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Join us at the 25th Annual Let’s Get Growing!

It’s time to start dreaming about spring and schedule a horticulture day or two for your calendar!  University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite you to this year's 25th annual “Let’s Get Growing” event.  Save the date for Saturday, April 4 and join us at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Joe Storlien discussing “Gardening in Minnesota's Changing Climate.” Gardening is risky business, as Mother Nature always seems to throw plenty of obstacles at gardeners each year.  As Minnesota’s climate changes, some challenges will be amplified, and new challenges will arise.  Joe will discuss some of the basics of Minnesota’s changing climate, how it relates to gardeners, and focus on how to make our gardens resilient against these future challenges. 

After his keynote, Joe will be teaching his popular breakout session, “Building Healthy Soils.” Healthy soils are the foundation for a successful garden each year. Understanding your soils and how to build soil health is an important part of getting the most from your gardens. Join Joe to learn how gardening activities, such as adding amendments, rotating, planting diversity, tilling or compaction, affect the soil and the invisible life below ground. No matter how large or how small your garden aspirations, this talk will give you the keys to having healthy soil and healthy plants.

In addition to the keynote speaker, participants customize their day by choosing four breakout sessions from a large variety of topics.  This workshop really does have sessions to please all levels of gardeners.  Visit our large marketplace, see the latest and newest in the gardening world, and possibly leave with one of many door prizes.  Registration includes refreshments, lunch and sessions.  Early-bird registration is $ 30 or $ 35 at the door.  Register and pay with a credit card online by March 25 at  

For questions, please call us at (320) 762-3890 or visit us at We hope you will join us and other gardening enthusiasts from across the county and state on April 4!