Explore all that the Horticulture Display Garden has to offer during the 49th annual Horticulture Night at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris. Experience beautiful flower gardens, meandering paths, and creative landscape ideas while taking in a variety of educational presentations and horticultural demonstrations.

Horticulture Night is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5-9 p.m.   

Presentations and demonstrations include:

• “Vines of All Kinds” with Mike Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting.

• “Living Mulches for Your Garden” with Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist, and Andrew Petran, Owner of Twin Cities Berry Company, Farmington.

• “Containers for All Seasons” with Heidi Heiland, owner of Heidi’s GrowHaus and Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens, Corcoran.

• “Holy Hostas Batman!” with Jodie Ramsay and Julie Schroer, owners of Jean’s the Right Plant Place, Perham.

• “What’s Eating my Vegetables? Troubleshooting Common Vegetable Problems” with Annie Klodd, U of MN Extension Educator.

• “Managing 10 Common Vertebrate Pests” with John Loegering, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at U of MN Crookston.

• “What’s Bugging You in Your Garden?” with Jeff Hahn, Entomologist with U of MN Extension.

• “Busting Common Soil and Garden Myths” with Joe Storlien, Professor of Environmental Studies, St. Johns University.

• “Annual Flower Tour” with Alisha Asleson of BFG Supply Co.

All presentations will be held twice during the event.

In addition to horticulture tours and demonstrations, several other activities will be available from 5 – 8 p.m., including a cow milking demonstration, hayride farm tours, watch a stone balancing artist at work, see a beehive and learn how they make honey, watch us blast weeds using a grit weeder, and match plants to their seeds. Several vendor and educational booths, food booths, and live music will also be available.

The WCROC Horticulture Display Garden expands nearly 3 acres and includes plantings from several plant breeding companies from around the world.  All flowers are labeled, allowing visitors to take note of top performing cultivars under regional conditions.  Plant materials include annual flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs, vegetables, natives, aquatic, and tropicals.

The WCROC is located at 46352 State Highway 329, Morris (1-mile east of University of Minnesota Morris campus).  Look for the wind turbines to guide you. Horticulture Night is free and open to the public.  For further details, including presentation times, please visit wcroc.cfans.umn.edu.

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