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Spring Gardening Extravaganza to focus on health, environment

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As the snow continues to melt and spring slowly settles in, gardeners are excited to start planting.

The St. Louis County Extension's annual Spring Gardening Extravaganza workshop will focus on "Gardening for a Healthier Life and Environment." The half-day workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at First United Methodist Church, also known as the "copper-top church," 230 W. Skyline Parkway.

The program will feature workshops to help gardeners develop their skills and information on current climate trends, according to a news release.

Among the presentations scheduled for this year's event:

  • "What Climate Change Means to You: Its Implications for Northern Gardeners," featuring climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota and commentator on Minnesota Public Radio.
  • "What You Can Do: Adapting, Mitigating and Benefiting from Climate Change," featuring Bob Olen, St. Louis County horticulturist.
  • "Get Outside: Gardening for Physical and Mental Well-Being," featuring horticulturist Tom Kasper.

Attendees will be able to choose from 11 workshops on diverse topics such as growing apples in the Northland; creating butterfly and pollinator gardens; edible landscaping; and yard waste composting.

Program registration is $35 per person and includes a resource book, fruit and vegetable variety lists, refreshments and door prizes. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with coffee served and displays open. For more information, call (218) 733-2870 or visit stlouiscountymn.gov/ext.

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