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ADV - Prairie Greenhouse Workshop @ Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum

Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum, 2346 Science Drive, Collegeville, MN website

2346 Science Drive PO Box 3000
Collegeville, MN 56321

February, the shortest month, is the perfect time to start Minnesota native plants. Come and get your hands dirty and learn how to prepare native seeds for planting. You will be learning and preparing for a project later this growing season.

Instructor and MN Master Naturalist Deb Kvamme was a professional Horticulturist for over 30 years. Deb owned a commercial greenhouse and was the horticulture instructor at Hennepin Technical College. She will join MN Master Naturalist Tiffany-Jo Hedican to guide you through this hands-on workshop. The workshop includes lecture, sorting, cleaning, and organizing seed, setting up a greenhouse schedule, and planting seeds. Learn as you prepare seeds for a new on-campus pollinator garden.

The registration fee includes refreshments, supplies, and manuals.

Instructor bios: Deb Kvamme is a lifelong Horticulture, Greenhouse Production, and Landscape instructor, with over 23 years of experience at Hennepin Technical College. She has harvested native seeds and grown many thousands of native plants. Deb was born and raised in the wild Tallgrass Aspen Parkland and has a deep knowledge of the four of Minnesota’s Biomes.

Tiffany-Jo Hedican is a graduate of Hennepin Technical College in Greenhouse Production and Landscape and then worked as an HTC Horticulture instructor. She owns Mum & Sprouts hydroponic microgreens and works on her 22-acre savanna restoration in North Branch, MN.

Zan Tomko is a MN Master Naturalist and retired art teacher. Previously she was part of an art and nature program with the Illinois Natural History Survey called Communication Nature. She writes a monthly column for the MN Landscape Arboretum and was a student for 10-years at HTC Horticulture Program.

The course cost is $30 and includes course manuals and supplies.

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Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M on:

Instructor Information

zan tomko

Always balancing between art and horticulture, Zan taught computer graphic design at Illinois Central College, Peoria High School and American Indian OIC. Previously, she was a program manager in horticulture and conservation for Fon du lac Park district in East Peoria, IL, where she promoted U of I Master Gardener & Junior Master Gardener programs. Before that she was a staff photographer & editor at State Farm Insurance, Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Audubon Magazine.

She has a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Fine Arts Photography from Illinois State. She has MN teaching license, Master Gardener’s designation from Purdue and University of IL and is currently a horticulture student at Hennepin Technical College.

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Saint John`s Outdoor University

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