Master Gardeners to offer advice at area county fairs

By Beth Berlin
University of Minnesota Extension

At the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre from July 30-Aug. 3, and the Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids from Aug. 5-10, the Extension Master Gardener booth will be offering horticulture information. Gardeners can get practical advice for their own gardens and yards from Master Gardeners.

Extension Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota Extension trained volunteers who have a passion for gardening and horticulture and have completed an extensive core course put on by Extension Educators. They are required to take continuing education hours each year as well as volunteer and educate the public on horticultural practices.

At the Stearns County Fair, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners can be found in the Senior Citizen Building. At the Benton County Fair, they can be found in the Heritage Building.

All are invited to come to learn about new ideas, research-based information and utilize the years of experience these trained volunteers have.

At the Stearns County Fair, “Gardening for Fun” will be sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners of Stearns County. It is a hands-on experience for all ages from potting, to learning how to care for a live plant.  “Gardening for Fun” will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2, near the butterfly garden on the Stearns County Fairgrounds.

The butterfly garden has a plant selection to attract butterflies and will have flyers available on how to create a butterfly garden at one’s own home.

Kari Cedergren, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener of Benton County will talk about buckthorn issues at the demonstration stage in the Heritage Building at the Benton County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. and again Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m.

Beth Berlin is an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension.