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St Croix Valley Master Gardener's host Garden U

The St Croix Valley Master Gardener's are hosting Garden U on March 17, at Ready Randy's Conference Center. Ready Randy's is located at 1490 131st St., New Richmond.

The annual daylong seminar will feature three speakers, all experts in their field. Lunch, door prizes, vendors, and a great opportunity to meet avid gardeners in the St Croix Valley are included in the day.

The morning session kicks off with Dr. Susan Mahr, who will talk about, "Getting More Out of Your Garden with Edible Ornamentals".

Mahr will discuss how food plants can be attractive and can be used in a more ornamental setting rather than the traditional rows in the veggie garden.

"Insects and Diseases in the Yard and Garden" is sure to be a hot topic! The second speaker of the morning is Katharine D. Widin, Ph.D. from Plant Health Associates, Inc., Stillwater, Minn.

Her talk will include information on identification and best management practices for major insect and disease problems encountered in yards and gardens in our area. New problems such as Japanese beetles, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and bur oak blight will also be covered.

The afternoon speaker will be returning presenter, Dr. Jim Calkins, from the University of Minnesota.

His talk entitled, "Avoiding Mistakes that Even the Professionals Make: Landscape Spaces & Planting Bed Design," will discuss making good choices when designing your landscape.

He will focus on how well designed landscapes that are successful and sustainable involve a combination of distinct, yet related spaces, each with their own important functions and design considerations.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the $30 fee includes lunch and speaker handouts. Pre-registration can be done by mailing a check payable to SCVMGA to Carolyn Barrette at 1358 County Rd V, St Joseph, WI, 54082. Questions can be directed to 715-549-6438 or