Good Samaritan Monthly Presentations

Nature’s Blessings Good Samaritan Garden Club

Community Garden Education Classes – 2018; Second Thursday, 2:00 pm, 200 Dining Room Area, Woodland Campus, Brainerd.

We are offering Community Garden Educational Classes at the Woodland Campus for 2017.

Who is invited to participate?  All Woodland & Bethany Residents & Auxiliary members, The Center members, Breath of Life Adult Day Service residents, and others interested in community garden education.

Presentations facilitated by certified U OF M Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information.  The Master Gardener Program educational effort is designed to enhance residents’ quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.


Brian Lehman, Resource Development Director,, 218-820-5123

Date:  Thursday, February 8

Speaker:  JoAnn Weaver

​Title:  Soil; A Gardener's Perspective

Topic Description:  This presentation is intended to help you understand the key components of different soil types and the challenges that each type can present.  Information will be provided on improving soil quality by means of soil conditioning, incorporating compost, and fertilizing for the best result.

Date:  Thursday, March 8  

Speaker:  Herman Bradley

​Title:  Garden Planning - Ordering Plants

Date:  Thursday, April 12  

Speaker: Herman Bradley

​Title:  Garden Planning - Fertilizer - Planting

Date:  Thursday, May 10  

Speaker: Jolene Bradley

​Title:  Brainerd Library Seed Saving Program

Topic Description: Learn about the small seed swap library offered through the  Brainerd Memorial Library .   A selection of vegetables and plants will be available for free “check-out” to plant in your own garden.  Seeds are “returned” by harvesting them from your plants at the end of the season and bringing them in to the library for use by others. 

Date:  Thursday, June 14  

Speaker: TBD

​Title:  TBD

Date:  Thursday, July 12  

Speaker: JoAnn Weaver

​Title:  Botanically Inspired Beverages

Date:  Thursday, August 9

Speaker:  Jennifer Knutson

Title:  Spring Blooming Bulbs for Northern Gardens

Date:  Thursday September 13

Speaker:  Coralee Fox

Title:  Lets Take a Stroll Through the Fairy Garden

Date:  Thursday, October 11

Speaker:  Herman Bradley

Title:  Garden Composting

Date:  Thursday, Nov 8

Speaker:  JoAnn Weave

​Title:  Holiday Pizzazz