Good Samaritan Monthly Presentations

All Presentations at the Good Samaritan Center have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID

Nature’s Blessings Good Samaritan Garden Club

We offer Community Garden Education Classes at Woodland Campus – 2019; Second Thursday of each Month, 2:00 pm, in the 200 Dining Room Area, Woodland Campus, Brainerd.

Who is invited to participate? All Woodland & Bethany Residents & Auxiliary members, The Center members, Breath of Life Adult Day Service residents, and ANYONE ELSE 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.

Date:  Thursday, January 10th

Speaker:  Herman Bradley

​Title: “Garden Catalogs.


Date:  Thursday, February 14th

Speaker:  Coralee Fox

​Title: “What’s new and old Favorites”.

​Topic Description:  This presentation is all about new products to make gardening easier and new variteties of our favorite flowers and veggies as well as the old faithfuls which we know and love.

Date:  Thursday, March 14th  

Speaker:  Jennifer Knudson

​Title:  “Growing a Minnesota Cutting Garden”.

​Topic Description: 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.

Date:  Thursday, April 11th 

Speaker: Herman Bradley

​Title: “Planning Your Garden Spot”.

Date:  Thursday, May 9th  

Speaker: JoAnn Weaver

​Title:  “Cool-Weather Crops for the Kitchen Garden”.

​Topic Description: Wondering what to grow in your garden when the weather is just starting to warm up? This presentation 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.

Date:  Thursday, June 13th  

Speaker: Tracy Srock

​Title:  “How to Create Sensational Pots and Planters”.

Topic Description: If you have used the same variety of plants in your pots for years or would like to start making pots, this presentation 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.

Date:  Thursday, July 11th  

Speaker: Herman Bradley

​Title: “Mulching, Top Dressing, Watering”.

Date:  Thursday, August 8th

Speaker: Herman Bradley

Title:  “Composting & Cleanup of Your Garden Space”.

Date:  Thursday September 12th

Speaker: Herman Bradley

Title:  “Recipes, Apples & Grapes”.

Date:  Thursday, October 10th

Speaker: JoAnn Weaver

Title: “Weather and Your Garden”.

Topic Description: 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.

Date:  Thursday, Nov 14th

Speaker:  JoAnn Weaver

​Title:  “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”.

Topic Description: 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 real Christmas tree? This presentation offers research-based guidelines on selecting and caring for a tree best suited to your holiday situation.

Date:  Thursday, Dec 12th

Speaker:  Jennifer Knudson

​Title:  “Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden”.

Topic Description: 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 garden.