FARGO – I’ve noticed a common trait among those who are passionate about their lawns, landscapes, gardens, and houseplants. Not only do they love what they do, but they’re motivated to learn more, and a golden learning opportunity is on the horizon.
A new one-day gardening event, called GardenPalooza, is coming to Fargo. Presented by North Dakota State University Extension-Cass County, the day offers something for everyone, with programs in vegetable gardening, fruit growing, lawn care, houseplants, flower gardening, d trees and more.
GardenPalooza will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 and run until 3:30 p.m. at Shanley High School, and online registration is now open.
The day will begin with keynote speaker Mike Heger presenting “The Best Performing Perennials for Cold Climates”. Heger operates Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, Waconia, Minnesota, and co-author of the book “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates”.
He has operated a retail perennial nursery for 28 years, has written numerous articles in gardening publications, is a regular speaker at horticultural events, and has received distinguished service and communications awards from state organizations and national.
Next, GardenPalooza attendees can choose from 20 breakout sessions.
Morning sessions include “All About Houseplants” with Esther McGinnis, “Vegetable Gardening Tips for Beginner Plant Lovers” with Carrie Knutson, “Growing Roses for the Home Garden” with Randy Nelson, “Flowers Favorite NDSU Display Garden Annuals” with Barb Laschkewitsch, “How to Have a Healthier Lawn” with Alan Zuk, “How to Plant and Water New Trees and Shrubs” with Joe Zeleznik, “Favorite Landscaping Tips” with Adam Volz, “Exploring Herbs” with Julie Garden-Robinson, “Planting Tomatoes, Pruning and Seed Saving” with Jack Wood and Dan Goehring, and “New and Underused Perennials” with Julie Schroer and Jodie Ramsay.
After a delicious lunch served in a galvanized flower bucket, afternoon breakout sessions include “Turn Any Patio or Balcony into a Flower or Vegetable Garden” with Don Kinzler, “The Joys of Gardening Butterflies” with Janet Knodel, “Facts and Myths About Home Canning” with Rita Ussatis, “Growing Fruit in Your Own Backyard” with Charles Elhard, “New NDSU Trees and Shrubs” with Todd West, “Growing Blackberries, Purple, and Black Raspberries” with Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, “Growing Community Gardens Together” with Jack Wood, “Discover Adaptable Dahlias” with Dan Goehring, “Learn the Square Food Gardening Technique” with Brian Fuder and “Houseplant Repotting Demonstration” with Audrey Gilbraith.
Heger’s flagship program, “The Art of Perennial Combinations”, will complete the day, followed by door prizes. Displays from local lawn and garden vendors can be seen throughout the day.
The programs are suitable for gardeners of all levels, beginners and experienced.
. Cost is $40 per person for the day, which includes lunch, keynote and keynote speakers, and choice of breakout sessions. Space is limited to 200 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, check out the GardenPalooza Facebook page at
or call NDSU Extension-Cass County at 701-241-5700.
When: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 23
Or: Shanley High School, 5600 25th St. S., Fargo
Cost: $40 per person including lunch; online registration is mandatory
Don Kinzler, a longtime gardener, is the North Dakota State University Extension Horticulturist for Cass County. Readers can reach him at [email protected]