May 10: Happy Soil, Happy Plants

Do you know how much the health of your soil determines the health of your plants? This Seed Talk is about what is healthy soil and how do you improve your garden soil. Also, why healthy soil that is full of microorganisms is the best for improving vegetable yields, flowering plants and can even improve the health of our earth.
This is a Zoom meeting and you need to register on the Ramsey County library website at least 3 hours prior to the start of the Seed Talk.
Seed Talks are discussions with community members led by Horticulturist, lifelong gardener and one of the White Bear Lake Seed Library founders:
Pam Larson Frink

April 15: Bumble Bee Atlas

Bumble bee conservation crew at Xerces Society explains recent declines and ongoing conservation efforts. In this webinar we will discuss bumble bee ecology, how that interacts with ongoing conservation issues, and what we can all do to help.

April 15  2-4 PM CST


May 2, 3, 10: Tree Planting Event at Hand in Hand Montessori

The children of the Hand in Hand Montessori, 211 N. McCarrons Blvd., Roseville, with adult supervision, have done buckthorn abatement in a section of the campus. At this event they will plant 100 native trees. Volunteers to help with planting are welcome. We do not need the volunteers to check in at the office if they meet me outside by the woods by the big green frog (just oustide the NW corner of the building.) Our HR person may have a little letter for each of the volunteers. I don’t think they have to sign anything and we will waive the ‘check in the office’ part because they are not in the building. We will dress for the weather, but can’t be out in lightning.

Dates and times:
May 2, Tuesday PM 1:00 – 3:00
May 3, Wednesday AM 9:00 – 11:40 (break at 9:40)
May 10, Wednesday PM 12:25 – 3:00 (no break)

May 9 will be the back up time slot in case trees arrive late.  1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Feb. 26: Wild Ones Walk – Reservoir Woods

1 to 2:30 p.m.  For the return of our Wild Ones Walks, we will revisit the Reservoir Woods Park in Roseville. We will focus on the newly restored prairie area, as well as the winding trail through a mature pine woods. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the parking lot at 1901 Alta Vista Drive in Roseville; ample street parking is available if the lot is full.  Map

Feb. 10, 11: The Prairie Enthusiasts 2023 Conference

Hosted by our Minnesota Driftless Chapter, the 2023 conference, Reverence for the Land, will celebrate the role you play as a steward of soils, water, plants, animals, and other members of the land community. Walk-in registrations will be accepted, however, advanced registration is highly encouraged.

Heather Holm will be the keynote speaker on the 11th.

This conference will be held in person at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN.  Register.


March 7-9: Best Practices for Pollinators Summit

Learn ecologically sound land stewardship practices that promote pollinators, climate resilience, clean waters and lands. Practical knowledge and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, pollinator conservation and more.

This will be held online, but there is a charge.  For a complete list of speakers, which is quite impressive, and registration info, visit the summit’s page.

Jan. 12 & 13, NDAL Annual Design Symposium

New Directions in the American Landscape will host its 34th annual landscape design symposium. Founded in 1990, the two-day symposium has a long tradition of celebrating native plants and exploring landscape design at the intersections of ecology, culture, and art. The symposium series deliberately pushes the envelope, offering in-depth explorations of overlooked and forward-looking topics not presented elsewhere and providing practical, concrete information in lieu of trendy jargon. Programs reflect the diverse factors that shape landscapes and regularly feature designers, ecologists, horticulturists, historians, artists, and anthropologists, among other disciplines.
CEUs available. There are in-person options in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and a virtual option as well.  There is a registration fee.
Register by Dec. 30 for PA, Jan. 6 for CT, and Jan. 11 for virtual

Jan. 31, Feb. 1 & 2, Pollinator Habitat Webinars

Are you interested in creating pollinator habitat, but you don’t know where to begin? Check out this upcoming webinar series to help guide you in your pollinator plan. University of Minnesota Extension Educators are excited to bring you this webinar series on creating your own pollinator habitat.

This three-part series will cover how to create a pollinator-friendly garden, bee lawn and prairie planting. Join us January 31, February 1 & 2 from 1:30-2:30 pm each afternoon for this free webinar. You must pre-register for this series at to receive the webinar links.