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September 2017

Powell Gardens Native Plant School: Sedges Have Edges and Rushes are Round

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Powell Gardens, 1609 N W US Hwy 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
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Learn about native grasses and grass-like plants! Discover the best choices for groundcovers, garden subjects, prairie reconstructions or natural landscapes.

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October 2017

Raingarden Class in SW Minneapolis

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Linda Bergh’s House, 4315 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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Free

Raingardens are shallow depressions that capture rainwater before it runs off into storm drains. The collected water soaks into the ground in 1-2 days. Plants that are adapted to our region, such as natives, work best with and add to the aesthetic appeal of raingardens. Raingardens protect our rivers and lakes from storm water runoff that typically contains pollutants from our yards, driveways, houses and streets. In 2016 Linda Bergh completed a rain garden with partial funding from the Minnehaha…

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Blue Thumb Steering Committee Meeting

October 10 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
RWMWD, 2665 Noel Dr
St. Paul, MN 55117 United States
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Installing Turf Alternatives Workshop

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cascade Meadows, 2900 19th Street NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
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Free

Increasing numbers of property owners are looking to replace their lawn with something that is beautiful, ecologically friendly, and lower maintenance. Kentucky bluegrass – the grass that comprises most of our Minnesota lawns – has its place; it provides a hardy green surface (or turf) to play or lounge on, and its dense network of shallow roots controls erosion. But it also has its drawbacks. Healthy turf grass requires frequent mowing, a hefty dose of chemicals, and often substantial irrigation…

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Managing Native Trees & Woodlands for Tree Selection, Health Threats, Wildlife, and Risk Prevention — Kathy Widin

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our native woodlands provide benefits such as beauty, shade, screening, wildlife habitat, and stormwater management. They also face threats, such as insects, diseases, invasive plants, and property development. Presenter Kathy Widin will discuss how we can care for our native woodlands in ways that keep them healthy and providing benefits year after year. Kathy holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota. After teaching college in the Boston area for several years, she and her…

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