Earth covered in lawn grass

Earth Day 2015
Building Sustainable Lawns for a Better Planet

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium

$15 member/$20 Master Gardener/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Is your lawn earth-friendly? To honor Earth Day 2015, visit the Arboretum and hear from Minnesota experts about how to rethink and sustain a new ideal aesthetic for your lawn so that it is beneficial as well as beautiful. You'll gain insights into eco-friendly lawn design, maintenance practices, and easy do-able steps you can take to improve your own lawn (which might just save you money, too). Build a better lawn for yourself, your community and for the planet! 

Re-Thinking Lawns

LESLIE YETKA, Horticulture Education Manager and Extension EducatorMinnesota Landscape Arboretum

Design Aesthetics and Rethinking Your Lawn Space
FRED ROZUMALSKI, RLA, Landscape Architect and Landscape Ecologist with Barr Engineering Company, discusses the traditional American lawn, and why we should re-consider this ideal.

A City's Perspective
A case study on managing public open spaces through both policies and practices, and how you can work with your community.

Steps You Can Take
Improving Water Quality and Soil Health in Your Own Lawn

JOHN BARTON, Director of Natural Resources with Three Rivers Park District, discusses managing turf in a way that also promotes clean water and builds healthy soil. 

Supporting Bees and Other Beneficial Insects
IAN LANE, Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Minnesota, presents on building lawns that support bees, pollinators, and other beneficial insects.

Reducing Maintenance and No-Mow Lawns
SAM BAUER, Extension Educator in Turf Science at the University of Minnesota, will discuss low maintenance and no-mow lawns, which are effective ways to improve the environmental impact of lawns on our landscapes

Q & A with Presenters

Hosted by the
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 
in collaboration with the 
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Online, click on the green "Register" button listed with the class.
Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

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

City of Chanhassen
Extension Master Gardener Program - Hennepin County
Extension Master Gardener Program - Meeker County
Extension Master Gardener Program - McLeod County
Extension Master Gardener Program - Ramsey County
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Mother Earth Gardens 
Prairie Restorations
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