Landscaping may not be top of mind for most of us during the middle of the winter, but the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) has been thinking about it for months already. Along the Byway route there are fourteen interpretive panels at thirteen kiosks locations. These were installed in 2006 and were sponsored by Byway area businesses, organizations and jurisdictions. Each has a landscaping ‘wish list’ developed by PBSBA board member, Rod Nelson.
Last year Rod and fellow board member, Lynn Scharenbroich, viewed and assessed each kiosk site. Preliminary plant and border options for beautifying the area around the base and support posts were discussed and noted.
The next step was to prioritize the thirteen locations and then seek the wisdom of those more skilled in planning landscaping and garden areas.
Jackie Froemming, County Extension Educator and Coordinator was contacted. Froemming coordinates the Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information.
In January, at their regular monthly meeting, Froemming briefly introduced the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association’s landscaping and volunteer gardener needs to the Master Gardeners in attendance. Master Gardeners are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours the first year and 25 hours annually thereafter, although most volunteer many more hours than what is required.
On Monday, March 16 at 1pm at Nisswa American Legion, Rod Nelson and Lynn Scharenbroich will present their kiosk landscaping ideas and wish list to the Crow Wing County Master Gardeners.
Learn more information about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and how you can help support projects like these along the route.