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Rhonda Hayes: Master gardener plant sale in Hopkins this Saturday

Last time I checked in with the Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale committee they were nurturing over 9000 plants for the big day!

You don't want to miss this one:

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hopkins Pavilion
11000 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins 55343

Bring your cash, checks or credit cards and a wagon, cuz you know you'll want to buy some of everything. And this year they have so much: perennials, ornamentals and native plants, not to mention MN Winners. 

Check out the MN Winners here. Annuals and vegetables that have proven themselves hardy and tasty in through statewide Master Gardener Program seed trials.

As always there will be lots of knowledgeable Master Gardeners on hand to help with your plant selections and growing questions. With these great choices you'll want to come early for best buys! See you there!

Go on a tree treasure hunt in Minneapolis parks

Last year I took Minneapolis Parks and Rec to task over a mis-mowing incident when lots of valuable habitat plants along the shore of Lake Calhoun were cut down while still blooming. A blow to pollinators and a bad view too.

But now I have something nice to say to the park board. 

It's so good to see the latest trees they are planting throughout the parks around the city lakes. Hopefully the same is happening all around the city.

You can spot the new trees with their green turtlenecks (tree-gator water reservoirs) and colorful ribbons. I've been going on a tree treasure hunt as I make my way around all of the trails, checking out all the new still leafless species by reading the labels on the fluttering ribbons. 

It's good to see the wide variety of trees and so many pollinator-friendly trees at that. Catalpa, buckeye, linden, Kentucky coffee tree. These trees had fallen out of favor for a while because their seed pods are considered messy. Meanwhile wildlife just call that food. Great to see the added biodiversity that helps our urban forest stay healthy for generations of people and wildlife to come.

The Catalpa tree: Beautiful flowers and bee-friendly too. 

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