Out-of-the-Ordinary Yards
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:15 AM

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Part of a "bee lawn"

May 21: Out-of-the-Ordinary Yards
Looking to do something different in your yard? Our expert panelists share cutting-edge ideas, practical advice, and answer your questions about making your yard more useful and attractive for you, your neighbors, and wildlife. Our topics:

  • Creating a “bee lawn”: James Wolfin, University of Minnesota Turf Management
  • Doing more with native plants: Tina Dombrowski, Como Park Conservatory
  • Edible landscapes: Jennifer Porwit, Ramsey County Master Gardener
  • Fruit and ornamental trees: Joe Baltrukonis, Ramsey County Master Gardener
  • Pollinator-friendly habitat: Judi Petkau, Big River Big Woods Wild Ones

The free presentation is 1-2:30 p.m. at Orchard Park Recreation Center, 845 W. Orchard. Click on the PDF in the right-hand column to download a flier to share.

BONUS: The Como Community Seed Library holds its May Share Seed and Plant Exchange as soon as we're finished -- from 2:30-4 p.m., also at Orchard Park. Swap your extra plants, seedlings, and seeds for something new. Share stories and adventures with other gardeners. Soak in demonstrations that will build your toolbox of skills and your seed-saving resources. If you want to volunteer, click here.

June 11: Working Together to Improve Como Lake

Runoff from local streets and landscapes carries leaves, grass clippings, soil, salt, and pet waste to Como Lake. Find out what the latest research tells us about the lake’s water quality and overall health, the challenges a shallow lake like Como faces – and how we, as residents, can become part of the solution. It’s all part of the discussion as the Capitol Region Watershed District unveils the latest findings on Como Lake's ecology.
Details: The free presentation is 1-2:30 p.m. at the Como Lakeside Pavilion, 3rd Floor, 1360 Lexington Parkway North. It is co-sponsored by Capitol Region Watershed District, Como Active Citizens Network, Como Dockside and, of course, Como Community Council District 10. Click on the PDF in the right-hand column to download a flier to share.

Previous presentations in District 10's 2017 Sunday Series:

  • Feb. 12: Jerry Hammer -- general manager of the Minnesota State Fair and a longtime District 10 resident -- looks back at the founding and early years of the Minnesota State Fair. His presentation includes rare glimpses into the evolution of the Fairgrounds -- including a history of original buildings and attractions that no longer exist.
  • March 19: Celebrate one of our neighborhood’s great success stories – how a bunch of citizens volunteered for buckthorn busting in a neglected urban woodland and ended up creating a special place to play, learn, and escape outdoors. It’s the story of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom. Learn about the past, present, and future of the Woodland; how many birds find a home there; what those posts are all about; and how you can team up to continue restoring and maintaining a vibrant Woodland. The presentation includes a sneak peak at a new user’s guide to the Woodland.
  • April 2: Sarah Weaver from the University of Minnesota's Monarch Lab talks about the precarious state of everyone's favorite butterfly. Her discussion includes an overview of the monarch's biology and life cycle, why the population of monarchs is crashing, and what individuals can do to turn this around. 1-2:30 p.m., Great River School, 1326 Energy Park Drive. (Download a flier to share at right)

District 10 Como Community Council | 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | 651.644.3889 | district10 [at] district10comopark.org

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