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					University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                       May 2011




                 MASTER GARDENER NEWSLETTER
                                        Tuesday May 10th 6PM
  Pot Luck and social time and vote on the By Laws at the HISTORY CENTER

            A note from our President
                      Dear MGs, As the calendar prepares                              May 2011
                      to flip to the month of May, lets hope
                      that spring decides to take hold. I
                      know that as soon as warmer temps
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                      are here to stay, you will become very
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                      busy with your projects in the
                      community and at home. Just a
                      reminder of things to come are the
                      first weekend of the Farmer's Market                  4th Annual Rochester Community
                      outside, the Rochester Garden Club                     Rain Barrel and compost bin sale
                      plant sale, the Shades of Green Hosta                                           Page 3
 Society Plant Sale, Rain Barrel and Compost Bin sale,
 Ask a Master Gardener at HyVee North and the                                    Spring Garden Tour May 14
 community tree planting in Watson's Sports Complex and                                       Pages 4 and 5
 Cimmaron Park neighborhood. All these events help
 support living green, buying local, and beautifying our
 neighborhoods. I encourage all of you to participate and                              Tour with the Masters
 publicize these events to friends and families. Also, don't
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 forget to attend the special meeting and potluck on the
 10th. We will be voting on the bylaw changes and
 enjoying some social time. Enjoy the spring and thanks
 for all you do.

 Jason
 At the April meeting, the By-Laws were reviewed and discussed. The only discussion item was to change the
 wording of “membership” to something else or leave out where possible. After the vote, we will have a potluck
 and social time. If you have plants or garden tools/items that you no longer need or have an over-abundance
 of and would like to give away, please bring them. We’ll have a table available for kind of a swap and shop
 type of thing.
 Please bring the corresponding dish as follows…if your last name begins with:A-E Appetizer: F – M Main
 Dish; N-Z Dessert. This is a guide, if you have a favorite dish you would like to bring or need to stop quickly at
 the store and pick something up, that is fine! The most important thing is that we get together for some social
 time.
University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                             May 2011


    Master Gardener Profile: Jessica Crane by Norrie MacIlraith

    I would like everyone to meet Jessica Crane, (Jessie) who is a new Intern with the Master Gardener

                                program. She is enjoying the learning experience and becoming
                                involved with the Olmsted County activities.
                                She and her husband ‘moved to town’ in 2002 when they built their
                                new home in Rochester having resided a long time in the surrounding

                                area! They have four adult children who were use to Jessica’s love of
                                cooking ethnic foods. The strange and odd flavours with lots of spices
                                kept their palates tasting many things. Good old macaroni and cheese
                                was not on the menu! Ostrich meat burgers were!
                                Jessie has found the garden a place to rekindle her sprit and simply
                                enjoy being. At the new home site, she has planned the spaces with a

                                  combination of colours pleasing to the eye. Many of her selections
                                  come from childhood memories on the farm with focus on yellow,
    orange, and red using lilies and lazy Susan. Peonies are also tucked in. The backyard includes a
    small pond area complete with coy and goldfish. There are also a variety of grasses, herbs for
    cooking, and a lot of container plantings. At this time, she is working around her husband’s “love

    for grass” and planning more plantings including possibly a raingarden out front where moisture
    collects and a sink-hold area has developed.

    Not knowing anyone, at the Master Gardener Update Meetings, it hasn’t

    taken long to become involved and finding it easy to get her hours in.
    Mark Davis has her helping at the History Center; Jane Barton at Eastwood
    School and Jason Leigh brought her ‘on board’ to the HyVee Saturday
    program. Jessica says, some of the other communications she hasn’t
    understood such as actually filling out interest sheets and sending back to
    Kay for project activities. “But I am learning”.

    When not gardening, there are other hats being worn. Weekdays you will find her working at the
    Broadway Dental Care office as the receptionist; an avid volunteer for many years with the Victims
    Services hotline, Jessica rotates the ‘on call’ phone line providing consultation, information, and
    directional guidance.
    When time permits and summertime, travels to Spooner, WI commence to the cabin where

                                additional gardening takes place to a lesser degree while enjoying
                                living on the lake. While hubby tends to be more inclined to stay
                                around home, travels have taken this couple to Europe, Mexico,
                                Caribbean, and nearly every state.
                                Welcome Jessie.



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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                                     May 2011




       4th Annual Rochester Community Rain Barrel and Compost Bin SALE
                  When: Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (or while supplies last)

                                 Where: Olmsted County Fairgrounds Parking Lot

                            Intersection of Hwy. 63 and 14th Street SE, Rochester, MN

                                    Systern Rain Barrels - $63 (a $120 value)

                                 Earth Machine Composter - $52 (a $100 value)

                                Credit cards or checks only for the day of the sale.

                           Don't Want to Spend an Hour in Line? Then Pre-Order Today!

     For Questions or to Pre-Order a Rain Barrel or Composter contact Zumbro Watershed Partnership Education
                 Coordinator Kevin Strauss at 507-993-3411 or at education@zumbrowatershed.org.




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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                               May 2011


                    SPRING GARDENS TRIP 2011 Saturday May14
    Time: All day. Plan to meet by 7:30 a.m. Meet: Wal-Mart parking lot, North side
    Transportation: car pooling, to be arranged through Mary Jane McHardy. E-mail:
    mchardy.mary@yahoo.com. We expect there will be 4 or more per car. If you have a large vehicle,
    consider being a driver. IMPORTANT: make arrangements early so we can organize the expected
    30 people. The addresses are at the end of this article.
    Destination: Because the Arboretum has a very busy auxiliary plant sale starting at 9 am; Our
    tour will begin at Kelley and Kelley in Long Lake. Kelley and Kelley is offering a 20 percent
    discount and an offer to dig desired plants from their woodland area. Noerenberg Gardens is on
    the way to the Arboretum and a stop there is optional. Our past president, Joyce Grier, thought it
    was lovely when she visited.
    Admission to the Arboretum is free for master gardeners with identification (wear your name tags)
    and to members. All other will be expected to pay the $9 admission. You must sign up and pay the
    fee of $9 for the tram as soon as you arrive at the Arboretum to secure a seat as pre-registration
    was not possible. No docent tours are offered on Saturday without a deposit and a guarantee of
    the number of attendees, so other touring will be on your own. For lunch, the Arboretum has a
    nice lunch selection, or you bring your own. Programs at the Arboretum on May 14 include the
    following:
    Hard Core Perennials (150-05-14-11) Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $30 member/$40
    non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building Find out which
    perennials can really handle Minnesota's seasons of extremes and which are longest-lived and
    easiest to maintain. Learn which ones thrive in sunny or shady sites. Examine native plants and
    cultivars which will add depth and new dimension to your site. Visit the gardens to see various
    perennial success stories with an expert gardener. Instructor: Paul Sotak
    Steve Tobin's sculptures: a dramatic fusion of nature and art. Set among the Arboretum's glowing
    gardens and peaceful groves, they invite you to touch, stroll through or even lie down beneath
    them, to discover your own unique views of the land around you, views that change with the light
    and the seasons.
    HIGHLIGHTS This is the first exhibition ever of Tobin's ‘Steelroots’ sculpture series in Minnesota,
    and only the second showing worldwide. It Showcases:
            o Thirteen sculptures of massive rolled and bent steel pipes soaring
            o up to 40 feet in height
            o A pair of bronze root sculptures titled "Romeo & Juliet"
            o A bronze sculpture of a forest floor
            o Steel interpretations of pine cones
            o Five 'child-sized' root sculptures 3-5 feet high
          o WHERE TO FIND THEM Sculptures will be sited around the Visitor Center and along a
            0.6 mile paved walk from the Visitor Center to the ever-popular Maze Garden. They rise
            in scale as the landscape changes from intimate gardens of roses, dwarf evergreens and
            bright perennials to quiet groves of towering oaks and pines. Is it art framed by nature




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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                             May 2011


   TRAM TOUR Come on board the Arboretum Trumpet Creeper Tram for a narrated tour of the
   1,100+ acres of gardens and woodlands highlighting tree collections, shrub displays and themed
   display gardens and flower and vegetable demonstration gardens. The tram accommodates 42
   people with one wheelchair space. Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m.
   and 3 p.m. Tram tours are not "reservable" in advance on the weekends. There is a Honey
   cooking class at 9: AM ($30) and a free espalier trimming demonstration from 9: AM until noon.
   The auxiliary plant sale is from 9: AM until noon.
   Two nurseries not officially on the tour are Bachman’s and Gerten’s.
   Cost: car poolers are asked to contribute to gas. Suggested rate of $10 per person.
   When responding to Mary Jane McHardy about carpooling please let her know if you can offer a
   ride or need a ride. If you have already arranged a car pool, just let her know. Our planned
   departure time is early, so we can have quality time at the gardens. Someone from the program
   committee will wait a few minutes in case of a latecomer. A map of the locations will be supplied
   prior to the trip, though drivers with their own maps are welcome to take a different route. We will
   not expect cars to follow each other and you could return to Rochester at your convenience.
   We have made a survey trip prior to this announcement to insure the very best experience and
   best gardens for this event. All locations promise to have flowers in bloom in spite of our very
   late spring!
   Bulbs will be featured at the Arboretum, and perhaps the crab apple trees in bloom. Kelley and
   Kelley Nursery was hoping their nursery would be up satisfactorily with the very late start on their
   display garden. They will have many plants for sale. Noerenberg gardens may be delayed on
   putting in a new side walk and we will advise you if a visit is not recommended.
   For those of you who wish to develop your own map here are the addresses:
   Kelley and Kelley Nursery, 2325 Watertown Road, Long Lake, MN 55356


   Noerenberg Gardens, 2865 Northshore Drive, Wayzata MN 55391
   MN Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
   Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S, Mpls, MN 55419
   Gerten’s, 5500 Blaine Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Exit hwy 52 south at #66
   Take 55th St. east, Left at Blaine Ave.




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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                             May 2011




                                   Tour with the Masters
                             2nd Annual Master Gardener Garden Tour

                                        Wednesday, July 27

                           Plans are underway! Here are the highlights.

                                            Five gardens
                                     Samples from the garden
                                           Learn how to:
                               Use ground covers for sun and shade
                                   Rejuvenate container gardens
                                   Make self-watering containers
                                           Cook with herbs
                                       Make gourd birdhouses
                               Be inspired by whimsical garden art
                                     Ask gardening questions
     New this year will be presale of tickets (wrist bands) and sales at each of the gardens, in
                   addition to having them available at RCTC, Heintz Center.



      We were so appreciative of all the wonderful volunteers last year. We hope you will be
     able to participate this year. It takes lots of volunteers. We can’t do it without you! Sign
                           up sheets will be available at our May meeting.




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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                                                  May 2011




        To whom it may concern:

    Attached is a news column from Angela Gupta – Extension Educator – Natural Resources Management & Utilization,
    regarding the next session of the Woodland Advisor Program series entitled, “Forest Invasive Species,” scheduled
    for Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Holzinger Lodge, north of Huff on West Lake Boulevard, in
    Winona, Minnesota. County Extension Educators should feel free to add their contact information to the end of the
    document at their discretion.



    Please forward to your media contacts for publication as soon as possible. In addition, please inform your Master
    Gardeners of this learning opportunity as continuing education hours are available.

    If there are any questions, please contact Angela Gupta at (507) 280-2869.

    Thank you! Mary Jane Stearns Executive Office & Administrative Specialist LERN Certified Program Planner University of
    Minnesota Extension

    Regional Office - Rochester

    MAILING ADDRESS: 863 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904-4915

    OFFICE LOCATION/SHIPPING ADDRESS: 1926 Collegeview Drive SE, Suite HC100, Rochester, MN 55904-4915

    PH: (507) 536-6310 or (888) 241-4536 Fax: (507) 280-2872 EMAIL: mstearns@umn.edu

                  May 9, 8-10am Free! Turf Management for Reduced Environmental Impacts
                                                           Workshop
               This new course is for anyone who manages lawns. Learn how to reduce materials use, save money,
                and protect our water resources. Includes resources and light breakfast from Great Harvest Bread.
                Instructors: City Storm Water Educator Allison Plute and Audubon Certified Somerby Golf Course
                         Superintendent Eric Counselman. RSVP to aplute@rochestermn.gov by May 4th.
               Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (2900 19th Street NW, Rochester)
                                        May 18th 4-7pm and May 19th 8am-1pm
                                  Rochester Garden and Flower Club's Annual Plant Sale
                This year's featured plants include a variety of Clematis, Delphinium, Echinacea, Astilbe, Brunnere,
                               Huechera, Huecherella, Hosta, and many more. Kyle Herring will also
                                have a variety of native plants. Accepting donations for Channel 1 as
                                            well. For more information visit www.rgfc.org
                                           Olmsted County Faigrounds Horticulture Building
                                        May 25th 6-8pm Raingarden Workshop
                              Discover the benefits of these natural filters! Learn what they are, how
                              they work, what to consider at your site, how to select plants, watch a
                              percolation test in the field, and view the site's raingardens. Numerous
                                 resources will be shared, including a baby native plant for each
                                  participant. Presenters are Master Gardeners, Jeff Feece from
                              Sargent's, and the City of Rochester's Storm Water Educator. Register
                                                  by emailing aplute@rochestermn.gov.
                                     Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center.
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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                          May 2011

 More events

 “Warbler Bird Walk”

 Saturday, May 7th, 9 – 10 am Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd NE. Rochester

 Quarry Hill Park is a great place to see the warblers returning to our area. Binoculars are
 available to use at the nature center. Families and children are welcome. Dress for the weather.
 Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon.

 “Forestville State Park Bird Trip”

 Saturday, May 7th 8am -2pm Heintz Center, 1926 College View Rd SE, Rochester

 Forestville State Park near Spring Valley can be a good area to view a variety of warblers
 returning from down south. Meet at the east parking lot of the Heintz Center at 8 am to car
 pool. We will return early in the afternoon. Dress for the weather. Sponsored by Zumbro
 Valley Audubon.

 “Warbler Walk at Indian Heights Park”

 Sunday, May 15th, 8-10am Miracle Mile Shopping Center, 20 17th Ave NW, Rochester

 Indian Heights Park is a good location to see warblers, orioles and other birds returning to the
 area. Meet at Miracle Mile Shopping Center near the Wild Birds Unlimited store to car pool.
 Dress for the weather. Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon.

 “Bird Banding at Whitewater State Park”

 Tuesday, May 24th, 7 -8 pm

 Whitewater State Park, Elba, Mn Experience a hands on demonstration of the science of bird
 banding. Learn why bird banding is important in understanding bird populations. Changes in
 migration patterns, population distribution and the health of birds can be examined with
 information learned from the banding of birds. Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon. There
 is a fee to enter the park.

 “Goldfinch Bird Walk” Saturday, June 4th 9-10am

 Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester A wide variety of birds can be
 seen at Quarry Hill Park. Several different habitats will be explored including the pond and the
 restored oak savannah. Children and families are welcome. Dress for the weather. Binoculars
 are available to use at the nature center. Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon.



 Contact: Joyce Grier 507 289-5662 tlgrier@aol.com




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University of Minnesota Extension, Olmsted County                                            May 2011


May 9, 8-10am Free! Turf Management for Reduced Environmental Impacts
Workshop
This new course is for anyone who manages lawns. Learn how to reduce materials use, save money,
and protect our water resources. Includes resources and light breakfast from Great Harvest Bread.
Instructors: City Storm Water Educator Allison Plute and Audubon Certified Somerby Golf Course
Superintendent Eric Counselman. RSVP to aplute@rochestermn.gov by May 4th.
Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (2900 19th Street NW, Rochester)
May 18th 4-7pm and May 19th 8am-1pm
Rochester Garden and Flower Club's Annual Plant Sale
This year's featured plants include a variety of Clematis, Delphinium, Echinacea, Astilbe, Brunnere,
Huechera, Huecherella, Hosta, and many more. Kyle Herring will also
have a variety of native plants. Accepting donations for Channel 1 as
well. For more information visit www.rgfc.org
Olmsted County Faigrounds Horticulture Building
May 25th 6-8pm Raingarden Workshop
Discover the benefits of these natural filters! Learn what they are, how
they work, what to consider at your site, how to select plants, watch a
percolation test in the field, and view the site's raingardens. Numerous
resources will be shared, including a baby native plant for each
participant. Presenters are Master Gardeners, Jeff Feece from
Sargent's, and the City of Rochester's Storm Water Educator. Register
by emailing aplute@rochestermn.gov.
Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center.

                                  Contact Information

                   Master Gardener Coordinator:
                   Kay Erwin kerwin@umn.edu

                   Newsletter Editors
                   Leslie Hall tomandlesliehall@charter.net
                   Norrie MacIlraith norrie50@charter.net

                   Board of Directors 2011
                   Mark Davis (until 2013) mrdavis@magnaspeed.net
                   Nuala Gibbions (Vice Chair) nuala@thegibbons.net
                   Kathy Hoyer (until 2013) kat_hoyer@hotmail.com
                   Kay Eberman (until 2012) kayeberman@charter.net
                   Jason Leigh (Chair) leigh.jason@mayo.edu
                   Paul Trcka (until 2012) paul.trcka@chsinc.com
                   Sherrie Bowe (until 2011) bowe442@msn.com
                   Joyce Grier (until 2011) tigrier@aol.com
                   Jeanette Klugherz (until 2011) netklug@gmail.com
                   Sherry Lawrence (Treasurer) sherntom@gmail.com

				
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