Brainerd Public Library Monthly Presentations


2018 Gardening Presentations at the Brainerd Public Library

Presentations facilitated by certified U of M Extension Crow Wing Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. The Master Gardener Program educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Register by calling the Brainerd Public Library at 218-829-5574


January 9th – JoAnn Weaver

Planning the Perfect Garden

Growing great plants and having a wonderful garden don’t necessarily go hand in hand!  This presentation will cover the basics of good garden design including the necessary steps for proper assessment, plan development, and plan implementation.  In addition, the criteria for optimum plant selection and consideration of garden maintenance issues will be addressed.


February 13th – Jennifer Knutson

Add Color to your Landscape with Flowering Shrubs

Many wonderful flowering shrubs grow well in our northern climate. Successful use of shrubs in landscapes is dependent on matching the growth requirements of shrubs to growing conditions at the planting site. Information will be presented on some of the popular flowering shrubs that perform well in this area and how to care for them.


March 13th – JoAnn Weaver

Garden Seeds:  Starting, Sowing, and Saving

Are you having trouble finding the “exact” variety of a certain plant that you want to see in your garden:  Relax; seeds might just be the answer!  This presentation will offer information on where to find the seeds you’re looking for and how to start them indoors for the best result.  In addition, you’ll learn how to gather seeds from your bounty and give yourself a head start on next year’s garden.


April 10th – Coralee Fox

Getting to Know Native Woodland Plants

Those of us who live in Minnesota are fortunate to encounter a diversity of plant environments.  This session will focus on Native Woodland Plants, from early spring ephemerals to the late blooming blue Bottle Gentian and many more.  We will discuss flowering plants and those known for their foliage, with the intent of introducing varieties that will add interest and color to tree shaded areas of your yard and garden.


May 8th – Jackie Burkey

Growing Hardy Roses Up North

Learn how to grow beautiful roses that have been bred for our cold winters.  No need for the Minnesota Tip and lots of spraying - add color, texture, and even fragrance to your garden with a few simple hints and a look at many of the widely available cultivars.


June 12th – Jennifer Knutson

Hostas:  From Minis to Giants

Hostas are the stars of the shade garden and range in size from miniature to giant.  Cultivation information will be provided on best practices for planting, care, pest resistance and other factors important to the success of growing hostas.  Suggestions for using hostas in the landscape will also be presented.


July 10th– Jennifer Knutson

The Moon Garden

The nighttime world awaits you with beauty and fragrance in a moon garden. As light fades, our gardens can become a magical place for us to unwind and relax. Information will be presented on how to design a moon garden by using flowers and foliage with distinctive color and fragrance.


August 14th – JoAnn Weaver

Outwitting Peter Rabbit and Bambi

Rabbits and deer can be a nuisance and they often cause significant loss in a yard and/or garden.  This presentation offers information to help the listener understand rabbit and deer behavior patterns and provides guidance in the selection of effective counter measures for protecting plant material.


September 11th – Jackie Burkey

Trees:  Choose Wisely and Plant Properly

Which tree should you choose?  How big should it be?  What is the best way to plant it?  How do you take care of your new planting for the first year or two?  Learn what the latest research shows should guarantee a leafy success.


October 9th– Jennifer Knutson

Spring Blooming Bulbs for Northern Gardens

Bulbs have a special place in the gardener’s world.  They bloom for years with little or no care. There are so many different kinds available in such a wide range of colors and sizes that you can have a succession of flowers for many months. Tips will be presented on buying good quality bulbs; pointers on the proper site and soil for planting them; advice about good watering and fertilizing practices; and instructions for storing bulbs when necessary.


November 13th - Jackie Burkey

Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)

Compost year ‘round indoors by setting up a worm bin and turn your kitchen scraps into gardener’s gold!  Learn how to set up your bin, what to feed the worms, and how to harvest the compost.  A great project for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens.


December 11th – JoAnn Weaver

Holiday Pizzazz:  Using Plants in Your Holiday Décor

The outside temperature has dropped, the days are getting shorter, and the holidays are just around the corner.  Make your home warm and cozy by decorating with live plants that add color and seasonal cheer.  The presentation will highlight plants such as Amaryllis, Holiday Cactus, Paperwhites, and Poinsettias.





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