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MASON CITY | Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener, will highlight seminars throughout the three-day North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show. More seminars will cover kitchen and home remodeling, home building tips and home energy solutions.

The show is Feb. 23-25 at the North Iowa Events Center.

The show opens at 3 p.m. Friday and the first day closes at 9 p.m. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the events concludes Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; youth 12 and under are free.

Engebretson is a nationally recognized authority on landscaping and garden design. He speaks frequently at industry events across the United States and Canada and has published five books on gardening and landscaping. He is a six-time winner of the Garden Writers Association Garden Globe Award for excellence in garden writing.

Engebretson is a University of Minnesota Master Gardener and owner of Renegade Gardener Landscaping. He is a past officer and board member of the Minnesota Horticultural Society.

Engebretson will offer three seminars in Mason City.

Crafting Cool and Creative Containers

Garden containers filled with colorful annuals, perennials, and even small trees and shrubs are essential accessories to home landscapes. Engebretson calls containers “the throw pillows of exterior design” and encourages gardeners to think outside the box when it comes to not only the overall materials used in arrangements, but in their placement and use.

This hands-on demonstration focuses on how to use and group containers, how to plant for season-long impact and creative ways to utilize containers throughout landscape.

Design Secrets to a Beautiful Yard & Garden

What makes a garden beautiful? Why is it that some gardens look pleasant, while others take your breath away? Why does the landscaping surrounding one home look perfunctory, while that of another makes the pulse drop and the spirit soar?

This seminar will offer five key secrets and ways to apply them to properties.

Engebretson identified the secrets as field editor and garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. He believes these five design principles are always present in America’s finest private residential gardens.

Really Cool Plants for Iowa Gardens

Sometimes stalwart northern zone 3-5 gardeners can’t help but feel a twinge of remorse for having to pursue their passion in the colder regions of the United States. Take heart — the North is not the forbidden zone! The nursery industry is constantly introducing new, hardy plants that give northern gardeners all we need to create gardens and landscapes as gracious and beautiful as gardens in any part of the country.

This locally-focused presentation will explore new perennials, shrubs and trees that might be new to Iowa gardeners and other plants that shouldn’t be overlooked.


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