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Upcoming Events for Minnesota

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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



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, email, 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, call 763-244-6659, or email

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

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

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.



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

Visit the Sunken Garden for a beautiful array of warm season blooming plants. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, suggested donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.

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

View 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.

Sept. 6-Nov. 15, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

We are pleased to offer this class right on the banks of the Mississippi River! Come learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of Minnesota’s forests and waterways. You will gain valuable skills for exploring the natural world, and we will spend significant portions of each class outside practicing and honing those skills. This class will include 11 evening classes and 2 daylong field trips (on Saturdays) that are required for graduation. Thursdays, 4:30-7 p.m. Cost: $275. For more information, visit or call 320-589-1711.

September 8, Minneapolis
Minnesota Orchid Society Plant Sale and Repotting Event

Start or expand your orchid collection choosing from hundreds of orchids of many different types and sizes offered for sale by more than 20 different growers. Prices will be low! A repotting service is offered for a small fee. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit

September 8, Chaska
Create Your Own Fall Container
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Heidi Heiland to learn the latest trends for fall planting and tips and tricks of container gardening and pot up your own container with a creative selection of cool-season plants. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member for one container; $110 member/$140 non-member for two containers.

September 15, Chaska
Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about kokedama, a Japanese variant of bonsai, and then learn step-by-step how to create your own kokedama to take home. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $15 per kokedama.

September 17-October 25, Northfield
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers
Carleton Arboretum

Learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of the Big Woods/Big Rivers biome at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. You will explore this 800-acre site including the Cannon River and natural and restored forests and grasslands. You will practice skills in exploring and interpreting the natural world. We will have some excellent guest speakers who will deepen your interest and knowledge. The class will meet at the Carleton College Arboretum Office in Northfield 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The Saturday field trips will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on 9/29 and 10/13. Students must also complete a group capstone service project of at least eight hours before the final day of class. The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies. For more information, visit or call 320-589-1711.

September 19, Morris
Come Grow with Us: Summer Bulbs
West Central Research and Outreach Garden

Join Bernie Angus, Stevens County Master Gardener, and explore the world of summer bulbs. 5:15-6 p.m. No cost. For more information, visit or call 320-208-6575.

September 20, Chaska
The Vineyard at Harvest Time
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join John and Jenny Thull to learn more about Minnesota wine grapes at the Horticultural Research Center. Venture into the vineyards to discuss their fascinating work and share samples of freshly harvested wine grapes. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $49 member/$64 non-member.

September 22, Chaska
Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning & Storing Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn from Jim Calkins what seeds are worth collecting and the proper techniques to collect quality seed and ensure you have healthy, viable. 9-11 a.m. Cost: $41 member/$56 non-member.

September 22, Chaska
Planting for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visit the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and take a class from master gardeners to discover what types of flowers, plants, and habitat bring pollinators to the garden. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: free with arboretum admission. Registration required.



October 6-November 25, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden, which will be in full bloom with a variety of chrysanthemums. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: donation of $3/adults, $2/children.

Oct.6, 13, & 27 & Nov. 10, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In this four-session workshop led by Jim Calkins, learn the theory and principle of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $139 member/$155 non-member.

October 11, Proctor
Northeast Regional Educational Gathering for Master Gardeners
Black Woods Event Center

Connect with other master gardeners in the region and receive specialized training, including the new community-engagement toolkit – Vegetables for Everyone. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $15. For more information, contact Jackie Froemming at or Dianne Dorland at or call 218-343-4399.

October 11, Chaska
It’s For the Birds: Inviting Migratory Birds into our Landscapes
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Doug Tallamy, renowned author, speaker, and researcher, to learn what migratory birds need from the land for food, shelter, and breeding. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 member/$25 non-member.

October 11, Chaska
Growing Garlic: From Field to Fork
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basics of garlic culinary uses and taxonomy, soil preparation, choosing healthy seed stock, popping cloves, planting, and more from instructor Frank Meuschke, arboretum staff/photographer. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $79 member/$95 non-member.

October 13, Chaska
Why Did My Bees Die?
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join other beekeepers and Jessica Helgen, University of Minnesota Bee Squad, to find out why you might have lost a hive, how to prevent it in the future, and what to do with leftover honey and bee equipment after colony loss. 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$50 non-member.

October 13, Location TBD
Minnesota Hosta Society Fall
General Meeting

All your hosta questions answered by Josh Spech, associate editor of the American Hosta Journal. 2 p.m. No charge, open to the public. For more information, visit

October 17, Morris
Come Grow with Us: Maintaining Your Evergreens
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Join Sharon Quale to learn how to maintain your evergreens in the fall. 5:30-6:30 p.m. No cost. For more information, visit or call 320-208-6575.


October 20, Chaska
Celebrating the Squash Harvest
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about more than 200 varieties of squash with Jenny and John Thull and leave with cultivar information, recipes, and a motivation to buy and cook squash. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $49 member/$64 non-member. m


Contacts for venues with multiple events

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (Marjorie McNeely Conservatory)
Phone: 651-487-8200

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Phone: 952-443-1400 or 612-301-1210

Minnesota Master Naturalist, University of Minnesota Extension
Phone: 320-589-1711 or 888-241-4532

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Anoka County
Email: or
Phone: 763-324-3498 or 763-324-3495

University of Minnesota Master Gardeners – Carver-Scott County
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.