"Gardening for the Health of It" -- A Day of Gardening Enrichment

Keynote (9-10:15 am)
The Healing Power of Gardening with Robert J. Stroebel MD, Mayo Clinic
Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. Regardless of age or culture, humans find nature pleasing. In this session you will learn how nature heals, soothes, restores and connects, and how to bring nature into any environment.
Dr. Robert J. Stroebel is a native of Rochester, Minnesota. He attended Rochester Public Schools, Carleton College, Mayo Medical School and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. After a stint in the US Navy, he and his family returned to Rochester in 1994. Since that time, he has been on the staff of the Mayo Clinic, where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine and practices in the Division of Community Internal Medicine. Dr. Stroebel inherited his love of gardening from both of his grandfathers and has been a lifelong vegetable and flower gardener.

Session 1 (10:30-11:20 am)
Homeowners Guide to Tree and Shrub Care with Ryan Brick, Maier Tree Service
Ryan will cover aspects of shrub and tree care maintenance including soil care, pruning, and seasonal timing.
Ryan has his AAS in Horticulture from RCTC and is an ISA Certified Arborist. He is the District Manager of Maier Tree & Lawn. He has been in the industry for 14 years.


Session 1 (10:30-11:20 am)
The Art of Curb Appeal with Megan Magee, Family Tree Nursery
Megan will assist you with having the best looking landscaping on the block! She will make recommendations for you to make it happen!
Megan has her AAS in Horticulture/Floriculture Greenhouse Management from RCTC. She has been in the industry for 33 years - since she was 2!


Session 1 (10:30-11:20 am)
Return of the Heirlooms with Harvey Buchite, Hidden Springs Flower Farm
Harvey will share planting site preparation and aftercare that will help you be a winner at producing healthy food for your family. Discover winter hardy, forgotten heirloom apples of the
past that were packed full of flavor and vitamins and survived before the age of pesticide use! New disease resistant varieties offer even more options!
Along with his wife, Brigitte, Harvey operates Hidden Springs Flower Farm in Spring Grove, Mn.
It has the largest collection of heirloom peonies in Minnesota with 600 different kinds and has
the second largest cut flower display of peonies in Minnesota every June.

Session 1 (10:30 -11:20 am)
Urban Water and Soil Conservation with Aaron Gamm, Olmsted County
Soil and Water Conservation District

Learn about what you can do in your own backyard and neighborhood to protect and enhance our water, soil, plants, and insects.
Aaron works for Olmsted County's Soil and Water Conservation District.

(11:30 am-12:30 pm) Lunch and Greenhouse Tours

Session 2 (12:40-1:30 pm)
Bees, Beekeeping, and Pollination with Gary Reuter, University of MN Entomology Bee Lab
Gary will explore the role of bees in pollination of our food supply and the issues affecting bees' health.
Gary has been a beekeeper for over 35 years and has been working on bee research at the U of
MN Entomology Bee Lab for 28 years.

Session 2 (12:40-1:30 pm)
Alternative Gardening Ideas with Robin Fruth-Dugstad MS, RCTC Horticulture Professor
Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. Discover how
wicking beds work and why Robin loves them. She will show you some great examples and
leave you with ideas and instructions for creating your own. A Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG)
is a greenhouse designed to limit the amount of fossil fuel it takes to grow crops during cold
winters. DWGs are passive-solar greenhouses that rely on energy from the sun to heat the
building instead of more traditional heating sources. Important aspects of the design will be
covered.
Robin has a BS in Horticulture from UW-River Falls and an MS in Horticulture from Iowa State.
She has 30+ years of experience in the industry. She has been at RCTC for 25 years and has been
a Post Bulletin columnist for 8 years.

Session 2 (12:40-1:30 pm)
Edible Landscapes with Theresa Rooney, Hennepin Co. Master Gardener and Author.
How can you incorporate edible plants into your landscape and still have it look ‘nice’? What
should you take into consideration when you embark on creating your own “Garden of Eating”?
We will discuss various plants and concepts you can add to your tool box of gardening skills.
Theresa is a self-taught, lifelong gardener. She is a Hennepin County Master Gardener and has
turned her small urban yard into a Certified National Wildlife Habitat and home to an
increasing number of welcome and unwelcome critters. She has written articles for Minnesota
Gardener Magazine, she is the author of "The Guide to Humane Critter Control", and teaches
gardening classes.

Session 2 (12:40-1:30 pm)
Gardening with Nature: Creating Natural Play Areas with Jeff Feece, Rochester Park
Department

Many people don’t have access to natural or semi-natural areas for kids to engage in free play
where they can learn about the natural world and use their imaginations. Jeff will present ideas
on creating natural play areas in private gardens to spark creative play.
Jeff is a park planner with the City of Rochester’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks
and Recreation System Plan approved in the summer of 2016, recognized increasing disconnect
between kids and the natural world. One of the things he has been working on is to incorporate
alternatives to traditional play structures into the park system. Natural play areas and
playgrounds are one of the ways we are seeking to provide opportunities for kids to access the
natural world.

Session 3 (1:40-2:30 pm)
Humane Critter Control with Theresa Rooney, Hennepin Co. Master Gardener and Author.
It takes a lot of work and a fair amount of money to grow a garden, and a top fear of every
gardener is having their investment wiped out by deer, rabbits, and insect invaders. Theresa
will share clever ways to be proactive and stop pests from feasting on the bounty you've been
working on all season!
Theresa is a self-taught, lifelong gardener. She is a Hennepin County Master Gardener and has
turned her small urban yard into a Certified National Wildlife Habitat and home to an
increasing number of welcome and unwelcome critters. She has written articles for Minnesota
Gardener Magazine, she is the author of "The Guide to Humane Critter Control", and teaches
gardening classes.

Session 3 (1:40-2:30 pm)
Shade Gardening with Cindy Tomashek
Gardening in the shade is healthier for you than gardening in the sun! Our planet can benefit
from creating more shade, so let's explore the wide spectrum of plants that tolerate shade
while noting those that perform best in our area.
Cindy is the founder of the Shades of Green Hosta Society of SE Minnesota, and has spoken to
most of the gardening clubs in southeastern Minnesota over the past 19 years, usually about
Hostas and shade perennials. She was a Past President of the Midwest Regional Hosta Society.
Cindy was the recipient of the American Hosta Society Alex J. Summers Award in 2019.

Session 3 (1:40-2:30 pm)
Backyard Farming with Brittany Wilcox and Cathy Nordstrom, RCTC Horticulture Students
Backyard Farming or Urban Farming is a movement where people are turning their urban
property into mini or micro farms. Farming is a more deliberate approach to maximize the
harvest. A variety of backyard farming techniques will be discussed in this informative session.
Brittany is in last year of earning her AAS in Horticulture at RCTC.

Session 3 (1:40-2:30 pm)
Indoor Gardening: Create a Healthier Home with Brice Bias
Brice will share the benefits of interior plants, the right plant for the right place and some of his
YouTube videos for houseplant advice.
Brice completed his AAS Horticulture Technology degree at RCTC in 2019. He has 30+ plants
that he has been maintaining for the past three years .

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8300.231
Heintz Center : Commons
Saturday, Apr 18
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Min Age   15 yr.

Price: $ 49 00