Past Speakers


March 9, 2020
Stan Tekiela– ‘Gardening for Backyard Birding’
Stan Tekiela is a naturalist, author and wildlife photographer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota. He has been an active professional naturalist for more than 25 years and is a member of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. A columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in more than 25 newspapers and he can be heard on a number of Midwest radio stations.He has made various books from birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, amphibians and reptiles of some many different states from Minnesota to Texas to Florida.

February 10, 2020
Theresa Rooney– ‘Humane Critter Control’+ book sales
Keep critters and pests out of your yard and garden with heart! Author; U of M Extension Master Gardener and frequent guest on WCCO
Radio “Smart Gardens”, Theresa Rooney, will share how to keep unwanted guests away safely and organically.
It takes a lot of work and a fair amount of money to grow a garden. Theresa will share clever ways to be proactive and stop pests from
feasting on the bounty you’ve been working on all season.
Theresa will share ideas for protective barriers without ruining your sightlines, how to outsmart the invaders using insect behavior, how
to use scent to your advantage, and more. With methods and products that are not only kind to wildlife and insects but also healthier for
children and pets, this is the blueprint for creating a safe backyard for play, beauty, and healthy fresh-grown foods.
Her book, “The Guide to Humane Critter Control”, will also be for sale for $15 (cash or check), retail price of $19.99.


January 13, 2020
Andrew Gawboy – ‘History of Lyndale Park Rose Garden’ + ‘Growing Roses Doesn’t Have to be Complicated!’


November 11, 2019
Mary Meyer – ‘Top 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota’
Mary Meyer, U of M Horticultural Professor and Extension Educator, presenter.
Learn the significance of the top 10 Plants that changed and transformed the way we live today in Minnesota; and how essential they are to our everyday life, environment and every day well-being as humans! Yes, 10 plants had, both in positive and negative and forever shaped Minnesota economically, culturally and historically.

October 14, 2019
Martin Stern – Gardening Small Spaces: Martin is the owner of Squire House in Afton, MN. He has nurtured a life-long interest in nature and gardening, including living in Southern England in 1987 where he studied with world-renowned garden designer and writer John Brookes.
Since then Martin has designed gardens large and small throughout the upper Midwest and northeast. He seeks simplicity of intention, architectural interest and diverse multi-seasonal planting schemes in his work. Each garden has a separate and distinct personality. The gardens at Squire illustrate his design philosophy.
Martin enjoys garden writing and creating presentations on a variety of topics of horticulture, as well as gardens he has enjoyed in his travels. He conducts winter presentations for the public at Squire House Gardens. He is a speaker and available for group presentations.

May 13, 2019
Members’ Plant Sale
This is our only major fundraiser. It is a fun, inexpensive and reliable plant source for our gardens! Think about what plants you have to divide and share for the sale. Something new, to our sale is a Silent Auction which will replace our live auction and takes place between plant drop off and our meeting. We are looking for approximately 10 quality garden items for the auction. Please let us know if you have an item to donate. The item should warrant a $10 starting bid and could be a large or unusual plant, planter, garden decor, garden tools, retailer gift card or a service you can provide.

April 8, 2019
Laverne Dunsmore from Countryside Gardens – ‘All About Peonies’

March 11, 2019
Debbie Lonnee – What’s New For 2019
Debbie is a frequent columnist for the Northern Gardener magazine and is the Planning and Administration Manager for Bailey Nurseries. She gardens in South St. Paul, MN and has co-authored the books ‘Growing Perennials in Cold Climates’ and ‘Growing Shrubs and Trees in Cold Climates’.

February 2019

Barbara Ego talks about her experiences with “Weedless Gardening,” based on the book by Lee Reich.

January 2019

Jennifer Hedberg teaches the group how to make Ice Luminaries.

November 2018

Arla Carmichiel – “Mastering the Mix”

October 2018

Peter Olin gave a fascinating presentation and slide show on his visits to gardens around the world.



Schedule of Events

Regular Monthly Meetings at Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church  (6:45 pm social time, 7:00pm meeting start):


April 13,  2020 – Meeting canceled. Stay healthy, friends. Our scheduled speaker will present in February, 2021.

May 15-31, 2020
Members Plant Sale – Virtual!  Please visit our private Facebook page for buying and selling.

June 22, 2020 
Member’s Tour – Plymouth area

August 3, 2020
Member’s Social – Host Diana Straate

September 14, 2020
Plant Share + Garden Chats

October 12, 2020

Matt Brooks, Tangletown designer – “Landscape Design”

December 14, 2020
Members’ Christmas Party

October and November – speakers to be announced soon!

February, 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