Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14 Covering Ground

Nona Cummings presented information and examples of alternatives to rock, mulch, turf and other traditional landscaping options.  

Nona is the owner/designer of DIY Landscape Designs. Nona has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticultural Plant Science from the University of Wisconsin and studied Landscape Design at the University of Minnesota. She's also an active Master Gardener for the University of Minnesota serving in her 25th year. 

Using her own property as a living laboratory, she discovered another way to design a more sustainable landscape. As she experimented with many different plant species over the years she determined that Mother Nature really does know best. 

Nona stressed that it is important for all homeowners to become better stewards of their property by conserving resources, reducing their use of chemicals, using more native plants and reducing their turf area.

Nona can be reached via e-mail at

Her website is:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

January 10 Flowers for Pollinators

For our January 10, 2018 meeting, Judy Koster and Anna Barker presented on behalf of the University of Minnesota Extension Washington County Master Gardeners to bring information about the types of flowers that bring pollinators to the garden.   The information included how to identify the pollinators and develop an understanding of the threat they face in our communities.  The goal was to educate, empower and inspire us all to create pollinator-friendly habitats  to help pollinators thrive in the  community.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Design Workshop

On Wednesday, November 8 we met for our Fall Design Workshop at Thunder Willow Community Arts in Hudson, WI.   Those attending the craft portion of our meeting created their own unique and beautiful pendant designs using fused glass.  Here are the results!

Annual Potluck and Silent Auction

October 11, 2017 was the Trillium Annual Potluck, Silent Auction and Business Meeting. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Edible Landscapes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Program:  Incorporating Edible Plants Into The Landscape
Jeffery Johnson Landscape Gardener, University of Minnesota Arboretum.

Presented a slide show focused on reducing the carbon footprint of transporting produce.  The information shared included ideas to inspire imagination with incorporating edible plant materials into your landscape; trees, shrubs, vines, small fruits, perennial herbs, annuals, etc.  Also discussed ways a landscape can support pollinators and wildlife, maximize water use and utilize sun position for home heating.   Jeffrey Johnson can be contacted at:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Arcola Trail Flower Farm

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The joint meeting with Daylily was a tour of Arcola Trails Flower farm.  It was very interesting. Those attending were inspired to try growing a few new and different types of cutting flowers.

There are many beautiful pictures to be seen on their Facebook page.  The owner also gave each attendee a bouquet from her gardens.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Nuremberg Gardens

Wednesday, July 12

Tour of Nurenberg Gardens, Orono, MN