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June 18, 2012 Horticulture Column

Gardening in your yard!!!

Wow has time flew by.  It is hard to believe that we are only a little over 2 weeks away from the 4th of July.  This spring or summer (what ever your thinking has slipped by and it will not be long before the garden harvest will be happening.  Along with July also comes the annual Altru Clinic Lake Region Relay for Life garden tour.  The tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 12 and begin at 3 pm.  I have seen the list of gardeners and the tour should be another standout day for those wishing to participate in the tour.  I have never been to a home on the tour where several ideas did not come about.  I have even incorporated a couple of those ideas in our own landscape.  This past weekend Deb and I attended a nephew’s wedding at Thumper Pond (Ottertail, Minnesota) and had the chance to view many beautiful landscapes on the drive.  We did not get out to look but I did struggle to keep my eyes on the road as we were traveling.  I saw several water features on the route and was intrigued to find that fairway 17 was lined with hostas’.  I am not a golfer but bother-in-laws were and told me about them.

A few years ago a good friend had bought me a different daisy.  This particular daisy was very different than most as it grew like a normal daisy however it had 4 different colored flowers on the same plant, something you don’t see anywhere.  To make the story longer, my good friend and neighbor (Finley) was going to start them for us.  Well as we go through the story we soon learn that Bill cannot find or remember where he stored those seeds for safe keeping.  This spring we finally found them, right where I HAD PUT THEM.  We need to remember, this seed, has been in hiding for three years.  Finley started them and got many to grow so it will be interesting to watch them grow and show their beauty.  Stop by sometime and I will show them to you.

NDSU Offers Master Gardener Classes

Classes will be offered at 15 locations.

The Master Gardener Program for 2012 will be kicking off on Aug. 17, according to Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension Service horticulturist.

The classes will originate from NDSU and be broadcast across the state to 15 sites through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) system.

The locations are Ashley, Bismarck, Bowman, Cando, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Napoleon, Wahpeton, Watford City and Williston Research Extension Center. The classes will start on Friday, Aug. 17, and finish on Friday, Oct. 5. Classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Central time) for eight weeks.

The cost is $100 for volunteers and $200 for nonvolunteers. Once the classwork is completed, the volunteers need to complete 48 hours of approved work through their county NDSU Extension Service agent. Once the requirements are fulfilled, a volunteer is eligible to become a certified master gardener. CALL US AT 701-662-7027 TO GET REGISTERED.

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