Garden Fair


All workshops and demonstrations are on Saturday, May 7. They are FREE and held under the tent near the center of the Garden Fair.

Growing Fruit

9:00 a.m.
Get a better understanding of the tree and shrub edibles offered at the Plant Sale. We'll highlight necessary and fun things like the unique soil requirements of blueberries and container-growing options, why apple trees are made of two parts, how many plum trees are needed to bear fruit, and what species are going to provide the highest antioxidants. There will be time for questions, too.
Presenter: Rebecca Koetter, landscape consultant and hopeless romantic for using, processing, and enjoying our urban landscape bounties.

Making a Rain Barrel    

10 a.m.
Do you want to help protect Minnesota’s water systems and watch your garden thrive with rain water? Come watch a group of middle school students demonstrate how to make a rain barrel. You’ll learn how to make, set up, and use a rain barrel, as well as the benefits of rain barrels. The barrel the students construct will be auctioned off at the end of the presentation.
Presenter: Friends School of Minnesota Environmental Action Club

Accidentally Green: Building an Organic Livelihood

11 a.m.
Do you aspire to a sustainable lifestyle? Learn the story of Gene and Muriel Stark, two teachers who built an organic growing business as their family grew up, too. Their first business was Greenfingers Farm in Prior Lake, which later became Glacial Ridge Growers, the largest supplier of plants to the Friends School Plant Sale. More info here.
Presenter: Gene Stark, is a poet, gardener, nurseryman, and owner of Glacial Ridge Growers in Glenwood, Minnesota.

Straw Bale Gardens—Breaking New Ground

12 noon

An introduction to growing a garden without heavy lifting, pulling weeds, and getting down on your hands and knees. Straw bale gardening lets you grow vegetables, root crops, vine crops, and even beautiful flowers without herbicides, insecticides or pesticides. In any backyard, or on concrete patios, rooftops, or driveways. More info at

Presenter: Joel Karsten, creator of the Straw Bale Gardening concept and author of Straw Bale Gardens. 

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. Lynda is also available all day Saturday for consultation.
Presenter: Lynda Mader, amateur worm composter