2019 Spring Garden Fair schedule

8:30 a.m. Check-in and registration
Visit vendors

8:45 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction – Sandy Ahlstrom, Program Committee

8:50 a.m. Native Plants of the Midwest – Alan Branhagen
Gardening with native plants has experienced a recent increase in popularity tied to being green, buying local and living sustainably. Learn how to be successful in selecting, growing and maintaining Midwestern native plants.

9:50 a.m. Break: vendors open

10:15 a.m.  Compost: Quality Matters – John Rosenow
Compost has a general meaning of being good, but there are many variations of compost. You can make your own compost or purchase it. Gain insight in knowing what is the best and what is not so good when purchasing compost. Everyone receives a 15-lb bag of “Cowsmo” compost to try in their garden.

11:15 a.m. Break: vendors open

11:30 a.m.  Lunch: book signing and free time to visit vendor booths

12:30 p.m. Growing Garlic in Minnesota – Dr. Carl Rosen
Garlic is a relatively new crop for Minnesota gardens. Find out what it takes to grow a successful crop with selecting cultivars, harvesting, storing the bulbs, and potential problems that may occur during the growing season.

1:30 p.m. Break: vendors open

1:45 p.m.  Grapes for Cold Climates – Colin Zumwalde
Viticulture is the branch of horticulture concerning the cultivation and harvesting of grapes. Learn which cold-hardy grape cultivars (for eating and wine making) do well in our climate and the techniques for producing them.

2:45 p.m.  Wrap up and Adjourn