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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 October 1, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden’s summer exhibit featuring blue and orange flowers, accented with yellow and chartreuse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

Through August 30, Andover
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Let Anoka County Master Gardeners help identify plants and diagnose common insect, disease problems. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Free for Anoka County residents. Information: http://anokamastergardeners.org or 763-767-2878.

 

Through October 1, St. Paul
Summer Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Visit the Sunken Garden’s summer exhibit featuring blue and orange flowers accented with yellow and chartreuse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.

 

July 29, Chaska
Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tour summer wetland meadow, guided by naturalist Matt Schuth. 8 to 10 a.m. Cost: $12/Arboretum member,
$24/nonmember.

 

July 29, Chaska
The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Practice simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create seemingly impossible balanced stone sculptures. Instructor: Peter Juhl. 9:30 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $42/Arboretum member,
$55 nonmember.

 

July 29-30, Twin Cities
Minnesota Water Garden Society
Annual Water Garden Tour

Self-guided tour of ponds and gardens at 12 locations in the Twin Cities. Cost: $15/advance purchase online at mwgs.org; $20 at sites during tour. Information: www.mgws.org, or 651-653-3958.

 

August

 

August 5, Chaska
Bee Squad Apiary Class: Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to evaluate whether your bee colony has enough winter stores and the importance of seasonal preparation. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $70/Arboretum member, $80/nonmember.

 

August 10, Chaska
How to Save Tomato Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Guided by Tim Johnson of the Seed Savers Exchange, learn the theory and importance of seed saving, as well as isolation, population size, seed cleaning, and seed storage. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $50/Arboretum member, $65/nonmember.

 

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

View this competition for spikes and arrangements. Any age welcome to do arrangements with the spikes provided. 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Free. Information: Joy at 507-426-6011.

 

August 14-18, Duluth
North Woods Great Lakes Master Naturalist Course
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Complete a 40-hour hands-on course studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Instructors: Larry Weber and John Geissler. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $275.

 

August 19, Minneapolis
Garden to Dye For
Textile Center

Explore the natural dyeing process from the ground up. Tour the dyer’s garden to learn about plants used for dyeing, dyeing process, and dye your own t-shirt or scarf. Instructor: Leslie Hall, Olmsted County Master Gardener. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Check website: textilecentermn.org/classes/, info@textilecenter.org, or 612-436-0464.

 

August 19, Chaska
Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds and Songs of the Prairie
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Explore the prairie in its late summer glory and listen for insect songs with naturalist Matt Schuth. 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $12/Arboretum member, $24/nonmember.

 

August 20, St. Paul
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
Como Park and Conservatory

Japanese culture, including bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, and delicious food at this family friendly event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. 3 p.m. to dusk. Cost: $5/adults, $3/adults 65 and over and children ages 3-12, free/children 2 and under.

 

August 24, Grand Rapids
Visitors Day
North Central Research and Outreach Center

Learn about the research departments and the University of Minnesota Extension on tours or at horticulture and other informational booths. 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2oRVrNG, or 218-327-4490.

 

August 24-September 4, St. Paul
Minnesota State Fair
State Fair Grounds

Join nearly 2 million people who are expected to attend the 2017 State Fair. Horticulture Building features flower and plant competitions and exhibits, lots of information exhibits, and Dirt Stage educational presentations. Gates open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: varied. Information: mnstatefair.org, or 651-288-440.

 

August 26, Chaska
Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale
Chaska Commons (Cub Food) Parking Lot

Buy perennial divisions from Master Gardeners’ own yards, plus fresh produce, garden art, and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Information: carverscottmastergardeners.org, 952-466-5309, or 952-492-5390.

 

September

 

September 2-3, Middle River
State Gladiolus Show and Honker Flats Gladiolus Festival
Honker Flats

Do an arrangement or enter gladiolus spikes. Anyone of any age welcome to do arrangements with the spikes provided. 5 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. (spikes available for arranging); 11 a.m. Saturday, (judging). Free. Information: Lew and Tammy Wallace, 218-222-3484.

 

September 7-November 16, Brooklyn Park
Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods/Big Rivers Course
West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Learn about the big woods/big rivers biome and gain valuable skills for exploring the natural world. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $275. Scholarships available.

 

September 9, Chaska
Insect Photography Class
Tashjian Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to photograph insects with award-winning photographer and contributor to Minnesota Gardener magazine Bill Johnson. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee to be determined.

 

Sept. 9, 16, 30 and Oct.14, Chaska
Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Register for this four-session workshop with your own yard as your class project. Learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more. Instructor: Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, research information director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $139 member/$155 nonmember; $189/$219 couples working on the same project.

 

September 16, Red Wing
Book Signing
Andersen Center

Attend the 18th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival where Brice Giebink and Bill Johnson will be signing copies of their children’s book Minnesota Bug Hunt and demonstrating with live insects. noon to 5 p.m.  Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2uHUEx5; 651-388-2009.

 

September 20, Morris
Putting the Garden to Bed
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) gardens

Join Sue Gooch, Stevens County Master Gardener, for class in the Come Grow With Us Series, 5:15 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2sKMZNe; 320-589-1711.

 

September 23 & 24, Chaska  
Arboretum Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Shop for one-of-a-kind, nature-related gift items, including arrangements, swags and wreaths, greeting cards, botanicals, fiber and textile arts, and other items made with natural materials found in the Minnesota landscape. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Proceeds go to support the Arboretum. Gate admission.

 

October

 

October 1, Minneapolis
Minnesota Peony Society Root Auction
Bachman’s on Lyndale, Heritage Room

Learn “How to Divide Peony Roots,” 11:30 a.m., and stay for the Root Auction Fundraiser at 1 p.m. Wide selection of color and flower forms and a number of hard-to-find collectible peonies. Information: mnpeony.org/events or Facebook page: Minnesota Peony Society MPS

 

October 7
Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic
location to be determined

Discover what it means to be a “Hostaholic” with Larry Tucker, author of Made in the Shade: More Confessions of a Hostaholic. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: www.mnhosta.org, info@mnhosta.org.

 

October 7, Chaska
Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn what seeds are worth collecting and proper techniques to ensure that you have healthy, vital seeds that will sprout. Instructor, Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, research information director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.

 

October 7-November 26, St. Paul
Fall Flower Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Sunken Garden’s fall exhibit, featuring variety of chrysanthemums. Colors for the show will be black and orange in October and black and pink in November. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation, $2, adults; $1, children.

October 18, Morris
Butterfly Gardens
Ag Country Conference Room, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Join Margaret Kuchenreuther for this class in the Come Grow With Us Series. 12:15 p.m. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2sKMZNe; 320-589-1711.

 

October 26, Chaska
Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $45 member/$57 nonmember.

 

October 28, Chaska
Using Native Grasses in your Landscape
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Consider using native grasses in your garden. Find out what species are best for your property, including those that support native butterflies. Instructor, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, professor and Extension horticulturist, University of Minnesota. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $38 member/$50 nonmember.

 

October 28, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 1
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Get started in beekeeping with instruction from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $135. Information: beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275.

 

October 29, St. Paul
Beekeeping in Northern Climates – Year 2
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Keep your bees alive and healthy year after year with skills learned from Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $110. Information:
beelab.umn.edu/, 612-624-3275. m

 

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.