Free Classes Teach Community Members Gardening Skills

Learn to grow your own food and maintain a garden with the Chisago County Master Gardeners. 

By Canada Groshens
Staff Writer

Every year the Chisago County Master Gardeners host gardening classes at the Chisago County Community Center. The Master Gardeners are a University of Minnesota extension program that provides training and education for the community. 

One of the tables at the Garden Expo, an event hosted by the Master Gardeners. Photo Credit: Sue Humble

Susan Humble, the Chisago County Master Gardeners Coordinator, shared that the Master Gardeners program started in 1977 and two volunteers attended the event. Now, Chisago County has 38 volunteers who volunteer about 3,000 hours to help the county. Their services include helping at community gardens, teaching classes, and helping to identify plants and insects. They also help educate about and identify plant diseases and help people learn to take care of their own gardens. 

Over the years, the attendance of the classes has been increasing, and the average age of attendees has been dropping. [It] seems younger people are starting to get more interested in where their food comes from,” Humble commented. There are usually about 40-55 attendees at each class and the facility has room for about 65 people, so they are always welcoming more people to come and learn. 

A previous Chisago County Master Gardeners Class. Photo Credit: Sue Humble

The schedule of classes is as follows: 

Apple Pests & Diseases Class- February 18, 2020 6:00pm 

Pruning Your Trees & Shrubs Class- March 10, 2020 6:00pm 

Growing Herbs in Containers Class- March 24, 2020 6:00pm 

The Dirt on Dahlias Class- April 14, 2020 6:00pm 

Garden Photography Class- May 5, 2020 6:00pm 

To register for these classes you can call their office at 651-277-0151 or mail in a registration form found on this brochure.  

UPDATE: Due to the social distancing required to collectively fight the Covid-19 virus, the March classes in this series were cancelled. The April and May classes are still happening as of this time. Updates on any class cancellations can be found on the groups Facebook page. 

A previous Chisago County Master Gardeners Class. Photo Credit: Sue Humble