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Native Gardening for Beauty & Wildlife

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On April 5 from 6 to 8 pm our own Erica Tenbroek will give a talk on native gardening for beauty and wildlife at the Fairview Community Ed. Center in Roseville. At this presentation you can learn helpful tips to attract pollinators, deter deer and where to shop for creating pollinator-friendly rain gardens. For event details,… Read more »

Backyard Gardening for Nature

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Last night we had the pleasure of visiting Michelle Kalantari’s backyard (and front yard!) without leaving the Lexington Recreation Center. Michelle’s passion and excitement about raising native plants inspired everyone in the room. She described the three year process it took her to get from a mostly grass suburban lot to a lush paradise for… Read more »

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

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The National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN) has issued the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. It is “a campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.” The National Pollinator Garden Network includes a wide range of partners, such as Wild Ones, the Audobon Society, the Xerces Society, Monarch Watch, and many… Read more »

Invasive Plant Patrol

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Yesterday Carol and I attended an extremely informative training session about Invasive Plant Patrol.  I had no idea there are many new invasive plants lurking on the border waiting for the right conditions to expand their territory into Minnesota.  In fact some of them are already here in small numbers. The trainer, Carol Gernes, of the Ramsey… Read more »

Saturday’s Design with Nature Conference

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We’re all looking forward to Saturday’s conference with the timely title, Good Design Matters. Heather Holm will be our keynote speaker, addressing the topic Native Bees: Their Role as Pollinators of Native Plants and Cultivated Blueberries. In the afternoon Benjamin Vogt will talk about Gardening for Winter and Chris Behringer and Arlys Freeman will intrigue us… Read more »