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Pollinators, pruning among topics at Goshen County spring garden conference

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Chris Hilgert

The Goshen County Master Gardeners will host the Spring Garden Conference this Saturday, March 30, at the Goshen County 4-H Building at the Goshen County Fair Grounds, 7078 Fairgrounds Rd.

Presentations are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. starting with Jane Dorn, author and renowned native plant expert. She will present “How to attract our native pollinators.”

University of Wyoming Extension entomology specialist Scott Schell will discuss “Who are our native pollinators?”

Caleb Carter, UW Extension agriculture and horticulture educator, will discuss “Pollinators and pesticides.”

“I think the real takeaway is a better understanding of who our pollinators are and how we can help them and promote them in our landscapes,” Carter said. “Pollinators have been in the news a lot lately, and there are also a lot of misconceptions about them.”

During the catered lunch, a local grower panel will discuss growing giant pumpkins, and free seeds will be available to all who attend.

After lunch, Chris Hilgert, UW Extension state Master Gardener coordinator, will provide a pruning workshop for conference attendees. Hilgert will discuss and demonstrate pruning techniques for fruit trees and other woody plants.

Cost is $25 and includes the conference, lunch and the pruning workshop. Space is limited to 20 participants in the pruning workshop.  To register, visit

For more information, contact Carter at 307-532-2436 or at

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