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Fillmore County Master Gardners


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

The Master Gardeners for Fillmore County are busy this time of year but not too busy to answer any horticulture related questions you may have. There are nine volunteers who have been trained through University of Minnesota Extension to serve as our Fillmore County Master Gardeners and they are always ready to welcome more!

They will be at the Fillmore County Fair, July 22-26. The Master Gardener table will be located in the open class area, near the horticultural exhibits. Please stop by with your garden questions between 2 – 6 p.m. each day.

Let’s meet your Fillmore County Master Gardeners:

Elsa Bye works three months out of the year at a local garden center and knows plants. She will happily answer questions about vegetables, wild flowers, and small fruits.

Lori Slindee was a past columnist for the local paper. She will make personal visits to view any garden or plant problem you might have. She prefers to answer questions about herbs, trees, and perennials.

LaVerne Paulson will answer questions about annuals and perennials. He could also talk to you about composting. LaVerne is active with the community gardens and is doing the annual seed trials for the University of Minnesota.

Sandy Sullivan is a recently retired college biology teacher. She likes to answer questions related to vegetables, tree fruits, and small fruits. She is interested in hearing from someone who raises red currants.

Beverly Sandlin is our newest Master Gardener in Fillmore County and she has a wealth of knowledge. She has a Monarch Waystation at her home. Sullivan will help you with questions regarding perennials, flowers, landscaping, and water gardens.

Monica Ortner is doing seed trials for the University Minnesota as well. She’s worked with Farmers’ Market in the past and this year is helping a local assisted living site with their garden project. Questions you may have on vegetable gardening and fruits, Ortner is willing to help!

Pam Freet will answer your vegetable gardening and perennial questions. She’s given the Farmers Market help and has worked with youth groups and their gardening experiences.

Shelly Skindelien can help you with invasive plant issues. She can also assist with tree and shrub problems. Skindelien has helped out at a local State Park in the past.

Judy Lacey likes questions about vegetable gardening, flower gardening, and house plants. She is trying to raise okra this year and it needs more warm weather! Lacey has done many seed trials in the past.

Lacey will be in the Extension Office throughout July & August to assist you in any way she can. A brochure with the Fillmore County Master Gardeners contact information is available at the Extension Office, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston. Phone: 507-765-3896. Don’t forget to visit their table at the County Fair!

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