Awards, Resources, Events & Tips

Garden Awards

Nominations and Winners

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Each year the club recognizes local gardeners for their efforts to beautify the community.

Nominations can be submitted by the public or by club members.

The club Garden Awards committee selects those gardens to be recognized.

Submit your Garden Award Nominations

The following is a listing of past club award winners and the year in which they received the award.

2018 Winners

Help us locate local gardens to explore as we build our candidate list for 2018.

Garden #1 (Nancy K.)
Nancy and Paul Kerestes, Loften Ave, Hastings, began creating their woodland gardens over 20 years ago. Large pots of red begonias greet visitors at the front door. A flagstone path leads you through the front shade garden filled with hostas, perennial plants and a variety of shrubs that add color and interest throughout the year. Along the side garden, a large swath of red bee balm in full bloom attracted pollinators. Annabelle Hydrangeas grace the back deck area while the woods provide a backdrop to a shade garden of Hostas, Astilbes and Ligularia. Whether you are relaxing in an adirondack chair around the fire pit or enjoying a cup of coffee on the back deck, each garden has a sitting area inviting you to stay a while and enjoy nature.
Garden #2 (Maria J.)
When Marie and Jamie Jensen, Granada Ave S, Cottage Grove, purchasedtheir home three years ago, there was nothing for landscaping. Doing the work themselves, they transformed the yard with an inspirational design of rock edged gardens planted with Hostas, perennials and annuals to add colorful variety and interest. Hydrangea and Spirea shrubs border the home with large pots of annuals at the front door. A side garden of red bee balm attracts pollinators. The fenced backyard includes raised bed vegetable gardens as well as a brick patio with seating around a fire pit for gatherings.
 
 
 2018 Garden Award recipient
Garden #3 (Jenn L. Wonderland Gardens)
Jenn Lanz has created a “Wonderland Gardens” at 7th Ave, Newport with assistance from husband Steve and son Devon. Her passion is lilies of all kinds especially Day lilies and Martagon lilies as evidenced throughout all the gardens. Jenn specializes in hybridizing lilies and perennials. Walkways through the gardens are paved with colored concrete stepping stones made by Steve. Numerous sitting areas are situated throughout areas of the gardens inviting you to sit and enjoy hundreds of lilies, Hostas, perennials and unusual cultivars. A blue tinted waterfall and stream flow down the back berm past a patio and fire pit.
 
 
 2018 Garden Award recipient

Past Garden Award Winners

View photos here:  Garden Award photos

2017

MaryAnn & Bob Nelson – Janero Ave, CG

Liz & Erik Svedin – Jeffrey Ave, CG

Rachel & Gary Weldon – 79th Ave So, CG

Culvers, Cottage Grove

2016

Janelle & Risk Benson – 80th St., CG

Susan & Wayne Gale – 74th St., CG

Jonelle & Frank Johnson – Iden, CG

Edie Seefeldt – Portland, SPP

2015

Kris Hilgert – Highland Hills Blvd, CG

Jean Smith – 79th St, CG

Bets Thorkelson – Lehigh Ave, Hastings

Karen & Leonard  Wodarcyzk – Hames Rd, CD

2014

Sabrina & Pieter Bierman – 113th St, CG

Chin Dahlen – 89th St. Cir., CG

Kathy & Glenn Swits – Jeffery Ave, CG

St. Lukes Church

2013

Jean & Peter Aimonetti – Hidden Valley Ridge, CG

Kathy & Tom Kiemen – Inskip Ave, CG

Linda Strachota & Dick Voita – Inskip Trail, CG

St. Paul Park Community Garden

2012

Sherri & Jim Ross – 66th St, CG

Mary Lou & William Braeker – Greystone, CG

Sandy Dahlstrom – Heath, CG

2011

All Saints Lutheran Church

Cindy & Dana Isaacs – 2nd St, SPP

Sylvia Stong – 78th St. Ct., CG

Mary & John Hogoboom – Hillside Trail, CG

2010

Corienne & Jim Krueger – Ivystone, CG

Doris & Doug  Ortin – River Acres Rd., CG

Carol & Kenny Stanton – 72nd, Old CG

Zion Lutheran Church – Hillside Trail, CG

Events and resources for gardeners

Pineridge Garden Club – Speaker series


January 2019

Shepherd Farm Nature Center
Don Oberdorfer, Dodge Nature Center Farm Manager, spoke to the Pineridge Garden Club on January 16, 2019 about development plans for the Shepherd Farm Nature Center. Located at the corner of 70th St and Jamaica Ave, this beautiful farm is situated on 140 acres of mature forest that was once the vacation home of the Shepherd Family. It was donated to Dodge Nature Center in 2013 to be used for educational purposes. With a conservation easement and historical designation for the look of the buildings, this Cottage Grove “Gem” is protected from residential development.  Improvements to Shepherd Farm have focused on updating the infrastructure such as water, sewer and electrical. A few programs are currently offered such as community gardens for rent and an adult beekeeping class using the equipment at the Farm. More programs are in the planning with livestock at the Farm, goats, chickens, a native species garden for pollinators and over two miles of walking trails through the woods. A web site is soon to be launched.
Dodge Nature Center is a not profit privately owned self supporting organization that depends on donations and community volunteers. Garden Club members were assured that there would be lots of opportunities to volunteer.
Don emphasized Shepherd Farm is currently not open to the public – only to people enrolled in programs at the Farm. It may open this summer or next year depending on how improvement projects progress. But hey – they’re getting there!

October 2018

Rick Rodich was the featured speaker at the October 17 meeting of the Pineridge Garden Club. Rick, a horticulturist/botanist, is a member of the North American Rock Garden Society at both the state and national levels. Members were enlightened about the appropriate rocks, plants and soil that are chief landscape elements for a rock garden. More information about the Rock Garden Society can be found at www.NARGS.org.

September 2018

Blue Chip Tree Service owner – Rodney Mead

Rod speaking at Pineridge Garden Club

Rod has owned of Blue Chip Tree Service since 1990 and he spoke to members about tree maintenance and how to keep trees healthy. Rod was one of the early certified arborists in MN.


Speaker  –  August 2018

Washington County Master Gardener – Marge Sagstetter

Topic:  How to Raise Monarchs Responsibly

Speaking on Monarchs
Marge didn’t always like Monarch Butterflies and caterpillars. In fact, as a child she had a fear of butterflies and other insects. About five years ago, a friend asked Marge to “babysit” her monarch caterpillars – she thought why not! Why not overcome this fear? Let’s do this! And Marge has been raising monarch butterflies ever since. She shared lots of information with the club members including a few links:
Everything you need to know about monarch butterflies and how you can help bring back the monarch butterflies:  www.monarchwatch.org
For information on the migration of the monarch butterfly, go to Journey North www.learner.org/jnorth/tracking migrations and seasons
To view a video of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, search for Growing Up Butterfly | National Geographic – YouTube

What to do in the Garden Now

Links:

MN Horticulture Society

MN Horticulture Society – Northern Gardener


Dakota County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners of Dakota County, MN


University of MN Extension Service

Univ. MN Extension Service – Garden

Univ. MN Extension – Plants A-Z

Gardening Information

Gardening Know How site

Better Homes and Gardens

Plant Dictionary