Extension workshop focuses on gardening for a healthier life and environment

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Extension Office • 2503 Rice Lake Road • Duluth, MN 55811 • (218) 733-2870

307 First Street S., Suite 105 • Virginia, MN 55792 • (218) 749-7120


Patty Swedberg
Extension Administrator




March 25, 2019

CONTACT: Patty Swedberg

St. Louis County Extension Administrator

(218) 733-2879


Gardening for a healthier life and environment is focus of 2019 Spring Gardening Extravaganza 

After a long, cold, snowy winter, many people are anxious to start gardening. That includes the folks at St. Louis County Extension who have put together a half-day workshop: Gardening for a Healthier Life and Environment. The program will be April 13, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church (Coppertop) 230 W. Skyline Parkway in Duluth. 


The program will include information on current climate trends and workshops to help people better develop their gardening skills. It will feature noted climatologist, Dr. Mark Seeley, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and commentator on Minnesota Public Radio. Seeley will address what climate change means for northern gardeners and what to expect in the future.


Also on the agenda, St. Louis County Horticulturist, Bob Olen will discuss what gardeners can do to mitigate, adapt and possibly benefit from climate change. Plus, Tom Kasper will present his perspective on how growing beautiful perennial flowers can improve mental health and sense of well- being.


Participants then will have a choice of 11 workshops, including edible landscaping, growing apples in the Northland, gardening for a better diet, designing sustainable landscapes, watering wisely and rain gardens, starting plants from seed, creating butterfly and pollinator gardens, worm composting, propagating houseplants, forest stewardship for small acreages, and yard waste composting.


The program registration fee is $35 per person and includes a resource book developed for this conference, fruit and vegetable variety lists, refreshments and door prizes. For more information contact St. Louis County Extension (218) 733-2870 or visit stlouiscountymn.gov/ext.  Check- in, coffee and displays begins at 8:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by St. Louis County and Extension Master Gardeners.