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Welcome to the Longfellow Garden Club!
  • To learn more about our club, click here.
  • See our  2015 schedule below. Scroll down to see the current date.


August 12  |  Dining in the Garden (Potluck) 6:30 pm

Bring your dish to share, plate, utensils, and appetite.
  The location will be posted on the doors at Epworth 3207 37th Ave. S. Mpls. MN  at 5 pm, it is a very short walk to the garden. 



September 9  | Soil: The dirt on dirt and what it means to your garden.
 Soil scientist, Dr. Karen Ballen, will share her knowledge of soils, how to keep them healthy and how to work with them for a productive garden and healthy lawn.

7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis 



October 14 |Gardening with Neighbors:
Adjoining gardens,  alley gardens, shared fences, tree regulations and security gardening.  
7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis


November 11  |  Sharing stories about our gardens: 

7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis






January 14  |  Tiny Diner Farm  |  Koby Jeschkert-Hagen, Manager

7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis

Learn about an urban farm in the Longfellow area.  The Tiny Diner Farm supplies the neighborhood and Tiny Diner restaurant with local, chemical-free, produce while increasing soil fertility, natural habitat for our pollinators and urban wildlife, and offering re-skilling workshops.

Links: Farm Blog | Tiny Diner Restaurant


February 11  |  Planning Your Garden  |  Panel Discussion

7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis

A panel of local garden experts will provide advice on choosing annuals to support pollinators; designing a cutting garden and adding plants to your garden for impact and interest.

Links to resources mentioned in the discussion:

Posters with photographs of native plants and pollinators (from the Wild Ones site)

Checklist of Common Invasive Plant Species
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

U of M Bee Lab Pollinator Plant Guide by Elaine Evans

Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm


March 11  |  Roses  |  Dr. David Zlesak 

7 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis

Roses: Have you hesitated to bring a rose or two into your garden life, or had difficulties caring for roses?  Learn about no fuss roses.

Our March speaker, Dr. David Zlezak is an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has been breeding roses since 1984, and has introduced the Oso Happy™ series of roses through Proven Winners and has a hardy apricot-colored climber coming out through Bailey Nurseries.  He coordinates the northern Earth-Kind Rose Trials and continues work with colleagues at the University of Minnesota in researching new rose viruses and resistance to black spot disease.

In his presentation, Dr. Zlezak will introduce us to the improved rose varieties and features that have come about in very recent years. He will describe the Earth-Kind field trials that prove a rose’s hardiness, pest tolerance, and outstanding bloom, all while being grown without commercial fertilizers, little to no pesticides and fungicides, and minimal pruning and other maintenance. Roses in this trial are commercially available, some have been for many years. He will also bring us up-to-date about the current state of virus and disease resistance in roses.

Roses could be in your garden picture after all! 

Master Gardeners: this talk fulfills education hours criteria, is easy to get to and is a great way to start the garden season.

http://www.rosegardeningworld.com/2012/02/dr-david-zlesak-another-disease.html

Our speaker provided these handouts and has generously shared them with our garden club.

Growing Roses

The Cutting Edge in Hardy Landscape Roses



April 22  |  Wise use of Water  |  Dr. Peggy Knapp And Silent Auction! 

Auction start 6:45, Talk start 7:10 pm - Epworth Methodist Church 3207 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis

Water, Water, Water critical resource for life and essential for a productive garden.
Dr. Knapp will talk about sustainable water practices, Minnesota's greatest resource, Minnesota's impaired waters, and the Master Water Steward program.
http://freshwater.org/master-water-stewards-a-community-approach-to-protecting-water/
April is our silent auction event. This annual fundraiser provides the resources we need to replenish our speaker fund. Please bring garden-related items for the auction and prepare to take a few treasures home.

Auction slips: auction slips and protocol