Horticulture Night

July 25, 2019
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 2,000 people attend the free event. We are excited to have the following topics as part of our 2019 educational program:

Vines of All Kinds with Mike Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting.  This presentation will cover woody and herbaceous vines (annual and perennial) for creating outdoor rooms, providing shade, and increasing privacy.  5:00 & 7:00 pm.

Living Mulches for Your Garden with Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist, and Andrew Petran, owner of Twin Cities Berry Company. We'll examine the use of living mulches for gardens and farms, including those that handle foot traffic, reduce mowing labor, and attract pollinators. 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

Containers for All Seasons with Heidi Heiland, owner of Heidi's GrowHaus and Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens. Learn the tips and tricks of container gardening including design, preparation and management with emphasis on combinations of materials and unique products. 5:00 & 7:00 pm.

Holy Hostas Batman! with Jodie Ramsey & Julie Schroer, owners of Jean's the Right Plant Place. We'll talk about new varieties of hostas, some of the older favorites, and potential problems hostas face. Bring your hosta questions! 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

What's Eating my Vegetables? with Annie Klodd, U of MN Extension Educator. Come test your knowledge about garden vegetables! See how many common vegetable problems you can diagnose, and learn valuable tips on how to protect your garden against these problems and grow plentiful, healthy vegetables. 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

Managing 10 Common Vertebrate Pests with John Loegering, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, U of MN Crookston & Extension Wildlife Specialist. Curious what is snacking on your favorite garden plants? Identify and understand common vertebrate pests, and devise management strategies to counter these problems. 5:00 & 7:00 pm. 

What's Bugging You in Your Garden? with Jeff Hahn, Entomologist, U of MN Extension. Protect your flowers, fruits, and vegetables from common insect pests. We'll discuss proper identification, the kind of damage these insects cause, and how to protect your plants. 5:00 & 7:00 pm.

Busting Common Soil and Garden Myths with Joe Storlien, Professor of Environmental Studies, St. John's University. How do we know which gardening advise is good to follow, and which does nothing at all? We'll break down the fact or fiction behind many common soil and gardening myths. 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

Annual Flower Tour with Alisha Asleson, BFG Supply.  A look at what's new and different and what is tried and true.  The WCROC grows hundreds of annual flowers, including varieties for sun, shade, wet and dry sites.  If you enjoy annual flowers, this tour is for you!  5:00 & 7:00 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.  One hour tours begin at 6:00 & 7:00 pm.

Other demonstrations and activities include (ongoing from 5-8 pm):

  • Watch a stone balancing artist at work
  • See a live bee hive, and learn how bees make honey
  • Watch us blast weeds using a grit weeder
  • Cow milking demonstration
  • Match plants to their seeds
  • Take in live music; band begins at 6:30 pm
  • Vendor and educational booths
  • Food booths

Horticulture Night is free and open to the public.

*Schedule subject to change.