Eric Bergeson, life-long nurseryman and author of the book Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie, will speak in Enderlin at Baxter Park on Thursday, May 30 at 1 p.m.
Bergeson is undertaking a tour of 50 cities in North Dakota to promote prairie gardening, tree planting, and fruit growing.
“Enderlin is the first one the list,” Bergeson said, adding that he will speak in Kindred at 4 p.m. and Wahpeton at the Red Door Art Gallery at 6:30 p.m the same day, before moving on to other towns in the state.
Successful Gardening is the first complete yard and garden guide for the cold climate and alkaline soils of the northern prairie. Since publication in 2017, it has sold over 12,500 copies.
Bergeson was raised in the nursery and greenhouse business. His grandfather, Melvin Bergeson started Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, MN in 1936. Bergeson bought the business from his parents in 1997, before passing it on to his brother Joe in 2014.
The goal of his talk is to present basics that will make growing things in prairie yards a lot easier, Bergeson said.
“We shouldn’t worry about many things that we do worry about, such as the right time to prune,” he said. Instead, getting the soil right before you plant is paramount.
“A lot of the directions given on tags and in the national gardening media are just plain wrong for our area,” he added.
The informal talk is free and open to the public, and questions are welcome.