Garden Fair

Workshops

These workshops and demonstrations were held on Saturday, May 12. They were FREE and held under the tent near the center of the Garden Fair.

Pruning for Trees

9:00 a.m.

Learn the basics principles of judicious—and sustainable—pruning, demonstrating the proper techniques to promote fast healing and heathy growing. Basic tools and their proper use will also be discussed and demonstrated. As a result, you will leave a better informed and confident gardener.

Presenter: Award-winning ­garden designer Philippe Gallandat of Swiss Gardens, phogallandat@msn.com.

Bees, Our Precious Pollinators

10:00 a.m.

Find out about the many kinds of bees we have in Minnesota, their value as pollinators, and some of the surprising things honey bees do. Also discover the three primary reasons bees and other pollinators are in trouble and how everyone can help.

Presenter: JoAnn Sabin, Master Gardener and beekeeper.

Mushrooms

11:00 a.m.    

Learn how to grow your own mushrooms, from ready-to-fruit kits, to starting your own perennial logs, and everything in between. Most of what we are taught about mushrooms is wrong, they are easier than you think! Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Presenter: Matt Ratliff, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms, Brainerd, Minn.

Taking Care of Garden Tools

12:00 noon

With proper care, most garden tools can last a lifetime. At this workshop, you’ll learn how to keep your tools in working order. We’ll cover cleaning, sharpening, rust prevention and removal, wooden handle care, and ­winter storage. 

Presenter: Minnesota Tool Library and Frogtown Farm

Worm Composting     

1:00 p.m.

How to set up and maintain your own easy home worm composting system. Recycle kitchen waste and have great fertilizer for your house plants or garden. Also available all day Saturday for consultation.

Presenter: Lynda Mader, amateur worm composter