Schmidt: Flowering Container Garden Workshops to be Held Soon!
Flowering Container Garden Workshops to be Held Soon!
On Saturday, May 21st the Pierce County NDSU Extension Office will be hosting two flowering Container Garden Workshops at the Rugby Shopko Garden Center.
The first session will begin at 11:00 am, will last approximately one hour and is for adults. At this session adult participants will learn simple plans to create, care for and maintain eye catching container gardens via a live demonstration. The adult session is free and open to the public with no RSVP needed.
The second session which will be held after the adult session is a hands-on session for youth set to begin at 1:00pm. We will only be accepting a maximum of 18 youth. Youth must be registered by the close of business May 15th. There is a $15 registration fee per child. Youth 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each child must bring their own trowel and 12 inch garden pot. Parents of youth participants are reminded to dress their child for N.D spring weather and to get dirty. Long pants and close toed shoes are also required no flip flops or sandals.
Youth will learn simple plans to create, care for, and maintain eye catching container gardens with hands on instruction and will go home with their own container garden.
Pierce County among 15 Counties Awarded Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Grants in ND
The North Dakota Extension Master Gardener Program is funding a minimum of 15 pollinator gardens across the state. The maximum amount awarded for each grant is $500.
The purpose of this project is to:
1.Provide Master Gardeners with projects in their home communities
2.Build habitat that will nourish pollinators
3.Create a public teaching garden that can be jointly utilized by Master Gardeners and Extension Agents to encourage homeowners to build home pollinator gardens to provide habitat for bees and butterflies.
Applications were due on April 19, 2016 with applicants being notified of funding decisions by May 5th.
These gardens will be located in highly visible locations such as the Chahinkapa Zoo, the International Peace Gardens, Research Extension Center’s, courthouses, and in city parks. The ND Master Gardener program will provide signs to identify the gardens as NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Gardens.
The gardens will be jointly used by Master Gardeners and their Extension agents for horticultural programming and as a teaching tool to improve pollinator health in their communities. One of our goals is to encourage homeowners to plant their own pollinator gardens to provide habitat for bees and butterflies.
During last month’s Spring Fever Garden Forum Pollinators talk, a program was announced that allows gardeners to construct certified pollinator gardens in their communities.
The Master Gardener Program is encouraging homeowners to build small pollinator gardens which can be become a colorful oasis to nourish our bees and butterflies. The first 100 applicants that meet the requirements for a pollinator garden will receive a free garden sign that says “Certified NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden.”
A link to the NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification application for homeowners can be found on the Spring Fever Garden Forum website at: www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/ or on the NDSU Extension Service Pierce County website at: www.ag.ndsu.edu/piercecountyextension .
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