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.


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