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Learn about landscaping

Special to the Bulletin

It's time to start thinking about beautiful landscaping and garden design, so why not approach it in an environmentally friendly way?

Learn how at the 10th annual Environmental Landscape Workshop on Saturday, April 12, at Woodbury City Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

This year's program will emphasize water conservation, with speakers on invasive plants, basic landscaping, plant selection for tough places, and lawn care. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends around noon.

The workshop also will be broadcast live in South Washington County on cable television channel 16 and later replayed. The program also can be viewed on the Internet via Web streaming on the South Washington County telecommunications website at

An added resource at this year's landscape workshop is irrigation specialist Mark Kenzler, of John Deere Landscapes, who will be available throughout the morning to answer questions on irrigation system programming and technology that can be used to better regulate watering frequency.

His company is donating a 12-station controller and rain sensor for an irrigation system (up to $400 in value) that will be awarded in a prize drawing.

Workshop topics include:

Invasive plants

In the first workshop presentation, Jane Klein will discuss "Buckthorn and Other Invasives."

The session will focus on identification of buckthorn and how to eradicate the plant, in addition to information on other invasive plants that may exist in a typical landscape.

Klein is a Washington County naster gardener and Minnesota tree care adviser.

n Low maintenance lawns

At 9:30 a.m., Dave Paulson will describe how to achieve a low maintenance lawn, including plants that may be selected as alternatives to traditional turf.

His talk will focus on plants that survive easily without excessive watering, promoting water conservation.

Paulson is a Washington County master gardener and Minnesota tree care adviser, with a degree in forestry.

Landscaping tips

If you're interested in learning the initial steps to achieving a beautiful garden, be sure to attend Lynn Vernon's session, "Landscaping 101" at 10:30 a.m.

Vernon is a Washington County master gardener and tree care adviser through the University of Minnesota. She frequently teaches classes on trees and shrubs and also helps with perennials and landscaping.

In the final session of the morning, Lynne Markus will share her knowledge about "Tough Plants for Tough Places." Learn about selecting perennials for heavy clay soils, trees for compacted soils, and plants for wet soils.

Markus is a Washington County master gardener who teaches numerous adult education classes in landscaping and horticulture. Her presentation will start around 11:20 a.m.

n Ask the experts

All sessions will include a question and answer period. In addition to the presentations, there will be informational displays and handouts. University of Minnesota-Washington County master gardeners and city staff will be available to answer questions throughout the morning.

The landscape workshop is sponsored by the Woodbury Environmental Advisory Commission, a volunteer group that advises the city council on matters relevant to sustainability including solid waste, air, water, land, energy, and other natural resources.

Woodbury City Hall is located at 8301 Valley Creek Road.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to city hall at (651) 714-3500.