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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 April 17, Carver & Scott Counties
Free Gardening Classes
public libraries in Chanhassan, Chaska, Norwood Young America, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Waconia, and Watertown.

Learn more about vegetable gardening, flowers for pollinators, fruit trees, annuals, container gardening, and Minnesota’s poisonous plants, and more. No cost. Times and locations vary. Information on specific times, locations, and topics: carverscottmastergardeners.org/, 952-492-5410, or 952-466-5300.

 

Through April 22, St. Paul
Spring Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Enjoy yellow tulips, daffodils, and crocus contrasting with blue hyacinth and white hydrangeas. hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, and calla. Crocus will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

 

April

 

April 12-May 17, Brainerd
Northwoods Great Lakes Master Naturalist course
Northland Arboretum

Explore the animals, plants, geology, hydrology, ecology, and cultural history of Minnesota in this 40-hour course, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $275, scholarships available. Information: minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/, or 888-241-4532.

 

April 19, Pioneer Public Television Affiliates Stations
“Growing Great Apples”
on Prairie Yard and Garden

Mary Holm interviews Joel Kangas, owner of Good to Grow near Brandon, Minnesota. Learn how he grows his apple trees and get his recommendations for enjoying this fruit in your own orchard. Produced by University of Minnesota-Morris, 7:30 to 8 p.m.

 

April 26, Pioneer Public Television Affiliates Stations
“Tree Planting”
on Prairie Yard and Garden

Get a hands-on lesson from Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension, on how to make planting a tree as easy as 1-2-3. Produced by University of Minnesota-Morris, 7:30 to 8 p.m.

 

April 28-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.

 

May

 

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. Pink will be the main color with hints of white. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



May 1, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about apple tree selections, including rootstock and proper pruning when planting. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 3, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn some of the fundamentals of gardening, including planning ahead and soil health. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 5, Chaska
The Secrets of Tree Rings: Discovering the Age and History of Arboretum Trees
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Brita Lorentzen, postdoctoral research associate at the Cornell Tree Ring Lab, and Alan Branhagen, arboretum director of operations, on a walking expedition as they take live core samples from several significant arboretum trees. 1-3 p.m. Cost: $29 member/$44 non-member.



May 8, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about responsible insect control through Integrated Pest Management. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 9, Chaska
A Living Herb Wreath to Grow and Use
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Capture the magic of spring with a colorful, living herb wreath that is a symbol of great gardening, creativity, and imagination. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 10, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn about organic gardening. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 11-13, St. Paul
Friends School Plant Sale
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

What may be the largest plant sale in the U.S. with over 2,500 varieties to choose from. May 11, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Information: www.friendsschoolplantsale.com.



May 12, Farmington
Spring Plant Sale
Dakota County Fairgrounds

Browse and shop for Minnesota-grown perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and heirloom tomatoes at the Dakota County Master Gardeners’ annual sale. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: 651-480-7700 or https://dakotamastergardeners.org.



May 12-13, St. Paul
Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Take Mom to the Minnesota Bonsai Society’s display of some of their finest work. Professionals will be on-hand to answer questions about the art of bonsai. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



May 12 & 13, Chaska
Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Choose from hard-to-find varieties and University of Minnesota introductions and an expanded selection of shade perennials and grasses, new vegetable varieties, heirlooms, and many plant species native to Minnesota. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free with arboretum admission.

 

May 15-16, Anoka
Plant Sale
Anoka Armory

Shop for perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, houseplants, and support the Anoka County Master Gardener program. May 15, 3-7 p.m.; May 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 763-324-3498 or www.anokamastergardeners.org.



May 17, Chaska
Birdcage Succulent Planter
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm, to learn about growing succulents and then create your own birdcage succulent planter. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 19, Maplewood
Annual Plant Sale
The Barn at 2020 White Bear Avenue

Find hundreds of great plants carefully tended by Ramsey County Master Gardeners. Shop for native and other perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hosta, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 651-704-2053 or auss0004umn.edu.



May 19, Burnsville
Native Plant Market
City Hall parking lot

Attend this marketplace-style event featuring multiple vendors of native plants for your yard and garden. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: 952-895-4543, calebshling@burnsvillemn.org, or www.burnsville.org/index.aspx?nid=500.



May 21-25, Collegeville
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
St. John’s University

Spend the week learning about spring wildflowers, deciduous trees, local geology, stream and river ecology, and wildlife ecology with a combination of classroom learning and outdoor field trips. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275.



May 22, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners in this presentation on Flowers for Pollinators: Growing Healthy Landscape for Bees and other Pollinators. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 23, Chaska
Plant a Window Box of Herbs
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend the evening with Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, creating and planting a moveable herb garden using a window box. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



May 24, Aitkin
Spring Gardening Classes
Aitkin Public Library

Join Aitkin County Master Gardeners to learn more about garden decor and how to propagate houseplants. 6 p.m. No cost. Information: 218-927-2538 or www3.extension.umn.edu/county/aitkin.



May 26, Mora
Plant Sale
Ole Park

Shop at the Kanabec County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale and select from a wide assortment of native plants, annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-6340 or mnext-kanabec@umn.edu.

 

June



June 2, Shoreview
Landscape Revival
Shepherd of the Hills North parking lot

Learn about native plants and their many benefits from local conservation organizations. Purchase native plants; no cultivars or systemic insecticides. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Information: www.saintpaulaudubon.org/2018-landscape-revival-native-plant-expo-market/ or tiny.cc/LR2018.

 

June 2, Eden Prairie
Hosta Sale
Rustica Bakery

Purchase unique hostas from among over 600 plants donated by the Minnesota Hosta Society. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.mnhosta.org/hosta-sale-event.html.

 

June 2, Rochester
Annual Hosta Sale
Olmstaead County Fairgrounds

The SOGHS's annual plant sale is June 2, 2018, 8-11 AM. It will be held at the Olmsted Co. Fairgrounds, Horticulture building, Rochester, MN. The sale will feature only Hostas.



June 2, Sauk Rapids
Plant Sale
Coborn’s parking lot

Support the Benton County Master Gardeners by purchasing quality perennials, annual flowers, houseplants, herbs, vegetable plants, native plants, and more. 8-11 a.m. Information: 320-968-5077 or adam0062@umn.edu.



June 7, Chaska
Make Your Own Fairy Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the basics of making and caring for a fairy garden. Noelle Mortensen, Southview Garden Center, will guide you step-by-step in making a garden of your own. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.

 

June 9, Oakdale
Landscape Revival
Richard Walton Park

Learn about native plants and their many benefits from local conservation organizations. Purchase native plants; no cultivars or systemic insecticides. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: www.saintpaulaudubon.org/2018-landscape-revival-native-plant-expo-market/ or tiny.cc/LR2018.



June 9, St. Paul
West End Neighbors’ Garden Tour and Plant Sale
Seven Corners West

Tour the gardens of Seven Corners West in St. Paul at the conjunction of West 7th Street, Randolph Avenue, and Oneida Street. Learn about the neighborhood in the tour guide booklet highlighting the neighborhood’s immigrant, artistic, and commercial history from the 1850s. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No cost. Information: 651-297 9000 or joe@josfland.com.



June 9, Mora
Town & Country Garden Club Plant Sale
Ole Park

Find a nice selection of annuals, perennials, vegetable transplants, herbs, houseplants. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 320-679-1995 or paulette.telander@gmail.com.



June 9 & 10, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Annual Peony Show
Bachmans on Lyndale

Visit the region’s largest peony show and view hundreds of peonies, from the latest intersectional “Itoh” hybrids to traditional, fragrant favorites. June 9, 1-5 p.m./June 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No cost. Information: http://mnpeony.org/events.



June 11-15, Rochert
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Gain valuable skills for exploring the animals, plants, geology, hydrology, ecology, and cultural history of Minnesota in this 43,000-acre refuge where tallgrass prairie, northern hardwood and boreal forests converge. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $275.



June 12, Jordan
Evenings in the Teaching Gardens
Scott County Fairgrounds

Learn about Planting for Pollinators, Ways to Make Your Landscape Eco-friendly, and Getting in Shape to Garden with the Scott County Master Gardeners.  6:30-8:30 p.m. No cost. Information: 952-492-5410 or info@carverscottmastergardeners.org.



June 15, St. Paul
Blooming Butterflies
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Don’t miss the opening day of this very popular exhibit in a colorful 2,500 square foot greenhouse. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free; suggested voluntary donation of $3/ adult and $2/child.



June 21, Chaska
Water, Weeds, and Pests
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn some handy tips on how to best manage the hot, weedy, buggy part of the season. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 member/$47 non-member.

 

June 23, 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 that you will see in your neighborhood. 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Cost: Arboretum admission only; class is free.



June 24, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Inoculate your own hardwood logs by drilling holes and introducing mushroom mycelium, such as shiitake and oyster, to the openings. After 5-10 months the logs will begin to fruit naturally. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$80 non-member.



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.

 

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: www.arboretum.umn.edu/eventsprograms.aspx
Phone: 952-443-1400 or 612-301-1210

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

Pioneer Public Television Affiliates
Prairie Yard and Garden television programs
www.pioneer.org/prairie-yard–garden.html or 800-726-3178.

 

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.