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'Prairie Yard and Garden' begins new season

The 26th season of Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) continues on Thursday, March 7. Larry Zilliox, former University of Minnesota Extension educator from Alexandria, hosts the 30-minute program. PY&G airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television.

Each season, PY&G travels the state to confer with researchers, gardening and nursery professionals, educators and backyard gardeners about their expertise in horticulture, landscaping and other gardening topics.

Following is a list of scheduled shows:

Thursday, March 7: Zilliox will meet with Lee and Kris Grinager of New London and view their gardens, which include a water feature and memory garden.

Thursday, March 14: Zilliox will visit the University of Minnesota Morris' student-grown Native American Garden.

Thursday, March 21: Pat Sotak, landscape gardener at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will discuss with Zilliox the varieties of mums and dahlias that thrive in Minnesota.

Thursday, March 28: Doug and Robin Trott of Prairie Garden Farm near Starbuck will discuss with Zilliox the process of growing flowers for the cut-flower industry.

Thursday, April 4: Zilliox will talk with Dave Bedford, apple breeder with the University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center, about the history of apple development in Minnesota.

Thursday, April 11: Zilliox will travel to Blomkest and take a garden tour of Bill and Helene Dykstra's rural home and gardens.