As parts of Minnesota recover from a March blizzard and the rest of us wonder why the temperatures are more like January than March, it’s good to have something to look forward to — such as a weekend packed with garden activities. March is the month of classes and hort days in Minnesota.
Saturday I’ll be attending the Rice County Horticulture Day at Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College. The program includes talks on Shrub Roses for Minnesota by Kathy Zuzek, Herb Gardening and Cooking with Theresa Mieseler, How to Attract Hummingbirds presented by Donald Mitchell, and Garden Photography with John Maciejny, whose photographs have appeared in Northern Gardener many times. There will also be a book signing by How to Shrink Your Lawn author Evelyn Hadden. Sounds like a great event.
Saturday night, I’ll take a break from garden events and head over to the Northfield High School‘s production of Rock ‘N Roll Revival, featuring my daughter (in cat glasses!) and 100-plus other high school singers, dancers and musicians. This is the third RRR in which my daughters have participated and I’m always impressed by the quality of the performance — and the hard work that goes into it.
Sunday, I’ll be heading to the Plant Society Day at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights. If you have a special interest in daffodils, bonsai, mushrooms, roses or any of nearly a dozen specialties, this is the place to learn about them. From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be displays and mini-demonstrations. Here are the groups scheduled to be presenting:
- North American Rock Garden Society
- Minnesota Water Garden Society
- Orchid Society of Minnesota
- North Star Lily Society
- African Violet Society of Minnesota
- Minnesota Aquarium Society
- Minnesota Bonsai Society
- Minnesota Mycological Society
- Daffodil Society of Minnesota
- Twin Cities Rose Club
An impressive list! Many of these groups have classes, shows and other events. They all have informative web sites as well. If you are interested, check them out…or stop by Gertens on Sunday.