Horticulture Night

July 26, 2018
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Zinnia Magellan OrangeHorticulture Night offers a wide variety of demonstrations and presentations offered twice throughout the event. Typically held in the last Thursday of July, Horticulture Night gives visitors the opportunity to view annual flowers, plants, shrubs and trees under regional conditions as well as take in educational presentations.  It is estimated that nearly 1,600 people attend the free event. 

2018 topics include:

What's New with Ornamental Grasses with Mary Meyer, U of MN Department of Horticultural Science, and author of Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates.  Learn about new grasses for your garden and landscape, the latest on grass care and maintenance, and which ones serve as host plants for many species of skipper butterflies.  6 & 8 pm. 

Vegetable Container Gardening with Don Kinzler, Garden columnist with Forum News Service, Fargo, ND.   He'll discuss how to successfully grow vegetables in containers on patios, decks and balconies, including container sizes, soil mixes, best varieties, and growing techniques.  Plus, a few secrets of successful vegetable gardening whether in containers, raised beds, or traditional gardens.  5 & 7 pm.

Creative Succulent Gardens with Kelly Kyllonen, owner of Kelly's Cottage in Park Rapids, MN.  Kelly will present an inspiring and exciting talk on creating beautiful succulent combinations using different colors and textures and varieties of succulents.  Learn how to build a living roof succulent birdhouse, succulent wreath and sphere.  She's also provide growing tips and ways to incorporate succulents into the fall and winter season.  5 & 7 pm.

Healthy Plants in a Changing Climate with Michelle Grabowski, U of MN Extension Educator.  Plant diseases cause leaf spot, fruit rot, tree wilt, and plant death in many common plants in the yard and garden. Find out how climate change is influencing plant disease problems in Minnesota. Learn strategies to protect plants and prevent disease problems. This talk will include information on diseases of trees, flowers, and vegetables.  6 & 8 pm.

Edible Landscaping with Emily Tepe, Research Associate with the U of MN Department of Horticultural Science, and author of The Edible Landscape.  Add some flavor to your landscape with edibles! Come and get fresh ideas and helpful tips for incorporating food plants right into your landscape. A guided tour through our edible landscape garden is sure to inspire you!  6 & 8 pm.

Creating a Low Maintenance Yard with Eric Bergeson with Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, MN and author of Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie.  Tree and shrub selection, design tips, annual and perennial ideas, lawn care - Eric will cover it all with a focus on low-maintenance. People are busy! Create a handsome yard that takes care of itself.  5 & 7 pm. 

Fall Lawn Care with Stephanie Rutten-Ramos, Master Gardener.  Fall provides the perfect opportunity for many important lawn care practices.  From fertilization and weed control, to cultivation and seeding, there is no better time for cool-season turfgrass maintenance in the Midwest. 6 & 8 pm. 

The Wonderful World of Hydrangeas with Roger Walvatne, Master Gardener and manager of Lake Country Gardens.  Site selection, cultivar selections for Minnesota climates, and hydrangea maintenance - join Roger for the wonderful world of hydrangeas!  5 & 7 pm. 

Annual Flower Tour with Alisha Asleson of BFG Supply Co.  Enjoy the beauty of annual flowers?  Take in this walking tour through the annual flower garden beds in the Horticulture Display Garden with Alisha.  She'll point what's new and up-and-coming in the vast world of annuals.  Tours at 5 & 7 pm.

Organic Weed Control for Fruits and Vegetables - gain control of your vegetable garden through the use of environmentally friendly weeding options.  We'll show you how we've used (with success!) biodegradable mulch and grit weeding to control weeds in our fruit and vegetable plots.  Demonstrations at 6 & 8 pm.

WCROC Farm Tour take a hayride tour to discover how cutting-edge agricultural, animal science and renewable energy advancements are developed at the WCROC.  Tours begin at 6 & 7 pm.

Several other activities will be available from 5-8 pm, including a cow milking demonstration with a sampling of dairy products (while supplies last), vendor booths, food booths, and live music.  

Horticulture Night is free and open to the public. 

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*Schedule subject to change.