Brainerd Public Library Monthly Presentations

U OF M EXTENSION CROW WING COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS


2020 Gardening Presentations at the Brainerd Public Library

Presentations are facilitated by certified U of M Extension Crow Wing 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 the public’s quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Register by calling the Brainerd Public Library at 218-829-5574

All CLASSES ARE FROM 12:00 NOON TO 1:00 PM

January 14, 2020: “Indoor Gardening: House Plants” Improve your indoor green thumb with this look at how to care for your houseplants.  Learn what your indoor plants do or don’t need, some common problems, and the best way to root cuttings.  Ignore winter and green up your surroundings!
Presenter:  Jackie Burkey

 

February 11, 2020: “Garden Sheds” Have you ever wished for a small private space where, if only for a few minutes, you could find an escape from the daily routine? Would a neat and tidy spot to store garden tools and equipment be just the ticket?  Answering “yes” to either question could mean that you need a garden shed!  This presentation offers a variety of ideas for creating a shed that meets your requirements.
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

March 10, 2020: “Adding a Vertical Element to the Garden with Vines”  Climbing vines have a special charm that goes beyond adding vertical interest to a garden. They can have a softening effect on a fence, add beauty to garden structures, or act as a screen. Their lush leaves and appealing flowers decorate the landscape with color and texture. Some provide edible or ornamental fruit, late-season decorative seedpods, colorful fall foliage, or fragrance. Popular perennial and annual vines will be discussed in this presentation.
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

April 14, 2020: “How to Design a Beautiful Entry Garden” First impressions set the tone for how welcoming your home appears to visitors! This presentation addresses design elements key to creating an entry garden that is both interesting and inviting.  Included in this discussion will be important guidelines for plant selection suitable for this growing zone.
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

May 12, 2020: “Lilies: Aristocrats of the Garden” Lilies are an elegant, colorful addition to the flower garden and landscape. You can have lilies blooming from mid-June through mid-September by choosing a combination of cultivars. This seminar will provide information on the planting and care of lilies, pests and diseases, and suggestions for garden uses.  Lilies that grow well in our northern climate will be featured.
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

June 16, 2020:   “Two Old-Fashioned Favorites: Peonies and Clematis” The peony is one of the most popular and showy of the garden perennials grown in Minnesota gardens. Clematis are bold and beautiful climbing plants. Information will be presented on the different types of peonies and clematis, how to care for them and some companion plants that combine well with them in a garden.
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

Register for this free Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dpTrJbSyR_e4cQwSMxiVMg

or by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

 

July 14, 2020: “Daylilies – Delightful and Diverse” Hemerocallis (daylily) just may be the perfect perennial. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. They are adaptable, easy to grow, and relatively disease and pest free. Information on the various flower forms, color patterns and flower features will be presented. Selecting the best daylilies for your garden, planting tips and care will also be discussed.
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

Register for this free Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6m6bX7uERN6WSg-rYjx70Q

or by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

 

August 11, 2020: “Growing Hardy Roses Up North” Learn how to grow beautiful roses that have been bred for our cold winters. No need for the Minnesota Tip and lots of spraying – add color, texture, and even fragrance to your garden with a few simple hints and a look at many of the widely available cultivars.
Presenter: Jackie Burkey

Register for this free Zoom webinar by clicking the link below:

https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lNAoTWb-R42QSQeta4dADA

or by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

 

September 8, 2020: “Spring Blooming Bulbs for Northern Gardens” Bulbs are a great addition to northern gardens! Information will be presented on: ten easy-care bulbs, what to look for when purchasing them, proper site and soil preparation, good watering and fertilizing practices, and landscape design considerations.
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

October 13, 2020: “Garden Cleanup Reconsidered” At this time of year the rush is usually on to clean up the perennial beds and empty out containers.  Take a minute, reconsider the traditional garden “to-do” list and plan to leave some things undone.  This presentation offers information on how to change your gardening behavior and, as a result, provide a hospitable place for wildlife, improve plant health, preserve soil structure and, last but not least, present an interesting and inviting winter landscape.
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

November 10, 2020:  “Flower Gardening for Beginners”  For absolute beginning gardeners who want        to add some color to their lives.  An easy-going class to help you get started.  Weather, soil, seeds   or plants, tools, pests – a quick overview of all of it.  Learn how to survive winter by dreaming of next summer’s blooms and build a beginner’s holiday wish list.
Presenter:  Jackie Burkey

 

December 8, 2020: “Plants of the Bible” Dozens of flowers, herbs, trees and various plants are mentioned in the Bible, and many were used for healing. Information will be presented on some of the plants that most often appear in Scripture and can be grown in northern Minnesota gardens. Some of the legends of the healing properties possessed by plants in the Bible will be discussed. You may want to design your own Scripture garden!
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson