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Annual celebration of spring is coming

The Let's Get Growing Spring Expo is right a round the corner and for those gardeners suffering from the winter doldrums it may just be the pick-me-up they need to tide them over until spring.

The expo will feature keynote speaker Dr. Neil Anderson, a floriculture professor at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is a floriculture geneticist who directs the herbaceous perennial breeding program at the University of Minnesota.

Event chair Kathy Wenzel said Anderson led recent trials for the University on the best performing annual bedding plants and will share the results of that study which should help gardeners chose plants for the upcoming season.

"I've heard him speak before and he's really good," said Wenzel.

The expo, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 at the Rosemount Community Center, will also feature six classes on a variety of topics including cooking with fresh herbs, vegetable gardening and adding color with perennials.

"We've got a really good line up of classes," said Wenzel.

Each participant will get to attend one class at each of the two sessions. The classes will be taught by either Dakota County Master Gardeners or professionals in the field.

Only 200 people can attend the expo, so Wenzel encouraged those interested in attending to sign up early.

"Last year we had to turn people away," she added.

Cost of the event is $35. That includes two sessions, lunch, the keynote speaker and a goodie bag. Wenzel said area businesses have been generous in donating for the event.

While there is a fee for the expo, Wenzel said the event is not a fundraiser for the master gardeners.

"It's an opportunity for us to teach a lot of people which is at the core of our mission," said Wenzel.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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