The NDSU plant sciences department is set to host a yard and garden open house to share information with the public regarding flowers, edibles, trees and lawns. The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The field day will showcase walking tours of the All-America Selections bedding plant display garden and the NDSU Historic Daylily Garden. The NDSU Daylily Garden is an official display garden of the American Hemerocallis Society and features more than 1,500 daylily cultivars. It is the largest public daylily collection in the nation.
New this year, “Don the Bugman” will entertain children and adults with his collection of insects. Other children’s activities will include building bee houses and a chemistry demonstration.
The open house will include African Express, a food truck that will be selling fried plantains, African rice, suya-spiced beef, donuts and hibiscus lemonade.
“This will be a very family-friendly event,” said Esther McGinnis, Extension Service horticulturist and assistant professor. “While children are learning about insects and pollinators, parents can stroll through the garden and see which plants perform well in North Dakota.”
The open house will feature a campus tree walk and a guided trailer tour of NDSU research plots highlighting research on raspberries, grapes, turfgrass and vegetables.
NDSU personnel also will teach sessions under the big tent on lawn weeds, growing cut flowers and diagnosing spruce problems.
The gardens are part of the NDSU Horticulture Research and Demonstration Gardens located at the corner of 12th Avenue North and 18th Street in Fargo. Free parking will be available.
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