Bees, Garden Art, Herbs at Rice County Horticulture Day

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Spring will be arriving Saturday, March 15, in Rice County when the Rice County Master Gardeners host their annual Horticulture Day, featuring speakers on garden art, herbs and bees. The event, to be held at Buntrock Commons on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.

The opening speaker is Eric Johnson, a designer, garden writer and columnist for Northern Gardener magazine, who will teach participants how to create garden art that is handmade, beautiful and not too expensive in his talk on DIY Garden Art. He’ll be followed by Dakota County Master Gardeners Shari Mayer, a longtime herb enthusiast, who will talk about growing and preserving herbs. After lunch in the St. Olaf cafeteria, participants will hear from Karl Foord, a University of Minnesota Extension Educator on the role of bees in the pollination of fruit as well as threats to bee populations and what gardeners can do to help bees.

The cost of the event is $30, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes and a complimentary jar of honey courtesy of local beekeeper Mike Feist. Registration is due by March 7. The event has been approved for five continuing education hours for master gardeners. To register, download the attached brochure and send the registration form to Rice Conty Extension Office, 1900 Fairgrounds Dr., Faribault, MN 55021, or contact the extension office at (507) 332-6109.

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