MASTER GARDENER Sue Nelson enjoys teaching kids in the junior master gardener’s program. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Master Gardeners are there to help

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Sherburne County Master Gardeners are always available to answer questions pertaining to plants or gardening.
This year they have set up a horticultural hotline, the “hort line,” so residents can get quick answers to their most pressing garden questions.
Anyone with a question for a master gardener should call (763) 765-3080, ask the question and leave a name and call-back number. A Sherburne County Master Gardener will return the call within three business days.
Questions about any aspect of gardening can be asked, including trees and shrubs, insects and pests, invasive species, fertilizing and weed control or soil.
The Sherburne County Master Gardeners also have their own Facebook page and can be found on the statewide Master Gardeners website. There is also a master gardeners blog, which can be found at
Lately, Master Gardener Sue Nelson has been visiting the Big Lake Farmers Market every Wedneday from 3-7 p.m. to answer residents questions. Nelson enjoys teaching kids in the Junior Master Gardener’s program.
The Master Gardeners group is part of the University of Minnesota Extension Office services.


(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)