Has the summer been a bear working in your home landscape or has the time come for a new or renovated landscape moved higher on your wish list? With the homeowner in mind, the Finney County Master Gardeners and the Extension Service will be hosting a tremendous conference this Saturday that should address most of your needs.

The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, located on the north side of Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 E. Finnup Drive. Cheryl Boyer, Kansas State Research & Extension nursery crops production specialist, will give an overview of the landscaping principles and useful information that you can take home and apply to your own property. Cheryl is a dynamic speaker and has worked with industry and individuals on landscape design. She has lots of fresh ideas that will assist you in developing your creative skills and desires.

Our next speaker to finish out the morning program will be from Waters Edge Water Gardens and Landscapes, Lawrence. Deb Spencer has been co-owner and has 20 years of experience in the water garden industry. She'll share her knowledge of extending the home setting and creating spaces of relaxation by incorporation of water features in your landscape. Water features add that missing element that many may dream of, but she'll provide how-to information that will move your visions into reality.

Following a lunch break, participants will get an in-depth session on caring for trees, including what trees to plant using the Garden City Recommended Tree List, overview of the city Tree Rebate program and then a demonstration on "Proper Tree Planting," including the latest university recommendations on how to properly plant and grow trees in southwest Kansas.

One-on-one small group discussions will finish the afternoon and give participants interaction with the speakers on your plans, wants, desires and questions. Also, myself and other trained Master Gardeners will be available to answer your pest or plant problems. Bring in a sample or your list of questions and we'll provide the answers, or at least provide choices for your consideration.

We're asking for a $10 registration fee by contacting the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St., 272-3670. This fee will help defray the travel costs for this lineup of experienced and knowledgeable presenters.

Beef program available

The Kansas State University Wildcat Steer Futurity is an educational program that allows beef cattle producers to learn about the cattle feeding industry, and provides producers with an information feedback system regarding the performance and carcass composition of their cattle.

A minimum entry of five steers per producer is required. Only cattle weighing 450 to 850 pounds at feedlot entry will be accepted. Cattle will be received mid-November. Receiving date will be determined after nominations have been received.

Nomination forms are due by Oct. 1. For a complete list of program guidelines, along with a nomination form, contact Justin Waggoner at 275-9164, jwaggon@ksu.edu or Karl Harborth at (620) 431-1530, harborth@ksu.edu or the Finney County Extension Office.