Tour some of the beautiful gardens located in Andover & Ramsey

04_blue_flag_iris_p1050747_edited-1Mark your calendar for the upcoming Andover Pollinator Awareness Project’s  annual garden tour on Saturday July 21, 2018.

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project is excited this year to have the city of Ramsey joining us on the pollinator tour.  With both cities working together we expanding the pollinator corridor.  We are feeling quite proud of the gardens we are presenting this year: fantastic shade garden, beautiful pollinator certified garden, a home with manage prairie with color and diversity, eatable landscape and much more.

Our home owners excited about being on the tour and look forward to your questions.  Please note there will be a Master Gardener at home number 3 and number 7.

Here are links to maps for locating each of the gardens: Andover and Ramsey

 

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2018 Andover Garden Tour

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Mark your calendar for the upcoming Andover Pollinator Awareness Project’s annual garden tour on Saturday July 21, 2018.
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For a the 2018 garden tour map, please select: GardenTour_2018

 

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Upcoming Events

Native Garden Sale,  Saturday June 2,   from 9am-1pm

Opportunity to purchase native plants. Will also have annuals and herbs for sale, and Honey Creek selling their delicious local honey. Master Gardeners and a Certified Naturalist will be on hand to answer questions.

Andover City Hall 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW Andover, MN 55304

Andover Farmers Market from 2-4pm

Stop by with your questions about native pollinators and native plants.   May 22, June 5th, June 19, August 14 and September 4

13655 Round Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304

Andover Family Fun Fest, Saturday July 7 from 1-4

A really fun day for families with lots of games, booths and great food. Will be at the City of Andover booth sharing  information about planting native plants, where to buy them and to be on hand to answer questions.

     Andover City Hall  1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW Andover, MN 55304

Garden Tour, Saturday July 21 from 9am -3pm

We have a fantastic line up of gardens for public viewing this year from City’s of Andover, Ramsey and Anoka: prairie landscaping, eatable landscaping, registered Monarch Way station, shade garden with 100s of hostas, and  landscape designer converting a traditional landscaping to pollinator friendly landscaping.

Rum River Library Exhibit, month of July.

This years exhibit on native pollinators will be presented by the Anoka 4H. Exhibit will be in the main area of the library.

4201 6th Ave, Anoka, MN 55304

Banfill-Locke Center PoP Up Art Saturday, August 18 from 1-3pm  

Fun event combining art and native pollinators. Guest speakers will be Cheryl Seeman, Colleen Werdien and Diana Perron. 

6666 East River Road, Fridley, Minnesota 55432

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Andover Garden Tour

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Mark your calendar for the upcoming Andover Pollinator Awareness Project annual garden tour on Saturday July 21. A garden tour map will soon be available.

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Flowers for Pollinators

Honeybee02Check out this “Yard and Garden” link at the University of Minnesota Extension: Flowers for Pollinators — This site contains many links to information regrading Growing landscapes for bees and other pollinators.

Pollinators help plants grow fruit or seeds that bring us food and other resources. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators fertilize plants and allow them to make fruit or seeds. Bees are one of the most well-known pollinators, but there are a variety of other pollinators including ants, flies, beetles, birds and more!

Pollinator health is critical to our food system and the diversity of life across the world. Each of us can contribute to pollinator-friendly environments. We can plant flowers with pollen and nectar, create habitat and nesting sites, and eliminate the use of pesticides that are dangerous to pollinators.

Steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape:

  • Focus on a “healthy” environment, not a perfect landscape.
  • Choose plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators.
  • Plant a bee lawn. Replace lawn areas that are difficult to mow with shrubs and flowers.
  • Adopt best practices in landscape maintenance to improve plant health and eliminate the need for pesticides.

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Free Pollinator Brochures

Pollinator Brochures from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Bee Lab, Monarch Lab and Master Gardener Program

Plant flowers to help the pollinators in your community: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzMrjm1OqK-cU2R1cXVNMmU4MWo0b1N0WXlHVEJYT3VsVko0/view

 

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Upcoming Events in Andover

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN/LANDSCAPE CONTEST: Enter by July 10th to see if you have the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! For more information about the contest, please select: 17gardenContest

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

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2017 Garden Tour Map

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact either:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at (763) 427-2470 or caseeman50@comcast.net

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at (763) 767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

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Upcoming events by the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

GardenTour_2017(APAP) kicking off third year with some more fun events

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project work group is in its third year and is proud to coordinate and endorse projects that benefit our pollinators. Below is a snapshot of some fun events and activities to occur this year. All the details for these and other events can be found on the city’s website: http://www.andovermn.gov “Your Government” “Natural Resources” “Andover Pollinator Awareness Project”.

ENVIRONMENTAL FUN FAIR: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, May 6th at Springbrook Nature Center: This free, fun event will showcase environmental educators, informational booths, interpretive trail walks, presentations and youth environmental projects. For more information about the fair, please select: Environmental Fair

PLANT SALE: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, June 3rd at Andover City Hall Parking Lot: Vendors will be on hand selling native plants, vegetable plants and herbs.

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN/LANDSCAPE CONTEST: Enter by July 10th to see if you have the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! For more information about the contest, please select: 17gardenContest

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

These events are just a few examples of APAP’s mission to improve our environment to benefit pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and all species of wildlife.

For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact either:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at (763) 427-2470 or caseeman50@comcast.net

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at (763) 767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

For more information about many of the 2017 activities, please select: City of Andover

 

 

 

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Rain Gardens – construction and planting

Are you considering building a rain garden? If so, take a look at projects created by members of the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project. These rain gardens are located in Andover, MN. The presentations not only show the steps for constructing a rain garden, but also provide thoughts and ideas for plants that grow in a rain garden environment.

To view these presentations, please visit: Projects by the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project.

Project #1

Seeman Garden Construction

Seeman Plants

Project #2

Phillips Garden Construction

Phillips Plants

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