Popular Let's Get Growing expo coming in MarchDespite an uncertain future, master gardeners strive to educate
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
While there is still snow on the ground there's no doubt spring is right around the corner, which means gardeners are starting to plan for the warmer months.
In an effort to provide useful information to those gardeners the Dakota County Master Gardener's program will host its Lets Get Growing Expo from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 12 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Tr.
The popular event draws hundreds to the community center each year. Master gardener coordinator Barbara Stendahl said this year's event promises to be great.
Each participant can chose two classes to attend. This year the expo will feature six classes. Topics will include peonies, herb gardens, curb appeal, ornamental grasses, creative combinations and roses. All classes will be taught by experts.
After the information sessions lunch will be served and then keynote speaker Debbie Lonee, of Bailey Nurseries, will talk about the best and brightest plants for Minnesota gardens.
"We have a great bunch of speakers," said Stendahl.
In addition to the information, the event will feature the Garden Market Place. Several vendors will provide unique items for sale including metal garden art, jewelry and beaded silverware.
"We have some really neat vendors," said Kathy Wenzel, chair of the event.
Wenzel and a friend started the event 10 years ago as members of the Master Gardener's. The first year drew 35 people. The event has sold out the last few years with more than 200 people in attendance.
"It's turned out to be a great event," said Wenzel.
As the Dakota County Master Gardener program goes through some changes, Wenzel said the Lets Get Growing Expo will continue.
The master gardeners lost county funding after 2011 and the group is working towards becoming a volunteer-led program. A task force has been assembled to determine how that will be done.
Despite the funding cut, Wenzel said the group is dedicated to putting on quality events such as the expo to help educate residents on horticulture.
"This program will go on because it speaks to the mission of the master gardeners - education," said Wenzel.
The program fills fast, so Stendahl said those interested should register as soon as possible. For more information on the Lets Get Growing Expo call 651-480-7700.