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Alaska Botanical Garden Hosts Special Event

Annual meeting Feature guest Sally Cunningham, author of Great Garden Companions, will be addressing beneficial insects and other creatures that can help your garden thrive in her presentation “Invite Nature to Your Yard & Garden”. Held at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art on Friday, March 31, from 7- 9 p.m. the presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

Spring Garden Conference Saturday, March 31, brings a full day of gardening seminars with a choice of 16 sessions to choose from. The fee for this event is $25 for ABG members or Master Gardeners ($30 for non-members) and includes a complimentary lunch for those registered by March 23. Full registration materials will be available in the March ABG newsletter and on the ABG website. The ABG Spring Garden Conference will be held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, 3rd floor from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Below is the list of classes.

10:30am Session

  • Great Garden Companions for Vegetables & Perennials,

Sally Cunningham (repeated at 1:00pm)

  • Terrestrial Orchids, Sally Karabelnikoff, Alaska

Orchid Society

  • Two Perspectives on Rock Garden Design, Verna Pratt &

Carmel Tysver, Alaska Rock Garden Society

  • Fruit Trees, Dan Elliot & Kevin Irvin, Alaska Pioneer

Fruit Growers

12:00 to 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Session

  • Great Garden Companions for Vegetables & Perennials,

Sally Cunningham (repeat of 10:30am presentation)

  • Flower & Garden Photography, Anne Nevaldine, Alaska

Master Gardeners Association

  • Let’s Prepare a PowerPoint Show from our Digital

Photos, Dana Klinkhart, Master Gardener & Perennial Learner

  • Hardy Bulbs, Charlie Kempton, Anchorage Garden Club

2:30pm Session

  • Teaming with Microbes: Learn How & Why to Garden

Organically, Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Botanical Garden

  • Growing & Enjoying Herbs, Julie Riley, UAF

Cooperative Extension Service, & Herb Study Group

  • Garden Literature Index for Beginners, Judy

Alaska Botanical Garden

  • Pruning Young Trees: Learn the Techniques of

Structural Pruning, Steve Nickel, Alaska Community


Forestry Program

The Great

4:00pm Session

  • Falling for Autumn, Les Brake, Willow Garden Club

  • Centennial Rose Garden: Where Alaska’s History & Roses

Grow Together, Debbie Hinchey, Alaska Rose Society

  • Garden Literature Index for Scholars, Judy Green,

Alaska Botanical Garden

  • Winter Hardy Trees for Bonsai, Paul Marmora, Cook Inlet

Bonsai Study Group

Potato Fact or Fiction

In honor of National Potato Lover’s Month and to remember those Master Gardeners who last February sampled over 20 different potato varieties (without butter) we bring you the following True or False trivia game.

1. Because of their vitamin C content, miners during the Alaskan Klondike gold rush traded gold for potatoes. T/F 2. Potatoes occur naturally on every continent. T/F 3. The largest potato on record was longer than a Volkswagen bus, but weighed more than 3 Volkswagens. T/F 4. Marie Antoinette, wife of French King Louis XV, was known to wear potato blossoms in her hair. T/F 5. Introduced in 1952, Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television. T/F 6. Idaho’s nickname is “The Potato State”. T/F 7. Horticulture Specialist Jeff Smeenk is testing 200 potato varieties at the UAF Ag & Forestry Experiment Station in Palmer. T/F 8. Late blight was not found on potatoes in the Mat-Su Valley in 2006. T/F 9. Peruvian villagers called potatoes huatáta, meaning “ground apples”. T/F 10. Clark, South Dakota, is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling Contest. T/F (Answers on page 7)

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