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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Get green thumbs

Library launches into spring with gardening classes.

Know perennials, plants, pavers and more. Libraries throughout Dakota County are offering a new series of gardening classes in March and April.

Learn about landscaping, planting trees and shrubs, installing raingardens or growing perennials from experts such as Evelyn J. Hadden, author of Shrink Your Lawn or Master Gardeners like Kay Schutte and Lora Berg.

For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call your local library.

Planting for clean water
Create gardens that are not only beautiful, but also keep the water clean.
Tuesday, March 30, 6:15–8 p.m., Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington; 651-438-0250
Presented by Curt Coudron, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District

Prevent Emerald Ash Borer
Learn how to protect your ash trees from these deadly insects.
Tuesday, April 6, 7–8 p.m.; Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley; 952-891-7045.
Presented by Faith Appelquist, a certified arborist, landscape designer and founder of Picturesque Landscape Solutions.

Shrink your lawn
Discover landscape elements including rain gardens, herb gardens and boulevard gardens that can make your yard more beautiful and decrease the time you spend mowing and maintaining your lawn.
Monday, April 12; 7–8:30 p.m.; Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville; 952-891-0360.
Presented by Evelyn J. Hadden, editor of LessLawn and author of Shrink Your Lawn and Apprentice to a Garden.

Get into your garden
Learn about planting shrubs and trees and get your questions answered by a master gardener.
Monday, April 19; 7–8:30 p.m.; Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights; 651-554-6840.
Presented by Kay Schutte, Dakota County Master Gardener

All about perennials
Learn to select, care for and share these garden favorites.
Monday, April 26, 7–8:30 p.m. Heritage Library
Presented by Lora Berg, Dakota County Master Gardener

Container Gardening
Staff from Pahl’s Market will demonstrate how to plant in a container and what plantings to use.
Tuesday, April 20, 7–8 p.m.; Galaxie Library

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