Outreach & Events: Spring 2019

Esther Jordan, Communications Specialist

May 2019

Gardening Just for Kids!

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

Children's Garden in Residence

Children's Garden in ResidenceWe look forward to hosting an exciting new educational program offered through the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program.

The Children's Garden in Residence is a seven week hands-on science in the garden program that is presented in collaboration with our local 4-H program and Stevens County Master Gardeners. The program is aligned with MN state science standards and has been comprehensively evaluated for program engagement and impact. 

The program utilizes the garden as a living laboratory where elementary school-aged children can learn science and nutrition through hands-on experience in their own garden space. Each student will have their own 1 x 3 foot plot in our Children’s Garden area. 

The curriculum features three activity areas each week for seven weeks. The "In the Garden" station features activities related to the weekly garden tasks, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Students learn and practice in their own gardens. The  "Science" station features hands-on inquiry based lessons about life science in the garden. The "Nutrition and Healthy Eating" station features a weekly snack, nutrition theme, and energizer activity that ties to the science and garden activity stations. 

The program runs weekly on Tuesdays beginning on June 4 through July 23 (with the exception of July 2 – no session due to holiday) from 10 am – 12 pm.  Students will be able to showcase their vegetable plots at our annual Horticulture Night, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 25. Available for students 3rd through 6th grades (completed). Space is limited, so register your student(s) early by contacting Kirstin Koch at kochx040@umn.edu or register online

2019 Horticulture Night

Zinnia Magellan OrangeMake plans to join us for our largest event of the year, our annual Horticulture Night!  Scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5 – 9 pm, Horticulture Night brings in top-notch quality horticulture speakers to present on a wide range of topics from trees and shrubs, to vegetables, to annual flowers, to garden design. Our 2019 event will mark our 49th annual Horticulture Night.

We look forward to welcoming the following speakers and topic areas to our program:

1. Vines of All Kinds (Mike Heger, Author and independent horticulture consultant)

2. Hostas (Jean’s Right Plant Place)

3. Growing Vegetables (Annie Klodd, U of MN Extension)

4. Trees and Shrubs for the Northern Climate (Todd West, North Dakota State University)

5. Designing Containers (Heidi Heiland, Heidi’s GrowHaus, Corcoran, MN)

6. Busting Common Garden Myths (Joe Storlein, St. John’s University, St. Cloud, MN)

7. Living Mulches for your Garden (Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist, Morris, MN)

8. Managing the 10 Most Common Garden Vertebrate Pests (John Loegering, U of MN Crookston)

9. Annual Flower walking tour (Alisha Asleson, BFG)

We also will have a variety of activities and demonstrations on-going in our Children’s Garden areas:

1. Stone Balancing

2. Fairy Gardening

3. Bees and Their Honey

Other activities during Horticulture Night include tours of the WCROC farm, cow milking demonstrations, several vendor and educational booths, food, live music, and much more.  For a complete schedule of events, including presentation times, be sure to visit the WCROC website.