I mentioned in an earlier post that March is a huge month for garden get-togethers and educational events. I’ve got two events on the docket for this weekend. On Saturday, I’ll be attending the annual Rice County Horticulture Day at Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf. This all-day event features Terry Yockey, web-mistress over at northerngardening.com, a Minnesota Master Gardener, and Northern Gardener columnist, talking about planting for fall and winter color; Dr. Mark Seeley of the U of M on climate change and gardening; floral designers Cheryl Steinberg and Pam Strouth on arranging flowers; and Jim Bull on growing orchids. It sounds like a great program.
On Sunday, MSHS is hosting Plant Society Day at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights, from 1 to 5 p.m. If you have a passion for a particular flower (or mushrooms!), this is the place to get information from expert home-growers. Here’s a list of societies that will attend the event:
African Violet Society of Minnesota
Lakes Area Violet Growers
Minnesota Bonsai Society
Daffodil Society of Minnesota
Minnesota Dahlia Society
Minnesota Grape Growers Association
Hemerocallis Society of Minnesota
Minnesota Herb Society, Inc.
Minnesota Hobby Greenhouse Society
Iris Society of Minnesota
North Star Lily Society
Minnesota Mycological (Mushroom) Society
Minnesota Peony Society
North American Rock Garden Society, Minnesota Chapter
Twin Cities Rose Club
With the weather finally warming up a little, these gardening events are just the thing to get your horticultural juices flowing.