Horticulture Display Garden News: Spring 2017

Magnolias for Minnesota

All too often people consider magnolias to be tender, southern plants.  In reality, you can grow a number of magnolias in USDA Hardiness Zone 4b.  In the Morris area, we are on the northern edge of Zone 4b.  Larger garden centers may carry some of these hardy magnolias; see our list of recommendations.  Magnolias for Minnesota

Grit Weeding to Efficiently Control Weeds in Raspberries

Raspberries are an increasingly valuable horticulture crop in the United States, topping out sales at approximately $581 million in 2015.  Despite the prevalence of national production, there is scarcity of published research on weed control in raspberry and other bramble crops.  We are embarking on a new research project for organic, with-in row weed management for raspberries.  Grit Weeding

Management Strategies for the Invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila in MN

Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, SWD) is an invasive fruit fly that has been present in MN since 2012.  Crop losses have been reported as high as 40, 20 and 50 percent in blueberry, strawberry and raspberry, respectively.  At the WCROC, we will be investigating the efficacy of innovative and alternative management techniques in raspberries to control SWD.  Management Strategies

Divine Vines

Vining plants are great options for softening, brightening, or adding color to fences or trellis structures.  Annual and perennial recommendations given.  Divine Vines

Outreach and Events

Planning is underway for several educational and fun garden events for the summer of 2017.  We've got something for everyone: children, families, home gardeners, Master Gardeners, and flower enthusiasts. Outreach and Events

Who's your Daddy, Honeycrisp?

Since its release in 1991, Honeycrisp has been harboring a secret: its parents are a mystery. Originally billed as the child of Macoun and Honeygold, researchers quickly discovered that neither of these varieties were the parents of Minnesota's favorite apple. Now, 26 years after its introduction, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Applied Plant Sciences program graduate student Nick Howard has finally uncovered Honeycrisp's true lineage, which includes an apple tree with roots at the WCROC.  Honeycrisp

Supporting Minnesota Butterflies

150 years ago, when traveling through western and southern Minnesota, you would have seen a landscape filled with native wildflowers, grasses and dancing butterflies. Today, only 1% of Minnesota's prairies remain. People have recently become more aware of the importance of planting prairie flowers to help support our butterflies and other pollinators, but most people are still unaware of the importance of growing native grasses to support native butterflies.  Supporting Minnesota Butterflies

Garden Offenders: get a jump on common problem plants

From buckthorn to garlic mustard to creeping charlie, learn how to identify and properly eradicate these common problem plants.  Garden Offenders

From Field to Table

U of MN Morris students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed locally-raised, organic grass-fed beef as part of the menu selection in the campus cafeteria.  But this is not your ordinary beef...and it doesn't get any more local than this.  In a unique collaboration between the WCROC and UMM, faculty and staff are bringing WCROC products (beef, peppers, and strawberries) to the UMM tables.  From Field to Table