Rice County Horticulture Day Will Be Magical

Magical Gardens

The Rice County Master Gardeners Horticulture Day promises to be magical this year, with talks on roses, fairy gardens, peonies and garden trends on tap. The annual event will be held Saturday, March 2, at Buntrock Commons on the campus of St. Olaf College. 

The theme of this year's event is "Garden Magic" and the program includes four garden pros with many tips and ideas to share. Presenters include:

  • Bruce and Dawn Rohl from Aspelund Peony Gardens in Kenyon on "Not your Mother’s Peonies." They will talk about new peony varieties inlcuding Japanese, single and strong-stemmed varieties that require no caging. The Rohls will have many varieties available for sale.
  • Anna Risan of Tonkadale Gardens in Minnetonka will talk about fairy gardening. Risan has more than six years experience in fairy gardening and will share fun and easy ways to create miniature landscapes either in a container or anywhere in your yard. She has combined the love of gardening with the fantasy of the fairy folk.
  • David Zlesak, one of Midwest’s premier young rose breeders, will talk about roses and mini-roses adapted to northern climates. Zlesak teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and breeds northerng-hardy shrub roses and mini-roses with greater disease resistance, winter hardiness, and diversity of flower color. 
  • Finally, Mark Armstead of Linders Garden Center will talk about the trends that are defining gardening now. Armstead has worked in horticulture for 25 years and can often be seen talking about gardening on KARE-11's “Grow with KARE” and KSTP's “Twin Cities Live." 

The day also includes coffee, refreshments, handouts, door prizes, vendors and silent auction. A new feature this year is a box lunch served in a separate space so gardeners will have plenty of time to eat and chat. Cost for the event, including lunch is $30.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with the first program starting at 9 a.m. Preregistration is required. This is traditionally a sold-out event, so be sure to download the PDF and sign up today.