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2020 EMG Conference via Zoom

When Jul 09, 2020 10:00 AM to
Jul 14, 2020 03:00 PM
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Save the Date! Thursday, July 9th

Please check your email for a Master Gardener only Zoom link.

Online Speaker Schedule

Please check back often as we will add speakers as they are confirmed. Links for both live talks and the recordings will be sent ONLY to those who have registered for conference. Since this is a Master Gardener only perk, you'll find the registration link has been sent to you via email.



July 9, 10-11:30AM

Kristina Astrup, NDSU HR, Effective Communication

Are you an effective communicator? Effective communication helps us better understand a person or situation and enables us to resolve differences and build trust and respect. During this session we will review the elements of effective communication and how you can utilize these elements to enhance your communication skills. You will have the opportunity to complete a Behavioral Communication Style Evaluation** to see if you are open, guarded, direct, or indirect when you communicate.

**If you plan to participate in this session, the Behavioral Communication Style Evaluation document can be found here and you should complete it sometime before we begin.

July 9, 1-3:30PM

Julie Weisenhorn, Keynote, U of MN Extension, Plant Selection: Right plant, Right place, Right purpose!

Proper plant selection is critical to sustainable landscapes and the overall success of a design. Weisenhorn teaches proper plant selection starting with understanding the site itself – its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc. – and the importance of choosing plants with that will thrive in your site. The result? A long-lived, healthy landscape and a sustainable landscape. Attendees will also be introduced to the new Plant Elements of Design plant selection database - a great tool for selecting plants for Minnesota gardens!

July 9, 7-8:30PM

Esther McGinnis, Master Gardener Coordinator, EMG Awards (open and free to all Master Gardeners and their at-home guests)



July 10, 10-11:00 AM

Valeria Brinkers, President, Ikebana International, Los Angeles Chapter,  History of Ikebana and the Philosophy of the Ikebana Sangetsu School

The presentation includes brief lecture on origin and history of ikebana and the philosophy of the Ikebana Sangetsu School followed by pictures of the Hakone, Kyoto and Atami Gardens designed by Master Mokichi Okada. Valeria will then give ikebana demonstrations.

July 10, 2-3:00 PM

Todd West, NDSU College of Ag Asst Dean, Professor, Conifers, New ND Releases

July 13, 10-11:00 AM

Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension Horticulturist, Asso. Professor, What the Bees Want: Cultivar Trials of Aster, Baptisia, Monarda, and Sedum


July 13, 1:30 PM Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Extension Forester, Identifying Conifers, BYOB (Bring Your Own Branch)

What’s the difference between a pine and a spruce? How do you identify a fir tree? Is a Colorado spruce the same as a blue spruce? Join us in this interactive session as we figure out the differences among the various conifers and learn the key identifying characteristics. Bring your own samples!

July 14, 1-2:30PM

Kristina Astrup, NDSU HR, Emotional Intelligence

Did you know that 90% of top performers have high emotional intelligence? How would you rate yourself when it comes to emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence (EQ) is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. During this session we will review the four quadrants of emotional intelligence and look at ways to help you increase your emotional intelligence. 



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