Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Statewide Conference
Main Conference Page and Registration

Friday, June 24, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 5:05 p.m.

REGISTRATION 7:30 a.m. - Noon

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Farm Table Breakfast

Granola, Yogurt, Honey, Berries, Fruit & Assortment of Local Cheese
Brenda Quick Breads: Banana Wheat Germ Bread, Buttermilk Cornbread

Garden Lunch
Greek Black Eyed Pea Salad
Mixed Baby Lettuce, Green Beans, toasted Walnuts with White Balsamic Dressing
Cold Mint & Melon Soup

Dessert
Almond Cake with summer Berries

Schedule At A Glance

PRE-CONFERENCE CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Water Wisely: Train the Trainer 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Gain an understanding of how plants use water, proper procedures for irrigation, and strategies to reduce water use on turf, trees and shrubs, and landscape plants. You will leave this session with information on how to obtain a teaching package that you can use to teach the public about water conservation and wise watering practices.
    Julie Weisenhorn
    Sam Bauer
    Kathy Zuzek
  • Soil Kitchen 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Get an overview of the Soil Kitchen work that has been done, the model, engagement work, etc. Receive continuing education on basic soil parameters (organic matter, pH, texture) and potential soil contaminants. Experience soil texture by feel. Then, you will apply the skills you've learned in screening and interpretation of results for the general public during the offered Soil Kitchen time.
    Nic Jelinski

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


photo: johnbartramlives.me/ 

"What Hal Holbrook
is to Mark Twain so is Kirk Brown to John Bartram!"

Kirk Brown
Kirk entertains and educates audiences with his energetic and passionate, horticulturally-related presentations. His personification of John Bartram is electrifying:

John Bartram welcomes you with the horticultural history of America as it began in Philadelphia and Penn's Woods. His story starts at the very beginning of the international world of plant discovery and identification. His humor, his passion and his achievements will entertain, inspire and awe as he shares his hope for the future of the earth.

Who is John Bartram? Learn more here:
https://bartramsgarden.org/history/the-bartrams/

SHORT TOUR

LONG TOUR

  • Pruning Shrubs and Trees 1:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Pruning trees and shrubs can be intimidating. But with a little training, forethought, and planning, pruning is a powerful and fun tool that can be used to train, maintain, and repair trees and shrubs. During this tour, we will look at how pruning is used to promote strong healthy architecture in trees, re-size overgrown shrubs, rejuvenate old and poorly-performing shrubs, repair holes in plant canopies, prevent and manage diseases, and restore shrub canopies that have been damaged by neglect, chronic bad pruning, winter injury, pests, and browsing wildlife.
    Kathy Zuzek

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • No Watering Required: Water Wise Garden Design 1:10 p.m.  - 2:00 p.m.
    Embrace the 3 "R's" (reduce, reuse, recycle) to practice sensible garden design and water management. Included in the presentation are rain gardens, rain barrels, stormwater bioretention, green roofs, dry stream beds, latest plant introductions - natives and species hybrids, and how to design and how to install water features.
    Kirk Brown
  • SHARE Round 1: Youth Engagement 1:10 p.m.  - 2:00 p.m.  View Presentation
    Projects that will be presented include:

          -Top 10 Lessons Learned by the Woodland School Gardeners
            Douglas County
          -The VIP Garden" Hands-on Approach to Gardening with Youth          

            Nicollet County
           
  • Building, Growing, and Sharing the Hydroponic Salad Table with Your Clients 1:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    See examples of personal sized and family sized tables, learn how the static hydroponic system works, and discuss ways you could incorporate the hydroponic salad table into your Master Gardener programming.
    Tom Michaels

SHORT TOUR

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Rain Gardens for Your Home 2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. View Presentation
  • Learn installation techniques to ensure successful implementation and performance of rain gardens for residential scale projects. Discussions will include plant choices proven to perform well and provide pollinator habitat, including maintenance of rain gardens and native plantings.
    Rich Harrison and Andrew Novak from Metro Blooms
  • SHARE Round 2: Gardens and Communities 2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    Projects that will be presented include:
           -The RCS Teaching Giving Garden: How community partnerships work together to teach garden lessons,    
            grow fresh produce and share local food with those in need!
            Washington County
  •        -At Home and at the Market: Reaching diverse audiences in two ways
            Ramsey County
  •        -Building a Public Garden
            Goodhue County

SHORT TOUR

LONG TOUR

  •   Horticulture Research Center 3:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • New Invasive Pests Threatening Minnesota 3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
    This presentation highlights new threats: brown marmorated stink bug, spotted wing drosophila, swede midge, viburnum leaf beetle, and lily leaf beetle. Learn what MGs need to know to facilitate early detection.
    Mark Abrahamson
  • Writing for Publications and the Media 3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
    Two veteran gardener-writers will share insights on finding ideas, picking a topic, focusing a story and getting published.
  • Mary Lahr Schier
    Mary Jane Smetanka

  • Water Wisely: Train the Trainer 3:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
    Gain an understanding of how plants use water, proper procedures for irrigation, and strategies to reduce water use on turf, trees and shrubs, and landscape plants. You will leave this session with information on how to obtain a teaching package that you can use to teach the public about water conservation and wise watering practices.
    Julie Weisenhorn
    Sam Bauer
    Kathy Zuzek

 

SHORT TOUR

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Managing Invasive Plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 4:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m View Presentation
  • Learn about the Arboretum's management of invasive plants and what new invasive species to be on the lookout for!
    Dan Miller



FRIDAY EVENING ENTERTAINMENT  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


photo: daddysqueeze.com

Dan Newton
Accordian music 


photo: Spoonriver Cookbook
Brenda Langton
Happy Hour with Appetizers, Presentation & Book Signing

Award-winning chef and restaurateur as well as culinary instructor, speaker and consultant on healthy diets, Brenda has been a pioneer of fresh, local and sustainable food since the early 1970's. She has owned several restaurants, including the eponymous Cafe Brenda in downtown Minneapolis and, Spoonriver, launched in 2006. Brenda also founded the Mill City Farmers' Market, which is located just outside Spoonriver's front door. 
Regarding Brenda's third book, "The Spoonriver Cookbook," Blue Zones author Dan Buettner says: "Buy this book if you want to live longer. No one in the world can better combine ingredients. She not only make us healthier but eating her way make us better people." watch a video about Brenda
 

QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION?
Call 612-301-1210 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Preferred Conference Accommodations
Special rate for conference attendees!
$129.00 plus tax, King Suite (normally $165+)!
Use Promotional Code UMNMGC
Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen
591 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 area map
952-937-2424

 

Certificates of attendance will be available for:

  • Extension Master Gardeners
  • Extension Master Naturalists
  • Tree Care Advisors
  • Others, by request  

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