Regular Monthly Meetings at Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church (6:45 pm social time, 7:00pm meeting start). During the pandemic, all meetings will be held virtually only, via Zoom.
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December 14, 2020
Bachman’s Home Winter Wonderland & Holiday Plants – Karen Bachman Thull (Virtual – Members Only)
Get in the holiday spirits and enjoy a feature video tour of Bachman’s Holiday Ideas & Inspiration for the Home Winter Wonderland, which is being held in the Lyndale Avenue store this year. Karen will also talk about Bachman’s-grown poinsettias and holiday plants. This online event will be an opportunity for our members to ask Karen any questions about Bachman’s wonderful annual offering.
January 11, 2021
Native Garden Basics – Andy Scott (Virtual – Members Only)
Andy Scott – proprietor of ReWild Native Gardens, a native garden and landscaping consulting business and a member of Wild Ones.
Andy started his small native garden landscape and design business in 2017. Located in Bloomington, he has helped residents and commercial properties convert lawn and wasted space to wildlife-friendly gardens that support beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. Education driven, Andy likes to not only involve his clients in the design and planning phases, but encourages them to help with planting as well so they can demystify the plant/pollinator relationships that they will be fostering. Andy will cover native garden basics and also highlight how more unique and rare native species can be utilized in the residential garden setting.
February 8, 2021
Kathy Widin – ‘Gardening with Natives’
Kathy Widin will discuss techniques and benefits of adding local native plants to your garden and landscape. Native plants are essential host plants and nectar sources for pollinators. Even a modest increase in native plants in your yard can increase the number of species of birds in your neighborhood. Their deep roots absorb rainfall, preventing runoff.
Kathy Widin holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota. Kathy started her business, Plant Health Associates, in 1983, and worked as a consulting Plant Pathologist and Municipal Forester until her retirement in 2015. She is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture in 2003. Kathy wrote the “Plant Health” column in Northern Gardener magazine of the MN State Horticultural Society for over 30 years