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Upcoming Events for Minnesota

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through September 30, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Como Park

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful a warm-season blooming plants. Pink will be the main color with hints of white, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

 

Wednesdays through August 30, Andover
Plant Diagnostics Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Take advantage of free plant & insect diagnostic clinics to identify plants and diagnose common insect and disease problems. Offered by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 763-324-3495 or visit anokamastergardeners.org.

 

June



June 25-29, St. Paul
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Take this class to learn about the Big Woods Big Rivers biome and see some behind the scenes places not readily available to others. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



June 26, Jordan
Evenings in the Teaching Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Learn about Edible Landscaping with the Scott County Master Gardeners. 6:30-7:30 p.m. No cost. Information: 952-492-5410 or info@carverscottmastergardeners.org.

 

July



July 10, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Fairy and Gnome Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Enjoy a demonstration by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners on how to create your own miniature garden and make some fun items to add to your own fairy or gnome garden. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free



July 14, Chaska
Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join arboretum staff to learn more about this Japanese variation of bonsai, in which live moss becomes a container for another plant. Follow along step-by-step in creating your own kokedama to take home. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $15 per kokedama; does not include arboretum entrance fee.



July 14, Hennepin County
Learning Garden Tour
Minneapolis and Richfield

Tour nine unique home gardens designed and tended by master gardener volunteers who live in Hennepin County, and a community garden that began as a Victory Garden in 1943. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour. For more information, visit hennepinmastergardeners.org, email hcmg@umn.edu, or call 612-596-2130.



July 15, Plymouth
“Gorgeous Gardens of Plymouth”

Tour Plymouth gardens as a fundraiser for the Plymouth Library. It’s our 4th year of garden tours showing off beautiful local gardens. Tour is self-guided, 11:00-3:00. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of tour;  available at Bachman’s Plymouth, 10050 6th Av. N. Plymouth. Information: pelagriffin@comcast.net



July 15, 17, and 18, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Garden Tours
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit four gardens, including a Japanese-influenced garden; a mature garden with native trees, bulbs, annuals, and herbs; a lakeside garden that has evolved after storm damage; and a prairie-style home surrounded by sprawling gardens with outdoor viewing areas, vibrant color, and a native garden with beehives. Cost: July 15 - $65, includes brunch; July 17 and 18 - $55, includes lunch. For more information, call 612-625-9865 or visit arboretum.umn.edu/auxgardentours.aspx.



July 16-20, Watson
Prairies and Potholes
Lac qui Parle State Park

Take this master naturalist certification course in Minnesota’s tall grass prairie biome. Discover the physical and natural features of the park and the history of the Dakota people for whom this part of the river basin is part of their ancestral homelands. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



July 18, Andover
Maintaining Your Garden Hands-on Workshop
Veteran’s Memorial Garden

Learn about basic garden maintenance, including deadheading or pruning plants, detecting insect and disease disorders and how to manage them, plant propagation, and identifying and removing weeds. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



July 19, Benton County
Garden and Landscape Bus Tour

Tour notable gardens between Benton County and the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris as well as Morning Sky Greenery. Sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardeners.  For more information, visit http://z.umn.edu/MGTour, call 320-255-6169, 800-450-6171, or email adam0062@umn.edu.



July 21, Chaska
Floral Foraging: Creating Arrangements from Local Sources
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join other floral aficionados and Robin Trott, owner and grower at Prairie Garden Farm. Leave with new ideas to enjoy your garden’s blooms, a comprehensive handout, and a summer table arrangement. 1:30-4 p.m. Cost: $89/member; $105/non-member.



July 22, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to grow mushrooms indoors year round. Leave with an inoculated bucket and comprehensive handout. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65/member, $80/non-member.



July 24, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Thai Chi
Scott County Fairgrounds

Experience the garden in a new way with healthy exercise that can be adapted to any fitness level. Presented by the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free.

 

July 25, Andover
Gardening for Bees and Butterflies
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn about the pollination process, why pollinators are important, and the threats they face, as well as how to choose plants to create a pollinator-friendly landscape. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



July 26, Morris
Horticulture Night
University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center

Take advantage of this opportunity to view annual flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees grown under regional conditions. Topics of demonstrations and presentations include The Edible Landscape, Ornamental Grasses, and Designing with Succulents. 5-9 p.m. Cost: free. For more information, call 320-589-1711 visit wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education/horticulture-night.



July 28, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and attend a free class. Master gardener volunteers will present information on the types of flowers, plants, and habitat that will bring pollinators to the garden and help you identify pollinators you may see in your neighborhood. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: arboretum admission only; class is free.



July 28 and 29, Twin Cities Area
Minnesota Water Garden Society Water Garden Tour

Be inspired as you visit urban and suburban gardens. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tours; $5 single site. For more information, visit mwgs.org or email mwgs@comcast.net.

 

August



August 1, Andover
Soil: The Web of Life
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Discover how soil is home to countless animals, microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi living together to form a web of life. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



August 7, Jordan
Evenings in the Garden – Garden Tea Party
Scott County Fairgrounds

Join Carver-Scott Master Gardeners and learn how to use garden herbs in flavorful ways and taste teas and infusions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: free.

 

August 8, Andover
Monarch Butterflies – History & Habitat
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn about monarch butterflies’ migration, diet, and life cycles and what you can do to help their survival. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.



August 8-10, Bird Island
Plant Sale
Renville County Fairgrounds

Stop by the Master Gardener booth at the Renville County Fair for their sale of perennials, herbs, and houseplants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit www3.extension.umn.edu/local/renville, email mnext-renville@umn.edu, or call 320-523-3713 or 800-450-2522.



August 11, Hutchinson
Minnesota Garlic Festival
McLeod County Fairground

Buy fresh, locally grown garlic, enjoy garlic-inspired gourmet foods, and join in all the family-friendly festivities celebrating garlic growing in Minnesota. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $5/adults and children 12+; $1/parking. For more information, visit mngarlicfest.com, call 763-244-6659, or email jerry@sfa-mn.org.



August 11-12, New Ulm
Minnesota Gladiolus Society State Gladiolus Show
New Ulm Civic Center

Hundreds of gladiolus spikes and over 100 arrangements, so be sure to bring your camera. Gladiolus spikes available for purchase. Saturday noon-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: free admission and parking. For more information, call 507-276-6698.

 

August 18-19, Chaska
Annual Iris Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Purchase rarely seen iris rhizomes divided from the arboretum’s collection. Members-only silent auction will feature new introductions. August 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; August 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: free with arboretum admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 19, St. Paul
Japanese Obon Festival
Como Park

Discover bonsai, martial arts, ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food, and other aspects of Japanese culture at this family-friendly event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. The lantern lighting at dusk culminates the celebration. 3-9 p.m. Cost: $5/person; $3/children ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and over; free/children age 2 and under.



August 19, Chaska
Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to grow wine cap mushrooms in your own backyard. Leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home and a comprehensive handout. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65/member, $80/non-member.



August 20-24, Palisade
Camp Big Woods
Big Rivers, Long Lake Conservation Center

Explore the Big Woods, Big River Biome in Aitkin County in this Minnesota Master Naturalist Certification course. Discover the natural history through geology treks, observe wildlife, and take a daylong paddle on the Mississippi River. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



August 22, Andover
Herbs: How to Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Them
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Learn all about herbs – how and where to grow them and how to extend the fresh herb season. Presented by Anoka County Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m. Cost: free, but pre-registration required.

 

August 23-24, Falcon Heights
Iris Society at the State Fair
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Visit the Iris Society of Minnesota’s booth in the horticulture building. Watch demonstrations of dividing iris rhizomes, ask questions, and leave with a free rhizome for your own garden (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free with State Fair admission. For more information, visit irismn.net.



August 25, Chaska
Plant Sale
Chaska Cub Foods Parking Lot

Purchase plants from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’ own perennial gardens, houseplants, garden art, and fresh produce. 9 a.m.-noon.



August 25, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and attend a free class. Master gardener volunteers will present information on the types of flowers, plants, and habitat that will bring pollinators to the garden and help you identify pollinators you may see in your neighborhood. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: arboretum admission only; class is free.



August 25-26, Falcon Heights
State Fair Gladiolus Show
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

View two rooms full of gladiolus spikes and arrangements. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: free with State Fair admission. For more information, call 651-780-1681.

 

September



September 1-2, Middle River
State Gladiolus Show
Honker Flats Gladiolus Festival

View and photograph hundreds of gladiolus spikes and many arrangements. September 1, 1-7 p.m.; September 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost: free. For information on entering spike and arrangement competition, call 218-222-3484.

 

Contacts for venues with multiple events

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (Marjorie McNeely Conservatory)
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Email: comomarketing@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-487-8200

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Website: arboretum.umn.edu/eventsprograms.aspx
Phone: 952-443-1400 or 612-301-1210

Minnesota Master Naturalist, University of Minnesota Extension
Website: minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Email: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org
Phone: 320-589-1711 or 888-241-4532

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Anoka County
Website: anokamastergardeners.org
Email: daven033@umn.edu or lynne.hagen@co.anoka.mn.us
Phone: 763-324-3498 or 763-324-3495

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Carver-Scott County
Website: carverscottmastergardeners.org
Email: info@carverscottmastergardeners.org
Phone: 952-492-5410

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.