Outreach & Events: Spring 2017

Esther Jordan, Communications Specialist

Top Ten Annuals on KARE 11's Grow with KARE

Our 2016 Top Ten Performing Annuals were featured on KARE 11’s Grow with KARE gardening program, which aired February 3, 2017.  Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist, was interviewed by host Laura Betker.  To view the segment, visit https://wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/news/top-ten-2016-kare-11

Gardening Just for Kids!

A special gardening program is available Just for Kids at the Morris Public Library on Thursday, June 8 at 10:30 am.  Kirstin Koch, 4-H Extension Educator, along with the Stevens County Master Gardeners, will present a garden-themed lesson plan to children ages 2-5 during the Library’s regularly scheduled story time.

2017 Horticulture Night

Horticulture Night 2016Our biggest event of the summer, Horticulture Night, is set for Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5- 9 pm.  This annual event, which dates back to the 1970’s, continues to be a highlight for many around the region.

This year, we are pleased to offer several horticulture presentations and demonstrations, which include:

  1. Cold Hardy Grapes for Winemaking (Matt Clark, U of MN)
  2. Designing Containers (Heidi Heiland, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens)
  3. Growing Strawberries & Raspberries in MN (Jim Luby, U of MN)
  4. Integrated Pest Management for Homeowners (Chris Phillips, U of MN)
  5. Knock-out Annuals (Steve Poppe, WCROC)
  6. Pollinator Friendly Gardening (Rhonda Fleming Hayes)
  7. Quality Tomatoes for the Home Garden (Mary Rogers, U of MN)
  8. Trees and Shrubs for West Central Minnesota (Tim Swedberg, Swedberg Nursery)

Other activities include cow milking demonstrations, hay-rack farm tours, vendor and educational booths, food, and much more.  For a complete schedule of events, including presentation times, check the Horticulture Night event page.

Garden Crawl (formerly Dinner in the Garden)

Experience the Horticulture Display Garden in a whole new way with delicious food, MN craft beers, wine, and live music. Our Garden Crawl (formerly known as Dinner in the Garden) is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Horticulture Display Garden. 

Tickets for the Garden Crawl are $50 per person; advance purchase necessary.  Tickets available July through August.  All proceeds support the sustainability of the Horticulture Display Garden.  In the event of inclement weather, the Garden Crawl will be held in AgCountry Auditorium at the WCROC.  More information can be found on the Garden Crawl page as it becomes available.