If you are a gardener or are interested in lawns and landscapes, local foods, fruits and vegetables, water quality, invasive species, integrated pest management or trees and flowers, we want to hear from you.

University of Minnesota Extension in Douglas County is conducting a survey concerning horticulture programs, workshops and events, and the ongoing priorities of the horticulture education branch of our local extension office. If you live in Douglas County, I would encourage you to visit z.umn.edu/hortneedsdc and make your voice heard. This 10-minute survey will be open through June 30. The survey is completely anonymous, and upon completion you have the option to enter a drawing for an A.M. Leonard garden tool set.

Once the results of this survey are compiled, master gardeners and horticulture educators will focus on your answers to design programs and content in preferred learning environments to meet the needs and desires of the citizens of Douglas County.

Don't miss this opportunity to express your opinions. Everyone's thoughts matter and I really want to know what you are thinking.

If you would prefer to fill out a paper form rather than an online survey, call 320-762-3890 and request a paper survey. We will mail one out to you. Or visit the extension office at 720 Fillmore St. in Alexandria and fill one out there.

Whether you complete the online survey or a paper form, you are still eligible for the prize drawing.

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As you have heard, emerald ash borer has been verified in Sauk Centre. Join me at the Douglas County Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, to learn the basics about emerald ash borer and its possible impact in our area. This is the first in a series of workshops that will be held throughout the summer.

Learn how to identify host trees, how to recognize the insect and how to identify its signs and symptoms. Join your neighbors in scouting for this bug in our area so that we can be swift in locating and managing infestations. It will take the efforts of our community to track and control this harmful insect and protect our ash trees.

Everyone is welcome, the event is free and open to the public, take-home materials will be available, and refreshments will be served.

Hope to hear from you. Until next time, happy gardening!