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Let's Get Growing 2019

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite you to their popular “Let’s Get Growing” workshop on Saturday, April 6 at Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave N, Alexandria, MN 56308. Register between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m., visit the marketplace and enjoy refreshments before the keynote speaker begins at 8:45 a.m. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Carrie Larson, Horticulturist and Account Manager for McHutchinson, Inc.  Carrie will review new varieties of flowering plants that will be available this spring and discuss the best way to grow these plants and how to put them together to make the most complementary containers.

A lot of new and exciting breeding has taken place in the industry recently regarding tomatoes, strawberries, herbs and vegetables to make these plants productive in containers as well as the garden. There are so many new plants to choose from and Carrie will help you weed through those that are worth your time and space!

In addition to the keynote speaker, participants customize their day by choosing four breakout sessions to attend.  Choices include: Back Yard Chickens, Begonias – The Most Color for the Least Effort, Busting Common Soil & Garden Myths, Choosing the Right Apple Tree, Drop Irrigation for the Backyard, Easy Ways to Improve Your Landscape, Exciting Varieties of Trees & Shrubs, Exploring the Beauty, Vigor & Usefulness of Native Plants, Extend the Growing Season with Use of Plastic Mulch, Ferns for Minnesota, Fruit for an Edible Landscape, Going No Till with Your Garden, Growing Garlic in Minnesota, Growing Strawberries, Healthy Lawns, How to Grow Summer Bulbs for Superb Garden Impact, How to Successfully Grow Peonies, Hydroponic Gardening, Intro to Growing Vegetables in Containers, Landscaping with Native Flowers & Grasses, Lilies – There is Always Room for One More, Making Your Landscape a Year-Round Haven for Birds, Marvelous Honey Bees – Beginning Bee Keeping, Milkweed, Monarchs & Miracles, More Than Just Grilling – Dutch Ovens, Ornamental Grasses, Outdoor Cooking – Wood Fire Ovens, Plant a Rainbow – Annual Flowers for Color & Purpose, Seed Saving 101, Sensational Sun Perennials, Shady Characters, The Good, the Bad, the Hungry – Dealing with Wildlife Conflict, The Great Tomato Race and Vegetables for Everyone (Beginner Class).  Sessions subject to change.

This workshop has sessions to please all levels of gardeners.  Visit our large marketplace and see the latest and newest in the gardening world.  Many door prizes will be awarded.  Registration includes refreshments, lunch and sessions.  Early-bird registration is $ 30 if received by March 27.  Anyone interested in registering after March 27 should do so the day of the event at the door for $ 35. 

Register online on or before March 27 at or for paper brochure and registration form (cash or check payment) please visit  Brochures and registrations accepted at the Douglas County Extension Office in person or via mail at 720 Fillmore Street, Suite B090 in Alexandria, MN 56308 on or before March 27.  We are in the Douglas County Service Center Building down the hall from the Douglas County Library and Lakes Area Recreation.  For more information or questions, please contact us at 320-762-3890. 

The Douglas County Master Gardeners hope to see you on Saturday, April 6!




Robin Trott
Extension Educator, Horticulture
(320) 762-3890
Kimberly Taveirne
Administrative Specialist
(320) 762-3890

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Let's Get Growing

April 6, 2019

8:00am - 3:30pm

Discovery Middle School, Alexandria, MN