F4P: A beautiful 2018 season!

Catching up on a post here: We had a tremendous 2018 season of F4P! Thank you to the Master Gardeners who helped plant, maintain, and collect data: Pat Hein, Evelyn Lindstrom, and Pam Schaefer (Morris); Julie Coopert and Barb Szursek (St. Paul campus), and staffer Lindsey Miller who managed two plants at the HMR Farm (Osceola). Kudos as well to: Master Gardener Steph DeJaeghre who led the 25 4H youth in doing mini versions of F4P in SW MN, and Carrie Miller from the UMN Center for Spirituality and Healing who managed a patio mini F4P. Two F4P minis also were planted at Lake Minnetonka Shores senior living community, and F4P made an appearance at the grand opening of the new Bell Museum. All in all, it was a busy summer season of growing beautiful annual flowers and raising awareness around pollinating insects!

Special thanks to:

  • The Horst Rechelbacher Foundation for funding this study for a second year;
  • Steve Poppe, research scientist and manager of the Horticulture Display Garden in at the UMN West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN;
  • the Office of Sustainability, UMN Operations, for selecting Flowers for Pollinators as a Living Laboratory for the second year.

 

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St. Paul campus site – a Living Laboratory

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Staffer Lindsey Miller, HMR  Field site, Osceola

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Lake Minnetonka Shores, Spring Park

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A few of the planters, Center for Spirituality and Healing patio

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About Julie Weisenhorn

U of MN Extension Horticulturist; Minnesota gardener; photographer; Linnaeus admirer.
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