PERHAM, Minn. - There's a little something for everyone at the East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day, from classes for beginners to those who are a little more advanced. If there is something you've been wanting to learn, chances are there's someone there to educate you on it.

Feeling hopeless and hapless in the garden? Vegetable gardening 101 is the session for you.

"The purpose of the event is to provide horticulture education to the whole community," said Kelsey Wulf, 4H and Master Gardener Program Director with the University of Minnesota in New York Mills, Minn. "In addition to the classes there will also be vendors from six different states and Canada at the event."

"We always have a really good turnout and a good group of people, so it's worth it for people to come from that far away," Wulf said.

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The 31st Annual East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day is Saturday, March 17, at the Prairie Wind Elementary School in Perham, Minn.

The event has 15 vendors on hand this year, which is more than last year according to Wulf, and includes local businesses such as Bev's Book Nook, Jean's The Right Plant Place and Dent Monument, as well as businesses from neighboring towns, such as Kelly from Kelly Cottage Garden in Park Rapids, Minn.

Instructors for the classes include Don Kinzler, who has a weekly gardening column in the Forum, and Steve Poppy who works for the University of Minnesota out of Morris, Minn. Another class she said is popular is Jackie Froemming's session on hostas.

"Some of our speakers come back every year, but we also add new sessions. For example this year we added fermentation and sweet potato," Wulf said.

She added that even if a class is the same from last year, the content is new.

Something new this year is the make-and-take sessions instead of a keynote speaker. The cost is $5 to cover the supplies, and each class is limited to 20 people per class. Pre-registration is not required.

Horticulture Day is sponsored by EOT Master Gardeners and Lady Slipper Garden Club. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Cost is $30 for five classes and lunch. There will be a vendor area with books, gardening gear, and plants for sale.

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