Garden Fair

Workshops

These workshops and demonstrations were held on Saturday, May 11. 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.

Wet-Footed Wonders

10:00 a.m.

Find out about plants that like to be in ­shallow water—that low spot in your yard, or in a rain garden, stream or pond edge. Jan Schreier, founder of the Minnesota Water Garden Society, will discuss a large variety of hardy and tropical plants that not only ­survive, but thrive in damp conditions. Most of the plants require very little care and grow in places other plants won't tolerate.

Presenter: Jan Schreier, Minnesota Water Garden Society.

Improving Your Soil

11:00 a.m.    

Soil is key to healthy plants and vegetable productivity. Find out about the importance of good productive soil, what characteristics to look for in good soil, how to correct poor performance, and the importance of water.

Presenter: John Rosenow, owner of Cowsmo organic compost.