Saturday, June 16, 2018

July 11 Riana's Sculpture Garden, River Falls, WI


Wouterina has been a working artist in various media since 1969. In 1995, she gave up the security of a full-time job to pursue current projects and workshops. She is working on life-size concrete mosaic statues in the tradition of American outdoor folk art.

Her inspiration for these statues comes both from growing up on her parents' coffee and rubber plantation in the midst of the Indonesian jungle and also from her daily experiences living on an old farmstead in America's dairy state.  Her love for the country and gardening and my passion for creating environments has guided her to create outdoor rooms with concrete figures that light up walkways to fountains, animals and human-shaped birdhouses or benches.



Monday, June 4, 2018

June 13 Milkweed, Monarchs and Miracles!

Presenter: Marge Sagstetter, Washington County Master Gardener

We received handouts and were presented information about the incredible story of Monarch butterflies.  There are many ways we can help; planting milkweed, including nectar plants in our gardens and even raising them ourselves.   Taken in to our homes, the Monarch's survival rate from egg to butterfly increases to almost 100%.  In the wild, their survival rate is less than 10%.

Here is a link to a short National Geographic YouTube video that shows the life cycle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVm5k99PnBk

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Successful Plant Sale! May 19, 2018

A slightly cool, cloudy day but it was perfect for our plant sale fund raising event.   There were so many beautiful plants.  And this year there was yard art featured!   Many of our members participated in the setup, the sale and the cleanup efforts.

This is a fun way to work together, meet the people in our community and fund the projects we believe are important.


Rock Garden Clean Up Day - May 4, 2018

On Friday, May 4, several members met at the rock garden to do spring cleanup.   With so many in attendance the work went quickly and resulted in around 15 leaf bags full of leaves and debris along with a large stack of branches.

Our weekly maintenance schedule is posted and reminders will be going out to members as their week approaches.   Together we show our expertise and our commitment to the beauty of our community.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

April 11 Pruning Landscape Plants

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, Landscape Gardener, University of Minnesota Arboretum, presented information about the how, why and when for pruning trees and shrubs in the landscape.  Understanding how the plant grows and how old it is factors in greatly to what is done.  The season of the year and how the plant grows and flowers are two very key components to ensuring plants are given the best chance to stay healthy while providing the function we want in our landscapes.

Jeffrey welcomes questions and can be reached via email at johns345@umn.edu


Thursday, February 22, 2018

March 14 Propagating Succulents


Succulent Propagation presented and demonstrated by Vickie Kittilson. 

Members were able to participate and transfer starts to smaller containers for starting. 
A drawing was held and 4 lucky members went home with a starter succulent set.