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Karen Kaler honors U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Day at conference at Arboretum July 19

Governor Dayton issues proclamation honoring U of M program

Media Note: If possible, media should first contact Catherine Dehdashti to RSVP for the event to ensure free admittance. This is an event for Master Gardeners, not the general public, and there is a registration requirement and a fee for attendees.

Contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, University of Minnesota Extension,, 612-625-0237 (o) or 651-329-2427 (m)
Matt Hodson, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

July 16, 2012

WHO/WHAT: “Inspiration from the Ground Up” Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference.

Karen Kaler, wife of University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, will open the conference and dedicate a tree in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Master Gardener program. Governor Mark Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring July 19, 2012 as University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Day. (To view the proclamation (pdf), visit

WHERE: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska 55318

WHEN: July 19, 2012, 9 a.m. Reporters should arrive by 8:45 to receive a media pass.

Kaler’s opening address will be followed by Extension horticulturist Vince Fritz’s keynote address: “Take Two Brussels Sprouts and Call Me in the Morning” about the health benefits of vegetables that go beyond vitamins and minerals. Fritz’s research shows that some simple decisions gardeners make may bring added health benefits, such as increased cancer prevention, to their families.

Karen Kaler, Master Gardener State Program Director Julie Weisenhorn and volunteer Master Gardeners, will be available for garden-setting photos and interviews immediately after the keynote address.

A session from 10:30 to noon will offer several options, including more vegetable-health information from Fritz, an outdoor class about the University’s apple breeding program, and more. For more information about conference sessions, visit  


The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program that brings university knowledge and expertise in horticultural science to the public. The program is part of a national system. Educated by university faculty, Master Gardeners teach Minnesotans about consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. They also assist with research and engage youth through gardening. Master Gardeners are active in all 50 states through the land-grant universities and colleges. For more information, visit

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