Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Statewide Conference
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Saturday, June 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

7:30 a.m. - Noon
(Breakfast on your own)

8:30 a.m.
WELCOME (Dr. Ed Schnieder)
     • Dr. Ed Schnieder, Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
     •  Kit Sitter, Past-President, Extension Master Gardener Advisory Board; Lake County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

9 a.m.

Saving Our Plants, Saving Our Planet

Dr. Peter RavenPeter H. Raven, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Research - Missouri Botanical Garden
George Engelmann Professor of Botany - Washington University-St. Louis
Adjunct Professor of Biology - University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis University

10:15 a.m.
The Multiple Benefits of Plants and Maintaining Biodiversity in Your Landscape
Plants for Pollinators
     • Plants for Clean Water
     • Plants for Healthy Soil
     • Plants for Human Health

11:30 a.m.


12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Horticulture and Gardening Track
     • Edible Wild Plants (Steve Saupe)
     • Urban Fruits, Expanding Your Edible Horizons (Rebecca Koetter)
     • Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Growing Organic (Courtney Tchida)
     • Schoolyard Gardens and Master Gardeners Engaging Youth (Mary Cichon and Lynn Olson)

Insects and Disease Track
     • Native Bees: What's All The Buzz? (Crystal Boyd)
     • Integrated Pest Management (Dean Herzfeld)
     • Intro to Beekeeping (Gary Reuter)  

Healthy Landscapes Track
     • Advanced Sustainable Landscape Design 2.0 (Julie Weisenhorn)
• Bee Lawns - Turf That Can Support Flowers and Mowing for Pollinators (Ian Lane)

Supporting Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Track
     • GrowU Education Programming (Leslie Yetka)
     • Avoiding Tick Diseases (Dr. Betty Malone)
     • IT and Communication Help Session: Open Q & A (Maggie Frazer)
     • Walk-by Learning: The Great Tomato Countdown (Tim Kenny)

Outdoor Tours and Classes
*NOTE: Sign-ups for sessions with class limits will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis on the morning of each day. Tickets will be distributed upon sign-up. 
     • Ornamental Grasses for Sustainability: The Grass Collection and National Trials (Mary Meyer) *size limit
     • Diagnosing Problems in the Landscape (Michelle Grabowski & Jeff Hahn) *size limit
     • CenUSA Biochar Research and Demonstration Garden (Lynne Hagen, Jeff Stahmann, Sandra Shill) *size limit
     • Arboretum Nature Walk (Matt Schuth) *size limit
     • Tour of Arboretum Gardens (Barb Botten) *size limit
     • Tour of Arboretum Gardens (Betty Owen) *size limit
     • Low-Input Turf Trials (Sam Bauer) *size limit
     • Earth-kind Landscaping: Good for the Garden, Good for the Gardener (Kathy Zuzek) *size limit

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.


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