Anoka County to host landscaping fair

University of Minnesota Extension will team up with Anoka County Master Gardeners to present the 2013 Home Landscaping and Garden Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW in Andover.

The fair will feature university-based research and recommended best practices for flower and vegetable gardening, native gardening, tree and shrub care, disease and pest control.

The Exhibitor Fair will offer a chance for garden centers, local growers, artisans, and landscape companies to showcase their services and offer items for purchase.

Guest speakers will be Vince Fritz and Debbie Lonnee.

Fritz, a professor in the department of horticulture science and Extension vegetable specialist, will discuss the healthful benefits of vegetables in “Take two Brussels sprouts and call me in the morning.”

Lonnee, planning and administration manager for Bailey Nursery, will present “Growing perennials in cold climates.”

Master Gardeners will give classes on flower growing, tree care, food, crafts and biochar research.

In past years up to 200 gardeners have attended this event. This year’s fair will use a half-day format.

Registration is $15 per person if postmarked by Friday, April 5.  Walk-ins pay $20 per person.  A materials fee will be added to the optional craft classes.

For a brochure and registration form, call 763-755-1280 or visit www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka.

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