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June 2023 Monthly Meeting Recap

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

RCMG Volunteers shared quick introductions to various plant propagation methods


The June monthly meeting was held in-person at the Extension Office in Maplewood ("The Barn") from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m on Tuesday, June 13. This meeting can be counted as 2 hours of Continuing Education. There is no recording from the event, unfortunately because there was a lot of great information shared! (You cna find recordings of other meetings in the Archives of the Monthly Meeting page.)


Many thanks to the RCMG volunteers involved with the June Meeting:

  • Education Committee: Jane Carlstrom & Simba Blood

  • Project Leaders: Kathy Vail, Jeanne Buck, Laurel Watt, Mary Montagne

  • Journalist: Amanda Swanson

  • Set-up: Shanna Hoffman, Kathy Vail & Daniel Mays

  • Parking Attendant: Katherine Tane & Laura Savin

  • Greeters: Carole Perg & Sara Quinn

  • Presenters: Joe Baltrukonis, Jennifer Porwitt, Darren Lochner, Sandy McDonald, Sue Mason, Simba Blood

  • Presentation Aides: Sue Mason & Diana Rankin

  • TimeKeeper: Kristina Hughes

  • Clean-up: Shanna Hoffman, Kathy Vail & Scott Lore

Project Updates

RCMG Lending Library (Kathy Vail)

Check out the RCMG library! Located at the Barn, inside the former diagnostic clinic, the library has a wide variety of resources available anytime to all gardeners, including copies of the latest book club read. The code for entry is 235 -- remember to lock the door when you leave.

Material Pick-ups

The former diagnostic clinic is is also where you can pick up materials for volunteer events (e.g., farmers markets, local festivals, in-person classes) and youth projects (e.g., Garden Gnomes. Children's Garden in Residence, library events). Contact Darren (volunteer events) and Susan Cathey (youth activities) to coordinate pick-up times,

Barn Gardens Raised Bed Reconstruction (Jeanne Buck)

The Barn Garden team needs help on Saturday, June 10. 16 raised beds had to be moved and now need to be set up and refilled at least halfway - check out Sign Up Genius for shifts.

Compost Sites (Laurel Watt)

Sign up to volunteer at the yard waste sites. Our involvement with these sites is part of the reason that we’re able to maintain the office at the Barn and some have been sparsely populated with MG volunteers. The Frank and Sims site and northern sites (Mounds View, Arden Hills and White Bear Township in particular) need more volunteers. Head to Sign Up Genius to find a shift!

Saint Anthony Park Garden Club Tours (Mary Montagne)

The Saint Anthony Park Garden Club is having its semi-annual garden tour on June 24th. Volunteer shifts are available on Sign Up Genius.

Barn Garden Tour

Thanks to the Barn Garden Committee who provided a chance for fellow gardeners to learn more about all the incredible work happening at the Barn, including seed trials and the rain garden

Propagating Houseplant Demonstrations

Volunteers were able to rotate through 4 out of 5 stations for quick introductions to various plant propagation methods. Below are descriptions and methodology from the gardeners behind all five of these mini-trainings as well as resources about houseplants that are toxic to pets and patented plants.

  • General Succulents (taught by Sue Mason)

  • Christmas Cactus (taught by Sandy McDonald)

  • Angel’s Trumpets Brugmansia (taught by Darren Lochner)

  • Rex Begonias via Leaf Cuttings (taught by Joe Baltrukonis and Jennifer Porwit)

  • Air Layering for Woody Plants (prepared by Sue Ellen Campbell, taught by Simba Blood)

Plant Propagation Workshop Handouts 2023
Download PDF • 282KB

Recap provided by Amanda Swanson

Photo Album by Scott Lore


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