Master Gardener Spring Bonanza planned March 16

The 16th Annual Chisago County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Bonanza will be held 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. March 8 at North Branch Area High School.

The CCMG (an outreach of the University of MN Extension Service), in partnership with the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and North Branch Area Community Education, have put together an interesting line-up of classes and a diversified group of vendors who will be exhibiting new gardening items for 2014.

Attendees can choose to attend classes from the following list:

• When the wildlife you love drives you crazy.

•Vegetable gardening 101.

•A year in the life of a backyard beekeeper.

•Square foot gardening.

•Lilies: jewels of the garden.

•Grapes 101 & advanced grape growing.

•What insect pests are lurking in your yard.

•Gardening through the seasons.

• Lawn Rehabilitation 101.

• Bees — our native pollinators.

• Seed starting.

• Growing hardy roses in Minnesota.

• Weeds — plants out of place.

Speakers for these classes range from a vineyard owner, a University of Minnesota extension educator, a Minnesota Department of Agriculture representative, Mille Lacs County Agriculture inspector, DNR Wildlife specialists, an apiary owner, a North Star Lily Association representative, a Kanabec County master gardener, as well as several University of Minnesota Chisago County master gardeners.

This year’s keynote presentation will be “Minnesota’s Outdoor Wonders” with Jim Gilbert, consulting naturalist for WCCO, and co-author of the Minnesota Weather Guide calendars.  Come and discover the fragile relationships between weather, climate, plants, and animals. Gilbert has many years of experience as a naturalist and a science teacher. Join Gilbert as he uncovers some of the many observations he has discovered over the years that shed light on the delicate balance of nature.

Pre-registration is encouraged.  Classes fill up fast, as the (pre-registered) cost is $10 for the entire day.  Walk-in guests are allowed the day of the event as room allows at a cost  $15.

For more information on the class topics (class descriptions), call the CCMG office at 651/277-0151, e-mail [email protected], or check out either of the following websites for a brochure and a registration form: or

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