Master gardeners to host April 14 garden fair

The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County Master Gardener program is sponsoring the 2012 Home Landscaping and Garden Fair Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W., Andover.

The public is invited to attend this one-day horticulture/gardening event.

The content of the classes includes university-based research and recommended best practices for flower, vegetable and native gardening, trees and shrub care, plus disease and pest control.

There is an exhibitor fair featuring a variety of artists, local garden centers and landscape companies and others who will be selling garden products, plants, books, garden art, jewelry and more.

There will be two guest speakers this year.

Attendees will learn from University of Minnesota professor Dr. Jeff Gilman as he unravels the myths and truths about organic gardening based on his book, “The Truth About Organic Gardening.”

Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment — and in most cases this is true, according to Gilman.

The problem is that it is not always true and the exceptions to the rule can pose a significant threat to human health, Gilman said.

All gardening products and practices — organic and synthetic — need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended, he said.

Preventing Lyme Disease will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Maloney, who will focus on the virus that is spread by black legged ticks (also known as deer ticks) and management strategies for people, pet and property protection.

Maloney is a family physician and president of Partnership for Healing and Health, Ltd.

She develops accredited CME programs on Lyme disease for physicians and other health professionals, as well as Lyme disease training programs for private organizations and government agencies.

Master Gardeners who specialize in specific horticultural areas will teach the other classes that include, but are not limited to: Gardens of the Night; Woodland Gardens; Healthy Lawns: Lush Lawn Carpets vs. Low-Maintenance Rugs; Eat Your Weeds?…What? and more.

Creative garden craft classes will also be offered including a Build a Nesting Platform for Insect-feeding Birds and Cake Decorating with Florals.

All supplies will be provided and participants will take home completed projects.

Registration to be part of this event is required (space is limited).

The early registration fee is $25 per person, $45 for two. Early registrations close April 6, 4:30 p.m.

The late registration/walk-in fee after that date is $30 per person as long as space permits.

A material fee will be added to the optional craft classes. Box lunches can be pre-ordered, or people can bring bag lunches.

For more information, go to or call 763-755-1280.

  • Cathy McNamara

    I recently attended Master Gardeners’ events in Hutchinson and Albertville-St. Michael . I sold fairy gardens and items used to create a fairy garden .
    Please contact me if you are interested in another vendor at your gardening event.

    Thank you,
    Cathy McNamara