Home landscaping, garden fair is at activities center

The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County Master Gardener program is sponsoring the 2013 home landscaping and garden fair Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W., Andover.

The public is invited to attend this new half-day format horticulture/gardening event.

Approximately 150-200 gardeners attend this energetic gardening and landscaping event each year where there is always something new and interesting, according to Lynne Hagen, Master Gardener program coordinator.

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

The exhibitor fair featuring garden centers, local growers, artisans and landscape companies are highly valued by the attendees, Hagen said.

“Many people appreciate the vast selection of items that are available to purchase,” she said.

“This event is designed to provide a fun and engaging experience for gardeners in a shorter day format.”

The fair will highlight two guest speakers.

The opening session will feature Dr. Vince Fritz, professor, Department of Horticulture Science and Extension and vegetable specialist, who will share his fascinating cancer research about the healthful benefits of vegetables that go beyond vitamins and minerals while presenting, “Take Two Brussel Sprouts And Call Me In The Morning,” according to Hagen.

The closing session will be led by Debbie Lonnee, planning and administration manager from Bailey Nursery, who will present “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates,” based on her newly revised and updated book with the same name that she co-authored with Mike Heger and John Whitman.

Master gardeners will present the concurrent sessions with many other interesting and engaging classes that may include topics on growing flowers, foods, tree care, craft classes and biochar research, Hagen said.

Registration for this event is required (space is limited). Early registration is $15 per person if postmarked by Friday April 5. Late registration/walk-ins is $20 per person.

A material fee will be added to the optional craft classes.

For more information, complete brochure and registration form, go to www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka or call 763-755-1280.