By now, most of us who enjoy working in our yards and gardens have had our fill of winter. If you're ready for a hefty helping of spring fever, read on.
If there's one thing gardeners enjoy as much as gardening, it's learning even more about the topic. Four cities around the region are hosting different one-day educational gardening programs, with a topic range sure to hit everyone's spring fever trigger, whether we're old gardeners or new. Everyone's invited.
Several of these information-packed gardening days are celebrating more than 30 years running, and their sizeable audiences prove their popularity. Each has a vendor show featuring garden-related products.
On a personal note, I'm presenting programs at each location as one of the speakers, and I always enjoy visiting with Forum readers.
Following are four educational days located around the region:
Gardening Plus Day, Carrington, N.D., March 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Located at Carrington Research Extension Center, 3 miles north of Carrington on US 281.
- Registration at 9 a.m.
- Admission is $10. Door prizes will be given away.
- Programs include Improving Existing Home Landscapes, Greener Grass, Underutilized Evergreens, Hardy Fruit Growing, Spruce Tree Health, Water Tank Gardens, Roses and other Favorite Perennials, plus a question and answer session.
- Sponsored by the Carrington Garden Club. For more information, call (701) 652-2524.
Horticulture Day, Perham, Minn., March 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Located at Prairie Winds Middle School, 480 Coney Street West.
- Registration lasts from 8 to 9 a.m. Admission is $30, which includes lunch and choice of five program sessions.
- Program choices include Landscaping a Lake Home, Sun Perennials, Asparagus and Rhubarb, Fruit Trees, Coleus, Fun with Fermentation, Native Plantings, Selecting Shrubs, Shade Gardening, Garlic Growing, Mushrooms, All-America Selections, Hostas, Succulents, Daylilies, Starting Seeds Indoors, Moss Baskets, Growing Sweet Potatoes, Honeyberries, Annuals, Tomatoes, Honeybees, Vegetable Gardening, Hydrangeas, Flowers for Pollinators, Houseplants.
- Sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of East Otter Tail County. For more information call Kelsey at (218) 385-5420. Program schedule can be viewed here.
Garden Day, Fergus Falls, Minn., March 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Located at Kennedy Secondary School, 601 Randolph Ave.
- Registration lasts from 7:30 to 9. Admission is $30, which includes lunch, keynote speaker, plus choice of four program sessions.
- Program choices include Growing Tomatoes, New Annuals and Perennials, Apple Trees, Garden Art, Critter Control, Growing Mums, Drip Irrigation, Succulents, Using Holidays as Garden Calendar Reminders, Mushroom Cultivation, Pruning, Orchid Growing, Growing Natives, Twilight Gardens, Starting Tomato Plants, Why a Vegetable Garden, Underused Trees and Shrubs, Floral Design, Improving Home Landscapes, Composting, Landscape Grasses, Tomato Grafting, Vines, Seed Saving, Ferns, Growing Herbs, Honeyberries, Shade Gardening, Vertical Gardening, Overwintering Tropicals, Stone Balancing, Hydrangeas.
- Keynote speaker Stan Tekiela will discuss "Uncommon Facts about Common Birds".
- Sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of West Otter Tail County. For more information call Sharon at (218) 998-8760. Program schedule can be viewed here.
Gardening Saturday, Grand Forks, N.D., April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Located at Alerus Center, 1200 42nd St. S.
- Pre-registration required. Cost is $45 if registered by March 28, $55 after. Closes April 11. Register at www.gardeningsaturday.info. Cost includes lunch, two keynote speaker programs and choice of three program sessions.
- Program choices include Top Vegetable Varieties, Easy Ways to Improve Home Landscapes, Tubers and Bulbs, Orchid Growing, Hop Production, Fruit Growing, North Dakota Wine, Underutilized Conifers, Horticulture as Therapy, Cutting Gardens, Foraging Wild Fruits and Nuts, Succulents, Edible Medicinals and Weeds, Backyard Beekeeping, Fermenting Favorites, The Great Tomato Race.
- Keynote speaker Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University professor of forestry will present two tree-related talks.
- Sponsored by NDSU Extension Service and Grand Forks Horticultural Society. For more information call (701) 780-8229.
Don Kinzler, a lifelong gardener, worked as an NDSU Extension horticulturist and owned Kinzler's Greenhouse in Fargo. Readers can reach him at email@example.com.
He also blogs at growingtogether.areavoices.com.