Garden fair coming to Bunker Hills April 13

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.

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 will feature garden centers, local growers, artisans and landscape companies.

“This event is designed to provide a fun and engaging experience for gardeners in a shorter day format,” said Lynne Hagen, Master Gardener program coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County.

There will be two guest speakers.

The opening session will feature Dr. Vince Fritz, professor, Department of Horticulture Science and Extension vegetable specialist, who will share his 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.”

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 that may include topics on growing flowers, foods, tree care, craft classes and biochar research.

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, go to http://anokamastergardeners.org/ or http://www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka for a complete brochure and registration form, or call 763-755-1280.

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