetable and flower gardening including location, soil, seeds, and maintenance will be presented. This session includes a plant-and-take project.

• Weeding is Not Fun will be presented by me, Robin Fruth-Dugstad, RCTC horticulture professor. Even though I find weeding to be therapeutic, I will provide tips on how to make the job easier, requiring less devotion to this task, leaving more time to enjoy the garden.

The registration price, $49, includes admission to the the keynote, three breakout sessions, morning coffee break, light lunch, door prizes, RCTC Horticulture greenhouse tours and local vendors featuring unique garden products.

Interested persons should register for the seminar before the April 8 deadline through Rochester Community Education Program, tinyurl.com/y4wnxbgr.