Educating people where they live and work about horticultural best practices.
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public on a variety of horticulture subjects using up-to-date, research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public’s quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.
More than 100 Master Gardeners live in Washington County and volunteer several thousand hours each year to educate others. Activities range from teaching Community Education classes, diagnosing plant problems, and answering questions at “Ask a Master Gardener” events, to helping people in the community with their environmental issues such as water quality, invasive species and noxious weeds.
MGWC is self-supporting through its own fundraising efforts.
Washington County in Bloom Winners 2017
WCinB is an effort by Master Gardeners in Washington County to encourage an interest in gardening by recognizing those who have created beautiful front entry gardens. Formerly called Bayport in Bloom, the Master Gardener program has transitioned from a contest into a recognition event, which will be held year round. “So many homeowners and businesses make a special effort to have their properties be inviting and welcoming throughout the year, and they use gardening to make that happen,” says Vicki Hoffman, current president of Master Gardeners in Washington County. Beautiful front entry gardens are therapeutic to all who see them, create a sense of neighborhood, often spark an interest in further gardening, and increase the value of the property. “Even a nice container or two can create that curb appeal that we all want,” adds Hoffman.
The group looks at whether an entry is well designed, has curb appeal, is ecologically friendly, and well maintained. Any front entry is eligible for recognition: from the local school or church to private homes, businesses, and multiple housing units. MGWC offers a workshop each spring focused on helping people create welcoming front entry gardens. Congratulations to our winners!
Winner 1 ~ 424 Owens Street North, Stillwater
This home exemplifies the impact that thoughtful landscaping can make on a house with a small lot and is a great example of how a property can have a beautiful front garden in all seasons. The plantings create curb appeal and display design concepts of balance, repetition and scale. The owner coordinates window boxes with street plantings and artistically incorporates decorative elements such as pumpkins and boughs.
Winner 2 ~ Brown Residence, 8160 Jamaca Ave. North, Stillwater
The homeowner achieved variety and color in a shady location and incorporated decorative elements to enhance curb appeal. Colorful containers and in-ground plantings point the way to the front entry.
Winner 3 ~ Lake Elmo Inn, 3442 Lake Elmo Avenue North, Lake Elmo
One Master Gardener remarked that the landscape at the Lake Elmo Inn made her smile each day on her way to work. Landscape plantings can be therapeutic as her comment illustrates. The Inn has made a determined effort to turn a concrete streetscape into an attractive front entry. The planting are colorful, imaginative, varied, well maintained, and change with the seasons. Containers mark the partially hidden entrance.