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Gardening workshop, Aberdeen SD Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Prairie Partners’ Gardening with the Masters fall workshop will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Dacotah Prairie Museum, 21 S. Main St.
Within the day will be four individual workshops: starting seeds, growing garlic, hardy roses and raised bed/square foot gardening.
Cost: $5 and payable at the door. Treats and refreshments will be served.

Workshop canceled Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Children’s Gardening Workshop originally planned for this weekend has been canceled. I’m totally bummed. Granted it opens up my very hectic schedule this week, I was really looking forward to it. Apparently registration was weak so it wasn’t feasible to hold it. I also planned on doing a story for the paper, not strictly on the workshop but on childrens’ gardening in general. I’m still going to try and get that story, one way or another – I’ll look into contacting some of the presenters that were slated for the day and we’ll see where I get. So, check out the 605 Life section in March 14’s edition of the Aberdeen American News.

SDSU Women’s Week: Gardening classes Thursday, February 18th, 2010

SDSU hosts a Women’s Week during the summer. A part of this week are some gardening classes. If interested or in the area, check out: .2010 Official Class List .

Stephanie Leibel at SDSU coordinates University Week for Women. It’s held every year at SDSU in July. 2010 dates are July 7-9.

For more information, go to

Wish I’d have a chance to go, but I feel I’ll have my hands full with kiddos. If anyone should go – let me know how they are. Having had a couple instructors during my Master Gardening training I feel the classes will be worth it.

Monday, February 15th, 2010

MARCH 13, 2010

Registration—8:45 A.M. Registration fee- $5


  • 9:00 A.M.:  PRESERVING YOUR HARVEST – Marjorie Zastrow, SDSU Extension Educator—FCS
  • 10:15 A.M. TREE AND SHRUB PRUNING MADE EASY – Aaron Keisz, Aberdeen City Forester
  • 1:00 P.M. TIPS FOR DIVIDING AND MOVING PERENNIAL PLANTS – Glenda Oakley, Extension Master Gardener
  • 2:00 P.M. SMALL COMMERCIAL GARDEN, MAKING/USING COMPOST – George Piper, Extension Master Gardener
  • 3:15 P.M. FLOWER ARRANGING – Cindy Carlson and Renita Kainz, Lily’s Floral Design & Gifts

Angerhofer Concrete Products; Beadles Floral and Nursery; Gary’s Engine and Repair; Harvest Garden Center; Lily’s Floral Design and Gifts; Parkview Nursery; Boston Fern; RDO Equipment; Scentsy; The Happy Gardener; Prairie Partners Master Gardeners

Prairie Partners Master Gardeners
South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service

Greenscaping seminars Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

BROOKINGS — The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of  Greenscaping seminars in Brookings, Mitchell, Lennox, and Vermillion.
The two main topics of the seminars are natural and organic pest control for vegetable gardens and the use of native plants in landscaping to promote ecology. Each seminar will be held from 5-8 p.m. The dates and locations include:
Feb. 18, Brookings County Extension office, Brookings
March 23, Davison County Extension Office, Mitchell
April 6, First English Lutheran Church, Lennox
April 19, Clay County Extension office, Vermillion
The seminars cost $15 per person and include materials and meal. An additional participant can share a binder with a friend for $5. Advanced registration is required one week before each event.
To register, send check or money order to the Minnehaha County Extension office, Attention: Chris Zdorovtsov, 220 W. Sixth St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Make checks payable to the “South District Horticulture Fund” and indicate which seminar you want to attend.
Guest speakers from the Natural Resources and Conservation Service will share information on tree and conservation programs during the seminars.
For more information, call Zdorovtsov at 605-367-7877, or call Yankton County Extension Horticulture Educator Cynthia Bergman at 605-665-3387.

Press Release

Child-focused gardening workshop Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Just to clarify this workshop is not for children but for people who like to garden with kids: educators, care providers, or like me a parent who wants to get the most out of gardening with my own kids. Here is the brochure and registration form: 2010 brochure

Held at the Dacotah Prairie museum in Aberdeen the 6-hour workshop includes such topics as: bugs, math and other age-appropriate practices for childrens’ gardening. Registration is limited.

I’ll be most excited to learn other ways to pull my kids interests towards the garden. Too often I’m focusing on weeds and not the magic – that’s no way to spark a child’s interest.

Master Gardener classes Friday, January 15th, 2010

Extension Master Gardener training set for five cities in 2010
BROOKINGS — In 2010, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will offer Master Gardener training in Aberdeen, Miller, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Vermillion.
The Master Gardener Program is designed for people interested in gardening, and most participants take part to both hone their gardening skills and find ways to contribute to their communities.
The program costs $160 for an individual or $210 for two individuals sharing a manual. Participants attend nine class sessions encompassing more than 60 hours of study. Graduates must complete 50 hours of volunteer service in order to earn the title Master Gardener. Participants can pay $500 for the course without the volunteer requirement.
The training sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates in 2010:

  • Aberdeen: May 18 and 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; July 6 and 13.
  • Miller: May 19 and 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; and July 7 and 14.
  • Rapid City: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; May 6, 13, and 20.
  • Sioux Falls: March 26; April 9, 16, 23, and 30; May 7, 14, 21, and 28.
  • Vermillion: April 29; May 6, 13, 20, and 27; June 3, 10, 17, and 24.

To register for the Master Gardener training program, call the Brown County Extension office at 605-626-4012, the Minnehaha County Extension office at 605-367-7877, the Pennington County Extension office at 605-394-2188, or the Yankton County Extension office at 605-665-3387.

The South Dakota Master Gardener program covers lawn care, selection and care of ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease, and weed control. The course also addresses the safe use of pesticides, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable, fruit, and flower gardening, plant propagation, and herbaceous plants.
Training includes classroom instruction as well as outdoor learning. Trainees are encouraged to bring plant, insect, and disease samples to share with the class. Minnehaha County Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Zdorovtsov said participants also are encouraged to relate their own gardening experiences with the group so everyone learns from individual experiences.
“Since many of the people involved in the Master Gardener training program are already avid gardeners, everyone becomes a resource for the other gardeners,” Zdorovtsov said. “Participants will also receive the South Dakota Master Gardener resource manual.”
Graduates of the program must complete 50 hours of volunteer service to their county Extension program, and then complete 10 hours of volunteer work each year. Volunteer service ranges from answering telephone requests for information, hosting plant clinics, or speaking to groups. Other Master Gardeners assist with demonstration gardens, farmers markets, youth gardens, 4-H activities, or write articles for local newspapers.
“Some of our Master Gardeners help with research projects such as the South Dakota Tree Inventory, or serve as volunteer coordinators,” said Zdorovtsov. “It’s an excellent way to take a hobby and make it a vehicle to help others and share what you truly enjoy.”
Additional application information is available at the Master Gardener Web.