Brainerd Public Library Monthly Presentations

U OF M EXTENSION CROW WING COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS


2019 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 8, 2019 “Houseplants:  Clean Air Machines” The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has conducted research on the effect houseplants have in reducing or eliminating toxins from the air.  This seminar will present some of the results of the NASA research, common toxins found in homes, the top houseplants most effective for reducing household toxins, and how to care for indoor plants.         
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

February 12, 2019: “The Pleasures of the Cottage Garden” – Traditionally, a cottage garden has an informal appearance, contains old-fashioned flowers, and is located close to the home.  This presentation will review cottage garden design principles and highlight plants suitable for Zone-3b cottage gardening.   
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

March 12, 2019: “Growing a Minnesota Cutting Garden” –The purpose of a cutting garden is to produce a bounty of flowers all season long for you to harvest and use in floral arrangements. Information will be presented on choosing the right plants to grow, techniques for better flower production, and how to care for cut flowers.     
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

April 9, 2019:  “How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters” – If you have used the same variety of plants in your pots for years or would like to start making pots, this class will offer creative and fun ideas. It will also include important information about the soil mix to use and caring for your plants all season.       
Presenter:  Tracey Srock

 

May 14, 2019: “Cool-Weather Crops from the Kitchen Garden”– Wondering what to grow in your garden when the weather is just starting to warm up?  This class offers an overview of gardening tips relevant to the many varieties of specialty lettuce, spinach, peas, radishes, asparagus, and other types of produce that prefer cooler temperatures.     
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

June 11, 2019: “Fact or Fiction:  Garden Myths Meet Research-Based Science” Are Grandma, Pinterest, and magazine articles leading you astray?  We’ll look at some common garden practices to see if science supports the claims.                       
Presenter:  Jackie Burkey

 

July 9, 2019: “Welcome to the Shady Garden” – What could be more welcoming on a hot summer day than a cool shady garden? In this class information will be presented on designing a shade garden. Garden styles and features will be discussed and plants that perform well in different degrees of shade will be presented. 
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

August 13, 2019: “How to Grow Great Tomatoes” – Tomatoes are good to eat and they’re good for you.  Technically a fruit but often thought of as a vegetable; the “perfect” tomato is within your reach.  This presentation will address planning, planting, growing, maintenance, harvest and kitchen preparation. 
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

September 10, 2019:  Dahlias – Dahlias can add a lot of color and texture to the Minnesota garden.  In this class we’ll talk about how to successfully grow gorgeous dahlias and how to store the tubers in the winter.  We’ll also look at examples of the many different classes of dahlias, from small, bushy varieties to magnificent dinner plate cultivars.                 
Presenter:  Jackie Burkey

 

October 8, 2019: “Weather and Your Garden” – We can’t control the weather, however; we can plan our gardens so they have a better chance of withstanding changing weather patterns.  This presentation will address topics such as how wind, temperature, humidity, and drought affect plant material and the characteristics of weather resilient plants.                 
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

November 12, 2019: “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree” – Should your next Christmas tree be real or artificial?  Are you bewildered by all the information offered on how to select and care for a Christmas tree?  This presentation offers research-based guidelines on selecting and caring for a tree best suited to your holiday situation. 
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

December 10, 2019: “Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden” – Fill your landscape with a variety of seed and nectar bearing plants and you will also fill it with hummingbirds, songbirds and butterflies. Information will be provided in this presentation on how you can attract more birds and butterflies to your gardens.                       
Presenter:  Jennifer Knutson

 

2020 Gardening Presentations at the Brainerd Public Library

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 9, 2020:   “The Kitchen Garden Revisited” A beautiful garden feeds the soul and fills the cupboards.  Growing food that goes from garden to table can provide great satisfaction and save you money as well.  Learn how to plan, plant, and maintain a garden that includes an attractive combination of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.   
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

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

 

August   11, 2020: “Preserving Nature’s Bounty” Looking for something new to enhance your culinary efforts?  Learn how to safely preserve fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  Included in the presentation will be information on selecting ingredients, equipment, and traditional techniques.   
Presenter:  JoAnn Weaver

 

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 

 

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