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Horticulture Night July 26 at WCROC

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MORRIS, Minn. - Garden tours, horticulture demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, hands-on family activities, music, farm tours, educational trade show, food and entertainment will combine to create the 42nd annual Horticulture Night at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Display Garden in Morris, July 26th from 5-9 p.m.

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Garden Tours

•Annuals! What's New and Good for Me?-Mike Holland -5:45 and 7:15--Enjoy a walking tour of the annual gardens on display and learn about features of various new annuals coming into the market.

Demonstration Tent A - South Side Of Garden

•A Fresh and Healthy Cooking Demonstration - Tony Nemmers -5 and 7:15 p.m. -Tony wlil prepare a light summer meal featuring fresh and healthy foods.

•Containers for All Seasons-Carrie LiBaire - 6:30 and 8 p.m. - Carrie will show you tips and tricks to make your containers fun and exciting all year long.

•Successful Gardening Tips for Vine Crops - 5:45 p.m. (and at 8:00 in Tent C)- An overview of vine crops with an emphasis on soil preparation and space requirements, plant fertilizer (both natural and commercial options), recognition of common pests and/or diseases associated with vine crops, and creative ideas for growing vine crops in limited spaces.

Demonstration Tent B - North Side Of Garden

•Emerald Ash Borer: It's Not Here Yet, But Let's Plant for It -- 5 and 6:30 p.m. - Learn about a proactive approach to minimizing the loss of ash from the emerald ash borer.

•Digested Dairy Manure as Part of a Plant's Diet -- Bert Swanson - 7:15 p.m. - Presentation will cover a new approach to soil amendments for gardens and landscapes by using a potential product for this purpose is non-composted Riverview Digested Dairy Manure

•Garden Weed Control without Chemicals - Larry Zilliox - 5:45 and 8 p.m. - Discover various types of plastics and mulches that can successfully be used in the vegetable garden for weed control without the use of chemicals.

Demonstration Tent C

•Sustainable Landscaping with Grasses - Mary Meyer - 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. - Learn which grasses are good choices for your garden, and the best grasses for tough sites. A special emphasis on grasses growing at the WCROC.

•Successful Gardening Tips for Vine Crops - Audrey Lesmeister - 8 p.m. (and at 5:45 in Tent A) - An overview of vine crops with an emphasis on soil preparation and space requirements, plant fertilizer (both natural and commercial options), recognition of common pests and/or diseases associated with vine crops, and creative ideas for growing vine crops in limited spaces

•Tried and True Perennial Flowers--Neil Anderson--5:00 and 6:30--Hear from one of the most trusted perennial flower researchers in the upper Midwest. With Neil's experience and trialing efforts, he will share with you new and hard-to-find perennials that will perform well in this region.

Hands-on Family Activities-Ongoing from 5-8 pm

•Farm-to-Table Tour (near Children's Garden)-Families can see how products come from the farm or land, how it is raised or grown, and how those products are used in our daily lives.

Special Activities

•Farm Tour-5:45 and 7:15 -(Meet South of Registration Area)--Take a hayride tour to learn about the ongoing WCROC agriculture and renewable energy advancements.

•Tri-State Band-Rest in the picnic tent area and enjoy the band. Performance starts at 7 p.m.

•Vendor and trade show booths open from 5-9 pm

Food Booths:

Kiwanis Booth

4-H Food Booth

The WCROC Horticulture Gardens are used for research and education as well as to showcase displays that inspire gardeners to use them in their own backyards.

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center is located one mile east of Morris on Highway 329. Look for the wind turbines to guide you. Horticulture Night is free and open to everyone. Don't miss your chance to see this hidden treasure in west central Minnesota!

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