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Increase Your Gardening Know-How in March at Hennepin County Library Master Gardener Presentations
Increase your gardening know-how by learning from Master Gardeners in the off-season at Hennepin County libraries. In March, nine free presentations are scheduled on these topics: Small Space Vegetable Gardening, Advanced Vegetable Gardening, Community Gardening, Best Plants for Tough Sites, Butterflies (for children), and Annual Flowers for Minnesota (see descriptions below).
Presentations will be supplemented with slides or PowerPoint images plus handouts on gardening, lawn care, and landscaping.
About Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who have completed at least 48 hours of horticultural education at the university, 12 hours of continuing education and 50 hours of volunteer service to become certified. To remain certified, Master Gardeners complete 12 hours of continuing education and 25 hours of volunteer service each year. Many Hennepin County Master Gardeners volunteer more than 75-100 hours each year. Last year, 291 active Master Gardeners in Hennepin County provided more than 19,500 hours of volunteer service.
Jim Wadsworth of Bloomington, who lectures on a variety of topics but especially enjoys native plants and grasses, has been a Master Gardener for nine years. Questions for Master Gardeners run the gamut, he said.
“It varies with the season and year. A couple of years we were overwhelmed with [questions about] Japanese beetles. We’re also asked a lot about ‘what’s wrong with my tomatoes? Am I watering too much? Is there an infestation?’”
Wadsworth thinks the most common mistake people make when gardening is not knowing the quality of the soil. He refers them to the University of Minnesota Extension Service for soil testing and help.
Master Gardener presentations are offered in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension. Twelve more Master Gardener presentations are scheduled in April at Hennepin County libraries. For more information, call your library or go to www.hclib.org
Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening
You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. 
Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Penn Lake Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 9. Register online or call 612-543-5800.

Tuesday, March 19, 6–7:30 p.m.
Webber Park Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 19. Register online or call 612-543-6750.

Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Brookdale Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 23. Register online or call 612-543-5600.

Master Gardener: Advanced Vegetable Gardening
Learn how to read seed packets and plant tags, when to plant cool- and warm-season vegetables, which fertilizers work best for growth and production, and how intercropping and successive plantings of common vegetables help utilize available garden space. 
Thursday, March 14, 6–7:30 p.m.
East Lake Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 14. Register online or call 612-543-8425.

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30–8 p.m.
Nokomis Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 19. Register online or call 612-543-6800.

Master Gardener: Community Gardening
A community garden is any space where plants are grown and maintained by a community to meet the needs of the community. Learn the pleasures and challenges of this collaborative project. 
Saturday, March 16, 10:30.a.m.–noon
Sumner Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 16. Register online or call 612-543-6875.

Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites
Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree. 
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Eden Prairie Library

Master Gardener Families: Butterflies
Grades 1-4. Learn all about butterflies, their body parts, behavior and life stages. You also will make a flower pot planted with seeds of flowers that attract butterflies to take home. Kids and their caretakers welcome. 
Friday, March 29, 3 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library
Registration required, begins March 1. Register online or call 612-543-6225.

Master Gardener: Annual Flowers for Minnesota
Annuals fill the whole growing season with blooms - whether in pots or in lush waves of colorful gardens. Learn how to grow them from seed, how to buy plants from garden centers and what their common diseases are. 

Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Penn Lake Library
Registration required, begins March 2. Register online or call 612-543-5800.

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