Backyard sustainability seminar set for April 17

Homeowners, landlords, and landscaping professionals can gain important information on sustainable methods on April 14 in Elk Point.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will offer this seminar on conservation and sustainable practices as part of the GreenScapes program. The program�s goal is to teach people the basics of backyard sustainability and conservation. The April 14 event takes place from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse, 209 E. Main St., Elk Point.

The seminars cost $15 per person, which includes materials and a meal. An additional person can share materials with a registered participant for an additional $10 fee. Registration is required one week prior to the event. To sign up, send payment and contact information to the Minnehaha County Extension office, attention Chris Zdorovtsov, 220 W. Sixth St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Checks should be made to the �South District Horticulture Fund.�

Three speakers will present information on sustainable landscaping and gardening at each session. Chris Zdorovtsov, Minnehaha County Horticulture Extension Educator, will discuss plant selections and design tips for edible landscaping. Rick Mayko, a community forester with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, will offer a presentation on tree diversity and great trees for South Dakota landscapes. Cynthia Bergman, Yankton County Extension Horticulture Educator, will offer tips on soil health and the use of manure in gardens.

Call Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Zdorovtsov for questions on the GreenScapes seminars at 605-367-7877, or call Extension Horticulture Educator Cynthia Bergman in Yankton at 605-665-3387. Individuals who require special assistance are welcome to attend. Let organizers know of requirements when you call to register.

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