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4H Building Planting
University of Minnesota, Olmsted County Master Gardeners
Rain Garden/Pollinator Garden
Rochester Garden & Flower Club
Building 40 Planters
Graham Park-Olmsted County Fair Grounds Plantings Committee
Co-Chairs: Nan Peters & Kathy Vogt
Our Mission: The mission of the Rochester Garden & Flower Club is to promote education in the culture, propagation and care of flowers, vegetables and trees, and to promote interest in gardens, flowers, and beautification of Rochester, MN and the surrounding areas.
The Rochester Garden & Flower Club was organized in March 1929. It is affiliated with the Minnesota State Horticulture Society (MSHS) which is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. Club Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month except May, July, Aug and Dec at the Rochester Community & Technical College, Heintz Center. Program speakers start at 6:30 pm and are open to the public. Visit the club web site
http://www.rgfc.org to learn more about the club.
Each fall, committee sign-ups are announced and I have had the privilege to be one of the co-chairs of the Graham Park-Olmsted County Fair Grounds Plantings along with Kathy Vogt for several years. Our designated garden area includes the three large planters next to the Horticulture Building and the garden by the 3rd Avenue entrance. Our committee plans, purchases, plants and maintains the plantings on a routine basis from May through October. This includes the initial planting along with mulching, fertilizing, watering, deadheading, weeding, providing insect control and plant replacement when necessary.
The Horticulture Building also hosts the Fair Flower Show and Flower Workshop during Fair Week. Therefore, it is imperative that the gardens are at summer's best during this time.
The work we do at Graham Park-Olmsted County Fair Grounds is made possible with funds from our club's annual Plant Sale in May and our Summer Garden Tour in July.