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Upcoming Events for Minnesota

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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: or 952-443-1400.


Through 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.

Through 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.




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: 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: 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:, 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
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.




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.


May 1-6, Maple Lake
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Learn more about the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome in this 40-hour course; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1 through 5; 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6. Information: or 888-241-4532.


May 6, Chaska
Spring Houseplant Clinic
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bring a few of your favorite houseplants for an informative, practical morning with Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator; 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.


May 6, Chaska
The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art with rock artist Peter Juhl. Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to noon; or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $42 member/$55 nonmember.


May 8-12, Duluth
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Join instructors Larry Weber and John Geissler in an 18,000-acre Northwoods classroom to complete a 40-hour hands-on course. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Cost: $275; scholarships available. Information: or 888-241-4532.


May 12, St. Paul
National Public Garden Day
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


May 13 & 14, St. Paul
Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Take Mom to this annual Minnesota Bonsai Society show in the Ordway. Experts  on-hand to answer questions about the art of Bonsai. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free; suggested donation $2 adults, $1 children.


May 13 & 14, Chaska
Arboretum Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Take home new, quality hard-to-find varieties and University of Minnesota introductions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arboretum gate fee applies.


May 14, Apple Valley
Mother’s Day Celebration
Pahl’s Market

Strolling the greenhouse and take in the fragrant scents and brilliant colors. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No cost. Information: or 952-431-4345.


May 16, Anoka
Anoka County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Anoka Armory

Shop for perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, houseplants, and more. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information:


May 17, 24, 31, June 7, & June 21, Anoka
Landscapes for Life Workshop
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Participate in this five-part series based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ program (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. 6-8 p.m. Information: or 763-767-2878.


May 17, Morris
Drip Irrigation for the Garden
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Jerry Wright teaches how drip irrigation conserves water. Sponsored by Stevens County Master Gardener, 5:15 p.m. No cost. Information: or 320-589-1711.


May 20, Chaska
Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn about the biology and historical background of log inoculation, inoculate your own hardwood logs with mushroom mycelium. Instructor: Cody Mastel, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65 member/$77 nonmember.


May 20, St. Cloud
Stearns County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Riverside Park

Find plants garden information. Free, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Information: or 320-255-6169.


May 20, Maplewood
Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Extension Barn

Find new plants for your garden at this huge annual sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: or 651-704053.




June 3, Eden Prairie
Annual Hosta Sale
Historic Smith Moore House

Select from a large variety of hosta, including new introductions, at the Minnesota Hosta Society’s annual sale. Educational exhibit at nearby Rustica Bakery. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: or


June 3, Chaska
Landscaping for Pollinators
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn practical ways to transform your yard to support these important insects and lessen bee sterile landscapes. Presenter: Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.


June 3, Sauk Rapids
Benton County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Coborn’s Parking Lot

Find some new plants at this annual sale. 8 to 11 a.m. Information: or 320-968-5077.


June 5-9, West St. Paul
Minnesota Master Naturalist Course
Dodge Nature Center

Explore the geologic and cultural history of the Mississippi River as it passes through the metropolitan area in this Big Woods, Big River Master Naturalist course. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $275; scholarships available. Information: or 8882414532.


June 10, Chaska
Orchids of the Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spend an exclusive morning with David Remucal, the Arboretum's Curator of Endangered Plants. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $30 member/$42 nonmember.


June 10, Luverne
Tilstra Farm

Learn about trees for southwest Minnesota from John Ball, a professor at South Dakota State University. Co-sponsored by Rock County Master Gardeners and Luverne Community Education. 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call 507-283-4724 for information.


June 10 & 11, Minneapolis
Annual Peony Show
Bachman’s Heritage Room

Don’t miss the region’s largest peony show sponsored by the Minnesota Peony Society. Members on hand to answer questions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 11. No cost. Information:


June 17, Chaska
Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to create a yard that is pleasing to the eye and the palate. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $41 member/$55 nonmember.


June 17 & 18, Apple Valley
Father’s Day Tractor Show
Pahl’s Market

Check out classic tractors dating from 1939 to the present, as well as Pahl’s sweet-corn picker, grain combine, and sprayer with a 120-foot wingspan. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No cost. Information: or 952-431-4345.


June 21, Morris
Bringing New Life to Old Shrubs
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Learn how to prune your old shrubs and give them new life with Randee Hokanson, instructor, in this Stevens County Master Gardener-sponsored class. 5:15 p.m. No cost.  Information: or 320-589-1711.


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.