Growing Together: Kandiyohi County Master Gardeners

Kandiyohi County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners want to help gardeners take care of the environment, and their annual Fall Presentation Night addresses some big issues and solutions based on University of Minnesota research.

Rain gardens are a great way to conserve water. Photo courtesy of Terry

Rain gardens are a great way to conserve water. Photo courtesy of Karen Terry

The event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer is free, and open to the public. “Everyone should have access to this important information,” says Susan Mattson, who has been a Master Gardener since 2008 and serves as the Kandiyohi County president.

Topics such as global change, native bees and this year’s presentation on using water wisely are national, if not international, concerns. Yet presentations are practical and focus on what people can do in Kandiyohi County. Crystal Boyd, entomologist and bee specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, presented last fall because most of her research was done in the prairie region in Kandiyohi County.

“Here, most bees are ground dwellers, and people didn’t know that,” says Susan. “So understanding the effects of spraying your lawn and killing off dandelions and clover allows people to make better decisions. Having a perfect lawn is no longer the biggest concern.”

This fall’s presentation is entitled “Water for Our Plants and Plans for Clean Drinking Water.” Karen Terry, a U of M Extension Educator and member of the Water Resources Team, will speak on the negative impacts certain everyday actions can have on water resources and suggest ways to offset the impact of these actions.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Katie Eggert at egger183@umn.edu.

—Brenda Harvieux