Spring Gardening Program

  • stillwater area high school 5701 stillwater blvd stillwater, mn

Washington County Master Gardeners offer three presentations for homeowners:  sustainable gardening, landscape design principles and landscaping with native plants.

This program is free, open to all, and no pre-registration is required. 

More information available here.

8:00 am – Doors open

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

8:45 to 9:45 am: Landscape Design Principles

 Kristin Tooze has been a Master Gardener in Washington County since 2008.  She has been teaching Landscape Design Principles for Community Education classes with a team of Master Gardeners since she became a Master Gardener.  She has lived in the Woodbury/Oakdale area for the past 27 years.  Her garden mainly focuses on perennials, shrubs, lawn reduction and a healthy lawn.

Kristin works diligently for a healthy lawn and has many perennial beds that include numerous shrubs.

9:45 am to 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Earth-Kind Landscaping: Good for the Garden, Good for the Gardener. Imagine a landscape management system that generates large reductions in maintenance costs for park managers and home owners, is environmentally sound, creates beautiful gardens that generate civic pride among community residents, and identifies low-maintenance garden plants. You have just described the Earth-Kind® Landscape Management program.   This class will highlight the principles of Earth-Kind® gardening and Earth-Kind® plant trials around the United States.

 Kathy Zuzek is an Extension Educator with expertise in trees and shrubs. Her teaching and research emphasizes gardening and landscaping practices that focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship, including plant evaluation trials that identify well-adapted, low maintenance landscape shrubs that perform well in the Upper Midwest. Her training is in forest science and in plant breeding and genetics.

11:00 am to 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Landscaping and Gardening with Native Plants

Hannah Texler, Plant Ecology Supervisor with the Minnesota Biological Survey Program, MN DNR

Hannah has worked as a plant ecologist with the Minnesota DNR for 30 years.  She has a master’s degree in plant ecology from Michigan State University.  She is an avid gardener, and is especially passionate about gardening with plants native to Minnesota.

Hannah will talk about the benefits of gardening with native plants, share information about how to think like an ecologist for maximum success, show images of her gardens as well as others, and provide resources for finding more information.