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Prairie Yard and Garden TV show has Alexandria host; will feature Geneva Golf Club

The 25th season of Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television.

Larry Zilliox, former University of Minnesota Extension educator from Alexandria, Minnesota, hosts the popular program--one of Minnesota's top resources for gardening information.

On March 29, PY&G explores UMore Park, a University of Minnesota Display and Trial garden located in Rosemount. The park is fast becoming a destination for gardening enthusiasts and researchers. Barbara Stendahl, Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardener emeritus, gives a tour of the different aspects of the park and its current programs.

On April 5, PY&G discusses growing turf grass with owner of the Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria, Gary Thompson. He will explain the process used to create a golf course among the fields, wetlands and pastures in west central Minnesota and how his staff maintains its turf grass for an entire golf season.

Each season, PY&G travels the state to confer with researchers, gardening and nursery professionals, educators, and ordinary backyard gardeners about their expertise in horticulture, landscaping, and a variety of gardening topics in a sometimes difficult and frustrating growing region. The series is produced on campus by Roger Boleman, director of Instructional and Media Technologies with Michael Cihak, assistant director of marketing communication and design, who is the production coordinator, editor, and videographer.

The longevity and success of the program characterizes a unique alliance between the University of Minnesota, Morris and Pioneer Public Television, KWCM Appleton. Pioneer Public Television, a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate, serves more than 375,000 households across Minnesota, SouthDakota, and Iowa.