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Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Awards Grant to Upgrade Laboratory at the U of M, Crookston
February 7, 2008

Contact: Rob Golembiewski, assistant professor, 218-281-8116, (golembie@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (February 7, 2008) – The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) awarded a $3,500 grant to benefit the horticulture and golf and turf management programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The grant, awarded during the Minnesota Green Expo held in mid-January in Minneapolis, Minn., will be used to upgrade the horticulture greenhouse teaching laboratory, through the purchase of cordless microscopes for hands-on laboratories in both programs. 

The U of M, Crookston’s on-going commitment to experiential learning differentiates the campus from its competitors by adding quality to the curriculum and value to the undergraduate experience. “The MNLA has had a long history of providing grants for teaching, research and extension activities,” explains Assistant Professor Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D. “They have always been strong supporters of the Crookston campus programs.”

The MNLA also agreed to provide in-kind plant donations for the Golf Garden project on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The Golf Garden will be a unique 3-acre natural grass 18-hole putting course with horticultural demonstration gardens that will provide students and the public with hands-on educational and recreational opportunities. The facility will be used by faculty and staff to host classes, seminars, workshops and tours throughout the growing season. 

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the region's largest green industry trade association with more than 1,500 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.
 
For more information, contact Golembiewski at 218- 281-8116 (golembie@umn.edu).

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