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Garden club plans sale

The annual plant sale hosted by the Rochester Garden and Flower Club will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the horticulture building at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

For sale will be annuals and perennials grown for Minnesota gardens by Rochester area gardeners. Profits are used for community service projects in the Rochester area.

For more information, call 288-6730 or go to


Wind energy seminar set

LANESBORO — A wind energy seminar will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Bluff Environment Center.

This seminar will provide a general overview of the topic and is free and open to the public. Call (507) 467-2437 or (888) 800-9558 for more information.

‘Garden Connections’ to air

Public television KSMQ of Austin will begin airing the series "Garden Connections" starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For 13 weeks, the live, call-in series will feature topics such as basics and spring preparation, vegetables and herbs, annuals and perennials, evergreens, trees and shrubs, year-round lawn care, groundcover, landscaping, animal incorporation, organics, curb appeal, pests and remedies as well as bulbs and winterizing. Norrie MacIlraith, a certified member of the University of Minnesota-Extension Master Gardener program, will be the host.  

An 800-number will be provided during the program so that viewers can call in with questions. Portions of the program will also be available for viewing after the initial airing each week at



Crossings workshops planned

ZUMBROTA — Two artistic workshops are scheduled for May at Crossings in Zumbrota.

The first workshop will add some fun to your garden and give your creativity a chance to shine by making your own planter in sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 and 10 a.m. to noon May 19.

You will make, decorate and glaze one or more planters. After class, they will be kiln-fired and ready for indoor or outdoor use.

Instructor Colleen Riley has been making pots for 15 years, specializing in functional salt-fired stoneware and porcelain. Cost is $45 plus a $15 supply fee.

The second workshop is on learning to paint in the tradition of the master English watercolorists in "Flowers in Watercolor" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12.

Instruction will include pencil technique, perspective and composition, and demonstrations of flat washes, gradated washes, wet-into-wet techniques and color mixing using a limited palette.

Instructor Louise Gillis was atelier-trained in Minnesota and has studied in Tokyo and Madrid. She has extensive museum study of the old masters and impressionists in the United States and Europe and was a registered painter at the Tuilleries in Paris.


Cost is $56. Bring your own supplies. Contact Crossings for a supply list.

To register for these classes, call (507) 732-7616 or stop in to Crossings, 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota. For more information about this and other classes, visit

Weekend plant sale

ST. PAUL — More than 2,000 plant varieties will fill the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand for the 18th Annual Gardening Extravaganza on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-13. Gardeners will find a full line of annuals, perennials, climbing plants, native wildflowers, grasses and vegetables, along with selected water plants, roses, trees and shrubs.

Proceeds from the sale provide scholarships to the Friends School of Minnesota, an independent K-8 Quaker school serving students from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. that Sunday. Free admission and free parking is provided.

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