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Lowell Peterson and one of his nesting boxes for bluebirds. (Submitted photo)

Buds Garden Club hosts bluebird talk

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life New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

The Buds Garden Club of Somerset is holding its monthly meeting March 10 at the Somerset Town Hall. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend at no charge.

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Lowell Peterson and Paul Wenzel will give a "Cavity Nesting Birds Workshop", with the emphasis on bluebirds. Peterson is the St. Croix County Coordinator for the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. (BRAW). Wenzel is a local blue bird enthusiast.

This workshop will feature a slide presentation and nest box exhibits. Discussion topics will include recommendations and guidelines from the Bluebird Society. Peterson will speak on the desirable habitat to attract bluebirds, how to minimize predation and the value of nest box monitoring. Plans for building nest boxes and other handouts will be available.  Nest boxes will also be available for purchase. Peterson makes many bluebird boxes like the one in the photo. Call Peterson at 715-247-3243 for more information.

The Garden Club is a non-profit organization that meets the second Monday of each month. We have many presentations, workshops and tours during the year. If anyone is interested in joining the club, call President Joan Meisner at 715-247-5281. We are a very friendly group with members from many communities. Dues are reasonable and you can learn a lot about everything to do with gardening. Some of the upcoming meetings include making a dish fairy or gnome garden, learning about bees and the flowers they need to pollinate and canning and freezing produce from gardens. One tour this summer is a plan to see an iris garden. The annual plant sale is in May at the Dairy Queen in Somerset, date to be announced later.  

This is the club’s main fundraiser for the year and local plants from local gardens are sold so they’re adjusted to this weather.  

Submitted by Buds Garden Club secretary Judy Steiner

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