Rice County Master Gardeners hosting Rice County Horticulture Day


After a three-year hiatus thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rice County Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting the return of the Rice County Horticulture Day on March 11 on the campus of St. Olaf College.

Prior to the Covid pause, the event had become a very popular seminar. This year they will offer four speakers throughout the day on a range of relevant gardening topics.

Katie Derwitz of the University of Minnesota Extension will give a talk entitled “How Not to Kill Your Trees” at 9am.

At 10am Becky Swenson of Swenson Gardens in Howard Lake will answer the “Top Ten Peony Questions.”

Meg McAndrews Cowden, the author and operator of seedtofork.com will speak at 12:30pm about “Gardening in a New Climate.”

Dr. Lisa Philander of the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing will wrap the day up 1:30pm discussing the “Healing Power of Gardens.”

The cost to attend this day full of gardening conversation is $45. A light breakfast will be available, and lunch is included in the ticket cost. Vendors will also be on hand for shopping and there will be a silent auction as well.

The Rice County Horticulture Day event is set for March 11th, at Tomson Hall, on the St. Olaf Campus. The event begins at 8:30am with registration and will conclude at 3:15pm

Funds raised will go toward programming the Master Gardener Program in Rice County.

Participants are encouraged to register online at the University of Minnesota Extension website, where the event brochure can also be found with more details. Registration deadline is March 1st.