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Hands-On Horticulture Workshop April 17

Participants in the 2009 Hands-On Horticulture Workshop work on projects at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Photo courtesy WCROC.

Field of Greens, Herbs, Small Fruits, and the Cutting Garden will combine to create the Hands-On Horticulture Workshop, a full day of garden techniques for adults of all experience levels.

The 2010 Hands-On Horticulture Workshop is Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration form and payment are due by April 14.

Participants are asked to choose one morning session and one afternoon session.

Here's the schedule:

•9 a.m. Registration and Welcome at the WCROC Administration Building.

•9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Morning Session:

Field of Greens - Growing your own Salad plus Tomatoes.

Learn about the wide variety of vegetables that you can grow and use in a salad. Jerry Tilden, Chippewa County Master Gardener, and Dean Risa, owner of Risa Family Gardens, will discuss growing techniques to keep your salad garden producing beyond the average growing season.

Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

This session will focus on culinary herbs, but will also include information on some medicinal herbs. Marcia Neeley, owner Honey and Herbs in Benson, will demonstrate a wide variety of preservation techniques in which you will have a chance to participate.

•11:30 a.m. Lunch

•12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

Growing Berries in Western Minnesota

Learn the basics of growing strawberries and raspberries in western Minnesota. Topics that will be covered include site preparation, varieties, and care the first year. Presenter is Thaddeus McCamant, Specialty Crops Management Instructor at Northland College in Detroit Lakes.

The Cutting Garden

Learn the plant characteristics that produce a flower suitable for use as a cut flower, as well as specific varieties that lend themselves well to a garden devoted to cut flowers. Class will experience planting cut flower seeds and time to design your own cutting garden. Presenter is Linda Kellerman, Douglas County Master Gardener, of Alexandria.

There is a cost for the workshop, which includes lunch.

For more information contact Jean at (320) 589-1711, or by email at Visit the WCROC Web site at the address and click on Calendar.