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Upcoming Events for Minnesota

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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 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.




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.




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: or 763-767-2878.


July 8, Minneapolis
Learning Garden Tour

Hennepin County Master Gardeners’ annual self-guided tour of eight outstanding gardens in Southwest Minneapolis. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $15/advance; $20/day of tour. Information:,, or 612-596-2130.


July 8, Chaska
Plant Selection for a Changing Climate
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to maximize the health and steadiness of your garden, from soil to plant selection, in an increasingly unpredictable climate. Instructor: Julie Weisenhorn. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $41/Arboretum member, $50/nonmember.


July 8, Chaska
Growing Oyster Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. Make and inoculate your own 5-gallon bucket, learn about ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. Instructor: Cody Mastel. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65/Arboretum member, $77/nonmember.


July 8 and 9, Minneapolis
North Star Lily Show
Bachman’s Heritage Room

Spectacular Asiatic, martagon, oriental, trumpet, species, and interdivisional lilies exhibited by Minnesota lily growers. View new hybrid seedlings, never-before-seen lilies, and floral designs created by North Star Lily Society members. 1 to 5 p.m., July 8; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 9. Free. Details:


July 8 and 15, Chaska
Introduction to Home Winemaking
University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Two-part beginner-level course covering equipment and supplies, where to source grapes or other fruit, steps of the winemaking process. Instructor: Drew Horton, UofM wine specialist. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $80/Arboretum member, $95/nonmember.


July 15, Duluth
Rose Fest
Leif Erikson Rose Garden

Guided tour of Leif Erikson Rose Garden. Learn best roses, selected by Lake Superior Rose Society members. Secret to planting a rosebush, how to prune, summer care, protect your roses with the Minnesota Tip method, and grow roses in containers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Information:, or 218 254-2179.


July 16, 18, and 19, Chaska
Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tour four lovely gardens via air-conditioned coach. Sunday brunch or weekday luncheon at the Arboretum concludes the tour. Departures at 9, 9:45, and 10:30 a.m. Cost: $55/weekdays, $65/Sunday.


July 17-21, St. Paul
Big Woods Big Rivers Master Naturalist Course
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Learn about plants and animals on this beautiful campus and behind the scenes places. Topics include water quality and chemistry, geology, ecology, human impacts, and more. Instructors: Amy Rager and John Loegering. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $275.


July 20, St. Cloud
Art Fair in the Gardens
Munsinger Clemens Garden

Artwork from 45-plus artists, music provided in different areas among the flowers, along with food and beverages. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Information:,, or 320-257-5959.


July 20, Rochester
Rochester Garden and Flower Club
Annual Garden Tour

Self-guided, rain or shine, $15,


July 22, Chaska
Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to properly grow a small bed of wine cap mushrooms in your own backyard. Instructor: Cody Mastel. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $65 Arboretum member/$77 nonmember.


July 27 Rochester
Tour with the Master Garden Tour
Heintz Center

Ride the trolley or tour six Rochester-area gardens on your own. Sponsored by Olmsted County Master Gardeners. /4 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Information:, or 507-328-6214.


July 27, Minneapolis
Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees
Lyndale Park Gardens

Bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music come together to celebrate the life and work of honeybees and native bees. 5to 8 p.m. Free. Information:, or 612-230-6400.


July 27, Morris
Horticulture Night
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Tour the Horticulture Display Garden, including the All-America Selections flowering annuals trial. Presentations on cold hardy grapes for winemaking, growing strawberries and raspberries, pollinator friendly gardening, designing containers, integrated pest management, tomatoes, trees, and shrubs for West Central Minnesota. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Information:, or 320-589-1711.


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,


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; $20 at sites during tour. Information:, or 651-653-3958.




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:,, 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:, 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:, 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:, 952-466-5309, or 952-492-5390.




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.


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.