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By Steph Anderson

Hostas galore at one garden in Rochester


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- That rain held off long enough Monday for RCTC students and helpers to tackle a project that will not only benefit them, but you.

Like many Midwestern gardeners and landscapers,


Doug Courneya's RCTC horticulture program students spent the latter part of winter itching to get dirty.

Courneya says, "Each year, as part of a landscape install course, which a lot of this work was done by my landscape install class, we do a different component in the garden and we add a different component in the garden."

What was once just a flat slab of land, has been morphed over the years by students into a large garden space.

This year, it was time for a pond and hostas to shine.

Courneya says what makes this two year program at RCTC so great is that it's hands on. All this work was done by the students: from planning to implementing.

Courneya says, "The students that we have they just thrive being out and doing hands-on work."

Courneya says hands-on work is a critical part of education. Graduates then enter the workforce with technical knowledge and first-hand experience.


This was one of the biggest projects to date taken on by the students, so they enlisted some help from the Shades of Green Hosta Society.

As one of the top perennials in America, there are bound to be quite a few varieties of hostas. That's what the Hosta Society decided to strive for in this garden.

Cindy Tomashek says, "The goal here is to educate about ways you can landscape with hostas and to show them the many different cultivars that are available."

Cindy Tomashek says hostas grow so well in Minnesota, and are so tolerant that there's a place for them in every garden. Even for the gardener who's a little plant-shy.

Tomashek says, "It's a plant that everybody can have success with. Not that you can't kill a hosta, I've killed more than a few."

But that's part of the learning experience. And where there's learning to be done, there's digging to be done.

Courneya says, "It's fun to be out digging in the soil after you've been cooped up all year."

There is still some mulching to do later this week, but this garden, like the others there, is done and open to the public.

You can also see it during the Pond and Garden tour, which is in July.

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