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3738 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55406

EVENTS

WINTER SEMINAR SERIES 2018

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Longfellow Monday Evening Seminar Series:
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Get Your Seeds Out! 
Monday, February 12, 7pm
 
This is our kick-off class - your definitive guide for indoor seed starting success in Minnesota. You will learn which seeds are best started inside and which should be planting directly into your garden, how to grow seedlings with thick healthy stems, and how to acclimate them for transplant. Eli Wheeler, professional seed starter and grower for Rush Creek Growers, will give you the best advice you’ll find in the tri-state area.
FREE of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

Beyond Blueberries - Small Fruit from Familiar to Freaky
Monday, February 19, 7pm
 
You may not have room for a home orchard, but you probably have a sunny spot to squeeze in a few shrubs. Why not choose something with edible fruit?
Rush Creek Growers expert Eli Wheeler has been running an ongoing hardiness trial of small fruit varieties at her farm in Wisconsin for the last 15 years or so.  She's here to share her successes and failures with you, to give some tips on familiar favorites and report in on some the the stranger things she's planted.
FREE of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

Ultimate Vegetable Garden: Plan, Construct, Maintain (Parts 1 and 2) 
Monday, February 26 and Monday March 26, 7pm
  
Part 1 of this two-part workshop will focus on vegetable garden planning and design. Part 2, a month later, will take on garden construction and maintenance. Participants will draft a planting plan after the first class that instructor Matt will review during the second class. Homework required!
Matt Smaus is a gardener and farm manager who grows 15 acres of organic vegetables for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community each year. He also keeps a big front-yard veggie and perennial garden at his home in South Minneapolis.
$25 for the two-part series, you must sign up for both sessions. Hover and click to sign up.

Discover Peppers: How to Grow Sweets, Hots and Anything in Between
Monday, March 12, 7pm
 
This seminar will give you the inside knowledge to have success growing any variety of pepper. Steve Marier grows hundreds of varieties of peppers on a sunny stretch of property in Hugo, MN. He has developed some of his own pepper varieties and trades seeds with other pepper enthusiasts around the globe. A recent article about Steve in Northern Gardener magazine convinced us that we needed to hear more from the Minnesota pepper expert!
FREE of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

Onward. New Plants 2018
Monday, March 19, 7pm

Vicky Weis, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, returns with her annual spring Hope-Fest. These are all the new plant varieties you had no idea you needed for the spring and summer seasons! This presentation has grown in popularity every year with Vicky’s easy speaking style and glorious pictures of all the plants we imagine planting once the cold breaks.
FREE of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

 

Northeast Wednesday Evening Seminar Series
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Onward. New Plants 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 7pm
 
Vicky Weis, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, returns with her annual spring Hope-Fest. These are all the new plant varieties you had no idea you needed for the spring and summer seasons! This presentation has grown in popularity every year with Vicky’s easy speaking style and glorious pictures of all the plants we imagine planting once the cold breaks.
Free of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

Beyond Blueberries - Small Fruit from Familiar to Freaky
Wednesday, February 28, 7pm
 
You may not have room for a home orchard, but you probably have a sunny spot to squeeze in a few shrubs. Why not choose something with edible fruit?
Rush Creek Growers expert Eli Wheeler has been running an ongoing hardiness trial of small fruit varieties at her farm in Wisconsin for the last 15 years or so.  She's here to share her successes and failures with you, to give some tips on familiar favorites and report in on some the the stranger things she's planted.
Free of charge. Hover and click to sign up

Ultimate Vegetable Garden: Plan, Construct, Maintain (Parts 1 and 2)
Wednesday, March 7, 7pm and Wednesday, March 28, 7pm

Part 1 of this two-part workshop will focus on vegetable garden planning and design. Part 2, three weeks later, will take on garden construction and maintenance. Participants will draft a planting plan after the first class that instructor Matt will review during the second class. Homework required!
Matt Smaus is a gardener and farm manager who grows 15 acres of organic vegetables for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community each year. He also keeps a big front-yard veggie and perennial garden at his home in South Minneapolis.
$25 for the two-part series, you must sign up for both sessions. Hover and click to sign up.

Discover Peppers: How to Grow Sweets, Hots and Anything in Between
Wednesday, March 14, 7pm

This seminar will give you the inside knowledge to have success growing any variety of pepper. Steve Marier grows hundreds of varieties of peppers on a sunny stretch of property in Hugo, MN. He has developed some of his own pepper varieties and trades seeds with other pepper enthusiasts around the globe. A recent article about Steve in Northern Gardener magazine convinced us that we needed to hear more from the Minnesota pepper expert!
Free of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

Succulent Success: Pick them, Plant Them, Water Them (not too much) 
Wednesday, March 21, 7pm

Our resident houseplant expert and buyer, Jess Heimer, will arm you with the information you need to select and grow cactus and succulent houseplants in any indoor location. Info will include soil selection, watering needs and growing new plants from cuttings. The wonderful Dennis Hoidal, local cactus and succulent grower, will join Jess for a Q and A at the end of the session.
Free of charge. Hover and click to sign up.

 

Northeast Hands-On Workshops

Kokedama! Decorate with Houseplants
Saturday, February 10, 10am-noon

Kokedama is a type of Japanese bonsai where a plant's roots are wrapped in a ball of sphagnum moss and bound with a string. It is a decorative planting technique that transforms a typical planting into a natural sculpture that can be set on a table or hung from a ceiling, shelf or light fixture.
$45 gets you the expert guidance to create 1 large and 1 small kokedama that you will take home at the end of class.  Hover and click to sign up.

Low-Input Landscape: A Design It Yourself Workshop  
4-week series, Saturdays, February 24-March 17, 10am-noon

In this 4-week class, you will be guided through the process of designing a sustainable landscape in your own yard. We will focus on design techniques, site selection, planting design, and management suggestions that increase soil, plant, and ecological health while reducing the amount of water and energy your garden needs. Perfect for new homeowners, folks looking to revamp their landscape, or curious minds wanting to dream about their summertime yard!
$200 for four Saturday sessions, February 24-March 17, 10am-noon   Hover and click to sign up.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms - Jeremy McAdams  
Saturday, March 31, 10am-noon

Growing your own gourmet mushrooms can be easy and nearly maintenance free - perfect for backyards and community garden plots. Learn what mycelium is and how to start and care for garden mushrooms and large-diameter mushroom logs. You will also get a peek at how we grow mushrooms at Cherry Tree House Mushrooms.
Each participant will inoculate his or her own oyster mushroom log to take home – which should fruit mushrooms in a matter of months! Ready-to-fruit shiitake logs will also be available for purchase.
$40, oyster mushroom log kit included. Hover and click to sign up.