Tonkadale is my Groundhog

I pay no attention to Punxsutawney Phil.  My indicator that Spring is at hand comes from Tonkadale Nursery.  When I get the Spring events email, I start scheduling the seminars on my calendar.  (Tonkadale is located at 3739 Tonkawood Rd in Minnetonka, MN – off Hwy 7).

In this post, I share more about Tonkadale Saturday Seminars, as well as my own rites of Spring.

By the first event, I know that Spring is about 8 weeks away.  This year (2013), the weekend seminar series starts on February 16th.  They always kick off with Fairy Gardening.IMG_1346

Six weeks later, on March 23, they wrap things up with their pansy planting party.  By then, Spring is here.   That means I’m putting together my spring containers with forsythia and dogwood.  Tucking in nests among the winter wheat.  Sweeping up the last needles from winter planters.

Nothing is as exciting to a gardener than the arrival of Spring.  It’s the chance to take another crack at the ol’ garden.  Plus, I’ve got pent up ideas and energy  for my garden.  I’m gonna stay ahead of the weeds this year.  I’m going to skip petunias.  I’ll move the grasses further south.  I will split the hostas when they begin to peak through the mulch.  Yes, it is an exciting time.  I leave you with wishes for joyful Spring gardening and this sign that made the rounds last year.


Still growing...

Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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  1. Jennifer on February 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Cute. Gotta sign up. Totally want to start fairy gardening this yr n no better place to start than at Tonkadale dale with U.!

  2. 6ftmama on February 12, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I know. We are in countdown mode! Sounds like chilly weather around the corner again. This will at least stave us off until April.
    Miss you.

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