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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@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

Through March 12, St. Paul
Winter Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Display of Cyclamen, Pansies, Viola, Cineraria, Amaryllis, Primula, Azaleas, Camellias, Digitalis, Primula, and Velthemia. Oriental lilies and Papewhite Narcissus provide fragrance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children. Information: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8200.


Through April 9, Chaska
Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum Exhibit
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Whisk away your “winter blahs” by visiting this phenomenal outdoor light installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro. The installations feature thousands of radiant lights illuminating optical fiber, acrylic pegs, and prismatic rods; some also incorporate pulsating animations in a range of colors and sound. Open to the public Thursday through Sunday weekly, beginning at dusk. Information: munrowinterlightmn.org or 952-443-1400.

 

March

 

March 1, Chaska
Container Gardening
Chaska Library

Join Carver-Scott Master Gardeners in class on the secrets to successful container gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 2, Chanhassen
Vegetables to Plant in Spring and Summer
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover the basics of vegetable gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 3, Chaska
Schoolyard Gardens Conference: New Places to Grow
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Explore best practices for using gardens as a hands-on way to teach children about food, nutrition, science, environment, the arts, and more, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $65/ members; $75/nonmembers.


March 4, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn everything you need to know for a successful first year of beekeeping in our cold climate, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


March 4, Norwood Young America
Seed Starting
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year, 1 p.m. No cost.


March 4, Rosemount
Dakota County Master Gardener Spring Expo
Rosemount Community Center

Eight classes to choose from and a keynote address by Joe Barton, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District on “Landscaping for Clean Water,” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $35. Information: dakotamastergardeners.org or 651-480-7700.


March 4, Albertville
Wright County Master Gardeners Spring Days Gardening Workshop
St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West

Several workshops, keynote speaker is Mary Meyer, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: springdays.org, info@springdays.org, gred0014@umn.edu, or 763-682-7394.


March 4, North Branch
Garden Expo
North Branch High School

Chisago County Master Gardeners event. Keynotes, Jan and Bob Welsh, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, presenting “How to Attract Wildlife/How to Get Rid of Wildlife.” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10/pre-register; $15/at door; $6/lunch.


March 5, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn how to maintain healthy bee colonies long term. Should be taken after your first year of beekeeping. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


March 6, Prior Lake
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach you how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 6, Waconia
Seed Starting
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 7 Shakopee
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach you how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 7-April 18, Victoria
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Course
Lowry Nature Center

Learn the plants, animals, history, geology, and ecology of Minnesota’s forests and waterways and become a Minnesota Master Naturalist. Seven Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday field trips; overnight weekend at The Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement of Baker Park. Cost: $395.


March 8, Chaska
Beginning Gardening
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach this class on how to prepare soil to start a garden and select tried and true plants for sun and shade. 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 9, Chanhassen
Shrubs: Selection and Pruning
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will teach how to select and maintain shrubs in your landscape in this introductory class. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 11, Chaska
Sustainable Lawn & Turf
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the benefits of creating a sustainable lawn and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Instructor: Sam Bauer, horticulture educator, University of Minnesota Extension. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/members; $55/nonmembers.


March 11, Chaska
Creating Kokedama
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Instructor, Jessica Heimer, Mother Earth Gardens. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $75/member; $90/nonmember.


March 11, Cambridge
Burst Into Spring
Armed Forces Reserve and Community Center

Isanti County Master Gardeners present day of programs; keynote speaker, Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $26. Information: isanticountymastergardeners.com/, jrwatson@umn.edu, or 763-689-8254.


March 11, Plymouth
American Grown Field to Vase Dinner
Len Busch Roses

Presented by Certified American Grown Flowers, 5 to 8 p.m., celebrate American grown flowers in the fragrance and warmth of the Busch greenhouse. For more information: www.americangrownflowers.com/fieldtovase


March 11,18, Chaska
Your Sustainable Yard Series
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Be prepared to plan and implement sustainable practices and plants in the landscape. Instructors: Julie Weisenhorn, Karl Foord, and Julia Bohnen. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $206 for all five classes, or $55 per class. Information: http://bit.ly/1tZVqRl or 952-443-1400.



March 14, Shakopee
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 14, Norwood Young America
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to prune correctly, noon. No cost.


March 14, North Branch
Butterfly Bootcamp
Maple Commons Dining Center

Learn about butterflies and moths and what you can plant to attract them. Instructor, Jan Walsh, Chisago County Master Gardener, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free.


March 14-15, Arden Hills
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
Bethel University

Join more than 1,200 professionals, volunteers, and students in two days of classes and presentations that will increase knowledge of climate change impact on urban forest health, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 daily. Cost: $200; $45 for students; $100 for Tree board/park board members. Information: cceconf3@umn.edu or 612-624-4230.


March 15, Chaska
Seed Starting
Chaska Library

Save money and expand the number of varieties available for your garden by starting your own plants from seed. Carver-Scott Master Gardeners will cover timing, materials, and seed selection along with hints and instructions for saving your own seeds from year to year. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 15, Morris
Vegetable Gardening 301
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Explore in-depth strategies for successful vegetable gardening in this Come Grow with Us class. Presented by Steve Poppe, Senior Horticulturist at the WCROC. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/events-education or 320-589-1711.


March 15-April 19, St. Paul
Big Woods Big River Master Naturalist Course
Ft. Snelling

Six week, hands-on, experiential learning about the National Park and State Parks and Trails in our backyards. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; field trips March 24 and April 7. Cost: $275.



March 16, Chanhassen
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Chanhassen Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 18-April 23, St. Paul
Spring Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Features yellow and pink tulips, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


March 18, Chaska
Sustainable Trees & Shrubs
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Effective use of varieties and benefits of plants that add dimension and beauty to existing setting. Instructor, Julia Bohnen, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41/member; $55/nonmember.


March 20, Prior Lake
101 Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make your yard more environmentally friendly, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 20, Waconia
Container Gardening
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach the secrets to successful container gardening, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 21, Norwood Young America
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Norwood Young America Library

Taught by  Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, noon. No cost.


March 21, Shakopee
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Shakopee Library

Taught by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 22, Chaska
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Chaska Library

Learn from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners how to prune correctly, whether shaping trees or shrubs. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 23, Chanhassen
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Chanhassen Library

Discover tried and true perennials recommended by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners that are readily available at your local plant suppliers. 6:30 p.m.
No cost.


March 25, Pine City
Pine County Master Gardener Horticulture Day
Pine City High School

Annual Let’s Get Growing event, keynote by Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, “Low Maintenance and Bee Friendly Lawn Care.” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $21 by March 21st; $25 after. Information: extension.umn.edu/county/pine or call 800-657-3813, Ext. 4.


March 25, Collegeville
Garden Education Day
St. John’s University

Stearns County Master Gardeners’ day of workshops, keynote speakers are Karl Foord, who will speak on Pollinators, and Debbie Lonnee from Bailey Nursery, speaking on “New and/or Interesting Annuals, Perennials, and Woody Plants,” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: z.umn.edu/GardenEdDay, 320-255-5169, or 800-450-6171.


March 25, Big Lake
Learn & Grow Garden Expo
Big Lake High School

Daylong workshop presented by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: http://bit.ly/2i3pR8g, or 763-765-3075.


March 27, Prior Lake
Popular Perennials for Sun and Shade
Prior Lake Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about plants readily available at local plant suppliers, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 27, Waconia
Lawn Care
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about myths and truths of how to keep a healthy lawn, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 28, Norwood Young America
Container Gardening
Norwood Young America Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach secrets to successful container gardening, noon. No cost.


March 28, Shakopee  
Growing and Using Herbs
Shakopee Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, teach how to grow, use herbs in your kitchen, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


March 28, North Branch
Adapting to a Changing World
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Join Caitlin Potter, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, who will describe the basics of global change in Minnesota, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presented by Chisago County Master Gardeners. Free.


March 29, Chaska
Lawn Care
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach about myths and truths of how to keep a healthy lawn, 6:30 p.m. No cost.



March 30, Chanhassen
Growing and Using Herbs
Chanhassen Library

Learn the basics of growing herbs, their harvest, and preservation from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m. No cost.

 

April

 

April 1, Chaska
Carver-Scott Master Gardener Garden Fever
Oak Ridge Conference Center

“Adapting Landscapes to Our Changing Climate.” Keynote speakers, Lee Frelich and Stan Tekiela, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $45 purchased online (http://bit.ly/2iILs6F), or $50 at the door.


April 1, Fergus Falls
Garden Day
Kennedy Secondary School

West Otter Tail County Master Gardeners’ day of gardening education; keynote speaker, John Ball, forestry health specialist, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Information: http://bit.ly/2hKRbvU or 218-998-8760.


April 1, Brainerd
Garden Expo
Brainerd Senior High School

Crow Wing County Master Gardeners’ annual education event, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $30. Information:
crowwingmastergardeners.org/ or 218-454-4769.


April 2, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates
Beyond the Basics
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Discover alternative management strategies for winter colonies in northern climates. Instructors, Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $120. Information: beelab.umn.edu.


April 3, Prior Lake
Growing and Using Herbs
Prior Lake Library

Learn the basics of growing herbs, their harvest, and preservation from Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, 6:30 p.m.
No cost.


April 3, Waconia
Plants for Shady Spaces
Waconia Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make shade work with appropriate perennials and shrubs, 6:30 p.m.
No cost.


April 3-May 8, Altura
Big Woods Big Rivers Master
Naturalist Course
Whitewater State Park

Learn about the natural history of the southeast Minnesota Driftless Area. Tour a variety of landscapes and hear from conservation professionals representing a variety of agencies and organizations. 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $275.


April 5, Chaska
Plants for Shady Spaces
Chaska Library

Carver-Scott Master Gardeners teach how to make shade work for you with appropriate perennials and shrubs, 6:30 p.m. No cost.


April 8, Waconia
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Waconia Library

Taught by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners, noon. No cost.


April 8, Andover
Home Landscaping and Garden Fair
Bunker Hills Activity Center

Classes sponsored by the Anoka County Master Gardeners, 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $45 for two registering together. Special guest: Betty Ann Addison, Gardens of Rice Creek, will present “Rare and Unique Rock Garden Plants” and a session on “Rhododendron Hybridizing.” Information: http://anokamastergardeners.org/ or 763-755-1280.


April 11, Norwood Young America
Lawn Care
Norwood Young America Library

Unlearn the myths and discover the truths of how to keep a healthy lawn in this class presented by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 12 p.m. No cost.


April 11, North Branch
It’s Up, Up and Away with Vertical Gardening!
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Learn how to grow upward, using less space and increasing your per-square-foot yield with Julie Bjorklund, Chisago County Master Gardener. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.


April 12, Chaska
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Chaska Library

Taught by Carver-Scott Master Gardeners. 6:30 p.m. No cost.


April 19, Morris
Top Perennials
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Come Grow with Us class, presenter is Mike Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/1XJFtwq or 320-589-1711.


April 20, Sauk Rapids
Gardening Seminars
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School

Spend an evening learning more about gardening, sponsored by Benton County Master Gardeners, 6 to 9 p.m. Information: www.z.umn.edu/bentonmg, 320-255-6169, or 800-450-6171.


April 22-23, St. Paul
Party for the Planet
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Weekend of activities, crafts, and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


April 25, North Branch
Hugelkulture
Maple Commons Senior Dining Center

Chisago County Master Gardeners learn about hugelkulture gardening, 6 to 7:30 p.m., presented by Ruth Thunstrom, Isanti County Master Gardener.

 

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.