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UW-River Falls Prepares to Display Garden at Minnesota’s Largest Home Show

By Jaci Tweeten

Nov. 12, 2010--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has the opportunity to showcase their multiple plant and earth science projects at the Midwest Home Show Nov. 19-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A massive garden display of 40 by 20 feet with the theme, “People Need Plants and Plants Need People,” will reveal the products of different areas of study at UWRF. Highlighted by basalt pillars as well as the different rock features made of iron ore and Kasota limestone, the display will give visitors a peek into the interests of a geology major. An area featuring herbs is also included, and encourages participants to smell and touch the plants.

A vegetable cart focusing on Wisconsin and Minnesota produce and their health benefits will also be included in UWRF’s display. The Lydecker Plum, developed by Wisconsin Extension Commercial Fruit Specialist and UWRF Professor Brian Smith will be displayed. A rock bubbler and a see-thru plexus-glass soil profile and well-researched facts about UWRF’s many plant species will be seen around the various parts of the display.

“Some of the largest garden growing businesses have helped us tremendously with this project,” says Terry Ferriss, professor of plant and earth science.

Some of the businesses contributing to UWRF’s display include Linder’s Garden Center, Bachman’s Landscaping, Len Busch Roses Inc., Bailey’s Nurseries, and Rush Creek Growers of Spring Valley, Wis.

“The industry has done an exceptional job with supporting our ideas,” says Ferris. “It is a great learning opportunity to market our program here at UW-River Falls. We would like people to get an understanding that there are careers related to this, and give them an idea that they can get that same career by attending UWRF.”

The Midwest Home Show is produced by Midwest Home Magazine. It is the largest fall home show in the Twin Cities with more than 140,000 square feet of displays, and more than 10,000 attendees annually.

For more information regarding UWRF’s display, contact Ferriss at terry.l.ferriss@uwrf.edu or 715-425-3345.


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