Gardening: Lawn care, irrigation, pollinators and raingardens

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Woodbury City Hall – 2nd Floor, Southwest corner of Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road, Woodbury, MN

Co-sponsors: The Master Gardeners in Washington County, the City of Woodbury, and the Woodbury – Cottage Grove Area League of Women Voters

Gardening Program: The program includes three presentations for homeowners on lawn irrigation, landscaping for pollinators, and rain gardens. Also present will be informational tables on the Washington Conservation District, Master Gardener educational materials, and other valuable information to visit before 8:45 am and between presentations during the breaks.

Schedule: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

8:00 am – Doors open

8:30 am to 8:45 am: Welcome and Introductions

8:45 to 9:45 am: Sam Bauer – Irrigation Considerations for Healthy Lawns and Water Savings
Sam Bauer is an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota. Sam’s research and extension objectives revolve around low input turfgrasses and responsible management of turf on golf courses, sports fields, general grounds, and home lawns. He has extensive working experience in turfgrass management in the Midwest, including degrees from the University of Minnesota in Turfgrass Science. Sam is responsible for providing statewide leadership and delivery of turfgrass science information to consumers, master gardeners, and turfgrass managers. He collaborates with turfgrass scientists in conducting applied field research and uses this knowledge when he designs and delivers educational programs on turfgrass management in the urban environment.

9:45 am to 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Julie Weisenhorn – Landscaping for Pollinators
Julie Weisenhorn is an Associate Extension Professor, University of Minnesota. A two-time graduate of the University of Minnesota, Julie holds a Master’s degree in visual communication from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and worked 12 years in business marketing and management in the imaging industry. Shifting career gears, she later graduated from the University’s Department of Horticultural Science with a Master of Agriculture degree in 2002 and taught landscape design and computer-aided design. In 2007, Julie was appointed to the position as assistant extension professor. She directed the U of M Extension Master Gardener Program from 2007 – 2013. Julie teaches workshops and presents on horticulture topics with a special focus on plant selection and sustainable landscape design.

11:00 am to 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Angie Hong – Rain Gardens: Beautify your yard, protect lakes, available grants and resources
Angie Hong is the Water Resource Education Specialist for the Washington Conservation District. She is the educator for the East Metro Water Resource Education Program, a stormwater education program in Minnesota hosted by the Washington Conservation District with 19 city, county, and watershed organization partners. She holds an M.S. degree in Natural Resources Science and Management with an emphasis on Environmental Education (UM Twin Cities, 2004) and a B.S. in Zoology (UW Madison, 2000). Prior to this position, she worked as a naturalist in the Twin Cities area. Angie regularly provides water quality information in local newspaper articles.