Seminars – 2017

TimeTopic / Presenter / Description 
10:00Water Wisely: Trees & Shrubs
Lynda Ellis, University of Minnesota Extension Service-Master Gardener Program-Anoka County
Water is a precious resource and our usage is one of the biggest challenges facing the nation in the coming years. People who care for a yard or garden can help protect water resources by being wise about watering practices, starting in their own backyards. During this talk you will learn about the effects of soil texture on water movement and availability to plants, and recommended watering for trees and shrubs. For more information, click here.
After over 40 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Lynda Ellis retired and began a new life as an Anoka County Master Gardener (ACMG) in 2014. In the ACMG organization, she is a coordinator of the Writer's Guild, Newsletter Editor, and works on the ACMG Website. She wants to be a good steward of our environment and, as a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, presents classes and talks on sustainable gardening, native plants, garden apps, and rain gardens.
Information about the Master Gardener Program: http://www.anokamastergardeners.org/
11:00Attracting Beauties to your Garden - Updated 1/10/17
Linda Anderson, University of Minnesota Extension Service-Master Gardener Program-Anoka County
This session will focus on the value of natural habitats to preserve the beauties of our gardens—the bees, butterflies, and birds. Linda will offer numerous pictures of native plants and discuss plant selection for pollinators.
Linda Anderson has been a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in Anoka County since 2013. She has worked with shoreline restorations and encourages native plant selection to protect our native habitats and the bees, butterflies, and birds they nurture. In addition to her volunteer activities in Minnesota, she is a Wisconsin Lake Leader, serves on the board of the Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association, and is co-chair for the 2017 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference.
12:002017 Color Trends
Abi Zechmeister, Color Program Supervisor, The Sherwin Williams Company
If you’re ready to update your home, you don’t want to miss this session. Abi Zechmeister, Color Program Supervisor with Sherwin Williams, will review 2017 Color & Design trends, highlighting the colors in four uniquely themed collections. She will visually show the colors/collections and discuss how you can incorporate trend colors into your existing furnishings and decor. The session also will include color/sheen suggestions for different areas, things to consider when selecting colors, etc. Bring in your decorating ideas and discuss them with an expert!
Abi Zechmeister has worked with Sherwin Williams Design Team since 2008. She has explored many varied areas of Interior Design including Fabric Show Rooms, Furniture, Lighting Design, and Paint. Color has always been a major driver for her and her design! Color impacts us every single day, and it's an emotional journey that at times can be difficult, but it has been her career goal to help take that stress away and make color fun again!
1:00Keynote: The Reality of Real Estate – 2017
Sarah Pickens, The Kris Lindahl Team - RE/MAX Results
The real estate market is a constantly evolving entity and the journey to buying or selling your home has become more complicated than ever. Join us for insights and advice on how to navigate the current market conditions, maximizing your home value, and utilizing the internet to your advantage. We want to take the time make you an educated consumer whether you are ready to enter the market now or in 5 years. This informative presentation is perfect for everyone – from a first time home buyer to the experienced seller.
Sarah Pickens has been involved in the real estate world since the age of 19. With 15 years of industry experience and 12 years of being a licensed agent she has experienced every possible situation and market condition, making her an invaluable vault of knowledge for her clients and team, and the top producing agent of The Kris Lindahl Team. In 2015 Kris and Sarah started The Kris Lindahl Team – RE/MAX Results, and together they lead the team with the same core values that they built their business on.